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Released as a tie-in to Paul Anka's 2013 memoir My Way (really, would an Anka autobiography bear another name?), the 2013 collection Duets attempts to illustrate the depth of Anka's career through song, letting the singer/songwriter indulge himself with duet partners both expected and unfamiliar. There is a degree of posthumous trickery here -- he sings "This Is It" with Michael Jackson and "My Way" with Frank Sinatra, two vocalists long deceased by the time Anka assembled this album -- but Anka is such a creature of show biz that this sleight of hand doesn't much matter; arguably, it even enhances the splash and glitz of this deliberately showy album. There may be a little too much modernity on Duets -- Anka succumbs to Auto-Tune here and there, including on "Find My Way Back to your Heart," the only solo song here -- and there's the odd sense that he's trying to appeal to every possible audience that may exist in 2013, although nothing here could conceivably be played on modern radio. Instead, Duets plays like a fantasia of pre-MTV pop, songs designed for maximum radio play even when there are no outlets for that sound. There are some pleasant moments here, to be sure -- many of them play like throwbacks to 1990, including Tom Jones' new take on "She's a Lady" -- but it's a sound that belongs to past that's long since gone.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/09/2013
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0887654848925
catalogNumber: 548489
Rank: 27004

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Anka   Primary Artist
Tita Hutchison   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer,Lyricist
Paul Anka   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Michael Jackson   Composer,Lyricist
Michael McDonald   Composer,Lyricist
Patrick Williams   Arranger
David Foster   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Vocal Producer
Johnny Burke   Composer,Lyricist
Buddy Cannon   Engineer
Felipe Elgueta   Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Producer
Claude Gaudette   Arranger
David Gleeson   Engineer
Tommy LiPuma   Vocal Producer
Bob McDill   Composer,Lyricist
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Dan Shea   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Bebu Silvetti   Arranger
Mark Spiro   Composer
Kent Wells   Producer
Maxime Piolot   Composer
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Annie Leibovitz   Cover Photo
Steve Genewick   Engineer
Arthur Johnston   Composer,Lyricist
Lester Mendes   Arranger
Tony Castle   Engineer
Jacques Revaux   Composer
Claude François   Composer
Gilles Thibault   Composer
Michael Thompson   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer
Michel Albert Louis Pelay   Composer
Alain Joseph Yves Le Govic   Composer
Jack White   Composer
Chandler Harrod   Engineer
Shinnosuke Miyazawa   Engineer
Adam Greenholtz   Engineer
Johnny Mandell   Arranger
Mandy Eidgah   Marketing
Patrick Murphy   Engineer
Jennifer Feinberg   Marketing
Brad Gilerman   Engineer

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