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by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: New Elvis Costello album

Here - again - is "He`s Given Me Things". Elvis is off key.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1io5y7m7k9w
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 17
Views: 246

Re: Concert choice

If for no better reason than to be my usual contrarian self, I have to say that I have always found LeGrand`s music to be excruciatingly boring.
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 17
Views: 246

Re: Concert choice

Jack Jones is nearly forgotten now, but around `69 or `70 made a wonderfully weird album called L. A. Breakdown consisting of what at the time were considered to be "standards" along with three Randy Newman songs that fit in not at all: the title track, "I Think It`s Going to Rain Tod...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1207
Views: 290078

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

I don`t share the general reverence for Karen Carpenter`s voice, but her brother`s re-arrangement of this song actually worked:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9o4sw4YaK8
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: R.I.P. ... Vincent Cole
Replies: 15
Views: 576

Re: R.I.P. ... Vincent Cole

A constant and enthusiastic presence here for many years, Vincent will be missed.
I can only add my condolences to his family.
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: R.I.P.—Aretha Franklin
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: R.I.P.—Aretha Franklin

As uneven as her recording career was, her Young, Gifted and Black album is an indelible classic. There`s nothing like it to this day.
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Love Story ST?
Replies: 2
Views: 337

Love Story ST?

I`ve recently heard a rumor that Burt was offered the job of composing the score for the `69 tear-jerker, Love Story. Jimmy Webb submitted a score deemed "too experimental" and had it rejected and, as we know, Frances Lai ended up doing it. Can anyone confirm whether or not Burt was offere...
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: With A Voice
Replies: 19
Views: 1372

Re: With A Voice

I was odd-man-out during the discussions of the Some Lovers score, too. Everyone was absolutely sold on "Love Me for an Hour" while I found it forgettable. I loved the melody for "The Only Music I Understand" which prompted only discreet coughs and head-turnings among others. Oh,...
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: With A Voice
Replies: 19
Views: 1372

Re: With A Voice

Okay, I just listened to it again. It has a couple of nice changes but, really, I don`t hear anything special about it. (It doesn`t help, either, that it`s saddled with a quasi - "inspirational" lyric that made me think of "Wind Beneath My Wings"; I don`t know why). I think he an...
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: With A Voice
Replies: 19
Views: 1372

Re: With A Voice

Sorry, no.
I`ve tried to like this a few times but it still sounds to me like one of those "almosts" he wrote with Carole thirty years ago.
Any other naysayers? C`mon; don`t be shy. I`m taking all the heat.
by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 3 new Bacharach/Costello songs on Elvis Costello album "Look Now"
Replies: 2
Views: 390

Re: 3 new Bacharach/Costello songs on Elvis Costello album "Look Now"

I thought that I recalled a post of this from a few years ago but had forgotten the title. It`s an execrable vocal performance and I hope he used Bacharach`s arrangement for the recording, but here it is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1io5y7m7k9w
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri May 04, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 41
Views: 9244

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

Okay, enough! I understand why the Nikki Jean track prompted a retaliation (unmelodic , I know, but I - like Burt - have always had a soft spot for city kids). Nevertheless, SOS isn`t all THAT great. Here are a couple of madeleines from the `60s for the old folks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF4...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Nikki Jean Redux
Replies: 0
Views: 903

Nikki Jean Redux

Okay, it`s not a Bacharach cover...and I still don`t know her personally...but I`m hyping her return anyway.
This showed up in my Spam box of all places last week:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7n2ykp ... e=youtu.be
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1207
Views: 290078

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

The argument for the "Hit Parade" usually runs thus: Most people attending these performances are only casual fans and are familiar only with the tried-and-true. They expect the familiar and will be disappointed with anything else. My rejoinder is that, of course, some "hits" mus...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1207
Views: 290078

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

Over the years Burt expressed frustration with the tempos at which he originally recorded a few songs, another well-known example being "...Prayer." Nevertheless, he retained the familiar tempos when recording and performing his own renditions. He has always been inexplicably unwilling to ...

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