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by pljms
Fri May 17, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: JW - Slipcover
Replies: 10
Views: 421

Re: JW - Slipcover

I've had a quick listen to several of the tracks on YouTube and my personal favourite so far is the only Webb song on the album, The Moon's A Harsh Mistress. I think he really does justice to this tune, both melodically and harmonically. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dT6PjQuELuQ&list=OLAK5uy_k7W...
by pljms
Fri May 17, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: JW - Slipcover
Replies: 10
Views: 421

Re: JW - Slipcover

blueonblue wrote:Where are the vocals ?

'blue'


blue, it's an album of solo piano renditions. He said in an interview that these were some of his favourite tunes to play alone at the piano.
by pljms
Wed May 15, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: R.I.P.—Doris Day
Replies: 9
Views: 452

Re: R.I.P.—Doris Day

By making her last movie in 1968 when only in her mid-40s and effectively giving up on her singing and recording career at the same time she was living proof of the old adage, "Quit while you're ahead". I know that she made some recordings in the 80s which saw the light of day on an album ...
by pljms
Sun May 12, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: R.I.P.—Peggy Lipton
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: R.I.P.—Peggy Lipton

I associated Peggy Lipton with an obscure Jimmy Webb song which was a single release for her in early '69. The fact that the title of the song includes the words 'county' and 'line' suggests that her producer Lou Adler might just have asked Webb for something to remind listeners of his most recent h...
by pljms
Fri May 10, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Bacharach/Costello Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 1139

Re: New Bacharach/Costello Composition

Finally posted on YouTube, here is 'Everyone's Playing House'.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wlAyFC_ZDBk
by pljms
Tue May 07, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 12
Views: 734

Re: Hiromi in the UK

At the moment I don't think I'll be making the trek up to Manchester, although that could change nearer the time. However, there's certainly more chance of me going to that gig than to see Bacharach's overpriced shows with Joss Stone at the now ghastly Eventim Apollo in July.
by pljms
Sun May 05, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 12
Views: 734

Re: Hiromi in the UK

I think it's a real shame Hiromi isn't playing London or anywhere else in the 'sultry south' for that matter as Manchester is just too far to travel and return on the same night for us poor wretches that like to be able to relax and have a few drinks. Still, the more I watch videos like this the mor...
by pljms
Thu May 02, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 12
Views: 734

Re: Hiromi in the UK

What is it about Oriental female pianists? If the Japanese Hiromi is the most exciting pianist in jazz at the moment then the Chinese Yuja Wang is probably the equivalent in the classical music world. I saw Yuja Wang give a stunning solo recital at London's Barbican Hall last year which included no ...
by pljms
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Les Reed 1935 - 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 1068

Re: Les Reed 1935 - 2019

I couldn't agree more, blue, and it's a bit of an anomaly that despite writing twice as many hits as Tony Hatch he's probably only half as famous. I believe this was Les Reed's first hit as a writer and it's a record that practically screams "1964!" at you. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iF...
by pljms
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Les Reed 1935 - 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 1068

Re: Les Reed 1935 - 2019

I'd forgotten that Les Reed was responsible for Gene Pitney's second hit with the number twenty-four in the title, '24 Sycamore', originally recorded by Wayne Fontana.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tD9PX2KHNsA
by pljms
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Les Reed 1935 - 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 1068

Les Reed 1935 - 2019

The British composer Les Reed wrote many a 60s hit including It's Not Unusual, There's A Kind Of Hush, Here It Comes Again, Delilah, Les Bicyclettes de Belsize and The Last Waltz. My personal favourite was the song of his that probably owed the most to Bacharach, If We Lived On The Top Of A Mountain...
by pljms
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song
Replies: 11
Views: 1311

Re: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song

I was curious to see if I recognised 'Pretty Ballerina' by Left Banke and I do, just.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Ep5x-DETc
by pljms
Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Bacharach/Costello Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 1139

Re: New Bacharach/Costello Composition

Bacharach and Costello registered ten songs with ASCAP in February 2014: Don't Look Now Everyone's Playing House He's Given Me Things I Looked Away I've Always Had Men Look Up Again Photographs Can Lie Shameless Taken From Life You Can Have Her So after Everyone's Playing House is released tomorrow ...
by pljms
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Guess Who's coming to dinner
Replies: 3
Views: 804

Re: Guess Who's coming to dinner

I think it's fair to say that Paul Anka wrote one or two songs in the mid-60s that showed a strong Bacharach influence, particularly 'When We Get There' sung by Kiki Dee. Outside of Dusty Springfield I think Ms Dee was probably the most soulful female singer to emerge in the UK during the 60s and Mo...
by pljms
Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Bacharach/Costello Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 1139

Re: New Bacharach/Costello Composition

Apparently 'Everyone's Playing House' was registered with ASCAP by Bacharach and Costello in 2014. Here's the cover to the EP and I see that the 12 inch vinyl disc is selling for the not inconsiderable sum of £23.99. A friend of mine who's heard the Bacharach song on Apple Music told me it's "j...

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