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by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 31
Views: 994

Re: New Elvis Costello album

I think Bacharach wasn`t mentioned primarily because the chat wasn`t about a Bacharach song. As for Carole King...well, she made some pleasant if forgettable albums in the early `70s. It`s a minor mystery why her name is kept alive by means including a cheesy B`way musical (among others) when equall...
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 31
Views: 994

Re: New Elvis Costello album

Here`s an interview with the two regarding their collaboration from the NYT of several days back:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/09/arts ... -king.html
by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 31
Views: 994

Re: New Elvis Costello album

Thanks, Paul. I recall that lift from "...Smile." Ironically, to my ears "He`s Given Me Things" has a melody more redolent of Bacharach than "Photographs...." We can probably all agree that "Don`t Look Now" is pure Bacharach and the "keeper" of the b...
by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 31
Views: 994

Re: New Elvis Costello album

Paul, "Elvis" almost always contributed music to his collabs with Burt (in fact, "Tears at the Birthday Party" betrays scarcely a trace of the latter) and many of Burt`s latter day melodies don`t sound like his at all. Do you recall if the articles you mentioned cited a source (&...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 31
Views: 994

Re: New Elvis Costello album

Here`s a question the answer to which may not be as immediately obvious as it seems: Would Burt`s songs have enjoyed significantly less commercial appeal had they been supplied with lyrics of complexity comparable to those "Elvis" writes for them? In other words, would the melodies and arr...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 31
Views: 994

Re: New Elvis Costello album

What a stunningly beautiful song. Apparently, `though, there wasn`t an entire second album`s worth of new collaborations: only these three and "Look Up Again" recorded as an instrumental by Herb Alpert. Too bad; "Elvis" always brings out Burt in top form and I still think that he...
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 31
Views: 994

Re: New Elvis Costello album

That guy is eons too old to be wearing a Batman t-shirt.
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 31
Views: 994

Re: New Elvis Costello album

It has always been an unpleasant experience for me to listen to Declan`s voice (and can someone tell me why he chose that stupid nom-de-plume)?, but he is Burt`s best lyricist. I recall an article in the NYRB years ago speculating what Promises... would have been like if Brecht had written the lyric...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 31
Views: 994

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: 20
Views: 699

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: 20
Views: 699

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: 1208
Views: 295729

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: 19
Views: 1069

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: 425

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: 455

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...

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