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Frank Sinatra's Duets: My review

Updated on June 17, 2015
Frank Sinatra: Duets
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Sinatra's Duets

When I was a kid, we had a basement below our house that we used to play in a lot on rainy days. Down there was an old record-player and my dad's collection of old vinyl records. Some were soundtracks from shows but the ones I loved most of all were the Frank Sinatra albums. I guess that they dated from the 1940s and 50s.

Rediscovered

It was many years later that I rediscovered Sinatra. I was married at the time to a jazz musician and we built our own collection. The Duets series were the last we bought. There were two albums and both were recorded when the singer was in his late seventies. Not bad at all. The reason for the title becomes evident when you realize that each track features Sinatra performing duets with a diverse group of singers of different generations.

A mature voice

A voice like Sinatra's can't fade away. I have read reviews of the Duets series where people have commented that he doesn't sound the same as he used to. Well no, he wouldn't. I don't sound the same as I did when I was younger. You don't. But Sinatra's voice had matured beautifully. With a slightly gravelly and emotional edge, his voice now made me think of rich fruit cake, fine port wine or antique polished mahogany.

Timing and depth

Sinatra was always the master of timing. This was still the case even when he was singing as an old man. There's an element in his voice that tells you that he's been around, he's seen life, he's experienced. That was so lacking in his earlier years. Now, there was emotion in his voice.

Criticism

Some critics complained that the duets were 'fake' because there was dubbing involved - Sinatra and his co-singer hadn't necessarily performed them together. I don't know if that's true or not because do you know what? I don't care. Not one bit. They are beautiful, wonderful songs to listen to and enjoy - I don't care how they were made,I'm just grateful that they were.


Duets ll

The one you see above and on the right is the second of the two.

I love them both but the reason this is my favorite is because it contains one of his best songs - My Funny Valentine. In every other duet on these CDs, he and the other singer sing the same song, as you'd expect.

Here, there are two songs - his partner here is Lorrie Morgan - which form a beautiful harmonizing medley.

Frank Sinatra singing Wave

Oh, any excuse to listen to this.  I love this song and the ONLY people I've heard sing it well are Sinatra and (not as a duet but that would be wonderful) Cleo Laine.

Enjoy.

Duets/Duets II-90th Birthday [2 CD]
Duets/Duets II-90th Birthday [2 CD]

Get both of the series together. From Aretha Frankin to Bono, from Lena Horne to Stevie Wonder, hearing Sinatra sing with other superstars is a revelation and an incredible experience This makes a great gift and yes, it includes My Funny Valentine. Click the button to see the track listings along with the names of the performers.

 

© 2013 Jackie Jackson

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