catalogue

BACHARACH, BURT

RARE BACHARACH (1958-1965) (RARE ROCKIN)

BACHARACH, BURT - RARE BACHARACH (1958-1965) 41111
format:
1 CD
release:
22.12.2017
label:
RARE ROCKIN
item ID:
41111
barcode:
0793573597243
""Rare Bacharach" is a collection of Burt Bacharach's non-hit compositions from 1958-1965. One can hear his "archetypical sound" emerging throughout, and the album definitely shows the composer's evolution from fairly standard pop fare to his unique signature style.

One can't forget, of course, that he still had hits in the '50s and '60s before Dionne Warwick made him a household name, for example, Marty Robbins' excellent "The Story of My Life" and Perry Como's "Magic Moments." The songs included here are the sides that didn't make it, but many deserve to be heard.

In an album this diverse favorites include these shining highlights. I already own the Reprise 45 of Jamie Marden's fine reading of "This Empty Place," but hadn't played it in years and had forgotten just how good it is.

Also worth noting: Tina Robin's "Sinner's Devotion," in which you can hear the Bacharach sound coming into its own; it is one of those demos that could have been a fine record in its current form, although it went unreleased.

My favorite on the album is the beautiful - and previously unknown to me - "For All Time" by The Russells, sounding amazingly like The Chordettes with a clear bell-like soprano offering a beautiful obligato over some interesting chord changes.

In fact, the liner notes (excellently compiled by Ash Wells, Robbie Indart and Spectropop's own Mike Edwards) suggest that the soprano may well be Dionne Warwick, although they are inconclusive.

Nonetheless, the song is a gem, and worth finding here or on the no-doubt-ultra-rare 45 on ABC Paramount from 1962.

Many other artists you know (as diverse as Jane Morgan, Jimmy Breedlove, Steve Alaimo, The Wanderers and even Paul Anka and Merv Griffin) sang Bacharach compositions you probably don't know.

But if you're a Bacharach fan, you'll enjoy this excursion as you follow Burt's evolution from mild '50s pop to the exciting compositions and arrangements for which he justly became famous." - SPECTROPOP.