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by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song
Replies: 11
Views: 4106

Re: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song

If I`m not mistaken, "Marie" is from Randy Newman`s `74 album, Rednecks.
I could spew immoderately for hours over this absurd project, but I won`t.
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Bacharach/Costello Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 3895

Re: New Bacharach/Costello Composition

It would have to be more than "jolly good" for me to buy a turntable and speakers for the first time in thirty-five years. This is the sort of niche-marketing that pissed me off decades ago when someone would issue a new song (performed live and recorded in mono) on the B-Side of a single ...
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song
Replies: 11
Views: 4106

Re: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song

The up-tempo version of this song was debuted at a music festival in (I seem to recall) Ireland. I don`t remember the name of the guy who sang it but I don`t think it was Ball.
Unfortunately, the old Webb forum has been "disappeared" or I could track this down.
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song
Replies: 11
Views: 4106

Re: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song

I heard an earlier rehearsal demo of this song some time last year. It was then arranged as a L. I. bar band rocker. It wasn`t any better, but it was very different. I also question whether this is really new or just previously unheard. JW has announced that his next album will be just piano covers ...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Scott Walker 1943 - 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 3284

Re: Scott Walker 1943 - 2019

This was always the song I thought of on the rare occasions I had in recent years to recall the Walker Brothers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q11ium_-Lv8
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: ...Or This (Maybe Closer to the Comfort Zone)
Replies: 3
Views: 2350

Re: ...Or This (Maybe Closer to the Comfort Zone)

Ron, I think you`ll like these two albums as well. In `72 Sergio Mendes made his last album for A&M. Whether to atone for the attrition of Brasilian music on his recent albums or to store up Karmic brownie points for the egregious acts of prostitution he was about to commit with Bell Records, Pr...
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: ...Or This (Maybe Closer to the Comfort Zone)
Replies: 3
Views: 2350

...Or This (Maybe Closer to the Comfort Zone)

Milton Nascimento`s first album (I think) shares a few tracks with his first A&M album, Courage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBa2Z28oPRU&list=OLAK5uy_n_anwpTn5P7Z34GJdBAyMbS5rqnmwgt4s I know that some are aware of him, but his prolific recording career is little known in the U. S. (Then,...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Give This a Shot
Replies: 0
Views: 2045

Give This a Shot

Since the early 70s, I have heard very few pop music figures who penetrated my self-enshrouded "cloud of unknowing." In the 90s (already solidly middle-aged) I heard and liked Fiona Apple and Liz Phair. A few years ago I found Nneka (yes, two "n"s) who seems to have vanished arou...
by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1226
Views: 417639

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

These "specials" (as they were called in the U. S.) were the subject years ago here of much clamor for their DVD release. I opined that there were probably too many licensing problems given the number of performers who appeared and (often) lip-sync-ed their recordings. But now - in the (la...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Only Laura Nyro Performance You`ll Ever Need
Replies: 3
Views: 3755

Re: The Only Laura Nyro Performance You`ll Ever Need

I just stumbled across this incomplete demo of a song called "In and Out" from the `66 Verve sessions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygjqSb1AjxA
by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Dionne Album
Replies: 7
Views: 6389

Re: New Dionne Album

The break with Bacharach/David was certainly not a "blessing" as she disingenuously stated. She was engaged, as we all know, for years in litigation over their (well, really, just Bacharach`s) breach of contract. She hasn`t had any really good material since then. Whatever the state of the...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Dionne Album
Replies: 7
Views: 6389

Re: New Dionne Album

If this isn`t at least a partial reunion with Burt, it will be just another uninteresting album that almost no-one will care about.

We`re getting close to the end here. It`s now or never.

Sorry if this sounds cold but it`s true.
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: RIP -Michel Legrand
Replies: 18
Views: 13376

Re: RIP -Michel Legrand

Oh, no. Not Babs!
As much as I dislike most jazz singing and genuinely loathe jazz guitar, I always was in awe of Carmen McRae (and even grudgingly put up with Joe Pass on this rendition): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjeqHJGyx88
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: RIP -Michel Legrand
Replies: 18
Views: 13376

Re: RIP -Michel Legrand

I`m on record as being less than enamored of LeGrand`s compositions. Nevertheless, this song (covered by everyone and his dog in the `60s) received its definitive due by this still horribly underrated group: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlSbd3OR-to Their albums are still accessible on YouTube and...
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Only Laura Nyro Performance You`ll Ever Need
Replies: 3
Views: 3755

The Only Laura Nyro Performance You`ll Ever Need

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4R1Hzdf0Uk
I feel bad for everyone who wasn`t around and young back then.
(BTW, you`ll see - among many rare and great photos - a shot of Laura with Miles. She wanted to work with him on New York Tendaberry but he said that there was nothing he could add to it).

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