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by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Smaller venues ilke the Blue Note
Replies: 8
Views: 165

Re: Smaller venues ilke the Blue Note

Someone has to say this: There is no-one on earth who hasn`t seen/heard Bacharach live by now if they ever wanted to do so. I would like him to stop the seemingly eternal greatest hits touring and return to L. A. to supervise the release of whatever quality music has been stashed in "the vault&...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4645

Re: Some Lovers in London

Forty or fifty years ago, I would have agreed with you, Peter. The Top 40 in my day consisted of music far more diverse in nature than the then-current "British Invasion" and Motown hits. It was in that era, of course, when Burt had his greatest commercial success. Yet, two subsequent gene...
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4645

Re: Some Lovers in London

Apparently, "The Only Music..." is in this production, after all, but broken up by dialogue. A shame.
In addition, "Don`t Fuck With Me" is now the first song performed.
by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Red Alert
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Red Alert

The score has been available on Spotify for aeons; its sudden appearance on cd was what made me wonder if there was a commercial motivation.
by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Red Alert
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Red Alert

Does this mean that the movie (which I had assumed to have been buried long ago) is about to receive a wide release?
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4645

Re: Some Lovers in London

This is the only song from the show I ever really liked (despite the male singer`s unfortunate vocal similarity to Mandy Patinkin):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPK6uxa ... Y6MuxqVx-x

Is it in the current production?
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4645

Re: Some Lovers in London

Third, Martin, see my second PM.
I essentially - somehow - invented the original e-mail address I sent. The second one is legit. Really.
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4645

Re: Some Lovers in London

First, Martin, I just noticed and responded to your PM. Check your in-box. Second, I`m still not sold on this song. It must be me. I still think these two from the quickly interred New York Animals are better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KgA2-BsLIc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STYqlXtMFso&am...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)
Replies: 34
Views: 8087

Re: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)

Martin, you probably also noticed that the JW forum is nearly as much of a wasteland now as this one has become, a similarly large percentage of erstwhile regulars having evaporated in recent times. Notable, too, is the fact that there have been more (and more interesting) exchanges regarding JW her...
by Blair N. Cummings
Tue May 16, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 4645

Re: Some Lovers in London

I`d still like to see (or hear) a revival on NY Animals - even a "workshop" presentation similar to that given Some Lovers at Lincoln Center. To my ears the score for NYA was stronger, yet it seems to have been stuffed down the memory hole.
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat May 06, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Doesn't America like Burt?
Replies: 9
Views: 2791

Re: Doesn't America like Burt?

Exactly. And don`t forget the great jazz innovators whose names would fill pages here and who created the only art form that this sorry country has produced. Many, if not most, ultimately emigrated to Europe or Japan just to make a living. I was still living in NYC when Dizzy, Archie Shepp and the l...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat May 06, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Doesn't America like Burt?
Replies: 9
Views: 2791

Re: Doesn't America like Burt?

Another angle is that the audience for Burt is, uh...not exactly young, whereas those blowing money in Vegas are (or, at least youngER). In addition, the splashy entertainers in residence there now tend to be Boomer wash-ups like Cher and Elton John. The audience isn`t the same as that for which Bur...
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)
Replies: 34
Views: 8087

Re: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)

Martin, you`re right about most of the interview being old hat and I hesitated before posting it for that reason, but I enjoyed his comments about the "devolution" of music etc. during the last third. You`re also correct about the memoir being very different. My take is that it was a very ...
by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)
Replies: 34
Views: 8087

Re: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)

Hour-long interview w/JW (starting around the 9:00 mark): http://www.songcraftshow.com/jimmy_webb
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)
Replies: 34
Views: 8087

Re: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb (a memoir)

Not to engage in overkill, but here`s the Bill Medley version, the story of which features prominently in the book:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybdayoj2IG4

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