Tony Bennett - Duets II

Limited Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl

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Duets II is a studio album by American singer Tony Bennett, released in September 2011 by Columbia Records.

Bennett’s first album of celebrity duets (2006's Duets: An American Classic) featured an impressive cast of superstars answering the call from the dean of pop vocalists, but the arrangements were overly safe - virtually all of them ballads with soft strings or brassy finger-snappers.

Duets II follows after five years and features, surprisingly, a cast just as star-laden, but also arrangements that are much more dynamic, and suitable for each song and its participants.

Bennett, as ever in splendid voice and impeccable groove, laughs and trades lines with stars half his age (like John Mayer), or in the case of Lady Gaga, six decades younger, and clearly makes them so comfortable in this setting that it would be easy to believe that jazz vocals were their home.

Standard fare yields standard results for the likes of Michael Bublé and Josh Groban, but all of these songs have something to contribute. Bennett is especially tender and expressive with k.d. lang on "Blue Velvet" (the two had already collaborated on a full album), and he clearly enjoys his pairing with Willie Nelson for "On The Sunny Side Of The Street". (Nelson takes a guitar solo, and shows some of the vocal shadings that during the '60s made him as expressive a vocalist as Bennett.)

The album wisely covers all bases, including stars of country music (Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill), R&B (Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse), and one-shots for rock & roll (Sheryl Crow), Latin music (Alejandro Sanz), and classical (Andrea Bocelli).

"Body and Soul" was one of Amy Winehouse's favorite songs, and the track, recorded in March 2011, would become Winehouse's final recording before her death a few months later. The song became Bennett's first charting single on the US Billboard 100 in almost 45 years.

The album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 Albums chart, making him the oldest living person (at the age of 85) to achieve that feat.

Celebrity musical pairings rarely lead to innovation or excitement, but Duets II is an enjoyable celebration of what Tony Bennett has meant to pop music, and what he can bring out in any star vocalist he steps up to the microphone with.

Check out the tracks: “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”; “Body And Soul”; "Blue Velvet"; "The Way You Look Tonight"; "On The Sunny Side of the Street" and “The Lady Is A Tramp”. 

This double album 2LP record set is a Music On Vinyl release on 180 gram audiophile vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve, pressed in Europe.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Duet Partner

Time

A1

The Lady Is A Tramp

Lady Gaga

3:18

A2

One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)

John Mayer

2:58

A3

Body And Soul

Amy Winehouse

3:23

A4

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

Michael Bublé

2:42

A5

Blue Velvet

K.D. Lang

4:35

B1

How Do You Keep The Music Playing

Aretha Franklin

5:29

B2

The Girl I Love

Sheryl Crow

3:53

B3

On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Willie Nelson

2:57

B4

Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)

Queen Latifah

3:53

C1

Speak Low

Norah Jones

3:56

C2

This Is All I Ask

Josh Groban

4:36

C3

Watch What Happens

Natalie Cole

2:10

C4

Stranger In Paradise

Andrea Bocelli

5:03

D1

The Way You Look Tonight

Faith Hill

3:55

D2

Yesterday I Heard The Rain

Alejandro Sanz

3:44

D3

It Had To be You

Carrie Underwood

3:51

D4

When Do The Bells Ring For Me

Mariah Carey

2:52

SKU 8713748982713
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Music On Vinyl
Catalogue Number MOVLP399
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 22 September 2011
Original Release Date (Year) 20 September 2011
Barcode # 8713748982713
Shipping Weight 0.5500kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Available On Vinyl For The First Time
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Jazz
Genre Contemporary Jazz
Genre Soul Jazz
Format VINYL LP

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