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by pljms
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: BB performed in a pub in SW London
Replies: 5
Views: 214

Re: BB performed in a pub in SW London

I did seem to be this site's sole representative at the gig and enjoyed it for no other reason than for the pleasure of hearing jazz musicians of the quality of pianist/arranger Geoff Castle, tenor saxophonist/flautist Kelvin Christiane and bassist Paul Morgan given plenty of solo room and really ge...
by pljms
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: BB performed in a pub in SW London
Replies: 5
Views: 214

BB performed in a pub in SW London

For those of us who are partial to a beer or three with our live music and who live in the London area, next Sunday the 15th singer Helen Theophanous is performing her 'Sings Bacharach' show at a lunchtime gig at the Bull's Head in Barnes. I can't say I know much about her other than that her song c...
by pljms
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1146
Views: 236451

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

Yes Martin, I remember watching the film 'Sky West and Crooked' on TV in the 60s and even as a child being able to recognise in its haunting, wistful theme the composer of 'Whistle Down The Wind'.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1jJ1Lq4PZ7o
by pljms
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Burt's Top 3 songs of all time(I know it's subjective)
Replies: 14
Views: 317

Re: Burt's Top 3 songs of all time(I know it's subjective)

Resisting the temptation just to trot out my personal favourites, I find it difficult not to concur with Bacharach himself when he names Alfie and A House is Not a Home as his best songs. He occasionally aIso mentions Anyone Who Had A Heart but I'd personally choose The Look of Love as my third choi...
by pljms
Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1146
Views: 236451

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

I've long thought that if Bacharach had ever written a sonata or sonatina for any given instrument the slow movement wouldn't have sounded too dissimilar to the andantino from Malcolm Arnold's sonatina for clarinet and piano from 1951. For those not in the know, Sir Malcolm Arnold was an English com...
by pljms
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4645

Re: Some Lovers in London

Yes, how refreshing it was to hear actors who can really sing and do justice to the songs. All four of them had their big numbers and they all harmonised impressively too. Highlights for me were Ben Richards and 'A Thousand Things That Were You', and the remarkably plaintive way he repeatedly sang t...
by pljms
Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4645

Re: Some Lovers in London

Talking of Andrew Lloyd Webber, he attended the show last Thursday evening as did Steven Sater, who I gather was in London throughout the show's short run. As for BB, he was a No-Show-Jones. Incidentally, ALW just happens to own The Other Palace Theatre.
by pljms
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4645

Re: Some Lovers in London

I saw the show for a second time last night and all the songs that were unfamiliar to me the first time made a much greater impression this time round, especially the opening number which has a gorgeous jazzy chord sequence to go with the ear-catching lyrics. The show's other recent addition would a...
by pljms
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4645

Re: Some Lovers in London

Molly Aren't We? Some Lovers Aren't We?/Another Start Love Me For An Hour Living With the Ghost A Hit For You Window Shoppin' & Dreamin' Dreams The Only Music I Understand The Girl Who Sang My Songs Hold Me A Thousand Things That Were You Welcome To My World Ready to be Done With You Every Other...
by pljms
Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4645

Re: Some Lovers in London

Lasting barely 90 minutes with just two characters played by a cast of four and with minimal set changes, Some Lovers is just too small-scale to be anything more than a off-off Broadway/London Fringe show. The songs that we've got to know mostly via YouTube sound terrific in the show, helped by the ...
by pljms
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4645

Re: Some Lovers in London

Martin Johnson wrote:I've only just discovered 'Welcome to My World' from the show and it impressed on first hearing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azMP2Vy0Raw


Thanks Martin, that's new to me as well and the more I hear of the score the more I like it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KBOYVjW4aI
by pljms
Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Article & Interview about Smith Center, Las Vegas show
Replies: 0
Views: 1225

Article & Interview about Smith Center, Las Vegas show

Found this online. I'm sure BB is delighted to be giving concerts again.

http://dtlv.com/2017/08/02/burt-bachara ... tunes-tow/
by pljms
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bacharach on BBC re plagiarism
Replies: 1
Views: 1343

Bacharach on BBC re plagiarism

This item was featured on the BBC website and on BBC Radio 5 Live this afternoon.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40813002
by pljms
Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4645

Re: Some Lovers in London

What I like about this song from the show is that it has Bacharach's stamp all over it, and how many songs of his have we been able to say that about the past 30 to 40 years? I remember when Josie James sang this in London a few years ago a notable frisson went around the audience at the start of t...
by pljms
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)
Replies: 34
Views: 8081

Re: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)

Martin, someone on that forum did actually suggest a name change for that individual after that ludicrous and frankly revealing post. In fact reading the posts of one or two on that forum is often an uncomfortable experience and you sense that what once might have been merely an admiration for Webb ...

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