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by Martin Johnson
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: New Elvis Costello album

I'm going to stick my neck out and predict that the version on the album of 'He's Given Me Things' is going to be a whole lot better than that live rendition. Here's another one of those three tracks that have been put out ahead of the album's official release next month, 'Unwanted Number': https://...
by Martin Johnson
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: New Elvis Costello album

I've yet to hear any of the songs co-written with Bacharach but the three tracks from the album I've heard so far have all been tremendous. This is 'Suspect My Tears':

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HNR8lJ7ThsE
by Martin Johnson
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 17
Views: 246

Re: Concert choice

In the thread concerning Swing Out Sister's new album I described the track 'Everybody's Here' as sounding like it might have been influenced by Michel Legrand and thought then that a thread dedicated to the great French composer was long overdue. We know what a class act the aforementioned Swing Ou...
by Martin Johnson
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 17
Views: 246

Re: Concert choice

Where does one start with Michel Legrand? One of my personal favourites is sung here by a vocalist often associated with the great composer, Jack Jones. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F9JOmpiSL3k I think that Jack Jones never sounded better than when he recorded all those Michel Legrand songs in the...
by Martin Johnson
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1207
Views: 290078

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

Bacharach always gets a big laugh when talking about Love's recording of 'My Little Red Book' during his concerts and the fact that he hated the way they changed the melody, hated the way they altered the chords but loved the fact that it was a hit. Although Smith took fewer liberties with 'Baby It'...
by Martin Johnson
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1207
Views: 290078

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

It's easy to forget, for me at least, that the Beatles once had a UK Top 10 hit with a Bacharach song, not in the 60s but in the 90s. I was reminded of this while watching a TV quiz show the other evening and a question came up regarding their lesser known hits, if anything by the Beatles can be so ...
by Martin Johnson
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Neil Simon 1927 - 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 389

Re: Neil Simon 1927 - 2018

'Seconds' is my personal favourite post-60s Bacharach song and it's a shame that it appears to be his one and only collaboration with Neil Simon. As for recordings of the song, I much prefer the version found on Bacharach's 'Futures' album featuring Joshie Armstead posted by Blue in this thread to G...
by Martin Johnson
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: R.I.P.—Aretha Franklin
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: R.I.P.—Aretha Franklin

I was an admirer rather than a particular fan and the only record I have of hers is an old Atlantic 'Best Of' compilation.
by Martin Johnson
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Sam Smith
Replies: 1
Views: 344

Re: Sam Smith

The name is vaguely familiar but I wasn't quite sure as to Sam's gender. As you didn't supply a video/audio example I checked out a few of the more watched items on YouTube and didn't hear anything in his singing voice or in the melodies and the chords to particularly enthrall. In fact I found the c...
by Martin Johnson
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: With A Voice
Replies: 19
Views: 1372

Re: With A Voice

I've been playing Bacharach on the old Joanna for over forty years and what I've found is that the best songs of his are not only very rewarding to play but my appreciation of them simply as pieces of music without the adornment of vocals and orchestral arrangement increases tenfold. 'With A Voice'...
by Martin Johnson
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: With A Voice
Replies: 19
Views: 1372

Re: With A Voice

I agree with you, Blair, regarding 'The Only Music I understand', although it wasn't until I saw the London production of 'Some Lovers' that I fully appreciated it. Very touching song, especially when the two male leads harmonise at the end. As for 'Every Other Hour', I loved that too and when Josie...
by Martin Johnson
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: With A Voice
Replies: 19
Views: 1372

Re: With A Voice

I have listened to this recording several more times now on a high powered computer and although I still can't quite make out all the lyrics this is so obviously top-notch Bacharach I'm embarrassed now that I didn't quite grasp it straight away. In my defence I can only suggest that it has to have b...
by Martin Johnson
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: With A Voice
Replies: 19
Views: 1372

With A Voice

With apologies to Chris1968 who's just posted this video in another slot, I thought given the 'buzz' surrounding the new song 'With A Voice' it deserved a thread of its own. Unfortunately I've been unable to attend any of the recent European concerts so this amateur recording taken from last night's...
by Martin Johnson
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 41
Views: 9244

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

I've been having a personal love affair with the track 'Everybody's Here' since I first heard the new album and Andy Connell's orchestration for the intro is so excuisite it gets me every time I hear it:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvjsSvphMak
by Martin Johnson
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 41
Views: 9244

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

From the same press launch gig last month here's their performance of a shortened 'Almost Persuaded', the utterly sublime title track of the new album. Not even the amateurish nature of the recording can obscure or diminish this song's sumptuous chord sequence: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ug6x2Pzb...

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