|Every recording artist has one album that they are destined to make - an album so singularly in-sync with their sensibility and history that its making smacks of pure destiny. For Steve Tyrell - a distinguished Grammy winner, Emmy nominated purveyor of pop standards and a behind the scenes impresario - that album is Back to Bacharach, a deeply personal collection of songs from the piano of Burt Bacharach and the pen of Hal David.|
The song that gets the Technicolor treatment on Back to Bacharach is Bacharach and David's anthem, "What the World Needs Now is Love," a song Steve believes is "more relevant now than it ever was." Bacharach's piano glues together the whole affair which features superstars Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Martina McBride and Dionne Warwick along with Tyrell. The all-star recording is for a worthy cause - all proceeds will go to the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) in remembrance of Steve's wife Stephanie (who passed away from Colon Cancer five years ago) and Jay Monahan, the late husband of television journalist Katie Couric.
Other classics featured on the Back to Bacharach album are: "Walk on By," The Look of Love," Close to You," "A House is Not a Home," "This Guy's in Love," "One Less Bell to Answer," "Reach Out for Me," "I Say a Little Prayer for You," "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself," "Always Something There to Remind Me," "Don't Make Me Over" and the Oscar winning "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head."
"This album is different from any I'll ever do," states Tyrell, who in the last decade has been at the forefront of a renaissance in recordings from the Great American Songbook via his previous six projects. "The music of my friends Burt and Hal has been a lifelong collaboration. Their songs are my songs. It's a very unique situation."
"I like to say Back to Bacharach was 40 years in the making," Steve concludes. "There is no other music like this in my life. And I am honored to share it with the world...my way."
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Darryl Tookes, Lauren Tyrell, Fred White , LaTanya Hall, Lynne Fiddmont (vocals, background vocals); Springhurst Elementary School Harmonaires (vocals); Bob Mann (guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Abe Appleman, Barry Finclair, Karl Kawahara, Anne Leathers, Shinwon Kim, Richard Sortomme, Carol Webb, Jonathan Dinklage (violin); Karen Ritscher, Vince Lionti (viola); Semyon Fridman, Roger Shell (cello); Warren Luening (trumpet, flugelhorn); Herb Alpert (trumpet); Lew Soloff, Matt Fronke (flugelhorn); Dave Bargeron (baritone horn); Burt Bacharach (piano, keyboards); Kenny Ascher, Quinn Johnson (piano); Guy Moon (organ); Jon Allen (keyboards); Allan Schwartzberg (drums, percussion); John Guerin (drums); Dorian Holley, Patti Austin (background vocals).|
|Audio Mixer: Bill Schnee.|
|Liner Note Author: Steve Tyrell .|
|Photographer: Tina Tyrell.|
|Arrangers: Steve Tyrell ; Bob Mann; Burt Bacharach.|
|Steve Tyrell recalls the classic American vocalists such as Nat "King" Cole and Frank Sinatra. Tyrell doesn't sound like either, but he does shares their eclectic, all-inclusive musical approach. Tyrell is also influenced by jazz and classic/old-school R&B, and he's contributed music to movies (FATHER OF THE BRIDE, MYSTIC PIZZA). In addition, he worked for Scepter Records at the time of the classic Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Dionne Warwick recordings. So BACK TO BACHARACH, a tribute to the great '60s pop composer, is very much a return to Tyrell's roots. Tyrell's vocal style here draws upon jazz, blues, and pop, down-to-earth and sophisticated all at once, and very much in the Bacharach mode.|
Producer: Jon Allen; Steve Tyrell; Bob Mann; Burt Bacharach
Engineer: Jon Allen; Darwin Best; Dave O'Donnell; Doug Epstein; Jon Cobert; Bill Schnee
|Release Date : 07/16/2008|
|Original Release Date : 2008|
|Catalog ID : 2350702|
|Label : Koch (USA)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00099923507024|
For music lovers the world over, songs like "The Look of Love," "Walk on By," "Close to You," "A House is Not a Home" and "Alfie" are indelibly bound to our DNA, haunting strands of melodious memories that bring forth a flood of emotions and associations. For Steve Tyrell, they represent milestones in a distinguished career and the joys and pains of his own personal life. It is because of his close proximity to the songs and their creators that Steve is able to bring something unique to his versions while being fortunate enough to include Dionne Warwick, Herb Alpert and 2008 Grammy Award winner Patti Austin well as Bacharach himself, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, and Martina McBride on the CD to relive the golden moments.
"This album is different from any I'll ever do," states Tyrell, who in the last decade has been at the forefront of a renaissance in recordings from the Great American Songbook via his previous six projects and the Grammy winning albums he produced with Rod Stewart. "The music of my friends Burt and Hal has been a lifelong collaboration. Their songs are my songs. It's a very unique situation."
Indeed. It was as a bright and ambitious 19 year-old that Steve journeyed from Houston, Texas to New York City to work at pop and soul music giant Scepter Records. By that time, he'd already been a recording artist at 15, scoring local R&B hits on the Philips and London labels.
When Steve arrived at Scepter Records and its adjacent Baby Monica Publishing Company, he immediately found himself surrounded by swiftly developing super teams such as Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil. But it was with a pair of outside contractors - songwriting producers Burt Bacharach & Hal David - that Steve would forge his most personal alliance.