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Burt Bacharach's Greatest Hits
Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach's Greatest Hits
Genres: Pop, Rock
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Recently ordained as a Cardinal of Cool, Burt Bacharach created a sound that defined the cocktail crazy '60s. Relying on sentimental lyrics and powerful hooks, Bacharach wrote songs that provided hit after hit for the like...  more »


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All Artists: Burt Bacharach
Title: Burt Bacharach's Greatest Hits
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: A&M
Release Date: 10/24/1989
Genres: Pop, Rock
Styles: Easy Listening, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Oldies & Retro
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075021332126, 075021332140

Recently ordained as a Cardinal of Cool, Burt Bacharach created a sound that defined the cocktail crazy '60s. Relying on sentimental lyrics and powerful hooks, Bacharach wrote songs that provided hit after hit for the likes of Dionne Warwick, film scores (Alfie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), and radio-ready show tunes like "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" from Promises, Promises. The Carpenters had a colossal smash with his "Close to You," as did B.J. Thomas with "Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head." In fact it was the genius of Bacharach and his collaborator Hal David that seemed to give Warwick and others their stardom. A piano man of the highest order, he understood the power of a bridge, and they still serve as some of the most memorable aspects of his compositions. His grasp of arrangements was also unmatched and the instrumental solos in his work--the melancholy trumpet of "What the World Needs Now" and "Close To You"--were instant classics. Greatest Hits validates all of the renewed interest in Bacharach during the mid- 1990s, as ultra-hip outfits like Pizzicato Five routinely payed homage to him in their own work. --Steve Gdula

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IC B. (icberry)
Reviewed on 1/17/2020...
Now I have to say, this is an interesting record, and I'm not sure any of the descriptions I've read -- whether promotional or by fans/buyers -- have quite captured what it seems to be.

What you get here really is, -- yes -- the real thing: Burt Bacharach's genuine, and deceptively simple-sounding arrangements of what would become the absolute pinnacle of pop music songs for a while there. You get the half-sleepy double-tracked trumpets, the soft girl-singer choirs, the odd, lackadaisaical percussion, stinging harpischords and seemingly-unrelated codas that round things out to the requisite three minutes per song.

In fact, this record seems to be just about exactly what it promises: Mr. Bacharach's -- HIS, and ONLY HIS -- Hits. And to further refine matters: HIS contributions to them. Meaning the very tracks on which he played, which he produced and he recorded.

What you don't get is the radio-ready superstar vocal-versions of these incredibly famous songs. It's like a pop-musicologiist's dream record, really, because, like a clean, clear diagram meant for study, it's got everything removed that isn't relevant to the study of the subject at hand. So go ahead and study them. Backwards-engineer them if you have the musical chops, because you'll never get a better, cleaner chance to hear what's going on under those famous vocals.

Or even better, belt along with 'em, with karaoke-style. A couple of the tracks do have a vocal -- his? -- but mostly they are just perfect demonstrations of his pop craftsmanship, as if ready-made to assign to the next superstar-to-be to sing in the studio.

Was it created for that purpose? Who knows. Without better liner notes, it's just as easy to suppose it wos done for cynical, contractually-obligated reasons. But me, I just like singing along: I'lllll Never fall in love AGAINNNNNNN!!!!

Kathy F. from MINNEOTA, MN
Reviewed on 11/14/2009...
I have always loved Burt's music, but didn't have any of it. I am happy to have gotten this CD. It has some of his best hits on it.
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Easy listening, instrumental collection of Burt's tunes.
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I had wanted a collection of Burt's best tunes, as sung by the original singers, but I couldn't find any. So, I settled for this CD. Not too bad a collection of mostly instrumental pieces as orchestrated by Burt, with some help from anonymous background vocalists. Burt also sings in a couple of songs - well, he tries to. We all know why he stuck to song-writing.This CD will not be the most satisfying collection for Burt's fans. It is good for the uninitiated and for those, who like me, would like some unintrusive late-night music from a great song-writer."
A Dud
(1 out of 5 stars)

"If you are going to put out a 12-track CD under the title "Burt Bacharach's Greatest Hits" shouldn't you be expected to include the only four hits he had under his own name?

We all know he wrote, in conjunction with Hal David, all of the songs in this CD, but with the exception of tracks 1 and 4 none were hits for him per se. I suppose one could be charitable and say the title of the CD is meant to convey the message that these were his babies [or partly so], even if someone else had the actual hits.

But when I see "greatest hits" following the name of an artist who actually HAD a few under his or her own name I fully expect to see those at the very least. His first, in late 1967, was Reach Out For Me, a song he produced for Dionne Warwick in 1964, which reached # 38 on the Adult Contemporary [AC] charts b/w The Look Of Love from the film Casino Royale [tracks 4 and 5].

A year and a half later in 1969 his version of I'll Never Fall In Love Again [track 1], a huge hit for Dionne Warwick early in 1970, and from the Broadway musical Promises, Promises, topped out at # 18 AC and # 93 Billboard Pop Hot 100 in June [his only Hot 100 hit]. The flip of that was Pacific Coast Highway, not included.

After another 18-month drought, All Kinds Of People also made it to # 18 AC and # 116 Hot 100 "bubble under" in February 1971 b/w She's Gone Away. Neither is included here, nor is his last hit, Something Big, which reached # 50 AC in January 1974. However, the uncharted flipside - Living Together, Growing Together IS here at track 12.

Incidentally, Burt does not sing on any of the four charted hits credited to him, all vocals being performed by a chorus. Which, perhaps, explains why they charted in the first place. Another drawback to this CD, in addition to the missing hits and B-sides, is the fact there are no liner notes. All in all a poor effort by the folks at A&M."