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by pljms
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 17
Views: 246

Re: Concert choice

In the thread concerning Swing Out Sister's new album I described the track 'Everybody's Here' as sounding like it might have been influenced by Michel Legrand and thought then that a thread dedicated to the great French composer was long overdue. We know what a class act the aforementioned Swing O...
by pljms
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 17
Views: 246

Re: Concert choice

Jack Jones is nearly forgotten now, but around `69 or `70 made a wonderfully weird album called L. A. Breakdown consisting of what at the time were considered to be "standards" along with three Randy Newman songs that fit in not at all: the title track, "I Think It`s Going to Rain To...
by pljms
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 17
Views: 246

Re: Concert choice

Where does one start with Michel Legrand? One of my personal favourites is sung here by a vocalist often associated with the great composer, Jack Jones.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F9JOmpiSL3k
by pljms
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: New Elvis Costello album

Here's an excerpt from an interview Elvis Costello gave on BBC TV to promote the new album. In it he talks about how the three songs on the album written with Bacharach were originally intended for a new musical. He doesn't say which one but whatever it is it sounds like it's not going to see a prod...
by pljms
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1207
Views: 290076

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

It's easy to forget, for me at least, that the Beatles once had a UK Top 10 hit with a Bacharach song, not in the 60s but in the 90s. I was reminded of this while watching a TV quiz show the other evening and a question came up regarding their lesser known hits, if anything by the Beatles can be so...
by pljms
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: R.I.P. ... Vincent Cole
Replies: 15
Views: 576

Re: R.I.P. ... Vincent Cole

Full of old-school courtesy, his posts on this forum were always so positive and generous. He'll be sadly missed.
by pljms
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 'LISA' ?
Replies: 4
Views: 278

Re: 'LISA' ?

blue, this recording is so rare that not even Stefan Wesley, a former member of this parish and a well-known Bacharach collector and archivist, had a copy. I'm beginning to suspect that the only people who might have heard it are Mr Ingmann's nearest and dearest.
by pljms
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 'LISA' ?
Replies: 4
Views: 278

Re: 'LISA' ?

blue, in Serene Dominic's book, Burt Bacharach: Song By Song, "Lisa" is compared to the character of Holly Golightly from 'Breakfast At Tiffany's - lovely, alluring and alone. Rather than being about one specific woman, famous or otherwise, I'd say it's more than likely about beautiful wom...
by pljms
Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Neil Simon 1927 - 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 389

Neil Simon 1927 - 2018

Anyone who has seen a production of Promises, Promises will know just how brilliantly funny Neil Simon's book is.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co ... s-45316069
by pljms
Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Burt Bacharach London 2018 on BBC Radio 2
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: Burt Bacharach London 2018 on BBC Radio 2

Here are excerpts from Melody Federer's performances of 'Bridges' and 'Blanket Capes' from one of Bacharach's Royal Festival Hall shows in July. As you'll see, for both of these songs she was accompanied solely by Bacharach at the piano. https://m.facebook.com/MelodyFedererMusic/?locale2=en_GB https...
by pljms
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Burt Bacharach London 2018 on BBC Radio 2
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: Burt Bacharach London 2018 on BBC Radio 2

Unfortunately they cut the two new songs written with Melody Federer (“Bridges” e “Blanket Capes”) ... If the Radio 2 producer hadn't decided to feature the three hit records at the start of the program there would have been more than enough time to include the two Melody Federer songs. Sara, I can...
by pljms
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1207
Views: 290076

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

Thanks Chris. I've always imagined that playing drums while singing would be difficult, but a lot less so if you're lip-syncing instead. Knowing When to Leave has earned the reputation for being Bacharach's most recorded non-hit song, why even string quartets have cut it. https://m.youtube.com/watch...
by pljms
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: With A Voice
Replies: 19
Views: 1372

Re: With A Voice

I've been playing Bacharach on the old Joanna for over forty years and what I've found is that the best songs of his are not only very rewarding to play but my appreciation of them simply as pieces of music without the adornment of vocals and orchestral arrangement increases tenfold, and 'With A Voi...
by pljms
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: With A Voice
Replies: 19
Views: 1372

Re: With A Voice

As for 'Every Other Hour', I loved that too and when Josie James sang it at the Festival Hall in and around 2012 two thousand people held their breath, and I was one of them. Martin, before 'With A Voice' I think hearing Josie James singing 'Every Other Hour' at the Festival Hall in 2013 was the la...
by pljms
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Love Story ST?
Replies: 2
Views: 337

Re: Love Story ST?

Blair, I've been familiar with the story of Jimmy Webb's 'Love Song' being rejected as the theme to 'Love Story' in favour of Francis Lai's and Carl Sigman's 'Where Do I Begin', leading to Lai scoring the movie, for decades. However, until only yesterday and on a similar forum to this I had never be...

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