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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: 1310

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: 293

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: 177

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: 677

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 ...
by pljms
Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 'Midnight Watch' ...new Bacharach / Tashian song.
Replies: 11
Views: 735

Re: 'Midnight Watch' ...new Bacharach / Tashian song.

Having read Carole Bayer Sager's autobiography I think no one will be more surprised than her to see the 'Sometimes Late At Night' album written about in such glowing terms. She apparently didn't enjoy making it, thought that some of the orchestrations were too opulent for her limited singing voice ...
by pljms
Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:13 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 'Midnight Watch' ...new Bacharach / Tashian song.
Replies: 11
Views: 735

Re: 'Midnight Watch' ...new Bacharach / Tashian song.

We don't appear to be enjoying 'Midnight Watch' quite so much and perhaps it's because that while 'Bells of St. Augustine' had Bacharach's stamp as a composer all over it, this doesn't. Musical collaboration is something Bacharach has been engaging in on and off since the early 80s, long before he s...
by pljms
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Ennio Morricone 1928 - 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Re: Ennio Morricone 1928 - 2020

Even though he was very much his own man with his own unique musical 'voice', one or two of his scores betray a possible Bacharach influence. I have 'blue' to thank for introducing me to this and so much of Morricone's wonderful music.

by pljms
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Ennio Morricone 1928 - 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Ennio Morricone 1928 - 2020

It's just been announced that the great Italian film composer has died at the age of 91.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-53305397
by pljms
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Johnny Mandel 1925 - 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: Johnny Mandel 1925 - 2020

For many years I must admit I didn't know a huge amount about Johnny Mandel other than his name seemed to crop up quite a bit as the arranger on some favourite album tracks, like Diana Krall's 'I've Got You Under My Skin'. In this excuisite arrangement he appears to have been directly inspired by Cl...
by pljms
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Johnny Mandel 1925 - 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: Johnny Mandel 1925 - 2020

Another example of Johnny Mandel's genius is the theme to the movie 'Agatha' which with lyrics by Paul Williams became 'Close Enough For Love'. Although this has been covered by the likes of Peggy Lee and Tony Bennett for my money it's the recording by Pattie Brooks that is the most haunting and aff...
by pljms
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Johnny Mandel 1925 - 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Johnny Mandel 1925 - 2020

It's just been announced that the brilliant composer and arranger Johnny Mandel has died at the age of 94. Here he is with his own arrangement of probably his most famous composition:
by pljms
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1249
Views: 593183

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

I thought that this might have been posted here before but if it has I can't find it. Overall I like this version of 'Any Old Time Of The Day' by the curiously named Leslie Uggams.

by pljms
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 5 new songs by Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian
Replies: 12
Views: 1375

Re: 5 new songs by Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian

I think it's easily the best song I've heard from Bacharach since the still yet to be recorded 'With A Voice' was premiered in London two years ago. In the bridge after the line, "And the bells ring out their reminder", there's a bell-like figure played on the keyboards that reminds me of a very sim...
by pljms
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:48 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 5 new songs by Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian
Replies: 12
Views: 1375

Re: 5 new songs by Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian

Yes, the beguiling intro really draws you into the song and there's a killer chord change in the chorus which occurs on the word "Rome".
by pljms
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 5 new songs by Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian
Replies: 12
Views: 1375

Re: 5 new songs by Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian

Here's the song 'Bells Of St. Augustine':