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by pljms
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bacharach in the UK Summer 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 572

Re: Bacharach in the UK Summer 2019

You're dead right, David, regarding Bacharach and David's celebrity as songwriters in the UK during the 60s. I recall that almost every time one of their songs was played on the radio, whether it was the BBC or one of the pirate stations, the DJ would drop their names or at least Bacharach's. Of cou...
by pljms
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: R.I.P.—Nancy Wilson
Replies: 3
Views: 61

Re: R.I.P.—Nancy Wilson

Yes, Nancy Wilson was a class act. She cut a number of Bacharach classics over her long career and this particular recording from the 60s I heard for the first time only about a year ago.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fm2K-GPKBGc
by pljms
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1211
Views: 310653

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

A great Bacharach & David song which was a minor hit for Jackie Deshannon and which sounds like it may have been written with Gene Pitney in mind, especially the way she harmonisers with herself in the verses: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lEMOi7YGA2M 'A Lifetime Of Loneliness' would come prett...
by pljms
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bacharach in the UK Summer 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 572

Re: Bacharach in the UK Summer 2019

My sources say Burt doesn't like the heat of LA in July and prefers the more temperate UK, hence his annual visits for the past few years. Except that it hasn't been too temperate in July these past few summers, especially this year when we were actually hotter than LA at the time of his two concer...
by pljms
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bacharach in the UK Summer 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 572

Bacharach in the UK Summer 2019

The news that Bacharach is headlining The Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival in Birmingham on July 14th suggests that he'll be touring the UK again next summer with more dates to be confirmed. After the reception he received in Berlin back in July and the promise he gave to return, perhaps he's pla...
by pljms
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 57
Views: 4607

Re: New Elvis Costello album

It's typical of EC to be so candid about the creative process of his songwriting because he's as much a 'muso' as the rest of us! I dislike it when songwriters are deliberately vague about the art of collaboration and they say things like, "I think I wrote the melody to the verses and he may ha...
by pljms
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 50
Views: 12603

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

We were stood downstairs and I have to admit that I didn't notice any negative vibes coming from other audience members in my immediate vicinity regarding what I considered to be the very poor sound balance. The same can be said as we were all trooping out at the end of the gig when everyone else se...
by pljms
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Why Didn`t Miles Ever Record "Alfie"?
Replies: 2
Views: 357

Re: Why Didn`t Miles Ever Record "Alfie"?

There were of course honourable exceptions like Stan Getz, Cal Tjader, Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins, but major jazz musicians on the whole tended to bypass Bacharach in the 60s because they considered him to be a 'pop' composer. Apparently Miles Davis was obsessive about seeming to be 'cool' and 'hi...
by pljms
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 887

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: 50
Views: 12603

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: 50
Views: 12603

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: 887

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: 887

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: 887

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: 878

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.........

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