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At the age of 81, composer, arranger, producer, conductor Burt Bacharach continues to find inventive ways to rework, represent, and bring new vision and meaning to the elegant, transcendent pop music he and lyricist Hal David created in the ‘60’s. It’s clear from the opening chords of Bacharach’s piano on, “What The World Needs Now Is Love,” that this program is going to be a vital, alive musical experience, one that’s up to the high artistic standards that have made this pop prodigy’s career so unique. While the Sydney Symphony Orchestra adds the string lushness, much of heavy lifting here is done by a vocal trio of Josie James, John Pagano and Donna Taylor and an ace small combo of bass, drums, keyboards, and a pair of multi-tasking horn players. At the center of this set are three long medleys, two focused on his ‘60s hits, and the other on singles from his film scores, that prove again why arranging has always been such a close second to songwriting among Bacharach’s many musical gifts — models of economy and brilliant edits, the medleys are very simply exquisite pop music that is absolutely timeless.

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Burt Bacharach Live at Sidney opera house

I am disappointed with the album Burt Bacharach sings very little on the album


Born: May 12, 1928 in Kansas City, MO

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With a hit-single track record spanning four decades, Burt Bacharach became one of the most important composers of popular music in the 20th century, almost equal to such classic tunesmiths as George Gershwin or Irving Berlin. His sophisticated yet breezy productions borrowed from cool jazz, soul, Brazilian bossa nova, and traditional pop to virtually define and undoubtedly transcend the staid forms of Brill Building adult pop during the 1960s. Born May 12, 1928, in Kansas City, he studied cello,...
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