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by Martin Johnson
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 42
Views: 9849

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

A couple of my former work colleagues in Japan saw Swing Out Sister perform in Tokyo on Thursday evening and told me they were exceptional, which augers well for their London show next month. Here they are with 'Chuo Freeway', a song that Corinne Drewery wrote with Yumi Arai. The video features Cori...
by Martin Johnson
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Burt in Carmel-by—the-Sea
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Re: Burt in Carmel-by—the-Sea

It's taken years for Bacharach to feel at ease addressing an audience and now he seems to enjoy it so much he's positively garrulous. I must admit I tend to prefer it if my favourite artists keep the talk down to an acceptable minimum, so going to a Jimmy Webb gig for me now is totally out of the qu...
by Martin Johnson
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 26
Views: 899

Re: New Elvis Costello album

For me at least it's astonishing that it's virtually twenty years to the day since the release of 'Painted From Memory'. For such a superb collection of songs it's disappointing that it's really only 'God Give Me Strength' and 'This House is Empty Now' that have been covered by other artists. Here'...
by Martin Johnson
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 20
Views: 687

Re: Concert choice

I first knew the song as sung in French from the film 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg' but the first time I remember hearing it in English as 'I Will Wait For You' it was sung by Matt Monro:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=awlZs_7Xnz4
by Martin Johnson
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 26
Views: 899

Re: New Elvis Costello album

'Under Lime' is by far the most complex both musically and lyrically of the thee songs released so far but none the worse for that:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xMKkQtH75R8
by Martin Johnson
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 26
Views: 899

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: 26
Views: 899

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: 20
Views: 687

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: 20
Views: 687

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: 1208
Views: 295351

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: 1208
Views: 295351

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: 539

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: 420

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: 430

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: 1686

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'...

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