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by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: lesser known 60's/70's Bacharach songs
Replies: 3
Views: 2916

Re: lesser known 60's/70's Bacharach songs

Not blasphemy at all. I agree that her voice is thin and often forced. (Dionne commented later, "Nothing against Stephanie but those waters are deeper than they look"). This whole project, in fact, is a hive of unanswered questions in my mind. First, why didn`t Burt offer these songs to (s...
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: One That Got By Me
Replies: 2
Views: 2432

One That Got By Me

I owe forum participant Blue for alerting me to this utter obscurity from `66 or so: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoV0X82c4CFtzsms3qz8G_vizCjvQp_yf (This can also serve as a post-script to my reply below which, I now see, reads a little on the snotty side. It`s an oft-mentioned flaw of int...
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: lesser known 60's/70's Bacharach songs
Replies: 3
Views: 2916

Re: lesser known 60's/70's Bacharach songs

Here; do yourself a favor: https://www.amazon.com/Burt-Bacharach-Song-Serene-Dominic/dp/0825672805/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1548287849&sr=1-1&keywords=bacharach+song+by+song --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 32
Views: 21425

Re: Concert choice

For some reason, I found both Cat Stevens and Christopher Cross to be unlistenable. But I didn`t mind this three or four hit wonder. I never bothered with his albums but the singles showed a higher-than-average melodic sense. I wonder why he vanished so fast. From `73: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 32
Views: 21425

Re: Concert choice

To hit all of the "famed" jazz clubs in the City can now be accomplished in a single night at the Vanguard. The others, whose names you`ve seen on the back of old vinyl album covers, long ago receded into history. The Blue Note is one of those excruciatingly "hip" venues I would ...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 32
Views: 21425

Re: Concert choice

As we used to say in a bygone era, "I can relate..." In my 20s, I could (and did) see Dizzy Gillespie, Archie Shepp, Benny Bailey, Johnny Griffin, Sun Ra and band (and on and on) in Venues like the Village Vanguard where, for a cover of $5.00 or so (including a free drink), you could stay ...
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Runner up for Best Brill Building dream team?
Replies: 2
Views: 2482

Re: Runner up for Best Brill Building dream team?

Well, Lieber/Stoller; Greenwich/Barry; Mann/Well; King/Goffin all are contenders who could jostle for second place. Their job was to combine the form of the traditional American pop song with the nascent rock and roll sensibility to snag the new teen market for singles. At this they all succeeded. T...
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Could Laura Nyro have bested Bacharach???
Replies: 1
Views: 2084

Re: Could Laura Nyro have bested Bacharach???

In a word, no. She had an unquestionable gift for melody that actually strengthened with the decline of her verbal inventiveness. Of course, it was that very personal lyric style that limited her number of commercial successes. Face it, "Timer" (always a favorite of mine) was never going t...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 208
Views: 96717

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

I`m gratified to note that Hiromi`s coming gigs (at least, that at the Blue Note) are solo performances. For too long she dragged around an electric bassist and a former drummer for Deep Purple. It wasn`t all bad - it was Hiromi, after all - but it was unnecessary...as was her last tour`s inclusion ...
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 208
Views: 96717

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

Another - very different - woman with a piano may be coming your way later this year. Hiromi took last year off but is already booked at the New York Blue Note for a week in early October. Her touring schedule should be posted here on her website soon: http://www.hiromiuehara.com/s/y01en/?ima=2951 T...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 208
Views: 96717

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

Nested had, to my ears, the highest average of lovely melodies of her later albums; but all traces of New York as well as her musical and lyrical idiosyncracies...in short, what had identified her...were irretrievably gone. What a shame and disappointment.
That said, she was still mesmerizing live.
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 208
Views: 96717

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

As a cruel irony, the only time LN charted in the US, was with a cover of "Up On the Roof." It appeared on her last album of otherwise originals (and final New York album). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMwq4teVMtg She followed it with an album of early r&b covers before disappearing...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 208
Views: 96717

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

Don`t believe everything you read on that dodgy site.
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 208
Views: 96717

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

One correction, Geoff: Laura Nyro never worked in the Brill Building and wrote songs only for herself. So many of those that appeared on her first two albums were commercially successfully covered by others causes some now to think that she was a professional "hit - maker" in the mode of C...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Why Didn`t Miles Ever Record "Alfie"?
Replies: 2
Views: 1815

Re: Why Didn`t Miles Ever Record "Alfie"?

It`s too bad that Miles didn`t get a flat tire on his way to the Monterey Festival in `67. It was there he watched what he might have expected to be his next natural audience succumb to the transient seductions of psychedelia. And it was his subsequent idea to plug in first Herbie Hancock and then R...

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