"Duets" - Sinatra, Frank


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  • What Now My Love (with Aretha Franklin) – 3:15
  • I’ve Got a Crush on You (with Barbra Streisand) – 3:23
  • Summer Wind (with Julio Iglesias) – 2:32
  • Come Rain or Come Shine (with Gloria Estefan) – 4:04
  • New York, New York – 3:30
  • They Can’t Take That Away From Me – 3:11
  • You Make Me Feel So Young – 3:05
  • Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry / In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (with Carly Simon) – 3:57
  • I’ve Got the World on a String (with Liza Minnelli) – 2:18
  • Witchcraft (with Anita Baker) – 3:22
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin (with Bono) – 3:32
  • All the Way / One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (with Kenny G) – 6:03

Background Information

“Duets” was an album of songs featuring Frank Sinatra singing old standards with partners of his choosing. The singers included old friends, and a selection of performers from varied genres. None of the singers were present with Sinatra when recording their portions of the song. Sinatra had performed all of the songs on the album, and the artists were performing with Sinatra’s pre-recorded vocals over a audio telecommunication link. Each collaboration was mixed by producer Phil Ramone.

“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” was a re-recording of song written by Cole Porter, which Sinatra first sang on his radio show in 1946. He later would release the song, recorded with the orchestra headed by Nelson Riddle. Over the years the song has been covered by a number of artists and has become a classic. In 1993 when preparing this “Duets” album he approached Bono to re-record the song as a duet. Bono was given some grief over creating new lyrics and singing about Sinatra himself in his section of the song. Bono had initially wanted to do a version of “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” popularized by Sinatra’s daughter Nanci, but Frank refused.

“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” was released as a double A-side with the “Stay (Faraway So Close!)” single in some regions.

A video for the Bono / Sinatra version of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” was filmed on November 5, 1993 by director Kevin Godley at Rancho Mirage, in Palm Springs, California. The video features historical footage of Sinatra singing the song, mixed with footage of Bono singing the song in studio appearing on multiple television sets. Images of the song lyrics being written on a woman’s body, some images from Zoo TV, images of Bono driving a car and images of Las Vegas are also included in the video. As the video comes to a close we see Sinatra and Bono sharing a limo

Liner Notes

I’ve Got You Under My Skin:
Music and lyric by Cole Porter. Produced by Phil Ramone. Co-Produced by Mark Cattaneo. From the Frank Sinatra album Duets. Rhythm Bass: Chuck Berghofer. Guitar: Ron Anthony. Drums: Gregg Field.

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