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Burt Bacharach & Various Artists: All Time Greats (2-CD)

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Bacharach, Burt - All Time Greats (2-CD) CD 1
01 Walk On By Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
02 I'll Never Fall In Love Again Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
03 Do You Know The Way To San Jose? Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
04 The Look Of Love (From "Casino Royale") Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
05 Make It Easy On Yourself Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
06 What's New Pussycat? (With Intro) Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
07 Alfie Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
08 Waiting For Charlie (To Come Home) Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
09 Keep Me In Mind (Single Version) Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
10 Wives And Lovers Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
11 Another Tear Falls Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
12 Message To Michael Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
13 Let The Love Come Through Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
14 Windows Of The World Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
15 I'm A Better Man (For Having Loved You) Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
16 You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart) Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
17 Us Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
18 I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
19 The Things I Will Not Miss Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
20 Trains And Boats And Planes Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
Bacharach, Burt - All Time Greats (2-CD) CD 2
01 Wishin' And Hopin' (Stereo Version) Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
02 Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
03 What The World Needs Now Is Love Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
04 That's What Friends Are For Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
05 This Guy's In Love With You Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
06 Long After Tonight Is All Over Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
07 Saturday Sunshine Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
08 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
09 Don't Make Me Over Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
10 Bond Street Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
11 Reach Out For Me Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
12 I Say A Little Prayer Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
13 The Sundance Kid (From "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" Soundtrack) Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
14 South American Getaway (From "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" Soundtrack) Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
15 Pacific Coast Highway Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
16 Promises, Promises Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
17 Any Day Now Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
18 (They Long To Be) Close To You Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
19 One Less Bell To Answer Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
20 Something Big Burt Bacharach & Various Artists
Burt Bacharach, now rarely credited for his innovation in the fields of pop composition and... more
"Burt Bacharach & Various Artists"

Burt Bacharach, now rarely credited for his innovation in the fields of pop composition and arrangement, was one of the most interesting and quietly influential figures of the early Sixties. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 12, 1929, he studied music at McGill University in Montreal and, upon graduating, chose the classic route of becoming a piano accompanist to balladeers like Vic Damone and Steve Lawrence. By 1958, he had become a songwriter in partnership with Hal David. They were im-mediately successful with neat songs like 'The Story Of My Life' (Marty Robbins, 1957) and 'Magic Moments' (Perry Como, 1958). Bacharach worked briefly with Bob Hilliard, with whom he composed two memorable songs for the Drifters, 'Mexican Divorce' and 'Please Stay' (1961).

It was, however, with David that Bacharach formed his most famous and productive partnership : Hal David, a lyricist who had toiled long in the Broadway vine-yards, and whose sharp, witty, literate images provided the perfect foil for Bacharach's increasingly sophisticated melo-dies. Both men were steeped in a tradition which went back way beyond pop music to the classic show songs of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and George Gershwin, yet both had enough appreciation of the finer points of pop consciousness to be able to roll off dozens of hit songs in the early Sixties. Dionne Warwick — discovered by Bacharach singing back grounds on a Drifters session — was their protegee, their mouthpiece, and success came immediately through her with songs like her first hit 'Don't Make Me Over' (No. 21 in 1962), 'Anyone Who Had A Heart', 'Walk On By' (both Top Ten in 1963), 'You'll Never Get To Heaven', 'Reach Out For Me,' Here I Am', and many others on Scepter. Instantly apparent was the iconoclasm of Bacharach's melo-dic sense : few other singers could have coped with the daringly wide intervals, odd phrase-lengths, and uneven rhythms with. which he confronted Miss Warwick. Given his head as producer and arranger, he emphasized the more eccentric aspects of the songs, employing unusual instru-mental groupings and almost melodramatic orchestral punctuation. By the standards of contemporary pop he kept to no rules, and his exemplary knowledge and taste allowed him to get away with it.

During this period Bacharach and David also composed for other performers, and among their greatest artistic successes were Gene Pitney's smash '24 Hours From Tulsa' (with its famous two-trumpet phrase) and Jimmy Radcliffe's lesser known but equally attractive `Long After Tonight Is All Over'. Inevitably, as the rest of the world plagiarized their methods, the couple's success ratio declined, but as recently as 1970 one of their earliest songs, 'One Less Bell To An-swer', was renovated and became a No. 2 hit for the Fifth Dimension, thanks to its typical combination of sumptuous melody and imaginative lyric idea. Towards the end of the Sixties they wrote a Broadway musical called Promises, Promises — but it was not as successful as their previous efforts and ultimately the partnership was dissolved.

Since 1963 Bacharach had been recording (for MCA and A&M) in his own right, largely due to the popularity of TV specials and series built around him, and his own albums contain interestingly developed versions of songs like 'Walk On By', 'Close To You', 'The Look Of Love', 'Any Day Now', 'I Say A Little Prayer', and 'This Guy's In Love With You'. Since his last major hit with 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head' a No. 1 for B. J. Thomas in 1969 (from the soundtrack of the hit movie Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid), Bacharach's creative energy appears to have dwindled, and it's now doubtful if he will again achieve

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Tracklist
Bacharach, Burt - All Time Greats (2-CD) CD 1
01 Walk On By
02 I'll Never Fall In Love Again
03 Do You Know The Way To San Jose?
04 The Look Of Love (From "Casino Royale")
05 Make It Easy On Yourself
06 What's New Pussycat? (With Intro)
07 Alfie
08 Waiting For Charlie (To Come Home)
09 Keep Me In Mind (Single Version)
10 Wives And Lovers
11 Another Tear Falls
12 Message To Michael
13 Let The Love Come Through
14 Windows Of The World
15 I'm A Better Man (For Having Loved You)
16 You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)
17 Us
18 I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
19 The Things I Will Not Miss
20 Trains And Boats And Planes
Bacharach, Burt - All Time Greats (2-CD) CD 2
01 Wishin' And Hopin' (Stereo Version)
02 Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
03 What The World Needs Now Is Love
04 That's What Friends Are For
05 This Guy's In Love With You
06 Long After Tonight Is All Over
07 Saturday Sunshine
08 Don't Go Breaking My Heart
09 Don't Make Me Over
10 Bond Street
11 Reach Out For Me
12 I Say A Little Prayer
13 The Sundance Kid (From "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" Soundtrack)
14 South American Getaway (From "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" Soundtrack)
15 Pacific Coast Highway
16 Promises, Promises
17 Any Day Now
18 (They Long To Be) Close To You
19 One Less Bell To Answer
20 Something Big