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Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends

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2008 CD release

Music icon Anne Murray has sold more than 50 million albums in a distinguished career that spans four decades.  On January 15th, Manhattan/EMI will release Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends, an exceptional 17-track collection of her top hits … see full wiki

1 review about Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends

The most enjoyable new recording I have heard in quite some time!

  • Dec 4, 2008
The new year is getting off to a great start with a terrific new album by the venerable Canadian recording artist Anne Murray.  Produced by Phil Ramone, "Anne Murray Duets: Friends and Legends" quite unexpectedly blew me away. It is that good.

Ordinarily, I am not that big a fan of these "Duets" projects.  I have found that a great many artists resort to these kinds of gimmicky productions in the waning years of their careers.  Rod Stewart is one artist who certainly comes to mind.  But this disc is the exception.  For Anne Murray is still at the top of her game at age 62.  And just about every one of the female artists she chose to work with on this project does an outstanding job as well.  The roster reads like a "who's who" of Canadian female recording artists. Add to that impressive list the likes of Carole King, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah Brightman and Martina McBride and you have all the ingredients for an outstanding disc.  Of the 17 tracks on "Anne Murray Duets: Friends and Legends" a dozen are remakes of some of her biggest chart hits.  Of these, perhaps my very favorite is the tune that Anne sings with her daughter Dawn Langstroth.  The haunting "Nobody Loves Me Like You Do" will send chills up your spine.  I also thoroughly enjoyed "Danny's Song" with Martina McBride, and Anne's collaboration with Sarah Brightman on her 1970 hit "Snowbird" .  What an outstanding performance by both of them! Then there are the familiar hits done with a very fresh approach.  Among these I can recommend "Daydream Believer" with Nelly Furtado and "A Little Good News" with the Indigo Girls.  Finally, there are 5 other tunes on this disc that never appeared on the Billboard charts that you might not be familiar with.  They are all terrific but my very favorite would have to be "Song For the Mira" a tune that Anne recorded with Celtic Woman.  Very moving!

I see where some reviewers found this disc to be a bit boring. I could not disagree more.  I was thoroughly impressed by the outstanding vocal performances on each and every song on this album.  I am sure that most Anne Murray fans will be thrilled with what they hear here.  In addition, I found that the liner notes included with "Anne Murray Duets: Friends and Legends" are among the very best that I have ever seen.  My impression is that this album was an extremely well thought out project from start to finish.  Kudos to everyone involved!  Very highly recommended!
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