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Tony Bennett has so many adoring celebrity fans it should come as no surprise that when a major duets album is planned, he's able to draw a roster of the biggest recording stars from the rock and vocal worlds, plus a pair of country music wildcards. (This despite the fact that he recorded an album with several duets in 2001, and a full-album collaboration one year later with k.d. lang.) One surprise is how well producer Phil Ramone paired Bennett with both duet partners and fitting standards -- among them Barbra Streisand on the optimist's anthem "Smile," Dixie Chicks for the flapper standard "Lullaby of Broadway," Bono on the wickedly spiteful "I Wanna Be Around," Tim McGraw on "Cold, Cold Heart" (the Hank Williams song that was Bennett's biggest country crossover hit), Stevie Wonder on his own "For Once in My Life," Juanes for "The Shadow of Your Smile" (which was a hit first for the Brazilian Astrud Gilberto), and Sting on the torch song "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." (Even the title of "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" seems fit for George Michael to sing.) Each performance was recorded with Bennett and his duet partner live in the studio -- it could be no different for such an old-school vocalist -- and the setup allows for maximum warmth and congeniality. Yet, aside from the novelty of the billings, Duets: An American Classic doesn't thrill like Bennett's solo recordings of the previous ten years. The arrangements of Jorge Calandrelli are heavy on serene strings that wrap the melodies in layers of soft gauze, and few concessions are made to the needs of the material; virtually every song is either a soft vocal pop number or a finger-snapping swinger. As befits an all-star affair, every edge is polished to a fine sheen and, more than a few times, the feelings his duet partners attempt to summon sound quite superficial. Of course, every vocal interpreter in the business sounds a little forced when compared to Tony Bennett.
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1
Lullaby of Broadway (Duet with Dixie Chicks)
Tony Bennett duet with Dixie Chicks
00:03:03

Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Al Dubin, Composer - Al Dubin, Lyricist - Tony Bennett duet with Dixie Chicks, Performer - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Harry Warren, Composer - Harry Warren, Lyricist - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

2
Smile (duet with Barbra Streisand)
Tony Bennett duet with Barbra Streisand
00:04:39

Tony Bennett duet with Barbra Streisand, Performer - J. TURNER, Lyricist - J. TURNER, Composer - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - G. Parsons, Composer - G. Parsons, Lyricist - C. Chaplin, Composer - C. Chaplin, Lyricist - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Jay Landers, Executive Producer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Put on a Happy Face (duet with James Taylor)
Tony Bennett duet with James Taylor
00:03:13

Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Tony Bennett duet with James Taylor, Performer - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Charles Strouse, Composer - Lee Adams, Composer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

4
The Very Thought of You (duet with Paul McCartney)
Tony Bennett duet with Paul McCartney
00:04:01

Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - R. Noble, Composer - R. Noble, Lyricist - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Tony Bennett duet with Paul McCartney, Performer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
The Shadow of Your Smile (duet with Juanes)
Tony Bennett duet with Juanes
00:04:32

Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Tony Bennett duet with Juanes, Performer - Paul Francis Webster, Composer - Paul Francis Webster, Lyricist - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Johnny Mandel, Composer - Johnny Mandel, Lyricist - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Rags to Riches (duet with Elton John)
Tony Bennett duet with Elton John
00:02:38

Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Richard Adler, Composer - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Tony Bennett duet with Elton John, Performer - Jerry Ross, Composer - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

7
The Good Life (duet with Billy Joel)
Tony Bennett duet with Billy Joel
00:03:20

Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Tony Bennett duet with Billy Joel, Performer - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Sacha Distel, Composer - Sacha Distel, Lyricist - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - J. Broussole, Composer - J. Broussole, Lyricist - Lee Musiker, Director - Jack Reardon, Composer - Jack Reardon, Lyricist - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 Columbia Records a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Cold, Cold Heart (duet with Tim McGraw)
Tony Bennett duet with Tim McGraw
00:03:15

Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Tony Bennett with Tim McGraw, Performer - Hank Williams, Composer - Hank Williams, Lyricist - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 Columbia Records a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
If I Ruled the World (duet with Celine Dion)
Tony Bennett duet with Celine Dion
00:02:54

Leslie Bricusse, Composer - Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Tony Bennett duet with Celine Dion, Performer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Cyril Ornadel, Composer - Lee Musiker, Director - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
The Best Is Yet to Come (duet with Diana Krall)
Tony Bennett duet with Diana Krall
00:03:39

Tony Bennett duet with Diana Krall, Performer - Cy Coleman, Composer - Cy Coleman, Lyricist - Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Carolyn Leigh, Composer - Carolyn Leigh, Lyricist - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
For Once in My Life (duet with Stevie Wonder)
Tony Bennett duet with Stevie Wonder
00:03:22

Orlando Murden, Composer - Orlando Murden, Lyricist - Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Tony Bennett duet with Stevie Wonder, Performer - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Ronald Miller, Composer - Ronald Miller, Lyricist - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Are You Havin' Any Fun? (duet with Elvis Costello)
Tony Bennett duet with Elvis Costello
00:02:42

Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Sammy Fain, Composer - Sammy Fain, Lyricist - Tony Bennett duet with Elvis Costello, Performer - Jack Yellen, Composer - Jack Yellen, Lyricist - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

13
Because of You (duet with k.d. lang)
Tony Bennett duet with k.d. lang
00:04:02

Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Dudley Wilkinson, Composer - Dudley Wilkinson, Lyricist - Arthur Hammerstein, Composer - Arthur Hammerstein, Lyricist - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Tony Bennett & k.d. lang, Performer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 Columbia Records a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
Just in Time (duet with Michael Bublé)
Tony Bennett duet with Michael Bublé
00:02:16

Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Jule Styne, Composer - Jule Styne, Lyricist - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Betty Comden, Composer - Betty Comden, Lyricist - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Tony Bennett duet with Michael Bublé, Performer - Adolph Green, Composer - Adolph Green, Lyricist - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer - Phil Ramone, Producer

(P) 2006 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

15
The Boulevard of Broken Dreams (duet with Sting)
Tony Bennett duet with Sting
00:03:21

Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Al Dubin, Composer - Al Dubin, Lyricist - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Harry Warren, Composer - Harry Warren, Lyricist - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Tony Bennett duet with Sting, Performer - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

16
I Wanna Be Around... (duet with Bono)
Tony Bennett duet with Bono
00:03:00

Sadie Vimmerstedt, Composer - Sadie Vimmerstedt, Lyricist - Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Tony Bennett duet with Bono, Performer - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Johnny Mercer, Composer - Johnny Mercer, Lyricist - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

17
Sing You Sinners (duet with John Legend)
Tony Bennett duet with John Legend
00:02:16

Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Tony Bennett duet with John Legend, Performer - Sam Coslow, Composer - Sam Coslow, Lyricist - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - W. Franke Harling, Composer - W. Franke Harling, Lyricist - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

18
I Left My Heart in San Francisco (Album Version)
Tony Bennett
00:03:53

Tony Bennett, Performer - Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Douglass Cross, Composer - Douglass Cross, Lyricist - George Cory, Composer - George Cory, Lyricist - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer - Phil Ramone, Producer

(P) 2006 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

19
How Do You Keep the Music Playing? (duet with George Michael)
Tony Bennett duet with George Michael
00:05:23

Alan Bergman, Composer - Alan Bergman, Lyricist - Danny Bennett, Executive Producer - Marilyn Bergman, Composer - Marilyn Bergman, Lyricist - Vance Anderson, Coordinator - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Tony Bennett duet with George Michael, Performer - Sam O'Kell, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Brian Dozoretz, Mixing Engineer - Lee Musiker, Director - Michel Legrand, Composer - Michel Legrand, Lyricist - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dae Bennett, Recording Engineer

(P) 2006 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Tony Bennett has so many adoring celebrity fans it should come as no surprise that when a major duets album is planned, he's able to draw a roster of the biggest recording stars from the rock and vocal worlds, plus a pair of country music wildcards. (This despite the fact that he recorded an album with several duets in 2001, and a full-album collaboration one year later with k.d. lang.) One surprise is how well producer Phil Ramone paired Bennett with both duet partners and fitting standards -- among them Barbra Streisand on the optimist's anthem "Smile," Dixie Chicks for the flapper standard "Lullaby of Broadway," Bono on the wickedly spiteful "I Wanna Be Around," Tim McGraw on "Cold, Cold Heart" (the Hank Williams song that was Bennett's biggest country crossover hit), Stevie Wonder on his own "For Once in My Life," Juanes for "The Shadow of Your Smile" (which was a hit first for the Brazilian Astrud Gilberto), and Sting on the torch song "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." (Even the title of "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" seems fit for George Michael to sing.) Each performance was recorded with Bennett and his duet partner live in the studio -- it could be no different for such an old-school vocalist -- and the setup allows for maximum warmth and congeniality. Yet, aside from the novelty of the billings, Duets: An American Classic doesn't thrill like Bennett's solo recordings of the previous ten years. The arrangements of Jorge Calandrelli are heavy on serene strings that wrap the melodies in layers of soft gauze, and few concessions are made to the needs of the material; virtually every song is either a soft vocal pop number or a finger-snapping swinger. As befits an all-star affair, every edge is polished to a fine sheen and, more than a few times, the feelings his duet partners attempt to summon sound quite superficial. Of course, every vocal interpreter in the business sounds a little forced when compared to Tony Bennett.
© John Bush /TiVo

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