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by Martin Johnson
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 38
Views: 6332

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...
by Martin Johnson
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 38
Views: 6332

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

SOS did a London club gig a few weeks ago to preview the new album and here they are performing one of my favourites from it, the Michel Legrand influenced 'Everybody's Here':

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8mUtnyskJOs
by Martin Johnson
Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 189
Views: 49547

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

... Blair and Martin: I've just been lifted out of "the rut" referred to here. ... Often forget how compelling a voice Randy Crawford possesses and I do pick up on the "sounds like BB" vibe - especially with the 2 words "People Alone". ..... Easy to imagine how Dionne ...
by Martin Johnson
Thu May 10, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 90th birthday tribute in London, 12th & 13th
Replies: 1
Views: 431

Re: 90th birthday tribute in London, 12th & 13th

Although we're all aware how performing Bacharach can unravel those not accustomed to his ways, I was sorely tempted by this show on the evening of the great man's 90th birthday. However, an 'unmissable' jazz gig closer to home and featuring some of the cream of London's jazz musicians has won the d...
by Martin Johnson
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Cover of "The Balance of Nature"
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: New Cover of "The Balance of Nature"

Very nice. Your voices blend well together.
by Martin Johnson
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 189
Views: 49547

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

It's no coincidence that Tony Hatch is by far and away the most featured composer/arranger in this thread and here's another one of his superbly crafted gems, words and music. As soon as we hear the intro we know we're in Bacharach influenced territory once again and the way the female backing vocal...
by Martin Johnson
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 38
Views: 6332

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

Scenes of Swing Out Sister in the studio last summer recording one of the new album's many beautiful and haunting tracks, 'All in a Heartbeat':

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wHbQ5yWcJps
by Martin Johnson
Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK Tour 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 2346

Re: UK Tour 2018

I better not say that I'm also going to be away from London on those days or there might just be a spate of burglaries!
by Martin Johnson
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 189
Views: 49547

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

I`m sure I posted this years ago but we`re in such a rut here anyway another rerun can`t hurt. The song was actually composed by Lalo Schifrin whose major claim to fame (as American Baby Boomers will recall) was writing the theme for the TV show Mission:Impossible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7...
by Martin Johnson
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 38
Views: 6332

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

I visited Tokyo last week for the first time in fourteen years and discovered amongst other things that Swing Out Sister seemed to have lost none of their popularity and for instance twenty years after it was a huge hit in Japan I was still hearing 'Now You're Not Here' on the radio. I know it's bec...
by Martin Johnson
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1196
Views: 275483

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

I was sent this by a friend who described it as "archetypal Bacharach & David" and who thought it obscure enough for me not to know it. Well, I know the song but not this recording by Leslie Uggams. I think this is very good but my personal favourite version is by Jackie Trent from an ...
by Martin Johnson
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Little-known JW Gem
Replies: 7
Views: 1141

Re: Little-known JW Gem

It's always a joy to hear Thelma Houston and her 'Sunshower' is still my favourite album written, arranged and produced by Jimmy Webb. Maybe if he'd also arranged and produced his songs on 'Breakwater Cat' the results would have been better. However, I think that 'Gone' has stood the test of time bu...
by Martin Johnson
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: London Jazz Musicians 'Explore' Bacharach
Replies: 2
Views: 734

Re: London Jazz Musicians 'Explore' Bacharach

I've seen all four musicians play in many different bands but never with each other. As for the venue, I've been just the once and it has the two most important prerequisites for a jazz club and that is it's within staggering distance of a tube station and that there's a bar in the music room. At le...
by Martin Johnson
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 38
Views: 6332

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

I don't really have a favourite Swing Out Sister track but my wife's favourite is 'Where Do I Go" and being a sensible chap I commend her on her choice. I think we're firmly back in Bacharach territory with this one:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xNjdeq0QjkE

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