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Frank Sinatra with Anita Baker – Witchcraft

It had been thirty-two years since Frank Sinatra walked down the halls of the famed Capitol Tower in Hollywood and entered Studio A to record a new album when he did in 1993 for the ground-breaking set, Duets. It was the first concept album if its kind and would go on to sell over 3 million copies worldwide.

“During one of the Sinatra recording sessions,” producer Phil Ramone from original liner notes, “Frank’s question to me at one point was, ‘Why should I want to remake the same record that I made twenty-five or thirty years ago?’ I said to him that it’s like watching Laurence Olivier in Shakespeare after thirty years. My goal was to capture Frank Sinatra at this time in his life when his readings are slightly different. There’s a different attitude there. I said, ‘You have it and we need to hear it. I know you’ve put that stamp there before, but it’s so important to know it now”.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Duets, Capitol/UMe released a newly-rematered 2CD Deluxe Edition this week which includes the original Duets, and the successful follow-up Duets II. This week’s Top Tune, the classic Cy Coleman and Carolyn penned “Witchcraft” as well as a duet version of “The Best is Yet to Come” with Jon Secada are featured. Also include are never-before-released recordings, bonus tracks, a 32-page booklet with rare photos and both the original and new liner notes. Also available on vinyl.

Frank Sinatra’s impact on the wide-ranging group of vocal all-stars can be heard and felt, even if their performances were recorded in separate locales. One of the last recordings of The Chairman still near the top of his game.

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