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by Martin Johnson
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Remember New York Animals?
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: Remember New York Animals?

Re Snow White, are the songs that bad to be kept under wraps for over twenty years? If Bacharach won't touch them with a barge pole, why hasn't BA Robertson, once a successful recording artist in his own right, cut them or is their association with a failed project and the resulting falling out with...
by Martin Johnson
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Remember New York Animals?
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: Remember New York Animals?

Blue, you can hardly be accused of "banging on" about something I can't remember being mentioned before in the seven years I've been parking my bike on this forum.
by Martin Johnson
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 178
Views: 38487

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

Hadn't heard of Cousteau till today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uQJ2uFhurM This wouldn't be the first time a record by a British act featuring a prominent repeated melodic phrase on the flugelhorn or trumpet got people talking about Burt. When Brit Pop was at its height in the mid-90s Blur ha...
by Martin Johnson
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1181
Views: 247178

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

Sara, I believe the 'Shapes and Patterns' album was released about the time they did some concerts in the UK with Bacharach in '97. Having made that connection I hope that he's got to hear some of the beautiful stuff they've released since that he more than anyone did so much to inspire, like the in...
by Martin Johnson
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Herb Alpert's next album includes new Bacharach-Costello composition
Replies: 10
Views: 1391

Re: Herb Alpert's next album includes new Bacharach-Costello composition

I couldn't agree more. Has Bacharach ever featured any of these songs in concert? I certainly can't remember any in the several I've attended in recent years.
by Martin Johnson
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1181
Views: 247178

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

We all know that Swing Out Sister have been inspired by most of the best writers but they very rarely cover them. 'Wives and Lovers' at the Royal Albert Hall when they supported Bacharach is one exception and another is Laura Nyro's 'Stoned Soul Picnic', which I believe has been part of their live ...
by Martin Johnson
Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 178
Views: 38487

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

Thanks Sara, I'd forgotten what a beautiful chord progression 'Deja Vu' had. Talking of which, In the space of just a few short years Paul Weller of the Jam had gone from writing three chord thrashes to the gorgeous 'The Paris Match' which has the kind of sophisticated harmonic sequence Bacharach or...
by Martin Johnson
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1181
Views: 247178

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

Martyn and Martin, thanks for the videos of which only 'Kaleidoscope Affair' wasn't new to me. The sad irony is that by the time Swing Out Sister's 'Kaleidoscope World' was released in '89 it had already been many years since either Bacharach or Jimmy Webb had written anything that remotely resembl...
by Martin Johnson
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1181
Views: 247178

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

I remember back in the late 90s Swing Out Sister supported Bacharach at the Royal Albert Hall, something that singer Corinne Drewery described in a radio interview from a few years back as "inspirational". She also said something to the effect that being introduced to him was that rare occ...
by Martin Johnson
Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Keely Smith
Replies: 3
Views: 146

Re: Keely Smith

Yes, she was a classy singer with a very distinctive voice (and vowel sounds). I loved her high energy duets on record with Louis Prima although their contrasting personas stage act when seen now on old TV footage seems more than a little strained. I believe she was the first mainstream singer to re...
by Martin Johnson
Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1181
Views: 247178

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

When is a song not a song? When it's an instrumental. I've long thought that this is one of Burt's most ingenious tunes, played here on the piano. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NsFOgRmdVDs Paul, people calling purely instrumental pieces of music which have never had lyrics attached to them "so...
by Martin Johnson
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1181
Views: 247178

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

The instrumental section which makes up the last 1min 20secs of 'Where in the World' from Swing Out Sister's 'Kaleidoscope World' album is pure aural bliss:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGE56t_xuv8
by Martin Johnson
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1181
Views: 247178

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

'Forever Blue', I think you have the title of your autobiography right there, Blue. Although Swing Out Sister as producers engaged Jimmy Webb to do the string arrangement on that track and 'Precious Words', it was 'You On My Mind' which I think most showed his influence as a writer, particularly his...
by Martin Johnson
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Walk on By
Replies: 2
Views: 222

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: 244

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 ...

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