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by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Two New Rarity Collections, Cont`d
Replies: 6
Views: 1645

Re: Two New Rarity Collections, Cont`d

Your youth is showing.
I agree that it sounds egregiously overdone now, but it was very much consonant with the arranging style(s) of its time.
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Aug 15, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Irish Times Article
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: Irish Times Article

I agree, especially considering that JW called it a day (apparently, a career) in his mid-forties. It has been privately murmured that JW`s coke habit and PCP overdose destroyed his ability to compose. If so, wouldn`t it be interesting to hear from Webb, himself, on the subject rather than the worth...
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Irish Times Article
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: Irish Times Article

I know I`m a minority of one in disliking "With a Voice" and "Live to See..." but I think "...St Augustine" and particularly "Blue Umbrella" are as good as his best with "Elvis Costello."
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 'Blue Umbrella'..'We Go Way Back'...'Whistling in the Dark' ..'Bacharach / Tashian
Replies: 10
Views: 677

Re: 'Blue Umbrella'..'We Go Way Back'...'Whistling in the Dark' ..'Bacharach / Tashian

With these songs (particularly for me, the title track) and Bridges, Burt is back - intentionally or not beginning to atone in a major way for the B-S years.
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 'Midnight Watch' ...new Bacharach / Tashian song.
Replies: 11
Views: 735

Re: 'Midnight Watch' ...new Bacharach / Tashian song.

This is a controversial opinion, but I think that Carole was the worst influence on Burt. Yes, pop music had changed by the eighties, but he should have let her write lyrics while he went ahead and composed the way he always had done. Does anyone think - seriously - that stuff like "Love Power" is a...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 'Midnight Watch' ...new Bacharach / Tashian song.
Replies: 11
Views: 735

Re: 'Midnight Watch' ...new Bacharach / Tashian song.

I didn`t want to be the first to say that, but I agree.
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 'Midnight Watch' ...new Bacharach / Tashian song.
Replies: 11
Views: 735

Re: 'Midnight Watch'

Can someone tell me what Tashian`s claim to fame is? He`s a good singer but until this project I had never even seen his name in print.
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: For Those Who Never Saw It...
Replies: 0
Views: 281

For Those Who Never Saw It...

...here`s the (semi)- live performance of "I Don`t Need You Any More" from a US late night show in `80. The vocals and keyboards are live but it`s the recorded orchestral backup.

Why, for godssake, didn`t Burt work more with Jackie?
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 5 new songs by Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian
Replies: 12
Views: 1376

Re: 5 new songs by Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian

My initial reaction was, "Nice, but nothing special" but after a few listens I loved it. I hope the rest are this good.
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat May 23, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: First released recording of 'Knowing When To Leave'
Replies: 13
Views: 1310

Re: First released recording of 'Knowing When To Leave'

I share your cousin`s opinion.
I`ll never understand why that song was substituted for the melodically superior and lyrically wittier, "Let`s Pretend We`re Grown-Ups."
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun May 17, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: First released recording of 'Knowing When To Leave'
Replies: 13
Views: 1310

Re: First released recording of 'Knowing When To Leave'

Paul, thanks for reminding me of Michele Lee. I always thought that she was beautiful and recall her singing this on The Ed Sullivan Show. (Too bad there`s no video clip). Although the opening bars of this arrangement scared me into thinking that I was about to hear Neil Diamond`s "Cracklin` Rosie",...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat May 16, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: First released recording of 'Knowing When To Leave'
Replies: 13
Views: 1310

Re: First released recording of 'Knowing When To Leave'

While I agree that she has a pleasant voice and she certainly was attractive, I can`t say that I like this version any better then Karen Carpenter`s.
But that`s just a matter of taste.
The real question is how she got to record it when she did.
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed May 13, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1249
Views: 593185

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

Before I kvetch, let me say that I liked Carpenters albums in general. Richard was a sympathetic (re)arranger of Burt`s compositions and not a bad writer himself. But Karen`s bland, sexless vocal here completely misses the point of the song. She`s just reading notes. It`s really (to my ears) just aw...
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 221
Views: 267524

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

I don`t know, blue. Until the chorus, it strikes me as sounding like an unused theme for a James Bond movie.