Tony Bennett Duets: An American Classic (2006)

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Tony Bennett Duets

Tracks

  1. LULLABY OF BROADWAY – duet with Dixie Chicks
  2. SMILE – duet with Barbra Streisand
  3. PUT ON A HAPPY FACE – duet with James Taylor
  4. THE GOOD LIFE – duet with Billy Joel
  5. THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE – duet with Juanes
  6. RAGS TO RICHES – duet with Elton John
  7. THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU – duet with Paul McCartney
  8. COLD, COLD HEART – duet with Tim McGraw
  9. IF I RULED THE WORLD –duet with Celine Dion
  10. THE BEST IS YET TO COME – duet with Diana Krall
  11. FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE – duet with Stevie Wonder
  12. ARE YOU HAVIN’ ANY FUN? – duet with Elvis Costello
  13. BECAUSE OF YOU – duet with k.d. lang
  14. JUST IN TIME – duet with Michael Bublé
  15. THE BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS – duet with Sting
  16. I WANNA BE AROUND - duet with Bono
  17. SING, YOU SINNERS – duet with John Legend
  18. I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO
  19. HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING? – duet with George Michael

About the Album/Duet

Streisand's note to Bennett, from the CD insert

Tony Bennett told author Jeff Touzeau in Artists on Recording Technique about how he recorded “Smile” with Barbra:

“We did that song at her home out in Malibu on a beautiful day. We recorded it in one or two takes in her living room, which happens to have a spectacular view of the ocean. Barbra didn't really understand why I chose that particular song, so I explained that even though the song was written many, many years ago by Charlie Chaplin for the movie Modern Times, one of the great movies that he made, it still has a particular relevance today because of 9/11 ... I said, ‘Barbra, this is the kind of thing you believe in!’ I got through to her, and she sung it beautifully—she smacked it right out of the ballpark.”

Recording room in Grandma's House

Streisand and Bennett recording at Grandma's House

(Two photos, above: The room in Grandma's House where Streisand records .... Streisand and Bennett recording their duet in the room)

Also available:

Bennett DVD and Blu-ray

Tony Bennett - American Classic (2006) ... Directed by Rob Marshall, this television special features Streisand singing “Smile”on screen with Bennett ...

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