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by scotsgreg
Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Starbucks' new Bacharach compilation CD
Replies: 5
Views: 3021

Starbucks' new Bacharach compilation CD

Anyone checked out Starbucks' new Bacharach offering, which appears to be another compilation of the usual suspects? Just curious as to whether any of the cuts offer studio intros, extended or alternate takes or anything otherwise collectable. http://www.starbucksstore.com/Various-Artists---Music-by...
by scotsgreg
Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: any news about "Gift of the Magi"
Replies: 43
Views: 20196

Re: any news about "Gift of the Magi"

Tisk, tisk (sic), indeed. Apart from his weakly worded, inaccurately spelled and condescending assessment of what is clearly intended to be a simple chamber musical waxing nostalgic over lost love, the critic's comprehension of Bacharach is likewise limited, given that Bacharach's fumbled 1970s outp...
by scotsgreg
Wed May 04, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: any word on "Gift of the Magi"?
Replies: 5
Views: 2249

Re: any word on "Gift of the Magi"?

The link below offers the last legitimate article I've seen on the show's progress. According to the piece, following the earlier Los Angeles workshops, an additional workshop had been intended for this month with an anticipated late fall opening intended to capitalize on the Christmas theme of the ...
by scotsgreg
Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: favorite version of "Alfie"?
Replies: 12
Views: 4880

Re: favorite version of "Alfie"?

Without question, one of my very favorite versions is this rare recording of Warwick performing the song on a television talk show in the early-1970s:



Truly stunning.
by scotsgreg
Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:28 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Always Something There To Remind Me-1st recorded by Warwick!
Replies: 29
Views: 9543

Re: Always Something There To Remind Me-1st recorded by Warwick!

While it's true that Warwick turned down what in retrospect may appear to have been obvious hits, it's important to remember that she may been presented with drafts of arrangements that altered her perception of the commercial merits of the songs and whether or not they were a good personal fit for ...
by scotsgreg
Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The "Life Walker" song...
Replies: 6
Views: 2842

Re: The "Life Walker" song...

I can't definitively speak to when the song was written, but the recording can't be any older than the late-1980s or early-1990s at the very earliest, based upon the arrangement and production. But at that time, he was still immersed in delivering the kind of accessible, undemanding tunes he'd been ...
by scotsgreg
Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:51 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Two contrasting BB songs on 'SOTS'
Replies: 12
Views: 3464

Re: Two contrasting BB songs on 'SOTS'

For a moderator to leave a site at the mercy of spammers like this is frankly ludicrous. Still, I'm a great believer in the old maxim that if something is worth doing it's worth doing properly and the level of spam on this site, especially the pornographic stuff, is something that we really should ...
by scotsgreg
Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:21 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1264
Views: 668134

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

Surreal? How about this? (Jones' and Duncan's delivery is a little stilted, but the arrangement clearly has the maestro's fingerprints and he himself makes a bizarre cameo as a band leader conducting a Sousa-styled march of 'Alfie' near the end.)

by scotsgreg
Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Gershwin Prize
Replies: 6
Views: 3214

Re: Gershwin Prize

Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney 'lightweight diversions?' I'm all for supporting recognition of Burt Bacharach's music and appreciate the general cynicism of recent posters regarding the endless and increasingly meaningless proliferation of awards, but I think characterizing these two tremendously ...
by scotsgreg
Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:17 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time-2010 Edition
Replies: 4
Views: 2164

Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time-2010 Edition

Has anyone noted whether or not any Bacharach songs were included in Rolling Stone's newly released list of the 500 greatest songs of all time this time around? If my memory serves me correctly, it seems like 'Walk On By' and 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' both made a previous edition of their list, altho...
by scotsgreg
Fri May 07, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Bacarach/Slater collaboration
Replies: 2
Views: 1247

Re: The Bacarach/Slater collaboration

Hi, Steve. It's my understanding that the project currently being developed by Bacharach and Sater is a musical adaptation of O. Henry's 'The Gift of the Magi,' although it's unclear to me whether or not any potential producers or backers are actually involved at this point. In the meantime, Sater i...
by scotsgreg
Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:36 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: "Raindrops" Redux
Replies: 9
Views: 3669

Re: "Raindrops" Redux

They did. It was just a few days after I rejected it, but before Richard Nixon declined.
by scotsgreg
Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:24 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Discussion Board is STale
Replies: 46
Views: 17558

Re: Discussion Board is STale

Wow. What a challenging song to sing well! Even on Dionne, who performs it passionately and with conviction, it sounds like it's near the top of her belt range. And I'm pretty certain the only live orchestra is the one that swells at the end before the backing track's fade-out. I remember reading so...
by scotsgreg
Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Bacharach song
Replies: 35
Views: 13892

Re: New Bacharach song

I have absolutely and unexpectedly fallen in love with this song and relish the live performance by Karima, Mario Biondi and Bacharach himself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il5f0n58Gyk&feature=related The single is gorgeous, but particularly in this live arrangement, Bacharach's fingerprints are e...
by scotsgreg
Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:11 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Burt on NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me"
Replies: 5
Views: 2389

Re: Burt on NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me"

I think the host simply experienced an error in memory in recounting the anecdote. From the Lyndon B. Johnson biography on the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service website related to the Johnson Family Cemetery: 'Though often plagued with poor health, he spent his final years writ...