Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits
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||Don't Make Me Over||Burt Bacharach||3:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Walk on By||Burt Bacharach||3:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Don't Go Breaking My Heart||Burt Bacharach||2:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Wives and Lovers||Burt Bacharach||2:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Anyone Who Had a Heart||Burt Bacharach||3:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Last One to Be Loved||Burt Bacharach||3:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me||Burt Bacharach||3:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa||Burt Bacharach||2:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Trains and Boats and Planes||Burt Bacharach||2:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Blue on Blue||Burt Bacharach||2:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A House Is Not a Home||Burt Bacharach||3:34||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||What's New Pussycat? (Featuring Joel Grey)||Burt Bacharach||2:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||My Little Red Book||Burt Bacharach||2:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Saturday Sunshine||Burt Bacharach||2:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||And So Goodby, My Love||Burt Bacharach||2:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Composer and arranger Burt Bacharach is perhaps best known for his work with lyricist Hal David. The pair practically unleashed an entire subgenre of pop music beginning in the late '50s. After racking up numerous hits for other folks — notably female vocalists Dionne Warwick stateside and Dusty Springfield in England — the artist began exploring his considerable back catalog. While living in London in the early '60s, Bacharach recorded his first collection of Bacharach/David songs, aptly titled Hit Maker! (1965). As the package was issued under the Burt Bacharach moniker, many thought that the tunes would actually feature him singing and playing. Instead, the slightly updated arrangements are scored for a decidedly more discerning and mature ear. Although listeners would never know it by the practically ersatz interpretations, future Led Zeppelin members and mid-'60s London recording session musicians Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were contributors to the likes of "Walk on By," "Don't Make Me Over," "Blue on Blue," "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me," "Wives and Lovers," and "Anyone Who Had a Heart." In the context of those familiar melodies, some of the second-tier selections, such as "And So Goodbye, My Love," "The Last One to Be Loved," and "Saturday Sunshine" are among the most memorable. Hit Maker! became just that in the U.K., as the album rocketed into the Top Ten and the single "Trains and Boats and Planes" took off after being aired on BBC Radio, eventually spending 11 weeks on the charts. The unqualified success didn't translate stateside, even though the package was reissued — with some slight modifications — twice, first as The Man! Burt Bacharach — His Songs (1965) and then several years later as Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits (1969). Nearly four decades later, Hit Maker! was included — along with a rare mono version of "Saturday Sunshine" from the same time frame — as part of the limited-edition five-disc Something Big: The Complete A&M Years...And More (1994) box set.
I guess I am a little young to remember Burt in his heyday, but the smooth, jazzy late 60s sound makes me want to go to a cocktail party or something. Fetch me a martini!
Old World Meets new World
As this world goes the way it is, I'll miss the days of Burt's songs. I was sitting in a hotel in San Francisco after signing a deal and the new JC Penny commercial came on with "South American Getaway". First thing I smiled, then a tear of happy memories, then to my trusty Mac Book Pro for a download from i-Tunes. Old world meets new world. Thank heaven for Burt Bacharach and i-Tunes.
I love this CD. I grew up with Burt Bacharach songs and the best memories to go along with it. I do recommend it to those are not familiar with Bacharach tunes - a man who is very much a part of the music industry history.
Born: May 12, 1928 in Kansas City, MO
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s