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by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Sep 14, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Nagging Questions Re: the Above
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: Nagging Questions Re: the Above

I`d like to know what could be considered "unfit..." if Pawelski and Gibert saw nothing amiss with listing songs that are represented by the singing of exactly one line.
In the immortal words of Desi Arnaz, the`ve "got some `splainin` to do."
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Nagging Questions Re: the Above
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Nagging Questions Re: the Above

Assuming that Milt Okun and Artie Mogull gave Laura Nyro roughly an hour to audition and that the entirety of that session was recorded, I have to wonder what became of the rest of the material on that reel. And, further, why were the snippets that survived excised from it? All the principals involv...
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Sep 10, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Laura Nyro - Go Find The Moon: The Audition Tape
Replies: 1
Views: 189

Re: Laura Nyro - Go Find The Moon: The Audition Tape

It`s almost a misnomer to call this an "album." Clocking in at just over eighteen minutes, these tracks would have been more at home appended to a reissue of her first release. But since Columbia (Sony, or whatever they are now) let her go after Nested tanked, it`s doubtful that they bid on this min...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Aug 08, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Be Aware
Replies: 13
Views: 17860

Re: Be Aware

Given the release date of BJS, that`s a better guess than mine. Still, the fact that "Babs" could "commission" a song from Bacharach and David and even specify the subject of the lyric, suggests that she could have told Richard Perry to damn well make room for it on the album. Where is BtoB these da...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Aug 08, 2021 7:41 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Be Aware
Replies: 13
Views: 17860

Re: Be Aware

Although Streisand`s televised rendition of the song was aired in `71, Dionne`s recording was out of the gate at the start of `72. I wonder if the famously temperamental diva resented that and withheld her version out of spite.
Too bad BtoB isn`t still around. He might have some insight.
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Aug 05, 2021 6:02 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Be Aware
Replies: 13
Views: 17860

Re: Be Aware

That makes the song`s non-appearance on her subsequent album all the more puzzling. Has she addressed that?
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Jul 30, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another Rare Laura Nyro Clip
Replies: 4
Views: 5954

Re: Another Rare Laura Nyro Clip

That is certainly among the rarest recordings I have ever heard or heard of, so thanks for posting it.
That said, it encapsulates everything I disliked about her later career.
PS: I`m surprised that physical 45 rpm singles were still being released in `83. Maybe just to pre-digitised radio stations?
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Jimmy Webb performing on TV in 1968
Replies: 4
Views: 6990

Re: Jimmy Webb performing on TV in 1968

This clip says so much: so much right and so much wrong. To those of us of a certain age and perspective it presages - and explains - the tragic arc of his career.
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another Rare Laura Nyro Clip
Replies: 4
Views: 5954

Another Rare Laura Nyro Clip

This is from a performance at Yale in `73 (so she hadn`t been "countrified" yet): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCOY9vTb8vE This is from still another documentary promised but yet to see the light of day. The film in question here was apparently completed and "auctioned" - whatever that could mean...
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Jul 02, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1285
Views: 854256

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

These are among the reasons I could never understand Burt`s slavish attention to "the charts." No one knew the business better than he and he surely knew not just the fickleness of the audience but the sheer impossibility of every "good" song becoming a hit.
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Jul 01, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1285
Views: 854256

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

I remembered this as receiving respectable airplay in the US but it peaked at #37 in July of `68.
By contrast "...Subway" made it to #5 in June of `67.
Audiences are fickle.
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Jul 01, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1285
Views: 854256

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

This was always my favorite by that team (although I can`t say I much care for this rendition). Nevertheless, if the melody was a pastiche of three unrelated pieces, that would account for the chord changes that are unusual even by Hatch standards. Great song, still...but it really needs an upbeat t...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Jun 26, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Be Aware
Replies: 13
Views: 17860

Re: Be Aware

I`m pretty sure that the studio recording was arranged and produced by whomever was assigned to Streisand at that time. I don`t believe that Bacharach had anything to do with it.
But my memory isn`t what it was, so we`ll see....
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1285
Views: 854256

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

I`ll be interested to hear Laura`s version (however brief) of "When Sunny Gets Blue." It has always been one of my favorite "standard" melodies. Perhaps significantly, Barbra Streisand had recently included it on an album and, although I`m not a "Babs" fan, the arrangement on her version was very go...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1285
Views: 854256

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

I`m very happy that Laura`s demos are finally receiving a legitimate release after bubbling around on the InterNet for so long. What I don`t understand is why this `94 concert from a tour of Japan (available as an import for years) is being hyped and available for pre-order when the far superior per...