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Pavarotti's rare duets with Sting, Bono and James Brown are set to be released for the first time / Tucson.com

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Decca Records are releasing six live performances by the late great Italian operatic tenor - whose full name was Luciano Pavarotti - with some of world's biggest rock and soul stars. The special release is to accompany Ron Howard's film about the star - who died in 2007 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 71 - which features never-before-seen footage, concert performances and intimate interviews. The songs are from the 'Pavarotti And Friends' charity concerts, which took place in Modena, Italy - the 'Nessun Dorma' hitmaker's hometown - between 1992 and 2003 to benefit War Child and more. It was there Pavarotti teamed up with U2 frontman Bono for a performance of Schubert's 'Ave Maria'. The Bono and Bocelli tracks will feature on the documentary's soundtrack 'Music From The Motion Picture: Pavarotti'. The rest off the duets will be available on 'Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits', comprised of three discs.

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