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by pljms
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:56 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bacharach Baroque by The Renaissance (complete album)
Replies: 5
Views: 420

Re: Bacharach Baroque by The Renaissance (complete album)

A collection of Bacharach's music that could almost rival the 'Bacharach Baroque' album by The Renaissance for both its rarity and lack of coverage on the forum is 'The Burt Bacharach and Hal David Treasury' by Terry Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus. Released in 1971 this 4 LP box set consisted of no...
by pljms
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bacharach Baroque by The Renaissance (complete album)
Replies: 5
Views: 420

Bacharach Baroque by The Renaissance (complete album)

Many years ago a friend of mine told me he was convinced that The Swingle Singers had recorded an album of Bacharach hits in the same style as their Bach albums. I eventually found out that the album he'd heard was in fact by an American group based in LA called The Renaissance and was entitled 'Bac...
by pljms
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Bell That Couldn't Jingle
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Re: The Bell That Couldn't Jingle

It will give you some idea how totally ignored this song must have been here in the UK when a dedicated long-term Bacharach follower like myself could be completely unaware of its existence until the mid-90s, over thirty years after the first recording by Paul Evans. Here is that 45 from December 19...
by pljms
Fri Dec 18, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Sun Also Rises: new Bacharach & Federer song
Replies: 3
Views: 395

Re: The Sun Also Rises: new Bacharach & Federer song

I think that The Sun Also Rises, The Great Divide and Bridges are all terrific songs and I believe we're all in Melody Federer's debt for inspiring Bacharach in what were supposed to be his declining years but which are proving to be anything but.
by pljms
Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks
Replies: 13
Views: 1279

Re: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks

I might be 'whistling in the dark' here, to quote one of the EP's song titles, but while A Quiet Place sounds like Daniel Tashian merely added lyrics to an already fully composed piece by Bacharach, the more concise structure of 21st Century Man and the naturalness in which the words scan with the m...
by pljms
Sat Dec 05, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks
Replies: 13
Views: 1279

Re: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks

I think '21st Century Man' is a beguiling gem and the old Bacharach trait of the repeated motif fade ending featuring the flugelhorn and strings wouldn't have sounded out of place on one of his A&M albums from the late 60s and early 70s. Several tracks from Bacharach's A&M albums have a repeated in...
by pljms
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks
Replies: 13
Views: 1279

Re: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks

Blair, I've Googled their names and discovered that Sarah Buxton is a country singer in her early 40s who had several minor hits on the country charts between 2006 and 2010, while Jessie Baylin is a singer-songwriter in her mid-30s who's released three or four albums of what's described as an amalga...
by pljms
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Origin of This Guys In Love
Replies: 14
Views: 4642

Re: Origin of This Guys In Love

After some quick research on the web,(about 14 minutes)Danny Williams did indeed record "That Guys In Love" on Deram Records DML1017(LP) released in GB. On this same album is Burt and Hal's "Love Was Here Before The Stars"also recorded by Brian Foley on Kapp. The release date says 1968, but it prob...
by pljms
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bacharach/Sondheim connection
Replies: 8
Views: 6070

Re: Bacharach/Sondheim connection

I remember going to see a performance of the revue Side By Side By Sondheim in London in 1976 and experiencing the same frisson of excitement when hearing 'Another Hundred People' as I did the first time I heard some of the songs from Promises, Promises. The number was introduced in the musical Comp...
by pljms
Sat Oct 10, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Great Divide
Replies: 6
Views: 1152

Re: The Great Divide

It sounds like classic Bacharach to me and there's a naturalness in the way the lyrics scan with the melody which hasn't always been apparent in the more recent songs. It also has an immediacy that engages you right from the start.
by pljms
Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1251
Views: 624771

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

Yes she's lip-syncing but this is the first time I've seen Bobbie Gentry perform her UK no.1 hit version of 'I'll Never Fall In Love Again'. By the time this first charted in the early autumn of 1969 the song had already been a hit on Broadway for several months but Bobbie Gentry's recording was the...
by pljms
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: First released recording of 'Knowing When To Leave'
Replies: 13
Views: 2819

Re: First released recording of 'Knowing When To Leave'

The whole of her album has just been posted on YouTube. Worth hearing for the 2nd track which begins at 3:04, Jimmy Webb's beautiful song 'I Keep It Hid', or as she sings it "I Kept It Hid":
by pljms
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Irish Times Article
Replies: 5
Views: 995

Re: Irish Times Article

Although frustratingly we still only have the amateur video of the concert performance by Bacharach featuring John Pagano to go on, I think 'With A Voice' is classic Bacharach and having learned to play it on the piano I know that harmonically it has his stamp as a composer all over it. As for 'Live...
by pljms
Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:11 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Instrumentation resource?
Replies: 1
Views: 635

Re: Instrumentation resource?

I doubt very much if those arrangements still exist physically anywhere and I wonder if even Bacharach himself would have access to them anymore. Someone with exceptionally good ears is going to have to repeatedly listen to the records to try and work out the instrumentation and the numbers involved...
by pljms
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:05 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 'Blue Umbrella'..'We Go Way Back'...'Whistling in the Dark' ..'Bacharach / Tashian
Replies: 10
Views: 1667

Re: 'Blue Umbrella'..'We Go Way Back'...'Whistling in the Dark' ..'Bacharach / Tashian

Apparently the five tracks that make up the EP have been in the can for about a year and I wonder if they weren't tempted in the interim to expand the project to a ten or twelve song album? While I think 'Bells Of St. Augustine' is the outstanding song, 'Blue Umbrella' and 'We Go Way Back' are real ...