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by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Love Story ST?
Replies: 2
Views: 137

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: 765

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: 765

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: 765

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: 163

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: 8334

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: 685

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: 1199
Views: 285032

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: 1199
Views: 285032

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 ...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 189
Views: 54466

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

I`m sure I posted this years ago but we`re in such a rut here anyway another rerun can`t hurt. The song was actually composed by Lalo Schifrin whose major claim to fame (as American Baby Boomers will recall) was writing the theme for the TV show Mission:Impossible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Herb Alpert's next album includes new Bacharach-Costello composition
Replies: 19
Views: 5015

Re: Herb Alpert's next album includes new Bacharach-Costello composition

Speaking of the under-rated and nearly forgotten, you should see the documentary film, What Happened, Miss Simone.
I`d provide a link but it probably wouldn`t work.
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Herb Alpert's next album includes new Bacharach-Costello composition
Replies: 19
Views: 5015

Re: Herb Alpert's next album includes new Bacharach-Costello composition

This is an example of what I meant by his being under-rated (for you youngsters in the room):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NcqkkoTkNo
by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Herb Alpert's next album includes new Bacharach-Costello composition
Replies: 19
Views: 5015

Re: Herb Alpert's next album includes new Bacharach-Costello composition

I`ve always wanted to hear the lyric to "Dancing Fool". I think Anthony Newley was very much under-rated.
As I`ve written before, I wish Burt would open up his archives before he goes. There`s so much that hasn`t been released and should be.
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Little-known JW Gem
Replies: 7
Views: 1585

Re: Little-known JW Gem

Unless I`m missing the joke again (always a possibility at my stage of chronological advancement), I think the line is "Out of synch."
But I could be wrong.
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Little-known JW Gem
Replies: 7
Views: 1585

Re: Little-known JW Gem

Blame the booze and the coke.
That`s also why Suspending Disbelief collapsed into a coma after the first few tracks.

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