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Something Big
Burt Bacharach
Something Big
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (23) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (25) - Disc #4
  •  Track Listings (23) - Disc #5

Long before Mike Myers' Austin Powers character idolized him on film, Burt Bacharach was the quintessential golden boy of pop music. He studied with French composer Darius Milhaud (as had jazz legend Dave Brubeck), he back...  more »

      
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All Artists: Burt Bacharach
Title: Something Big
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Hip-O Select
Release Date: 1/23/2007
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
Styles: Easy Listening, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Soul, Oldies & Retro
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaCD Credits: 4
UPC: 602498642863

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Product Description
Long before Mike Myers' Austin Powers character idolized him on film, Burt Bacharach was the quintessential golden boy of pop music. He studied with French composer Darius Milhaud (as had jazz legend Dave Brubeck), he backed up Marlene Dietrich (something Brubeck didn't). He composed hit after hit after hit after hit for movies and singers; he pretty much launched Dionne Warwick single-handedly (well, double-handedly, with the help of lyricist Hal David). He was where everyone wanted to be, with everyone that everyone wanted to be with, making the scene and making the scene his.
How do you fit all that musical goodness into five compact discs?
Focus.
Our collection is Burt being Burt, occasionally with a guest vocal where called for, but mostly the man in his own voice, conducting and playing and just generally being his luminous self. Scan the track list for song titles you don't know; there won't be all that many. It's impossible to believe that the man is three quarters of a century old, yet this collection dates back to the early Sixties, and bookends his performing career on one end with his Kapp recordings and on the other with A&M masters.
Lotsa rare and previously-unreleased recordings, amazing liner notes by Lauren Oliver, Phil Ramone and Richard Carpenter, incredible photos and much love went into this big bouquet for America's premier pop songwriter of the last half-century. Yeah, baby!
Part of a series of high quality limited edition foil stamped 7-3/4" x 6-1/4" cloth bound books.
 

CD Reviews

Yeah Baby! Well...some of it is...but the rest is awful...
Mark Barry at Reckless Records, Lon | UK | 05/27/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This sumptuous 5CD set was released in the USA-only in 2004 as a non-numbered limited edition of 5000 by Universal's premium re-issue label, HIP-O SELECT. I've managed to borrow a copy from a friend - and it's a very mixed bag to say the least. There's a lot on here, so let's get to it straight away...

Disc 1 (72:14 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 11 are the album "Reach Out", A&M SP 4131, 1967
Track 12, "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle" is the A-side of the A&M 7" single 1004, 1968
Tracks 13 to 23 are the album "Make It Easy On Yourself", A&M SP 4188, 1969

Disc 2 (77:00 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are the album "Burt Bacharach", A&M SP 3501, 1971
Tracks 11 to 20 are the album "Living Together", A&M SP 3527, 1973
Track 21 is the 1st song on the album "Futures", A&M SP 4622, 1977

Disc 3 (79:59 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are the remaining songs on the album "Futures", A&M SP 4622, 1977
Tracks 11 to 18 are the album "Woman", A&M SP 3709, 1979

Disc 4 (78:24 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 9 are the soundtrack "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid", A&M SP 4227, 1969
(track 2 is the famous B.J. Thomas number 1 chart hit, "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"; track 5 is an instrumental version of it; track 6, "On A Bicycle Built For Joy", is another vocal version of "Raindrops..." by B.J. Thomas, but the one used in the film with the speeded-up `vaudeville' bit towards the end of the song)
Track 10 is "Etta's Theme", a previously unreleased alternate version of track 7, "Come Touch The Sun", it's from the "Butch Cassidy..." sessions, 1969
Tracks 11 to 25 are the album "Burt Bacharach In Concert", A&M SP 68279, 1974
(11, 13-15 and 17-25 are previously unreleased in the USA)

Disc 5 (is titled "Essentials", 64:40 minutes):
Track 1 is a previously unreleased alternate mono mix of "Saturday Sunshine", 1963
Track 2 is "And So Goodbye, My Love", a US 7" single on Kapp Records 532, 1963
Tracks 3 to 14 are the album "Hit Maker!" on Kapp Records KS 3428, 1965
Track 15 and 16 are "What's New, Pussycat?"/"My Little Red Book (All I Do Is Talk About You)", the A & B-side of Kapp Records 685, a US 7" single from 1965
[the A is not the more famous Tom Jones hit, but has vocals by Joel Grey and the B vocals by Tony Middleton]
Track 17 is from the soundtrack "After The Fox" on United Artists UAS 5148, 1966
Track 18 is "The Fox Trot", a US 7" single on United Artists 50123, 1966
Tracks 19 and 20 are "Nikki"/"Juanita's Place", the A&B sides of Liberty 55934, a US 7" single from 1966
Track 21 is from the soundtrack "Arthur The Album", 1981 on Warner Brothers, it's an instrumental and not the number 1 chart hit sung by Christopher Cross
Track 22 is "That's What Friends Are For", from the soundtrack to "Night Shift" in 1982 on Warner Brothers, it's an instrumental and not the chart hit sung by Dionne Warwick & Friends in 1985
Track 23 is "Love Theme From Arthur", on the soundtrack "Arthur 2 On The Rocks", 1988 on A&M Records, it's an instrumental version

Burt Bacharach and his lyricist Hal David have penned huge numbers of great tunes across the decades, carried into record charts the world over by scores of superb interpretative artists. But therein lies the problem with this nice, but hugely expensive set - it does NOT provide an overview of those definitive versions, but instead Bacharach's interpretations of his own songs, and to call them `cheesy' is to be way too generous! Most tracks are instrumentals and removing the singer, and the lyrics they sing, reduces the songs to boring brass blasters that just don't work. When he does sing, his voice is grating and wildly un-expressive. They are to my ear just awful - beyond the valley of drivel. Remember, this exclusive and limited 5CD velvet book set clocks in at over $150 Stateside and £100 sterling here in the UK - and given that half of the material is un-listenable dreck - a person has to question whether it's worth even half that price.

Don't get me wrong - there are lovely moments on here, the 1971 remake of the 1966 "Nikki" is beautiful - both are included. The three instrumental versions on Disc 5 of The Arthur movies and Night Shift track are as lovely as anything John Barry has done. The remastering too - superlative - it's been done by tape supremo ERICK LABSON at Universal and is typically warm, full and beautiful to hear, and I suspect, one of the main reasons why easy/soundtrack enthusiasts will buy this set - despite its price.

But I would say - hand on my heart - hold those expectations on this one. Try to hear it before you buy. Or better, still, purchase the original long-book issue of the superlative 1998 Rhino 3CD Box set "The Look Of Love" instead - it's a fraction of the cost and ten times the listening pleasure - and its track-by-track booklet a work of art."
Splendid!
rollo | usa | 10/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This collection contains virtually all of Burt Bacharach's recordings for A&M records in L.A..These songs were not super big hits but they are colors and sketches from the life of a musical genius. His compositions are introspective and intuitive. His arrangements are always first rate. His piano playing is flawless. He always uses the finest instrumentalists and technicians. There are 3 timeless performances included here featuring the voice of Joshie Armstead that are so powerful that if you ever hear her sing them you will buy this whole collection. "Seconds", "Us", and "Then, I Took My Strength From You". WOW!!!!!!"
Great Limited Edition Box set!!
Sellerfella | 02/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Tracklisting:

Disc 01
1. Reach Out For Me
2. Alfie
3. Bond Street
4. Are You There (With Another Girl)
5. What The World Needs Now Is Love
6. The Look Of Love
7. A House Is Not A Home
8. I Say A Little Prayer
9. The Windows Of The World
10. Lisa
11. Message To Michael
12. The Bell That Couldn't Jingle
13. Promises, Promises
14. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
15. Knowing When To Leave
16. Any Day Now
17. Wanting Things
18. Who Ever You Are I Love You
19. Make It Easy On Yourself
20. Do You Know The Way To San Jose
21. Pacific Coast Highway
22. She's Gone Away
23. This Guy's In Love With You

Disc 02
1. Mexican Divorce
2. (They Long To Be) Close To You
3. Nikki
4. Wives And Lovers
5. All Kinds Of People
6. And The People Were With Her (suite for orchestra)
7. April Fools
8. Hasbrook Heights
9. Freefall
10. One Less Bell To Answer
11. Something Big
12. Monterey Penninsila
13. I Come To You
14. Walk The Way You Talk
15. The Balance Of Nature
16. Living Together, Growing Together
17. Reflections
18. Lost Horizon
19. Lost Ago Tomorrow
20. I Might Frighten Her Away
21. I Took My Strength From You (I Had More)

Disc 03
1. Futures
2. Us
3. Where Are You?
4. We Should Have Met Sooner
5. No One Remembers My Name
6. TheYoung Grow Younger Every Day
7. Another Spring Will Rise
8. Seconds
9. When You Bring Your Sweet Love To Me
10. Time And Tenderness
11. Summer Of '77
12. Woman
13. Riverboat
14. Magdalena
15. New York Lady
16. There Is Time
17. The Dancing Fool
18. I Live In The Woods

Disc 04
1. The Sundance Kid
2. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
3. Not Going Home Anymore
4. South American Getaway
5. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
6. On A Bicycle Built For Joy
7. Come Touch The Sun
8. The Old Fun City (N.Y. Sequence)
9. Not Going Home Anymore (Reprise)
10. Etta's Theme
11. Alfie/Do You Know The Way To San Jose (Live)
12. Walk On By (Live)
13. Come Touch The Sun (Live)
14. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (Live)
15. The Look Of Love (Live)
16. Medley: Don't Make Me Over/Anyone Who Had A Heart/What's New, Pussycat/Wives An Lovers/24 Hours From
17. This Guy's In Love With You (Live)
18. I'll Never Fall In Love Again (Live)
19. (They Long To Be) Close To You (Live)
20. Bond Street (Live)
21. A House Is Not A Home (Live)
22. Alfie (Live)
23. What The World Needs Now Is Love (Live)
24. Promises, Promises (Live)
25. What The World Needs Now Is Love (Reprise) (Live)

Disc 05
1. Saturday Sunshine
2. And So Goodbye, My Love
3. Don't Make Me Over
4. Walk On By
5. Don't Go Breaking My Heart
6. Blue On Blue
7. The Last One To Be Loved
8. (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me
9. 24 Hours From Tulsa
10. Trains Boats and Planes
11. Wives And Lovers
12. Saturday Sunshine
13. A House Is Not A Home
14. Anyone Who Had A Heart
15. What's New Pussycat
16. My Little Red Book (All I Do Is Talk About You)
17. After The Fox
18. Nikki
19. Juanita's Place
20. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)
21. That's What Friends Are For
22. Love Theme From Arthur"