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Aretha Franklin - Jewels In The Crown: All-Star Duets With The Queen (2007) [Japanese Edition]

Aretha Franklin - Jewels In The Crown: All-Star Duets With The Queen (2007) [Japanese Edition]
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Label: BMG Japan (Japan) | Released: 2007, December, 19

Jewels In The Crown is a duets compilation album by American Soul singer Aretha Franklin. It was released in 2007 by Arista, and comprises a combination of classic duets spanning Franklin's career, and two newly recorded duets with Fantasia and John Legend. It also contains two live duets, one from 1993, the other from 1998. The album concludes with Franklin's noted rendition of "Nessun Dorma" from the Grammy Awards of 1998, when she filled in last minute for Luciano Pavarotti. The album peaked at a moderate #54 on the Billboard main album chart and at #7 on the US R&B Album Chart, reportedly selling close to 20,000 copies during its chart run. As of October, 2009 the album has reportedly sold 107,000 copies in the US and about 140,000 worldwide.

Review by John Bush: There are duet records, and then there is recording "Jumpin' Jack Flash" with Keith Richards. A 16-track compilation of Aretha Franklin's duets from the '80s and '90s, Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen benefits from the high-profile partners that the Queen of Soul has been able to hook over the years (plus a trio of new tracks featuring sympathetic partners: John Legend, Mary J. Blige, and Fantasia). Spanning her Arista years, the collection runs the gamut of studio techniques from the '80s to the 2000s. Six songs come from the '80s, including the Keith Richards feature, which is a little too pristine to suit a version of "Jumpin' Jack Flash." Others from the same era sound better, such as "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" with Eurythmics (which benefits from David Stewart's digital studio knowledge), and Franklin's hit duet with George Michael on "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)." The '90s duets are also mixed, including a lackluster pairing with Frank Sinatra on "What Now My Love" (from the original Duets album), but also an energetic live performance of "Chain of Fools" with Mariah Carey that works much better than could be expected. Of the new tracks, John Legend's "What Y'All Came to Do" is the best, an upfront and testifying jam with deft vocal freestyles from Legend and Franklin.

Aretha Franklin - Jewels In The Crown: All-Star Duets With The Queen (2007) [Japanese Edition]

Aretha Franklin - Jewels In The Crown: All-Star Duets With The Queen (2007) [Japanese Edition]

Release of this CD: 2007, December, 19 [CD BMG Japan (Japan), Cat.# BVCP-21578 (82876-78668-2) / EAN: 4988017655986]
This compilation ℗ & © 2007 Arista Records LLC, a unit of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.
Manufactured by BMG Japan, Inc., Tokyo, Japan.


01. Jumpin' Jack Flash (with Keith Richards) (05:08)
(Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)
02. Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves (with Eurythmics) (05:56)
(Annie Lennox, David A. Stewart)
03. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (with George Michael) (04:03)
(Dennis Morgan, Simon Climie)
04. What Now My Love (with Frank Sinatra) (03:16)
(Carl Sigman, Gilbert Francois Becaud, Pierre Delanoe)
05. Put You Up On Game (with Fantasia) (04:17)
(Antonio Dixon, Damon Thomas, Harvey Mason, Jr., Kaleena Harper, Larry Jackson, Steve Russell)
06. What Y'All Came To Do (with John Legend) (03:18)
(Devon Harris, John Stephens)
[Sample Of "I Thank You"] - David Porter, Isaac Hayes

07. Never Gonna Break My Faith (with Mary J. Blige feat. The Harlem Boys Choir) (04:18)
(Andrea Remanda, Bryan Adams, Eliot Kennedy)
08. Through The Storm (with Elton John) (04:27)
(Albert Hammond, Diane Warren)
09. It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Ever Gonna Be (with Whitney Houston) (04:52)
(Albert Hammond, Diane Warren)
10. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (with Bonnie Raitt and Gloria Estefan) (04:41)
(Carole King, Gerald Goffen, Jerry Wexler)
11. Doctor's Orders (with Luther Vandross) (04:34)
(Hubert Barclay Eaves III, Luther Vandross)
12. Ever Changing Times (with Michael McDonald) (05:12)
(William Conti, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager)
13. Chain Of Fools (with Mariah Carey) (03:13)
(Donald Convay)
14. Don't Waste Your Time (with Mary J. Blige) (04:12)
(Denise Rich, Joshua Rubin)
15. Love All The Hurt Away (with George Benson) (04:21)
(Sam L. Dees)
16. Nessun Dorma (with The New York Recording Orchestra) (03:21)
(Giacomo Puccini)

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