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by pljms
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Burt in Berlin, Germany, July 14th, 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 211

Re: Burt in Berlin, Germany, July 14th, 2018

Intriguingly the most sustained applause of the evening for an individual number was for 'Blanket of Capes', one of the new songs featuring lyrics by Melody Federer. Maybe because it was Bacharach's first vocal performance of the set and alone at the piano but the applause must have continued for up...
by pljms
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Burt in Berlin, Germany, July 14th, 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 211

Re: Burt in Berlin, Germany, July 14th, 2018

I am visiting the city at the moment and consider myself very lucky to have witnessed Bacharach's Berlin concert on Saturday evening which was stupendous for the amount of hits played and the reception he got from the audience, which if anything was even more enthusiastic than from a typical London ...
by pljms
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: BB at the RFH and wearing an England football shirt!
Replies: 2
Views: 258

Re: BB at the RFH and wearing an England football shirt!

I referred to the "usual medleys" in my review above but in fact the 2nd hits medley with the exception of 'Do You Know the Way to San Jose' has gone, so no 'One Less Bell to Answer', 'I'll Never Fall in Love Again' and 'Only Love Can Break a Heart'. And the same fate has met the medley of...
by pljms
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: BB at the RFH and wearing an England football shirt!
Replies: 2
Views: 258

BB at the RFH and wearing an England football shirt!

A set lasting more than two hours which apart from the usual medleys, Josie James's 'Anyone Who Had A Heart', Donna Taylor with 'Close to You' and the regular encore numbers, 'Any Day Now' and 'That's What Friends Are For', included Josie James again with 'Be Aware', Bill Cantos and 'My Little Red B...
by pljms
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 40
Views: 8017

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=ug6x2Pz...
by pljms
Wed May 23, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 40
Views: 8017

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

Here's a snippet from 2015 of what was to become 'Don't Give the Game Away' from the new album set for general release next month. While I don't think the album as a whole is up to the standard of 'Where Our Love Grows', two or three of the tracks must rank among the best things they've ever recorde...
by pljms
Mon May 07, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 90th birthday tribute in London, 12th & 13th
Replies: 1
Views: 676

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

At the Zedel Brasserie in central London. Two shows on the 12th, one on the 13th. However, it seems that two of the shows are already fully booked.
https://www.brasseriezedel.com/live-at- ... =138875823
by pljms
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1196
Views: 282616

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

I personally would walk ten miles in tight shoes to witness this fantasy BB set-list consisting of numbers he's never or rarely performed during his concerts including, surprisingly, several hits: Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa Please Stay Message to Michael You'll Never Get to Heaven Reach Out For Me...
by pljms
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1196
Views: 282616

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

Bacharach has stated on more than one occasion that he thought the recording of 'The Windows of the World' he arranged and produced for Dionne Warwick in 1967 lacked gravitas. I wonder what he made of Scott Walker's version from a year or so later?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kMClE9z6E3o
by pljms
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 40
Views: 8017

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

When this thread was started in 2004 the 'new' album under discussion was 'Where Our Love Grows', and here we are in 2018 with Swing Out Sister's latest album set for general release in June. 'Almost Persuaded' has already had limited availability since the end of 2017 as it was self released by SOS...
by pljms
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 189
Views: 53770

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

Blue, I think Corinne Drewery would be at home with any number of 60s classics and it was only the other day that I was mentally compiling a Swing Out Sister performs Bacharach album. They're so steeped in the music and the combination of Andy Connell's arranging skills with Corinne Drewery's subtle...
by pljms
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 189
Views: 53770

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

Taking a particular motif from a song and using it for the intro and fade on the recording is a very Bacharachian trait, and so is having female backing vocalists sing it wordlessly. Tony Hatch wrote 'When the Summertime is Over' with Jackie Trent and he also arranged and produced her recording of t...
by pljms
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 40
Views: 8017

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

nowmedical, I agree and I'm sure most of us have made discoveries through this forum, whether it be a particular composer, artist, album or Japanese jazz pianist! For me a good example is Swing Out Sister's 'Where Our Love Grows', an album I'd somehow overlooked for a dozen or more years but has sin...
by pljms
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 189
Views: 53770

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

Tony Hatch hasn't been referred to over the years as 'Britain's Burt Bacharach' for nothing and in common with his musical hero he's recorded instrumental versions of his hit songs which sometimes contain a harmonic sidestep or a quirky bit of orchestration. 'Where Are You Now' as sung by Jackie Tre...

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