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by pljms
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 18
Views: 1840

Re: Hiromi in the UK

I think Carmen McRae's recording of 'Alfie' is pretty stunning and I just love her phrasing.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5ozYKIWfRpQ
by pljms
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Middle age crazy OST
Replies: 5
Views: 424

Re: Middle age crazy OST

I'd forgotten what a killer set of chords 'Just Friends' has.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bfGtCjIgnsU
by pljms
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: JW - Slipcover
Replies: 14
Views: 1350

Re: JW - Slipcover

Whenever I hear Jimmy Webb himself performing Wichita Lineman or any one of the dozens of cover versions it really can sound like "just another song" and it was Glen Campbell and his producer/arranger Al De Lory on the original recording who supplied the magic and have given the song its ...
by pljms
Tue May 28, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: JW - Slipcover
Replies: 14
Views: 1350

Re: JW - Slipcover

Yes, I think Webb got a bit carried away there in his excitement at the release of his new album with that remark about Gershwin. However, I think the publishers of a soon to be released book about Wichita Lineman by British music journalist and biographer Dylan Jones will be more than a bit disappo...
by pljms
Sun May 26, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1224
Views: 377139

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

I disagree with him about 'Painted From Memory'.....but apart from that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbtQ9SnkvVA 'blue' I could have done without the terms "easy listening" and "cheesy". I wonder if he's one of us? Watching the 1962 British film 'It's Trad, Dad', known in th...
by pljms
Fri May 17, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: JW - Slipcover
Replies: 14
Views: 1350

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: 14
Views: 1350

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: 1102

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: 530

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: 1852

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: 18
Views: 1840

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: 18
Views: 1840

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: 18
Views: 1840

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: 1748

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: 1748

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

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