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by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 'Midnight Watch' ...new Bacharach / Tashian song.
Replies: 3
Views: 121

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: 3
Views: 121

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: 75

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: 768

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: 12
Views: 757

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: 12
Views: 757

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: 12
Views: 757

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: 577129

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: 263150

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.
by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bloodied But Unbowed
Replies: 0
Views: 626

Bloodied But Unbowed

I once had occasion to state the names of two singers to whom I would listen, even if I disliked the song(s) being sung. One was Carmen MacRae; the other , Andy Williams whose Columbia out-takes have recently been issued on Real Gone/Columbia. It`s been a long time since I`ve listened to Andy and I ...
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Waltzes
Replies: 12
Views: 6008

Re: Waltzes

Let`s not forget this chestnut. It was a huge hit for, I believe, Jane Morgan. But everybody and his dog covered it. This arrangement for Anna Maria Alberghetti is a bit treacly but it`s the original version from the Broadway musical Carnival. When it was made into a movie (re-titled Lili), Leslie C...
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: HERE, at last, is the jazz release from Real Gone
Replies: 0
Views: 826

HERE, at last, is the jazz release from Real Gone

https://shop.realgonemusic.com/products ... s-2-cd-set
Man, I had an inexplicably horrible time posting this morning and I just fucked up the whole thing.
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Two New Rarity Collections, Cont`d
Replies: 4
Views: 1107

Two New Rarity Collections, Cont`d

Sorry, I lost the Edit Function. ...and I needn`t tell pop fans how great this will be: https://shop.realgonemusic.com/products/andy-williams-emperor-of-easy-lost-columbia-masters-62-72-cd This includes a Bacharach song I`ve never heard of, "A Question of Love." There`s some dispute as to whether Bo...
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Only Laura Nyro Performance You`ll Ever Need
Replies: 9
Views: 14965

Re: The Only Laura Nyro Performance You`ll Ever Need

Martin, there`s a lot of melodic stuff on this album: "Brown Earth", "He`s a Runner", "Emmie", "Timer"... what`s not to like?
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Only Laura Nyro Performance You`ll Ever Need
Replies: 9
Views: 14965

Re: The Only Laura Nyro Performance You`ll Ever Need

Sara,thank you for posting this. I`ve just ordered it. It`s seemingly - and incredibly - not being released in the US. Her later albums were melodically lovely although lyrically lame but, god, wasn`t she superb in her prime!