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by Martin Johnson
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Walk on By
Replies: 2
Views: 72

Re: Walk on By

I think, Steveo, you must be referring to the harmonic sequence which features the lyrics, 'and I start to cry each time we meet' and 'and so if I seem broken in two'. The fact that I hadn't noticed the similarity before after fifty-three years suggests to me that it wouldn't have been too obvious t...
by Martin Johnson
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Magic Moments of BB
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Re: Magic Moments of BB

This show was first performed at the Cadogan Hall on Valentine's Day 2012 and has returned to the same venue three or four times since, the show from 2013 with Paul Gambaccini narrating being broadcast on BBC Radio 2. It's obvious that the various singers involved with this show over the years have ...
by Martin Johnson
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:41 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1154
Views: 239426

Re: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)

It's a shame that Bill Evans didn't record more Bacharach. I was at a record fair in west London a couple of weekends ago when I stumbled upon a Bobby Timmons LP from the late 60s entitled 'Do You Know The Way'. As the title suggests, it includes 'San Jose' and also 'This Guy's In Love'. As this alb...
by Martin Johnson
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Smaller venues ilke the Blue Note
Replies: 8
Views: 281

Re: Smaller venues ilke the Blue Note

I should imagine that at this stage of his career the need to perform in front of an audience with all the adulation that goes with it is as great as his urge to create. If he plans to celebrate his 90th birthday next year with a series of concerts then his best bet is to come to London where he kno...
by Martin Johnson
Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Smaller venues ilke the Blue Note
Replies: 8
Views: 281

Re: Smaller venues ilke the Blue Note

As long as BB can still sell-out venues like the Royal Festival Hall and the London Palladium which he did on his last UK tour he won't need to play smaller venues. Besides, I doubt if they could afford him.
by Martin Johnson
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: BB performed in a pub in SW London
Replies: 5
Views: 295

Re: BB performed in a pub in SW London

nowmedical, you can book tickets in advance online but not tables. You can also pay at the door. As for food, you can only eat in the pub's dining room next door. The music room is small and so to increase the seating capacity there!s usually no tables, especially when they know it's going to be bus...
by Martin Johnson
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: BB performed in a pub in SW London
Replies: 5
Views: 295

Re: BB performed in a pub in SW London

I can't think of a better way of spending a Sunday afternoon and thanks for the info. The Bull's Head has long been famous as a venue for live jazz and I must have attended more than two hundred gigs there over the last twenty years or so. It's a five minute stroll from The Rising Sun, a pub a certa...
by Martin Johnson
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1154
Views: 239426

Re: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)

Rare and obscure Bacharach/ David track.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOkDNscpN3Q 'blue' I can't imagine that the producers of this TV show pilot engaged the talents of Bacharach, Hal David and Jack Jones for just a 47 second track so my guess is that this is an excerpt from a much longer rec...
by Martin Johnson
Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Burt's Top 3 songs of all time(I know it's subjective)
Replies: 14
Views: 459

Re: Burt's Top 3 songs of all time(I know it's subjective)

What I feel to be Bacharach's best and what are my personal favourites are two different things entirely. Here's my three at the top of the former list:

A House is Not a Home
Alfie
The Look of Love
by Martin Johnson
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1154
Views: 239426

Re: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)

I know what you're driving at, pljms, and hearing that excerpt from the sonatina again after many years got me thinking of another of Malcolm Arnold's beguiling small-scale works from the 50s, the serenade for guitar and piano: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XotKL6rdUgw When I was very young in the 6...
by Martin Johnson
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 5183

Re: Some Lovers in London

Kudos are long overdue on this thread to the cast of Ben Richards and Aaron Kavanagh who played the older and younger Ben and Gemma Wardle and Genna Innes who both played Molly for singing so admirably and performing the songs with such musical intelligence and emotional conviction. If the rumours a...
by Martin Johnson
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 5183

Re: Some Lovers in London

I went again on the final night on Saturday and the thing that struck me most this time was that despite the 16 or 17 songs having Bacharach’s musical imprint all over them they’re not obviously derivative of anything he’s written before and in fact most of them sound remarkably fresh and original. ...
by Martin Johnson
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 5183

Re: Some Lovers in London

Yes Blair, it was the first song of the new London production of the show that included the 'Don't Fuck With Me' line. Thanks to the world of rap it's far from unique as a title.
by Martin Johnson
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 5183

Re: Some Lovers in London

No, I too don't recall the song The Only Music I Understand being featured in this production. Comparing new Bacharach songs with his 60s classics and finding them wanting has been going on since, well, 1970 and I think by now it's a fairly fruitless exercise. However, I personally think that writin...
by Martin Johnson
Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 5183

Re: Some Lovers in London

Apparently the show's been re-jigged quite a bit since the San Diego production in 2011 with two new songs and is still being regarded very much as a 'work in progress'. There are plans for a full London production in the near future, although I too wonder if it could play a big West End theatre. ht...

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