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by pljms
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Ennio Morricone 1928 - 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 139

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: 5
Views: 139

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: 223

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: 223

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: 223

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: 577124

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: 768

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: 768

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: 768

Re: 5 new songs by Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian

Here's the song 'Bells Of St. Augustine':
by pljms
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1249
Views: 577124

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

I hope it's not too long before I'm able to visit Berlin again. In the meantime here's the lovely German singer Marion Maerz with that Bacharach and David gem 'Einsaime Träume'
by pljms
Sun May 17, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: First released recording of 'Knowing When To Leave'
Replies: 12
Views: 755

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

Michele Lee sings well but every time I hear her recording of this song I wonder if it was bad musical judgment or just plain incompetence that caused the arranger Ernie Freeman to ignore the crucial chord change that's supposed to occur in the middle of the song's long chorus, an interval acknowled...
by pljms
Sun May 17, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: First released recording of 'Knowing When To Leave'
Replies: 12
Views: 755

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

The real question is how she got to record it when she did. That's something probably only Bambi McCormick would now remember. However, I think the reason why she, Michele Lee and even Hugo Montenegro got their hands on 'Knowing When To Leave' so early and were able to record their versions before ...
by pljms
Sat May 16, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: First released recording of 'Knowing When To Leave'
Replies: 12
Views: 755

First released recording of 'Knowing When To Leave'

I've just discovered that the first recording to be released of the much covered 'Knowing When To Leave' was by someone called Bambi McCormick. No, I've never heard of her either but her version was issued on her self-titled album in late 1968, preceding the opening night of 'Promises, Promises' by ...
by pljms
Wed May 13, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1249
Views: 577124

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

Most if not all of us will be familiar with the Carpenters' version of 'Knowing When to Leave' from their Bacharach and David medley recording. However, they later recorded another version of the song for a different medley and on this the tempo is significantly less breakneck. Here it is isolated f...
by pljms
Tue May 05, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bacharach performing 'A House Is Not A Home' in 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 629

Bacharach performing 'A House Is Not A Home' in 2020

From the broadcasting company Sirius XM and from the same session in March this year in which he accompanied Melody Federer, here's Burt Bacharach performing an abridged version of 'A House Is Not A Home' alone at the piano.