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by Martin Johnson
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: R.I.P.—Aretha Franklin
Replies: 2
Views: 80

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: 151

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: 804

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: 804

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: 804

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: 804

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: 8368

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: 8368

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: 41
Views: 8368

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: 54551

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: 746

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: 1206

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: 54551

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: 41
Views: 8368

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: 3385

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!

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