There’s something about a good duet album that makes you listen it again and again, sometimes multiples times in a single day. Maybe it is the beauty and magic that’s created when two great artists join hands that touch the heart and soul.
A good duet, much like dance, requires two things in abundance: chemistry and fire. You take either out of the equation and the result would never be the same. In a duet, one artist takes the lead while the other singer follows and then the roles reverse as the rhythm changes. This may happen only once or multiple times in a composition.
To produce a great duet album, the two singers not only need to be awesome artists in their own right but also be able to seamlessly give and take. If the involved artists don’t share great chemistry, the music will never be enthralling, no matter how brilliant two artists are individually.
There are innumerable great one-off duet songs released in the years gone by, but our focus in this post is on fabulous duet albums, producing which is much harder than the former.
If you ever wanted to own some awesome duet albums on vinyl, we recommend you check out our list of 5 best duet albums.
Let’s dive in.
1. Golden Ring (George Jones & Tammy Wynette)
Married in 1969, Tammy Wynette and George Jones recorded 6 successful duet albums as a couple. Thanks to their amazing popularity, the duo was given the moniker Mr. & Mrs. Country Music.
In 1975, they ended their relationship but continued to sing together, and the very first album after their divorce, Golden Ring, went on to become a timeless classic.
The album has some great poignant songs, none more heart wrenching than the title track about two lovers who purchase a ring from a pawn shop only to return it back. Another tearjerker is the “Cryin’ Time” and “Love You”.
If you are a fan of country music, you can’t afford to not have this album in your collection.
2. Just the Two of Us (Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton)
These two artists produced 13 duet albums, with this album being their second duet album. With songs about failing love, hard times, and infidelity, Just the Two of Us is a great album for country music fans who have not listened to Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton singing together, as well as their die-hard fans.
This album has some amazing, heart-aching songs like “Jeannie’s Afraid of the Dark”, “The Dark End of the Street”, “We’ll Get Ahead Someday”, and “The Party”.
3. Ella and Louis (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong)
Did you know that Ella and Louis was the first duet album of these two great musicians?
What makes them a great pair is their ability to complement each other beautifully. While one could effortlessly bury oneself in Louis’s rich baritone voice, Ella’s smooth as silk voice is like a balm on pained heart.
Listening to Ella and Louis feels just like a light breeze feels on a spring morning. Some of the more well-known songs—or rather ballads—in this album are “Cheek to Cheek”, “Isn’t This A Lovely Day?” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”.
4. You’re All I Need (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell)
While the first duet album of these artists, United, is regarded as a classic, their second album is the one in which their great chemistry shines forth so strongly that you can’t help but feel enthralled. Released in 1968, You’re All I Need has timeless hits such as “You’re All I Need To Get By” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”.
5. Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway)
Last in the list, but by no stretch of imagination any less famous than the previous ones, is Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, released in 1972.
This album explores the highs and lows in love with great panache, with evergreen songs like “Where Is The Love”, “For All We Know”, “Come Ye Disconsolate” and “Mood”.
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