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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Nov. 24 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002OQ6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Teardrops
2. When I Think About Love (I Think About You)
3. The Power
4. Shakey Ground
5. True Love
6. If You Were Me
7. A Woman's Needs
8. Old Friend
9. Go On and On
10. Don't Go Breaking My Heart
11. Ain't Nothin' Like The Real Thing
12. I'm Your Puppet
13. Love Letters
14. Born To Lose
15. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
16. Duets For One

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Interesting indeed! I don't find many of the songs to grab me and drive me crazy, but then there are soem excellent numbers that I really like. My favourite songs, thus, are: 'Ain't nothing like the real thing' with Marcella Detroit. Okay she makes K.D. Lang look like Marylin Monroe by comparison, but the song has a great groove. It's quite an experimental track in that it's unusual. It has wonderful melody, guitar and harmonica, both played by Detroit. Old Friend is a typical glam rocker from the 90's but hey Kershaw wrote a great melody and a cool lyric 'I don't suffer fools but he must be one for being by my side' Oh dear! Someone's got bad self-esteem. Very recommended song. Then there's True Love with Kiki Dee, a wonderful ballad, and Go on and on, a great urban hymn of the 90's, sung by Elton and Gladys Knight. I love that combo! Also excellent is the version of Love Letters with Bonnie Raitt. A womans needs is beautiful, definitely an unusual lyric from Taupin, a renowned misogenist [but is he really?], while I am your puppet is pleasant. The other highlight is Duets for one. The rest don't really make an impact on me, but they're good enough, though I don't like Born To Lose, Don't let the sun... and maybe when I think about love.
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Fifteen of the sixteen tracks on this album are DUETS. The sixteenth track,DUETS FOR ONE,is a solo recording. Elton joins other artists on 15 of the 16 tracks. TEARDROPS with K.D. Lang,is really cool. He joins "Little" Richard Penniman,a major artist in the fifties,on THE POWER. He joins ex-Eagle Don Henley on a cover of SHAKEY GROUND. Elton records DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART,for the second time,in techno style with little-known artist Ru Paul. He recorded that the first time,in disco style with Kiki Dee,who joined him on the old classic TRUE LOVE on this album. He does the really beautiful IF YOU WERE ME with Chris Rea. He goes country with the late Tammy Wynette on A WOMAN'S NEEDS. Other little-known artists,P.M. Dawn,Nik Kershaw and Marcella Detroit are heard on this album also. GO ON AND ON is more of a trio number. That's Elton,Gladys Knight and composer Stevie Wonder,who sings the bridge verse. Paul Young joins Elton on a cover of I'M YOUR PUPPET. Bonnie Raitt joins Elton on a cover of the old classic LOVE LETTERS. There's also BORN TO LOSE with Leonard Cohen and the previously released live version of Elton's and Bernie Taupin's DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME with the mega-talented George Michael.
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At the height of Elton John's revival in the 1990's, he always was able to make a claim into something brand new into the mainstream. Sometimes, it can be easier said than done. Nevertheless, it can be a delightful experience, since Elton scored some of his biggest hits with some of the most dynamic artists in music history, from John Lennon, Eric Clapton, and even the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
His 1993 Duets was widely accepted by critics as a chance-taking record. Although it was to me as well, not many of Elton John's fans were concerned about the album, as much as they had with his other record, The One. The album blends in 15 of the most interesting artists in music at that time, from a short reunion with Kiki Dee, who only was a one-hit wonder thanks to Elton John, on the Cole Porter song, True Love, to performances with artists like If You Were Me, with acclaimed guitarist Chris Rea, and a dance mixed version of Don't Go Breaking My Heart, and his #1 duet with George Michael on Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me. Elton also blends in on one song by himself, apply titled Duets For One.
While the album isn't sold as many places as it was when it came out in 1993, Elton John's Duets record is truly a very interesting experience to listen to. This is one collection that fans of Elton John should dare to get as a guilty pleasure.
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By A Customer on Aug. 31 2001
Format: Audio CD
Now that "A Single Man" has been greatly enhanced on CD with the addition of several strong bonus tracks, "Duets" now stands as Elton's second worst album (after the dreadful "Victim of Love"). It's not for lack of trying, though. This album is loaded with a talented and eclectic group of singers and producers (including Tammy Wynette and Stevie Wonder), but nothing clicks. It's not that this CD is unlistenable, just unmemorable. It's pleasant enough while it's spinning, but once it's over it's forgotten. It also seems rather weak as it was released between the classic "The One" and the excellent "Made in England." If you're an Elton fan, buy it: It'll be like having a new album every time you play it because you sure won't remember it from the previous time.
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Frank Sinatra did it, with magnificent results. Barbara Streisand is set to release one. Many other of music's best have pooled their talents on a single performance.

Elton John, a contemporary legend, decided to take a stab with this concept album from '93. There are some good cuts here ("Teardrops", "When I Think About Love", "True Love", "A Woman's Needs", Go On and On", "Love Letters" and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"), but some pairings should never have been.

Rupaul ("Don't Go Breaking My Heart") is no Kiki Dee. Leonard Cohen ("Born to Lose") and John are just too diverse in sound and style to appeal to the ear. And Little Richard ("The Power") is too one-of-a-kind to sing with anyone but himself.
All in all, however, "Duets" is a double dose of dynamite.
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