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20th Century Masters: The Best Of Burt Bacharach (Millennium Collection)
Genres: Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
It took the martini-fueled lounge music scene of the '90s and some campy placements in a couple of hit movies--Austin Powers and My Best Friend's Wedding--to re-establish Burt Bacharach's genius in the public's mind. Once ... more »
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It took the martini-fueled lounge music scene of the '90s and some campy placements in a couple of hit movies--Austin Powers and My Best Friend's Wedding--to re-establish Burt Bacharach's genius in the public's mind. Once that was done, his work could be heard with new ears: It was no longer merely elevator music, but rather pop composition at its finest, marked by peerless melodies and arrangements that were complex in subtle ways. To get the full effect of the hits he wrote for artists such as Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, B.J. Thomas, the Fifth Dimension, and many, many others, you should hear them in versions that also feature Hal David's brilliant lyrics (the multidisc set The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection is worth every penny). But this brief overview containing instrumental takes (augmented occasionally by a female chorus and, once, Burt's own warbling vocals) of songs such as "The Look of Love," "Alfie," and "What the World Needs Now Is Love" offers some intrigue, too. If you still feel like having a martini, here's the appropriate soundtrack. --Daniel Durchholz
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(4 out of 5 stars)
"You should consider buying "The Best of Burt Bacharach," an excellent colection with many more great compositions, or "_Master_ Series: Burt Bacharach" (not Millenium Colection) "The Best" is a collection that has This Guy's In Love With You as song #1 and Windows Of The World as #20. It includes wonderful recordings of Wives and Lovers, Knowing When To Leave, Make It Easy On Yourself, and Pacific Coast Highway. It does not include the great Reach Out... Even better, though, is another Master Series CD -- currently under IMPORTS; Raindrops #1, Knowing When To Leave #21; it includes also April Fools, A House Is Not A Home, Bond Street, and Reach Out.BTW, two upcoming movies include Bacharach songs: Stuart Little (Walking Tall, with Tim Rice) and Isn't She Great (three songs, with Hal David)."
Daniel M Chadwick | Oakland, CA USA | 06/04/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big Bacharach fan, but Hal David's lyrics were too essential to the beauty and success of these songs to be left out, and most of these versions are just instrumentals. These songs sung by the artists who made them hits would be a great collection. Otherwise, I'd prefer covers by artists with more contemporary interpretations. Who wants to listen to cheesy, 70's arrangements with no vocals or lyrics? Not me."
A Terrific Retrospective
Nathan Southern | 04/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fun album... a collection of largely instrumental versions of Bacharach's biggest hit singles during the sixties and seventies... The same cuts were released on Burt's five or six solo albums during that era. Some of the orchestrations here are as heavy and baroque as anything during the late-Brill building period, but listening to them today creates an unmistakable feeling of nostalgia, and the absence of lead vocalists draws attention to the brilliantly-written melodies... a technique appropriate for a retrospective disc of a pop composer. This album would be even more enjoyable without the dated choral vocal accompaniments on a few tracks, but it's still a cool, relaxing, and fun listen. If you're only interested in the versions of these songs that became hits (sung by Dionne Warwick, B.J. Thomas, Dusty Springfield, et. al), look elsewhere."