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by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: ...Or This (Maybe Closer to the Comfort Zone)
Replies: 3
Views: 78

Re: ...Or This (Maybe Closer to the Comfort Zone)

Ron, I think you`ll like these two albums as well. In `72 Sergio Mendes made his last album for A&M. Whether to atone for the attrition of Brasilian music on his recent albums or to store up Karmic brownie points for the egregious acts of prostitution he was about to commit with Bell Records, Pr...
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: ...Or This (Maybe Closer to the Comfort Zone)
Replies: 3
Views: 78

...Or This (Maybe Closer to the Comfort Zone)

Milton Nascimento`s first album (I think) shares a few tracks with his first A&M album, Courage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBa2Z28oPRU&list=OLAK5uy_n_anwpTn5P7Z34GJdBAyMbS5rqnmwgt4s I know that some are aware of him, but his prolific recording career is little known in the U. S. (Then,...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Give This a Shot
Replies: 0
Views: 71

Give This a Shot

Since the early 70s, I have heard very few pop music figures who penetrated my self-enshrouded "cloud of unknowing." In the 90s (already solidly middle-aged) I heard and liked Fiona Apple and Liz Phair. A few years ago I found Nneka (yes, two "n"s) who seems to have vanished arou...
by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1218
Views: 343963

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

These "specials" (as they were called in the U. S.) were the subject years ago here of much clamor for their DVD release. I opined that there were probably too many licensing problems given the number of performers who appeared and (often) lip-sync-ed their recordings. But now - in the (la...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Only Laura Nyro Performance You`ll Ever Need
Replies: 3
Views: 514

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

I just stumbled across this incomplete demo of a song called "In and Out" from the `66 Verve sessions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygjqSb1AjxA
by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Dionne Album
Replies: 7
Views: 579

Re: New Dionne Album

The break with Bacharach/David was certainly not a "blessing" as she disingenuously stated. She was engaged, as we all know, for years in litigation over their (well, really, just Bacharach`s) breach of contract. She hasn`t had any really good material since then. Whatever the state of the...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Dionne Album
Replies: 7
Views: 579

Re: New Dionne Album

If this isn`t at least a partial reunion with Burt, it will be just another uninteresting album that almost no-one will care about.

We`re getting close to the end here. It`s now or never.

Sorry if this sounds cold but it`s true.
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: RIP -Michel Legrand
Replies: 18
Views: 1510

Re: RIP -Michel Legrand

Oh, no. Not Babs!
As much as I dislike most jazz singing and genuinely loathe jazz guitar, I always was in awe of Carmen McRae (and even grudgingly put up with Joe Pass on this rendition): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjeqHJGyx88
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: RIP -Michel Legrand
Replies: 18
Views: 1510

Re: RIP -Michel Legrand

I`m on record as being less than enamored of LeGrand`s compositions. Nevertheless, this song (covered by everyone and his dog in the `60s) received its definitive due by this still horribly underrated group: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlSbd3OR-to Their albums are still accessible on YouTube and...
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Only Laura Nyro Performance You`ll Ever Need
Replies: 3
Views: 514

The Only Laura Nyro Performance You`ll Ever Need

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4R1Hzdf0Uk
I feel bad for everyone who wasn`t around and young back then.
(BTW, you`ll see - among many rare and great photos - a shot of Laura with Miles. She wanted to work with him on New York Tendaberry but he said that there was nothing he could add to it).
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: lesser known 60's/70's Bacharach songs
Replies: 3
Views: 535

Re: lesser known 60's/70's Bacharach songs

Not blasphemy at all. I agree that her voice is thin and often forced. (Dionne commented later, "Nothing against Stephanie but those waters are deeper than they look"). This whole project, in fact, is a hive of unanswered questions in my mind. First, why didn`t Burt offer these songs to (s...
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: One That Got By Me
Replies: 2
Views: 452

One That Got By Me

I owe forum participant Blue for alerting me to this utter obscurity from `66 or so: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoV0X82c4CFtzsms3qz8G_vizCjvQp_yf (This can also serve as a post-script to my reply below which, I now see, reads a little on the snotty side. It`s an oft-mentioned flaw of int...
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: lesser known 60's/70's Bacharach songs
Replies: 3
Views: 535

Re: lesser known 60's/70's Bacharach songs

Here; do yourself a favor: https://www.amazon.com/Burt-Bacharach-Song-Serene-Dominic/dp/0825672805/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1548287849&sr=1-1&keywords=bacharach+song+by+song --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 32
Views: 5210

Re: Concert choice

For some reason, I found both Cat Stevens and Christopher Cross to be unlistenable. But I didn`t mind this three or four hit wonder. I never bothered with his albums but the singles showed a higher-than-average melodic sense. I wonder why he vanished so fast. From `73: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 32
Views: 5210

Re: Concert choice

To hit all of the "famed" jazz clubs in the City can now be accomplished in a single night at the Vanguard. The others, whose names you`ve seen on the back of old vinyl album covers, long ago receded into history. The Blue Note is one of those excruciatingly "hip" venues I would ...

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