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by Martin Johnson
Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Story Behind the Song: Raindrops Keep Fallin'
Replies: 15
Views: 945

Re: Story Behind the Song: Raindrops Keep Fallin'

Sara D wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 5:34 am
........if Bacharach hadn't prevented him from adding those grace notes in two or three places.
I'm with Bacharach on this. Far from adding anything to the song I think that BJ Thomas's grace notes actually detract from it.
by Martin Johnson
Wed Feb 17, 2021 1:09 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: R.I.P. Chick Corea
Replies: 6
Views: 783

Re: R.I.P. Chick Corea

One of the things I most admired about Chick Corea was that he was no jazz snob, often expressing his love for melodic pop music in press interviews and in fact the first time I saw his name credited on a record sleeve was in the late 60s as the pianist on seven of the eleven tracks of Stan Getz's B...
by Martin Johnson
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Two more Bacharach & Tashian songs
Replies: 8
Views: 1281

Re: Two more Bacharach & Tashian songs

Perhaps in the future when music historians write about how Bacharach's music was revitalised late in his career through his various collaborations with the likes of Billy Mann, Melody Federer and Daniel Tashian, these two songs won't be among the several they might reference.
by Martin Johnson
Sun Jan 10, 2021 3:54 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bacharach Baroque by The Renaissance (complete album)
Replies: 5
Views: 1572

Re: Bacharach Baroque by The Renaissance (complete album)

Because of the brilliantly executed vocals I think the record by The Renaissance works a whole lot better than the much more well known 'Bacharach Baroque' album by the 18th Century Corporation, which once you got over the novelty of hearing Bacharach's music played by a small chamber group perhaps ...
by Martin Johnson
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks
Replies: 13
Views: 3027

Re: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks

Despite its status as a bonus track 21st Century Man is probably my favourite song on the EP alongside Bells Of St Augustine. However, until the ending gave it away, I don't think I would have guessed it was a Bacharach composition had I not known because of its relative simplicity.
by Martin Johnson
Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Great Divide
Replies: 6
Views: 2135

Re: The Great Divide

That's helpful and it's a shame it's not accompanied by the complete lyrics as I still can't make out much in the line of the second verse that comes between "Gotta cool the anger down" and "See the truth through others eyes". Judging by the video footage the recording must have taken place before t...
by Martin Johnson
Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Great Divide
Replies: 6
Views: 2135

Re: The Great Divide

It must be a breath of fresh air for Bacharach to just occasionally be presented with a lyric which isn't about Love and in this instance it seems to have really inspired him. However, maybe it's just me but I can only make out about 80% of the lyric.
by Martin Johnson
Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Irish Times Article
Replies: 5
Views: 1982

Re: Irish Times Article

That Bacharach is still composing at all in his nineties is noteworthy enough, that he's composed songs of the quality of 'With A Voice', 'Bells Of St. Augustine' and 'Blue Umbrella' in the last two years I'd say is nothing short of remarkable. Re Bacharach's impressive longevity, I've done some ch...
by Martin Johnson
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 'Blue Umbrella'..'We Go Way Back'...'Whistling in the Dark' ..'Bacharach / Tashian
Replies: 10
Views: 2908

Re: 'Blue Umbrella'..'We Go Way Back'...'Whistling in the Dark' ..'Bacharach / Tashian

Blair, in referring to 'Bridges' I'm sure you must have meant 'Bells' as in the 'Bells Of St. Augustine'. That's still my particular favourite but I also like at least two of the others.
by Martin Johnson
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 'Midnight Watch' ...new Bacharach / Tashian song.
Replies: 11
Views: 3125

Re: 'Midnight Watch' ...new Bacharach / Tashian song.

I don't think it's that controversial, Blair. Looking at it on purely artistic grounds, I think the partnership with Carole Bayer Sager represents the nadir of Bacharach's career. To my knowledge, no one has yet to record a 'Sings the Songs of Bacharach and Bayer Sager' album and I can't imagine tha...
by Martin Johnson
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Ennio Morricone 1928 - 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 2332

Re: Ennio Morricone 1928 - 2020

In the last twenty months we've lost composers of the stature of Francis Lai, Michel Legrand, Johnny Mandel and now Ennio Morricone, all utterly irreplaceable.

by Martin Johnson
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Johnny Mandel 1925 - 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 2216

Re: Johnny Mandel 1925 - 2020

His score for the movie 'I Want To Live' from the late 50s was very jazzy and featured baritone sax virtuoso Gerry Mulligan. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=w-icBrcfNhs&list=OLAK5uy_kIHMbw_UNnqUknarOW-yCh4RCuxIC_2wI&index=1 Hearing that score just makes me want to see the movie. I'd almost forgotten ...
by Martin Johnson
Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1262
Views: 665405

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

We've discussed 'Any Old Time Of The Day' quite a bit on here and the general consensus was that Bacharach didn't put enough emphasis on the "Call me and I'll be there" refrain on the original recording by Dionne Warwick. Stan Getz obviously thought along the same lines because his version puts it c...
by Martin Johnson
Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 5 new songs by Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian
Replies: 13
Views: 3769

Re: 5 new songs by Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian

While I was initially put off by the ridiculous "First new music in 15 years" hype surrounding its release, I found the song itself to be immediately attractive and also quite haunting once I'd listened to it a few times.
by Martin Johnson
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: First released recording of 'Knowing When To Leave'
Replies: 13
Views: 4195

Re: First released recording of 'Knowing When To Leave'

I forgot to mention in my post that I really enjoyed listening to the wonderfully named Bambi McCormick and her recording of Knowing When To Leave. She sings bang in the middle of the range I like to hear a woman's voice and I hope that more tracks from her album become available on the net, particu...