Burt Bacharach Songbook
Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.
||Warten und Hoffen (Wishin' and Hopin')||Marion Maerz||2:46||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Frag doch nur dein Herz (Trains & Boats & Planes)||Marion Maerz||2:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||So wie ich (Close To You)||Marion Maerz||3:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Nimm nicht alles so schwer (Don't Go Breaking My Heart)||Marion Maerz||2:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Wenn ich die Regentropfen seh (Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head)||Marion Maerz||3:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Alles ist nun vorbei (Anyone Who Had a Heart)||Marion Maerz||2:31||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ein Haus ist kein Zuhaus (A House Is Not a Home)||Marion Maerz||3:37||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Einsame Träume (Odds and Ends)||Marion Maerz||3:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Das Ende der Reise (24 Hours From Tulsa)||Marion Maerz||3:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Geh vorbei (Walk On By)||Marion Maerz||2:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ich wünsche mir so viel von dir (I Say a Little Prayer)||Marion Maerz||2:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Auf dieser Erde (All Kinds of People)||Marion Maerz||2:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
The phenomenon of German-language cover version of smash American hits has become more well known around the world, and it's plenty safe to say a lot of the attention has been paid to the sheer head-shaking value of much of it. In the case of Marion Maerz's early-'70s attempt at a career boost via an album of Burt Bacharach hits, while her work won't make people forget Dionne Warwick, the Carpenters, or Gene Pitney (among many others), there's enough to enjoy that rewards attention after the culture shock wears off. The crisp, well-produced arrangements by Ingfried Hoffman as well as the soft echo on Maerz's voice — best described as serviceable if not stellar, though sometimes capable of sweet swoops when the mood or lyric calls for it — confirms the straight-for-the-mainstream intent of the exercise, something further underscored by the generally faithful replication of the hit versions throughout. "So Wie Ich" (aka "Close to You") has one of the best takes, effortlessly translating the note-perfect flow of the original in more ways than one, though the hypersparkling piano on "Wenn Inch Die Regentropfen She" ("Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head") perhaps literalizes the intent of the lyric too well. If the whole can feel like what a Munich supper club in 1972 would have had on the live entertainment bill, it's still an intriguing exercise in cultural interpretation that has its enjoyable moments.