Duets is an album by American singer Frank Sinatra, released in 1993.
Recorded near the end of Sinatra’s career, it consists of electronically assembled duets between Sinatra and younger singers from various genres.
The album was a commercial success, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart, reaching No. 5 in the UK, and selling over 3 million copies in the US.
It is the only Sinatra album to date to achieve triple platinum certification.
The album received mixed critical notices, with complaints stemming from Sinatra’s specified style of isolated performance wherein he was never joined by his duet partners in the studio, an artificial method of record production which lacked the elements of personal collaboration and spontaneity.
The guest singers had been directed to sing along to his pre-recorded vocal parts, and to make their performances complement his.
The cover art displays a specially commissioned painting of Frank Sinatra by LeRoy Neiman.
Its sequel, Duets II, was released the following year.
Both albums were packaged together in a ˝90th Birthday Limited Collector’s Edition˝ released in 2005; North American pressings add an unreleased duet recording of ˝My Way˝ with Willie Nelson, while international pressings have him singing with Luciano Pavarotti.