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Duets: Friends & Legends
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2008 collection from the Canadian songbird featuring greatest re-recorded versions of her greatest songs, performed as duets with some of the world's greatest female voices including Nelly Furtado, Martina McBride, Olivia Newton-John, Emmylou Harris, Celine Dion, Amy Grant, Shania Twain and more. 17 tracks.
There's a feeling you get when you put on an Anne Murray record, and--apologies in advance to all you anti-sentimentalists--it's best summarized by the vocal legend herself in the classic tune "I Just Fall in Love Again." You can't help yourself; you fall in love. Those who've been listening along swollen-heartedly since the 1970s know the feeling well, and those who are about to discover Murray via this duets album and its handful of younger-skewing songs--the Nelly Furtado team-up on "Daydream Believer" especially--are going to have a hard time not submitting. It's the tenderness that hooks you: Murray's deep, confident voice manages to be maternal without being claustrophobic, an effect magnified here by expert vocal partners like Carole King, Emmylou Harris, and Olivia Newton John. The few left-field choices--Indigo Girls, k.d. lang, a ghostly appearance by Dusty Springfield--aren't hard-left enough to muck up the mood. And the song selection doesn't strike a false note either: "Cotton Jenny" sounds as right on an Anne Murray CD as "You Needed Me." Which means that if you have a soft spot for Murray at all, even one that's not quite as cushy as it used to be, you should prepare to be sucked in. It happens every time, as the song goes. --Tammy La Gorce
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The roster of guests is really impressive and includes also Emmylou Harris, Carole King, Martina McBride, Shelby Lynne, Amy Grant, Celtic Woman, Indigo Girls and the late Dusty Springfirld.
It was Anne who suggested the all-female idea to help whittle down the artists involved.
She was particularly thrilled that her daughter and son Will also sang background vocals with her on "You Won't See Me", a duet with Shelby Lynne, marking the first time all three family members have been in the studio together.
"I Just Fall in Love Again" with the late Dusty Springfield is a real historical curiosity, in addition to being a lovely song.
Dusty cut it on her 1979 album Living Without Your Love, on which she seemed to have been abandoned by her record label.
Anne cut the song on her album "New Kind of Feeling" and it made the top of the country chart in 1979.
For this current production, she duets with Springfield's original vocal, and the result is good.
While Anne's voice may not have the power and range of her prime it is still an excellent instrument and a joy to listen to.
It's an all-girl sleepover produced by music guru Phil Ramone (Johnny Cash, The Beastie Boys, Neil Diamond).
All of Murray's hits (including "Snowbird," "You Needed Me" and "Danny's Song") are here, newly recorded with a support group of her friends.
I cannot claim to have been familiar with all the songs and the artists who appear on this album but having heard their performances I will be trying out some of their other work.Read more ›
The duets are for the most part true duets, with the two singers in the studio together, and artistically that makes such a difference. Everything here is fascinating. I particularly love "Cotton Jenny," with Anne doing the song as written and Olivia Newton-John noodling in and out of the melody. Anne and k.d. lang, Anne and Jann Arden and Anne and Dawn--well those voices just blend sumptuously. Think what Anne and Karen Carpenter would have sounded like together. "Another Pot O' Tea" provides a highlight but, listen, EVERYTHING on the album is a highlight! Beautifully arranged, beautifully recorded. It will be a big, big seller.
There are songs so tied to Anne's voice that I was wondering how a duet format could ever enhance. Takes a lot of courage to reinterpret songs like "You Needed Me", "Danny's Song" and "A Love Song" but Anne bravely steps into her proven territory and shares the spotlight with today's top female vocalists.
The most successful pairings, in my opinion? k.d. lang on "A Love Song" is worthy of serious radio time. This song is now a classic reborn. Shania Twain's contribution on "You Needed Me" lends a heart-breaking tone to this beautiful song. Olivia Newton-John on "Cotton Jenny" allows the twangy, country feel of the song to show its face. Anne's daughter Dawn offers the most gentle vocals of all on "Nobody Loves Me Like You Do".
Some of the other pairings are curiousities. Carole King's vocals on the song she wrote "Time Don't Run Out on Me" really do not help the song regain any relevance. Nelly Furtado on "Daydream Believer" sounds as if she's wondering how she ended up in this situaton.
But we can't ignore the fact that these guest vocalists assembled to record with a singer they admire, and a career they respect. And for this reason, Anne has done us proud, very proud.
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent sound quality featuring talented female vocalists. The musical arrangements are also excellent. It's a wonderful production.Published 3 months ago by wang chow
there is only one thing better than a Anne Murray CD and that's a CD that has her signing with other great artistsPublished 4 months ago by Dan B.
This is a great recording. One evening i was listening to an earlier recording of Anne's and found myself signing onto her web site. It was there where I came across this CD. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nepeanite
EXCELLENT......LOVE ANNE MURRAY. VISITED THE Anne Murray Museum this summer in Springhill Nova Scotia. A real treat.Published 10 months ago by Suzanne Proulx
Excellent recording, too bad the quality of the Sony player wasn't up to snuff.Published 12 months ago by Barb McMullan
ENJOYED THIS CD AND ANNE MURRAY'S SINGING. ALWAYS LIKED HER VOICE.Published 17 months ago by Mary Cory
excellent album j aodore anne muray et les artistes qui y chantentPublished 18 months ago by Martin Belanger
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