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Duets
Studio album by Elton John
Released November 1993
Length 74:39
Label MCA (US/Canada)
Rocket Records
Producer Many (See Below)
Professional reviews
Elton John chronology
Rare Masters (1992) Duets
(1993)
The Lion King (soundtrack) (1994)
Singles from Duets
  1. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
    Released: November 25, 1991
  2. "True Love"
    Released: November 8, 1993
  3. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
    Released: February 14, 1994
  4. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
    Released: May 2, 1994

Duets is the twenty-fourth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1993. Duets was the third and last John's studio album released as a double vinyl (it was available also as a single CD). It was initially a Christmas project of Elton John's, but that soon grew into an album of its own. The live version of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" with George Michael, track number 15 on the album, had already become a UK/US #1 hit in 1991. Three singles were released from the album in Britain: "True Love" (with Kiki Dee, reached #2), "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with drag queen RuPaul, reached #7) and "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (with Marcella Detroit, reached #24). It is notable for the album that each side began with a duet with a female singer and the last duet from each side also ends with a duet with a male artist. The album debuted at #7 in the UK.

Contents

Track listing

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Side 1

  1. "Teardrops" (with k.d. Lang) (Zeriiya Zekkariyas) – 4:55
  2. "When I Think About Love (I Think About You)" (with P.M. Dawn) (Attrell Cordes) – 4:34
    • Produced by P.M. Dawn
  3. "The Power" (with Little Richard) (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 6:25
  4. "Shakey Ground" (with Don Henley) (Jeffrey Bowen, Al Boyd, Eddie Hazel) – 3:51
    • Produced by Don Henley

Side 2

  1. "True Love" (with Kiki Dee) (Cole Porter) – 3:34
  2. "If You Were Me" (with Chris Rea) (Chris Rea) – 4:26
    • Produced by Chris Rea
  3. "A Woman's Needs" (with Tammy Wynette) (John, Taupin) – 5:18
    • Produced by Barry Beckett
  4. "Old Friend" (with Nik Kershaw (Nik Kershaw) – 4:16
    • Produced by Nik Kershaw

Side 3

  1. "Go On and On" (with Gladys Knight) (Stevie Wonder) – 5:50
  2. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with RuPaul) (Carte Blanche, Ann Orson) – 5:00
  3. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (with Marcella Detroit) (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) – 3:36
  4. "I'm Your Puppet" (with Paul Young) (Spooner Oldham, Dan Penn) – 3:36

Side 4

  1. "Love Letters" (with Bonnie Raitt) (Edward Heyman, Victor Young) – 4:01
  2. "Born to Lose" (with Leonard Cohen) (Frankie Brown, Ted Daffan) – 4:33
    • Produced by Steve Lindsey
  3. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (live, with George Michael) (John, Taupin) – 5:47
    • Produced by George Michael
  4. "Duets for One" (Chris Difford, John) – 4:52
    • Produced by Elton John, Stuart Epps and Greg Penny

B-sides

Song Format
"The Show Must Go On (Live)" True Love 7"/CD (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Remix)" Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12"/CD (US)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Don't Go Dubbing My Heart)" Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (US)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart (MK Mix)" Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12"/CD (US)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Serious Rope 12" Mix)" Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12"/CD (US/UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Roger's Dub)" Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12"/CD (US)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Serious Rope Instrumental)" Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (US/UK), CD (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Serious Rope Dirty Dub)" Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (US/UK), CD (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Roger's Runaway U Betta Work Bitch Mix)" Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (US)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Moroder 12" Mix)" Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12"/CD (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Sanchez Club Mix Edit)" Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Sanchez Radio Mix Edit)" Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Sanchez Club Instrumental)" Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Sanchez's Man's Rubba Dub Mix)" Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Moroder 7" Mix)" Don't Go Breaking My Heart CD (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Serious Rope 7" Mix)" Don't Go Breaking My Heart CD (UK)
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing (Kenny Dope Extended Mix)" Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing CD (UK)
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing (Troopa Mood Mix)" Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing CD (UK)

Personnel

  • Stephanie Andrews – production coordination
  • Van Arden – assistant engineer, mixing
  • Brian Aris – photography
  • Guy Babylon – keyboards
  • Dominick Barbera – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Eddie Bayers – drums
  • Barry Beckett – producer
  • Chris Bellman – mastering
  • Louis Biancaniello – synthesizer, arranger, keyboards, programming, associate producer
  • Curt Bisquera – drums
  • Martin Bliss – guitar
  • Dan Bosworth – assistant engineer
  • Brad Branson – photography
  • Kimberly Brewer – backing vocals
  • Johnny Britt – backing vocals
  • Ray Brown – bass
  • Steve Brown – executive producer
  • Kelli Bruce – backing vocals
  • Robbie Buchanan – keyboards, programming
  • Kathy Burdick – backing vocals
  • Chris Cameron – keyboards
  • Linda Campbell McCrary – backing vocals
  • David Campbell – arranger, conductor, horn arrangements, string arrangements
  • Jim Champagne – engineer, assistant engineer
  • Ed Cherney – engineer, mixing
  • Todd Childress – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Bill Churchfield – horn
  • David Clayton – keyboards
  • Leonard Cohen – vocals
  • Brian Reeves – engineer, mixing
  • Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trombone
  • Marc Reyburn – engineer
  • Michael Rhodes – bass
  • Claytoven Richardson – backing vocals
  • Thomas Rickert – assistant engineer
  • John "J.R." Robinson – drums
  • Rail Jon Rogut – assistant engineer
  • RuPaul – vocals
  • Corrado Rustici – mandolin
  • Chuck Sabo – drums
  • Randee Saint Nicholas – photography
  • Albert Sanchez – photography
  • Brian Scheuble – assistant engineer
  • Thomas Schobel – programming
  • Cynthia Shiloh – production coordination
  • Beverley Skeete – backing vocals
  • Greg Smith – horn
  • Phil Spalding – bass
  • Matt Still – engineer, assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Neil Stubenhaus – bass
  • Tony Taibi – production coordination
  • Mark Taylor – keyboards
  • Michael Thodes – bass
  • Chris Thomas – producer
  • Mike Thompson – guitar
  • Lee Thornburg – trombone, trumpet, horn, horn arrangements
  • Allan Titmuss – photography
  • Matthew Vaughan – programming
  • Gabe Veltri – engineer
  • Kevin Walden – production coordination
  • Narada Michael Walden – arranger, producer, vocal arrangement
  • Ben Wallach – assistant engineer
  • Don Was – producer
  • Fred Washington – bass
  • Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington – bass
  • Marietta Waters – backing vocals
  • Marietta Wates – backing vocals
  • Albert Watson – photography
  • Greg Wells – organ
  • Precious Wilson – backing vocals
  • Frank Wolf – engineer
  • Stevie Wonder – arranger, programming, backing vocals, multi instruments, producer
  • Tammy Wynette – vocals
  • Paul Young – vocals
  • Firooz Zahedi – photography

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