What with this forum's recent problems with spam, I've been spending more time visiting the equivalent pages of Jimmy Webb's official website and have come to the conclusion that the obvious respect and admiration we have for Webb on here is by no means fully reciprocated for Bacharach over there. In fact at least one member seems to resent the often made comparison to BB and actually used the word 'hate' in conjunction with Alfie and also wrote very contemptuously about A House is Not a Home. What made me chuckle was the irony that this person actually goes under the name 'I Love Music'!
I've been thinking about Webb's post 60s career a lot since I read his memoir and what I consider to be the truly great songs he's written during this time, namely The Moon's A Harsh Mistress, Highwayman, If These Walls Could Speak and Time Flies. I think those four songs are at least the equal of anything he wrote during the 60s and other notable songs that disprove the still often held belief that Webb somehow 'lost the knack' after 1969 include You Might as Well Smile, All I Know, When Can Brown Begin, Just This One Time, Ocean In His Eyes, When Did I Lose Your Love, That's All I've Got to Say, Let's Begin, Shattered, Easy For You To Say, Lightning In a Bottle, Adios, Still Within the Sound of My Voice, Time Enough For Love, Just Like Always, I Don't Know How to Love you Anymore, Skywriter, It Won't Bring Her Back, Wasn't There A Moment and Paul Guaguin in the Seven Seas. Two other post-60s songs I've long had a soft spot for are those gems from the Letters album, Once in the Morning and Piano and they help to top-up what would amount to a pretty impressive 20+ track compilation CD. Admittedly unlike the songs from the late 60s that came in a 3 or 4 year rush, these tunes were written over a 30+ year period and were often featured on albums of such low profile that most of the songs remain virtually unknown to the general public.
This one's better known than most of the others because it was featured on Linda Ronstadt's Get Closer album:https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz0YAer5t10