Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Duets II by Tony Bennett
DUETS II is the follow-up to Tony Bennett's multi-platinum CD, DUETS, which was released in conjunction with Tony's 80th birthday in 2006. DUETS won three Grammy Awards and was the singer's best selling album to date.
Now the legendary performer celebrates a milestone 85th birthday with the release of DUETS II. The singer has completed recording with Lady Gaga and Aretha Franklin, adding to a celebrated list of artists previously announced including Amy Winehouse, Michael Buble, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Queen Latifah, Carrie Underwood and many others. Lady Gaga joined Tony for a rendition of the Richard Rodgers song, "The Lady Is A Tramp" and Bennett and Franklin collaborated on the Alan and Marilyn Bergman classic, "How Do You Keep The Music Playing."
Phil Ramone produced the original DUETS as well as DUETS II.
Duets II is an album by Tony Bennett, released on September 20, 2011. It was released in conjunction with Bennett's 85th birthday and is a sequel to his previous duet album, Duets: An American Classic. One of the songs, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", however, was released on iTunes as a free song several weeks before the album's release. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart marking his first number-one album to date, selling 179,000 copies. He also became the oldest living artist to debut at number one on Billboard 200. Tony Bennett: Portrait of an Artist, the photography of Kelsey Bennett and Josh Cheuse, was on display at The Morrison Hotel Gallery SoHo. The photo exhibit captured the creative essence during the recording process of the legendary artist's new album. Duets II recently achieved Platinum sales status in Canada as certified by Music Canada. on November 30th 2011, the album was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
No. Title Writer(s) Duet partner Length
1. "The Lady Is a Tramp" Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart Lady Gaga 3:18
2. "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer John Mayer 2:58
3. "Body and Soul" Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green Amy Winehouse 3:23
4. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" Duke Ellington, Bob Russell Michael Bublé 2:42
5. "Blue Velvet" Bernie Wayne, Lee Morris k.d. lang 4:35
6. "How Do You Keep the Music Playing" Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand Aretha Franklin 5:29
7. "The Girl I Love" George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin Sheryl Crow 3:53
8. "On the Sunny Side of the Street" Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields Willie Nelson 2:57
9. "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" Alec Wilder, William Engvick Queen Latifah 3:53
10. "Speak Low" Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash Norah Jones 3:56
11. "This Is All I Ask" Gordon Jenkins Josh Groban 4:36
12. "Watch What Happens" Norman Gimbel, Michel Legrand Natalie Cole 2:10
13. "Stranger in Paradise" Robert Wright, George Forrest, Alexander Borodin Andrea Bocelli 5:03
14. "The Way You Look Tonight" Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields Faith Hill 3:55
15. "Yesterday I Heard the Rain" Canache Armando Manzanero, Gene Lees Alejandro Sanz 3:44
16. "It Had to Be You" Isham Jones, Gus Kahn Carrie Underwood 3:51
17. "When Do the Bells Ring for Me" Charles DeForest Mariah Carey 2:52