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by pljms
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 247

Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Francis Lai's music was by far and away the best thing about 'The Bobo', which despite being a vehicle for Peter Sellers was a remarkably unfunny film. The beautiful and haunting theme entitled 'Imagine', so typical of Lai, was performed on the soundtrack by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra. https://m....
by pljms
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 46
Views: 10725

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

I entirely agree. I was in the balcony, and by the time the sound reached there it was often a thumping mess. Bit like a school disco from the 1970s. I think "a thumping mess" sums up the sound on Tuesday evening perfectly. I assume they did a sound check beforehand so maybe the bass-heav...
by pljms
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 46
Views: 10725

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

Just on my way home from SOS's gig at Islington Assembly Hall in North London and I have to say the show was marred for me by the exaggerated volume of the bass guitar which not only made for a very muddy sound overall but which for a large part of the evening managed to drown out both the keyboards...
by pljms
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 247

Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

I've just listened to BBC Radio 4's obituary show 'The Last Word' which this week featured Francis Lai (pronounced 'Lie') and they played a powerful piece of his that was originally from the soundtrack of 'Un Homme et une Femme' and which was adapted for use as the theme to BBC TV's current affairs ...
by pljms
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 247

Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

I believe 'Vivre pour Vivre' was Francis Lai's second major film score after 'Un Homme et une Femme'. Here is the main title theme sung in the picture by Annie Girardot.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-zMzjaMf9i0
by pljms
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 247

Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Where do I begin to tell the story of Francis Lai?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=al8pqHSkKDQ
by pljms
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Streisand "Walls"
Replies: 6
Views: 465

Re: Streisand "Walls"

Hearing Michael McDonald on 'What The World Needs Now' took me back to the mid-70s when his distinctive voice could be heard singing background on tracks by everyone from Steely Dan to Christopher Cross. Then he joined The Doobie Brothers and the rest as they say.........
by pljms
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 55
Views: 2362

Re: New Elvis Costello album

Assuming the beautiful 'Look Up Again' has lyrics it seems a shame to me that EC didn't include it on the new album. To my ears it's as musically strong if not stronger than any of the three collaborations with BB that were included and, just as important, it sounds 100% Bacharach. https://m.youtube...
by pljms
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 55
Views: 2362

Re: New Elvis Costello album

I think the trend for people to move inexorably to the right politically as they reach middle-age, no matter how much of a liberal lefty they once were in their youth, is quite universal. Certainly in my experience I've never known any individual to move in the opposite direction from the right to t...
by pljms
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 55
Views: 2362

Re: New Elvis Costello album

Grace Slick's autobiography 'Somebody To Love' was a lucky find for me in what we in the UK call a charity shop. It's as candid, honest and funny as you'd hoped it would be and I re-read it every three or four years. As you can imagine, she's especially good regarding San Francisco in the late 60s a...
by pljms
Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 55
Views: 2362

Re: New Elvis Costello album

Blair mentioning the 'Who Are These People?' track from 'At This Time' reminded me that we've never solved the mystery of just who was the uncredited female lead vocalist alongside Elvis Costello? All we really established was that it was neither Donna Taylor nor Josie James, Bacharach's long-term ...
by pljms
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 55
Views: 2362

Re: New Elvis Costello album

Blair, when BB did some London dates in the summer of either '06 or '07 Rufus Wainwright performed 'Go Ask Shakespeare', but I can't recall anything else from the 'At This Time' album being played either that night or at any subsequent London show.
by pljms
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 55
Views: 2362

Re: New Elvis Costello album

If Bacharach's only contribution to 'He's Given Me Things' is but a single chord change then I doubt if it was much more for this collaboration from more than a decade ago. My feeling is that even a team of highly skilled musicologists would struggle to detect a single note of Bacharach in this. htt...
by pljms
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 22
Views: 1184

Re: Concert choice

Steveo, 'Pieces Of Dreams' is my personal favourite of Legrand's after 'Watch What Happens'. As we've already heard it sung in this thread here's Michel Legrand's beautifully orchestrated instrumental version. Listen out for all the flugelhorns near the beginning. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Cad8W...
by pljms
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 55
Views: 2362

Re: New Elvis Costello album

I see the album has entered the UK chart at No.14, very high by his recent standards. Here's EC's collaboration with Carole King, 'Burnt Sugar is so Bitter', which has echoes of Steely Dan in places.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ukPhF9VAo8E

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