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by Martin Johnson
Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:48 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 214
Views: 214933

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: 214
Views: 214933

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: 6048

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: 8445

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...
by Martin Johnson
Mon May 21, 2012 4:11 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Two new Bacharach-related releases...
Replies: 6
Views: 2444

Re: Two new Bacharach-related releases...

I received the German language CD the other day and I thinks it's terrific. It's curious how listening to these songs in a different language can often make you spot things in the melodies that maybe you'd started taking for granted or just weren't 'hearing' any more due to over familiarity. All the...
by Martin Johnson
Tue May 15, 2012 6:41 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bobbie Gentry BBC radio doc
Replies: 1
Views: 1386

Re: Bobbie Gentry BBC radio doc

Yes, her biggest British hit was dealt with with almost unseemly haste and with the song only heard in the background. However, it was a fascinating show and it has already led me to look to see just what CDs of hers are available at the moment. She was a special talent for sure and it's just a sham...
by Martin Johnson
Thu May 03, 2012 6:50 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: BBC4 'Bacharach Night'
Replies: 10
Views: 3877

Re: BBC4 'Bacharach Night'

Yes, some people are never satisfied, are they?!
by Martin Johnson
Tue May 01, 2012 5:49 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: BBC4 'Bacharach Night'
Replies: 10
Views: 3877

Re: BBC4 'Bacharach Night'

The video compilation show veered from the sublime (Aretha with The Sweet Inspirations) to the, well, let's just say less sublime (The Stranglers). Having Gwen Guthrie's 'Close to You' as well as the Carpenters' version was a waste and I'm sure the BBC must have dozens of superior performances of 'W...
by Martin Johnson
Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:40 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 214
Views: 214933

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

Interesting subject and I'm pretty certain that BB would have been proud to have composed songs like 'If We Lived on Top of a Mountain', 'Where Are You Now', 'Girl Don't Come' and 'Get Out of My Life'. Phyllis Nelson's 80's UK hit 'Move Closer' definitely owed a lot to BB, something that more than a...
by Martin Johnson
Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:31 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1235
Views: 517315

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

Not being a fan of Tony Parsons I missed Bacharach's extraordinary appearance on his show that night, although I was aware of it the following morning because people were talking about it at work. Fantastic to see it at long last. As for Rumer and Sandie Shaw, what an unexpected pleasure. Trains and...
by Martin Johnson
Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:46 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: "Three Wheels on My Wagon"
Replies: 6
Views: 3302

Re: "Three Wheels on My Wagon"

The recording on that Youtube video is by the New Christy Minstrels (lead vocalist Barry 'Eve of Destruction' Mcguire). This was a big radio hit in the UK in the mid-60s and also got to No.1 in our EP chart! Bacharach often mentions 'Three Wheels on My Wagon' when it comes to his 'worst' songs, but ...
by Martin Johnson
Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:06 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1235
Views: 517315

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

Thanks for DW video, Sara. I remember hearing Who Gets the Guy when it came out and not thinking a lot of it. I appreciate it a lot more now! Here's Dionne again giving a fine concert rendition from 1989 of a much later Bacharach classic, On My Own:

by Martin Johnson
Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:22 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Cissy Houston
Replies: 3
Views: 1658

Re: Cissy Houston

I echo the comments above re Cissy and Whitney Houston. I've always liked Cissy Houston's very R'n'B version of 'I Just Don't Know What to do With Myself'. This clip is a live TV performance of the song from around 1970.

by Martin Johnson
Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:35 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Ronan Keating in the Studio with Burt
Replies: 54
Views: 17225

Re: Ronan Keating in the Studio with Burt

As with any album of Bacharach songs, the role of the arranger is almost if not just as important as the vocalist(s). Too true, pljms, and much more important than a mere producer! Listening to the album I wish Bacharach had forsaken his role as co-producer and dedicated himself exclusively to arra...
by Martin Johnson
Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:47 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bacharach show on at Poole
Replies: 3
Views: 1371

Bacharach show on at Poole

For all lovers of Bacharach's music based in the south of England, the 'Sounds of Burt Bacharach' show is being staged this Monday, September the 13th at the Lighthouse in Poole, Dorset. There are plenty of tickets still available.