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by Martin Johnson
Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:29 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK FANS! Bacharach Concert at St James, London
Replies: 11
Views: 4137

Re: UK FANS! Bacharach Concert at St James, London

Yes, you do tend to see nothing but happy faces at shows dedicated to BB's songs - let's call it the 'Bacharach Affect'. Due to it's undoubted popularity I wouldn't be at all surprised if the show is put on at the venue again and soon.

Martin
by Martin Johnson
Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:00 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK FANS! Bacharach Concert at St James, London
Replies: 11
Views: 4137

Re: UK FANS! Bacharach Concert at St James, London

It was my first time at the venue and it reminded me of several jazz clubs that I've been to: A basement studio with a bar, a balcony and about 40 tables, perfect for small group jazz and what turned out to be a cabaret tribute to Burt Bacharach. Let's face it the performers and musicians would have...
by Martin Johnson
Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK FANS! Bacharach Concert at St James, London
Replies: 11
Views: 4137

Re: UK FANS! Bacharach Concert at St James, London

Thanks for informing us of this show. Theatre types doing Bacharach's hit songs can't compare to the originals, of course, but if the MD/Arranger is sympathetic towards the music then it should be an enjoyable evening. Hope to see you there too, Sara.

Martin
by Martin Johnson
Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:37 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The First UK A-side release of 'Close to You'
Replies: 2
Views: 1416

Re: The First UK A-side release of 'Close to You'

Yes pljms, "near perfect" sums up the show well. As for Bacharach songs featured on the show week by week they do tend to veer towards the less obvious and often the downright obcsure. Off the top of my head I can think of at least three Bacharach songs that I heard for the first time on the show ov...
by Martin Johnson
Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:15 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The First UK A-side release of 'Close to You'
Replies: 2
Views: 1416

The First UK A-side release of 'Close to You'

I've always assumed that it was the Carpenters who were the first to have 'Close to You' as the A-side of a single. The three earlier recorded versions that I knew of were either a B-side (Richard Chamberlain) or LP tracks (Dionne and Dusty). However, listening to BBC Radio 2's Sounds of the 60s las...
by Martin Johnson
Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:43 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Dionne talking about retirement, the new album and...tennis.
Replies: 11
Views: 4129

Re: Dionne talking about retirement, the new album and...ten

This has been posted on this forum before but to lighten the mood a little here's the afore-mentioned Pearl Bailey performing 'Wives and Lovers' on a TV special from '69. What extraordinary wit and timing she had and it's uncanny how she never loses her place in the song despite all the banter with ...
by Martin Johnson
Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:29 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 221
Views: 267405

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

Yes pljms, I remember being knocked out when Alicia Keys performed 'If I Aint Got You' alone at the piano on the Jonathon Ross show before it was released as a single in the UK. I still prefer this to the hit version.

by Martin Johnson
Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:28 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1249
Views: 592887

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

My favourite Bacharach song of the 70s, and by a long way.

by Martin Johnson
Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:23 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1249
Views: 592887

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

I think 'It's only Love' is classic Bacharach, Sara, and should be far better known than it is. It's a relatively simple tune but one that lodges in the brain and stays there for hours after it has been heard. I remember being at a dinner party in the early 80s with a few friends and while the instr...
by Martin Johnson
Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:44 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Long Ago Last Summer
Replies: 16
Views: 6658

Re: Long Ago Last Summer

Yes, it's a fascinating listen but there are several top-notch songs from the years 59-61 which are missing from the compilation. Apart from the hits 'Tower of Strength' and 'Please Stay' (Don't Go) there's Lena Horne's 'Out of my Continental Mind', Johnny Mathis's 'Heavenly' and Sam Butera's 'Love ...
by Martin Johnson
Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:48 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 221
Views: 267405

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

With certain Bacaharach songs I don't have much of a problem with perfomers taking liberties with the melody and/or chord progression when the definitive version's been been in place for decades and is virtually impossible to improve on, especially when the performer is a fellow songwiter like Laura...
by Martin Johnson
Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:48 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 221
Views: 267405

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

Yes, hearing Laura Nyro last Saturday morning at 9.30 really stopped me dead in my tracks and it's not often that I'm moved at that hour, I can tell you! I've long been a fan of hers while conceding that she's not to everyone's taste as a performer. Apparently she was keen to record a whole 'Nyro Si...
by Martin Johnson
Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:47 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 221
Views: 267405

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

Thanks, Sara, for posting the wonderful 5th Dimension track. I'm now finally going to get round to buying The Magic Garden, something I promised myself I would do decades ago, although I do have a sort of 'Best Of' 5th Dimension' 2-CD compilation which contains no less than four tracks from the albu...
by Martin Johnson
Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:58 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Long Ago Last Summer
Replies: 16
Views: 6658

Re: Long Ago Last Summer

What an extraordinary compilation for Bacharach completists like myself. I own or am at least familiar with about half of the tracks, including the afore-mentioned rarer than rare 'Two-Hour Honeymoon'. It's a 'death record' and so not for the squeamish, although it does feature some very nice alto s...
by Martin Johnson
Thu May 24, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: reaction to last night's PBS program
Replies: 19
Views: 9289

Re: reaction to last night's PBS program

Yes, I enjoyed Rumer's performance as well. She has a lovely tone to her voice and the priceless gift of being able to communicate emotionally without straining too hard and by just sticking to the melody. She's obviously a woman of taste because she was on BBC TV last week performing a Jimmy Webb s...