Long Ago Last Summer 1959-61 - Burt Bacharach

Long Ago Last Summer 1959-61
Burt Bacharach revolutionised popular songwriting, employing a previously unimagined technical sophistication that would find full expression in the sixties when with an astonishing run of unforgettable hits, he and his lyricist partner Hal David, ruled the pop charts.

Bacharach won the respect of everyone from Brian Wilson to Bill Evans to Frank Zappa, but his early years had been ones of struggle and frustrating compromise. This compilation continues where the 2009 El Records edition, "Burt Bacharach - The First Book of Songs" (ACMEM166CD), left off and charts Bacharach's course as we move into the more open sixties landscape.

The set comprises an eclectic range of styles that have character, are fun and are thoroughly eccentric at times. Standout tracks include Gloria Lambert's slinky romantic space-age liason, ‘Moon Man’; Dick Van Dyke's, early version of ‘Three Wheels On My Wagon’; Paul Hampton's whimsical continental-sounding ‘Creams’; ‘Somebody Else's Sweetheart’, a big hit on the Northern Soul Scene for The Wanderers; The Four Coins' soaring, spirited ‘Miracle of St Marie’ and ‘Baby It's You’ by the Shirelles, an R&B and mainstream pop smash with a vocal arrangement adopted by The Beatles for the version that would be an integral part of their early repertoire.

Press:-


"More eclectic and less distinctive than his later work, this collection of Burt Bacharach songs - most with lyrics by his long-term collaborator Hal David - is nevertheless a delightful collection from the turn of the 1960's, cramming no fewer than 33 songs onto a single CD.
(Music Week, 22/06/2012)

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Code: ACMEM233CD
Weight: 200
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1. DREAM BIG – Sonny James
2. LOVING IS A WAY OF GIVING – Steve Lawrence
3. MAKE ROOM FOR THE JOY – Jack Jones
4. PARADISE ISLAND – Four Aces
5. MOON MAN – Gloria Lambert
6. THE HANGMAN – John Ashley
7. THE NET – John Ashley
8. WITH OPEN ARMS – Jane Morgan
9. FAKER FAKER – The Eligibles
10. IN TIMES LIKE THESE – Gene McDaniels
11. A GIRL LIKE YOU – Larry Hall
12. YOUR LIPS ARE WARMER THAN YOUR HEART – Rosemary June
13. TWO HOUR HONEYMOON – Paul Hampton
14. CREAMS – Paul Hampton
15. YOU'RE ONLY YOUNG ONCE (YEH YEH YEH) – The Avons
16. CLOSE – Keely Smith
17. LONG AGO LAST SUMMER – Diana Trask
18. BOYS WERE MADE FOR GIRLS – Everit Herter
19. I COULD MAKE YOU MINE – The Wanderers
20. JOANIE'S FOREVER – Buddy Clinton
21. THREE WHEELS ON MY WAGON – Dick Van Dyke
22. AND THIS IS MINE – Connie Stevens
23. MOON GUITAR – The Rangoons
24. LOVE IN A GOLDFISH BOWL – Tommy Sands
25. I WAKE UP CRYING – Chuck Jackson
26. THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING – Del Shannon
27. DEEPLY – The Shepherd Sisters
28. TOWER OF STRENGTH – Gloria Lynne
29. YOU'RE FOLLOWING ME – Perry Como with the Ray Charles Singers
30. THE BREAKING POINT – Chuck Jackson
31. THE MIRACLE OF ST MARIE – Four Coins
32. SOMEBODY ELSE'S SWEETHEART – The Wanderers
33. BABY IT'S YOU – The Shirelles

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