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by Martin Johnson
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4224

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: 4224

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: 4224

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: 4224

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: 4224

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...
by Martin Johnson
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4224

Re: Some Lovers in London

I've only just discovered 'Welcome to My World' from the show and it impressed on first hearing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azMP2Vy0Raw
by Martin Johnson
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4224

Re: Some Lovers in London

Thanks Blair for posting the videos concerning New York Animals. One thing that strikes me about both that show and Some Lovers is the earnestness and the apparent lack of humour, which as we all know was such a vital ingredient in the success of Promises, Promises and its rich and varied score. Whi...
by Martin Johnson
Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4224

Re: Some Lovers in London

What I like about this song from the show is that it has Bacharach's stamp all over it, and how many songs of his have we been able to say that about the past 30 to 40 years? I remember when Josie James sang this in London a few years ago a notable frisson went around the audience at the start of th...
by Martin Johnson
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:55 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4224

Re: Some Lovers in London

I bought tickets for the second night and was informed that it is not a staged reading but a small-scale production. I suppose there's a chance that BB will be there for the opening night given that he doesn't need much of an excuse to come to London.
by Martin Johnson
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)
Replies: 34
Views: 7758

Re: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)

What with this forum's recent problems with spam, I've been spending more time visiting the equivalent pages of Jimmy Webb's official website and have come to the conclusion that the obvious respect and admiration we have for Webb on here is by no means fully reciprocated for Bacharach over there. I...
by Martin Johnson
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Looking for digitized albums with Burt singing
Replies: 1
Views: 1877

Re: Looking for digitized albums with Burt singing

On all his A&M albums from 'Reach Out' through to 'Woman' Bacharach actually only sang lead on a total of half a dozen tracks. He sang or half-spoke on a couple of tracks on his one subsequent studio album. 'At This Time', and sang 'Alfie' on both the 'One Special Night' and 'Live at the Sydney ...
by Martin Johnson
Sun May 21, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Burt and Tonio K. Original Demos CD Track Listing
Replies: 8
Views: 2826

Re: Burt and Tonio K. Original Demos CD Track Listing

When you consider that there's virtually no precedent for the truly great songwriters producing anything of note once they're past their mid-60s, including the likes of Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Irving Berlin, then it puts this collection of song demos from the nineties and noughties into som...
by Martin Johnson
Tue May 16, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4224

Re: Some Lovers in London

In the same year that London saw another revival of Promises, Promises this is more good news. I think that 'Every Other Hour' and 'Hush' from the show are two of the better songs Bacharach has composed in the last twenty years or so.
by Martin Johnson
Wed May 10, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)
Replies: 34
Views: 7758

Re: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)

That Webb has often been his own worst enemy in both his personal life and his career is evidenced throughout this ultimately rather depressing book. I like the line in which he concedes that alongside Leonard Cohen's records nothing empties a room quicker than the playing of a Jimmy Webb album. I r...
by Martin Johnson
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)
Replies: 34
Views: 7758

Re: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)

Thanks for posting the interview, Blair. As usual he's a thoughtful, engaging and witty interviewee, but being a fan there's not a lot there I didn't know already. However, his memoir is a very different story. More on that when I've finished it.

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