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by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: How Does A Man Become a Puppet vs. She's Gone Away
Replies: 6
Views: 100

Re: How Does A Man Become a Puppet vs. She's Gone Away

It was one of those "after-the-fact" constructions as a song (like "Where There`s a Heartache' cobbled together from "Come Touch the Sun.") It was conceived as an instrumental and should have been left that way.
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: I Say a Little Prayer Rehearsal Film from 1966
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: I Say a Little Prayer Rehearsal Film from 1966

That`s not the only instance of Burt criticising his original arrangement and then proceeding to use it for his own recording. He claimed he had "the wrong groove" for Dionne`s version of "Close To You" and that Richard Carpenter had "nailed it." He also thought that "Windows of the World" should ha...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: I Say a Little Prayer Rehearsal Film from 1966
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: I Say a Little Prayer Rehearsal Film from 1966

In agreement with one of the YT commentators, I love the goofy face Dionne pulls around 2:45.
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New album in 2020?
Replies: 12
Views: 413

Re: New album in 2020?

The title of "What the World Needs Now" has been extended by two words.
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New album in 2020?
Replies: 12
Views: 413

Re: New album in 2020?

A&M never did issue a second "hits" collection under any title in the US and were happy to allow all of his albums to go out of print shortly after Woman bombed commercially. Of course, the early `80s was also the early CD era, but Burt`s albums weren`t re-issued in that form until...honestly, I can...
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New album in 2020?
Replies: 12
Views: 413

Re: New album in 2020?

The Portraits album was released around `74 in the US with the more pedestrian title, Greatest Hits.
What was never released in the US until its inclusion on the Something Big set was the first live album on A&M. I could never figure out why.
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New album in 2020?
Replies: 12
Views: 413

Re: New album in 2020?

Sara, that has been my assumption too for quite a while. I was surprised to read the hint that he may be reconsidering. I`ve never quite understood his position given that many other top-shelf artists not known for their indifference to profit (notably, Paul Simon) continued to record and release mu...
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New album in 2020?
Replies: 12
Views: 413

New album in 2020?

Some months back an article was posted here that supposedly suggested an album of new material slated for release in the coming year. I recall skimming the piece but apparently missed the mention. Does anyone recall it or have any more recent information?
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 26
Views: 24122

Re: Hiromi in the UK

Well, here`s the next best thing:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Solo-Live-Blue ... 976&sr=8-1
I saw her more than once at this venue and seated only inches away. She is a phenomenal musician and live presence.
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The beginning of a New Year
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Re: The beginning of a New Year

Speaking of New York Animals (which I have always thought had a stronger score than Some Lovers - despite the latter stealing a song or two from the former), I have a fantasy of Burt making an album with Jo Lampert. It will never happen. Burt has said that he will never do a project with a singer ag...
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 26
Views: 24122

Re: Hiromi in the UK

I`ve just resolved my access problems, which is why I`ve been away for a while.
I`m curious to know what those who saw Hiromi in either Manchester or London thought of her, since I feel partially responsible for stimulating interest.
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 26
Views: 24122

Re: Hiromi in the UK

Martin, you`re right. Much of of Carmen`s later work was inferior; but chiefly due to producers who gave her crummy material. The Monk album, `though was really good.
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 26
Views: 24122

Re: Hiromi in the UK

Renee is great! But don`t miss Hiromi. I once had reservations for a performance by Carmen McRae -the only singer I ever really loved -at the (then-new) Blue Note. Something that I can`t recall caused me to miss the gig and she died not long after. Here`s a great show of the kind I missed: https://w...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Middle age crazy OST
Replies: 5
Views: 8342

Re: Middle age crazy OST

It was released, `though, on the Sometimes Late at Night album.
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: JW - Slipcover
Replies: 14
Views: 14634

Re: JW - Slipcover

True enough, but I don`t think the song merits a 288 page book. The Webb/Campbell story is wearyingly well-known and I don`t think we need the author`s fantasia on the narrative of the lyric. I`ll pass.