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« on: September 03, 2019, 02:47:20 AM »

There had been a duets topic on my old hobby forum before it was scuppered and for some reason it hasn't been revived on the new one. Reason enough to start one here.

I was prompted to do so by a remarkable Mozart duet I heard this morning. "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" (Men who feel the call of love) is sung by Pamina and Papageno in Act One, scene two of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte). The interesting thing is that they are not singing to or about each other! Pamina is singing about her Tamino and Papageno about his Papagena, although you wouldn't know it from the lyrics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV82NkhnD0o

https://www.oxfordlieder.co.uk/song/1387

There is at least one example of this state of affairs in pop. Mickey & Sylvia's "Love Is Strange", which initially seems like a love duet between them, ends with this exchange:

"Sylvia"
"Yes, Mickey"
"How do you call your lover boy"
"Come here, lover boy"
"And if he doesn't answer"
"Oh lover boy"
"And if he still doesn't answer"
"I simply say
[sung] Baby, oh baby
My sweet baby, you're the one"
[sung by both] "Baby, oh baby
My sweet baby, you're the one"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mvN05MSa48

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Is_Strange
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2019, 02:45:25 AM »

This is my all-time favourite Motown duet. Apart from the sincerity simply dripping off it, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Your Precious Love" has the most wonderful bridge--those chords, that bass line! Roll Eyes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzo1ODMmymA

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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2019, 01:46:21 PM »

Another favourite duet of mine is "Don't You Want Me" by The Human League from their superb album Dare! (every track a winner).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPudE8nDog0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_You_Want_Me
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2019, 02:14:50 PM »

More up to date now... I'm not the world's biggest hip hop fan but I find this duet from 2002 between Nelly and Kelly Rowland most touching.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WYHDfJDPDc

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilemma_(song)
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2019, 01:34:10 AM »

This is pretty heart-warming. Seems Larry and Rosemary bonded on the bipolar condition they share:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raOkacevBWI
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2019, 08:28:11 PM »

The best duet - better than any in this thread, at least by now Tongue - is Mary Hopkin with Oasis (80s Oasis): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ls73oeUwZ_4

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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2019, 10:44:46 AM »

It was mod Viper at the old Capitol BB MB who turned me onto this gorgeous duet by The Tubes--"Don't Touch Me There". Take it away, Re Styles and Fee Waybill!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTd3PrTzSPY
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« Reply #7 on: Yesterday at 06:47:53 AM »

How could I forget this extraordinary duet by Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra? (Slowdive did a great cover.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb-SVPJM4L4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Some_Velvet_Morning
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