When I looked at the new CD releases for 2008, I was surprised. I saw some names I expected, and some that really caught me off guard. One of those names was Anne Murray.
My first thought about Anne Murray Duets: friends & legends was that Anne was releasing a type of ďgreatest hitsĒ project, a trip down memory lane with some other artists. Yes, I wanted to hear it, and I wanted to review it. But, that all changed. The minute I started to play the CD Ė I needed to hear it, I needed to review it. That's what I like about Pop Music. You can take some of the past, mix it with the present, and take it into the future.
Let me start with the talent. Anne Murray is beautiful, talented, and evergreen. Then, she is joined by a cast of women who are also beautiful, talented, and evergreen. And . . . Canadian! Together, they have completed a project that is timeless, and very much needed. For me, this CD offered not only love, but hope and courage to not stay the course, but to shake things up a bit.
This is also one of the most professional CD packages Iíve seen in a long time. There are quotes from Anne and her accompanying artists. You also get a bit of history about the songs. Nice liner notes with a nice sized type!
Anne Murray worked with Phil Ramone on this project. You know him! He has worked with Elton John, Billy Joel, Madonna, Chicago . . . on his list is some of the biggest names in music.
You will find a link to both Anne and Philís website at the bottom of the page.
My Favorites on Duets: friends & legends
Daydream Believer: I love this song. I loved it when it was released during my earliest of childhood by The Monkees. (Before there was Clay Aiken Ė there was Davy Jones). So now that Iíve told you my age, donít fret, this song is all new again. Nelly Furtado shared the studio with Anne on this piece and itís a great combination. I love how their voices offset one another.
You Wonít See Me: What would you do if you had covered a song by a famous band and one of the band members tells you that it was the best cover heíd ever heard. Thatís what happened to Anne Murray. The night she won a Grammy award for ďA Love SongĒ, John Lennon came to her dressing room and gave Anne the compliment about "You Won't See Me". On this CD, Anne covers the song with Shelby Lynne. This version has energy, spunk and great vocal strength. I think John Lennon would have liked it, too.
Snowbird: This was my fatherís very favorite song, heís gone now. I occasionally will hear the song on an oldies station, and I get a lump in my throat. When I listed to Anne Murray and Sarah Brightmanís version, the same thing happened, only different. It was like the song has come back to me in a new way. Itís hard to explain.
Thatís what I love about music; it brings all types of emotions to all types of people.
Anne Murrary Duets: friends & legends
1. Dannyís Song with Martina McBride
2. I Just Fall In Love Again with Dusty Springfield
3. Another Pot Oí Tea with Emmylou Harris
4. Daydream Believer with Nelly Furtado
5. Somebodyís Always Saying Goodbye with Jann Arden
6. Song For The Mira with Celtic Woman
7. Time Donít Run Out On Me with Carole King
8. Cotton Jenny with Olivia Newton-John
9. A Love Song with k.d. lang
10. You Needed Me with Shania Twain
11. Nobody Loves Me Like You Do with Dawn Langstroth
12. You Wonít See Me with Shelby Lynne
13. Could I Have This Dance with Amy Grant
14. A Little Good News with Indigo Girls
15. Snowbird with Sarah Brightman
16. When I Fall In Love with Celine Dion
17. Si Jamais Je Te Revois with Isabelle Boulay