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Charles Aznavour's double-disc Duos album boasts a lot of starpower and a bunch of his greatest hits, but there's less than initially meets the eye here. Sure, a quick glance at the track listing shows a long list of international superstars who team up with Aznavour to sing duets on the album, including Céline Dion, Julio Iglesias, Placido Domingo, Laura Pausini, Elton John, Johnny Hallyday, Nana Mouskouri, Sting, Josh Groban, Carole King, Paul Anka, Herbert Gronemeyer, Liza Minnelli, and Bryan Ferry. Even the late Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin show up for duets. Moreover, the track listing reads like a greatest-hits collection, compiling the classics "Toi et Moi," "Hier Encore," and "La Bohème," among many others. Yet a more careful study of the track listing reveals that the featured superstars show up not once but twice -- once on each disc, in general -- and that the songs are likewise duplicated -- once on the French-language first disc and then, with some exceptions, again on the English-language second disc. Essentially, Aznavour and the guest vocalists cut a French- and English-language version of each song, one for each disc. So there's less than meets the eye here on Duos, as the second disc mostly repeats the first disc, albeit in a secondary language (English in most cases, but also Spanish, Italian, and German in the case of the respective Domingo, Pausini, and Gronemeyer duets). This repetition is one thing, but the duets sound almost as canned as the musical backing tracks, as if this were an Aznavour karaoke session. Granted, Aznavour is in fine form, but the duet vocals sound terribly overdubbed and often half-hearted, and worst of all is the music, which couldn't be blander. With little more than novelty appeal going for it, Duos is for Aznavour fanatics only.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/16/2008
Label: Emi France
UPC: 5099924368223
catalogNumber: 243682
Rank: 79605

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Aznavour   Primary Artist
Michel Amsellem   Piano
Eric Benzi   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Yannick Hardouin   Bass
Laurent Coppola   Drums
Nicolas Yvan Mingot   Guitar
Loïc Taillebrest   Flute,uillean pipes

Technical Credits

Paul Anka   Producer
Aldo Nova   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Paul Mauriat   Arranger
Charles Aznavour   Composer,Personal Manager
Eric Benzi   Programming,Producer
Steve Jeffries   Producer
Ken Lane   Arranger
Michael Kunze   Adaptation
Roger Loubet   Arranger
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Del Newman   Arranger
Phil Ramone   Producer
Philippe Saisse   Arranger
Marcel Stellman   Adaptation
Roland Guillotel   Engineer
Schmidt   Engineer
Eric Mouquet   Producer
Georges Garvarentz   Composer
Christian Gaubert   Arranger
Fred Ebb   Adaptation
Herbert Kretzmer   Adaptation
André Manoukian   Arranger
Tom Rainer   Adaptation
Nicolas Baillard   Engineer
Stanislas Renoult   String Arrangements
Jacques Duval   Composer

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