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Album Review

Listening to an Alan Bergman album where he sings his own songs will force listeners to realize that the same man was responsible for writing one of Frank Sinatra's breeziest finger-snappers, "Nice 'n' Easy," as well as the metaphysical cypher "The Windmills of Your Mind." What the songs of Bergman and his wife, Marilyn, have in common is a bittersweet wistfulness, an autumnal nostalgia at life passing by as we watch it go (or ignore it until our twilight years). Their songs speak to promise but also regret. In the notes, Marilyn tells the story of "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," which was the result when film director Richard Brooks requested a song that could be played over the beginning of a relationship and also, with lyric and music unchanged, after the relationship had been broken. Like virtually all great songwriters, Bergman has excellent interpretive skills when he turns to singing the song, but his voice is noticeably weak. The arrangements of Jörg Keller and Jeremy Lubbock tend to make a virtue of his faults, and occasionally, Bergman himself turns it to his advantage; the naked beginning of "The Windmills of Your Mind" couldn't be any more spine-tingling — except if the lyrics made any earthly sense.

Customer Reviews

So so good..

..what a great find. Mr. Bergman cradles these songs with determined but beautiful voice that shines. I especially love "Where Do You Start"; fantastic.

If you love songwriters and lyricists... buy this record !!!

What a gem of an album! No one knows how to phrase a lyric like the person who wrote them! Alan & Marilyn Bergman have written some of the most gorgeous words in popular music. - and to have Alan simply sing / sing-speak these words... a sheer joy to listen to. Poetry to music... lovely orchestrations, not overly schmaltzy... but quietly elegant and tasteful... A great find. So many Bergman songs to choose, but the choice here is wonderful.

What A Collection Of Songs!

I heard the interview on NPR today and had to buy this record! I had to pull over to listen to this before I got out of my car. They just don't write them like this anymore. The arrangements are so lush, his voice, everything about it is just wonderful. Grab some wine, the one you love, and slow dance in your living room until morning.


Born: September 11, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Jazz

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

Alan Bergman teamed with wife Marilyn to forge one of the premier lyric-writing teams in contemporary film music, authoring a series of hit themes for movies including In the Heat of the Night, The Thomas Crown Affair, and The Way We Were. Bergman was born September 11, 1925, in Brooklyn, NY, and began his career during the early '50s as a director of children's television programming. In 1958, he married Marilyn and three years later the couple earned their first big-screen credit for their work...
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