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
"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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