Very Best Of Burt Bacharach CD (2001)

Artist: Various Artists

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Currently celebrating over four decades of musical success, Burt Bacharach also provided a practically uninterrupted musical background to the 60s and 70s, with his intricate melodies and the lyrics of his primary collaborator, lyricist Hal David, defining an era. Now, the landmark Bacharach tunes--and the recording artists who made them famous--are featured in the Rhino Records collection The Very Best Of Burt Bacharach. All told there are 16 cuts, featuring vocals by Dionne Warwick ("Walk On By", "I Say A Little Prayer", "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" and others), B.J. Thomas ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"), Christopher Cross (Arthur's Theme: "The Best That You Can Do") and more.


Label Wea/rhino
SKU 60463912
UPC 081227672126
UPC 14 00081227672126
Format CD
Release Date 3/6/2001
Author Various Artists
Associated Artist/Work Burt Bacharach Orchestra & Chor
Associated Artist/Work Costello, Elvis
Associated Artist/Work Four Seasons (The)
Associated Artist/Work Frisell, Bill
Associated Artist/Work Getz, Stan
Associated Artist/Work Gibbs, Gerry
Associated Artist/Work Isley, Ronald
Associated Artist/Work Keating, Ronan
Associated Artist/Work Original Cast
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Richard Balcombe
Associated Artist/Work Thrasher Dream Trio
Associated Artist/Work Tiomkin, Dimitri
Associated Artist/Work Warwick, Dionne
Artist Influence Charlie Parker (Sax)
Artist Influence Dizzy Gillespie
Artist Influence Frank Sinatra
Artist Influence Gil Evans
Artist Influence Henry Mancini
Artist Influence Miles Davis
Artist Influence Nelson Riddle
Artist Influence Steve Lawrence
Artist Influence The Ames Brothers
Artist Influence Wes Montgomery
Artist Contemporary Antonio Carlos Jobim
Artist Contemporary Billy May
Artist Contemporary Brian Wilson (Pop)
Artist Contemporary Carole King
Artist Contemporary Carpenters
Artist Contemporary Cilla Black
Artist Contemporary Dionne Warwick
Artist Contemporary George Martin
Artist Contemporary Herb Alpert
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Webb (Songwriter/Producer)
Artist Contemporary Marlene Dietrich
Artist Contemporary Marvin Hamlisch
Artist Contemporary Nancy Sinatra
Artist Contemporary Neil Diamond
Artist Contemporary Neil Sedaka
Artist Contemporary Noel Harrison
Artist Contemporary Paul Anka (Singer/Songwriter)
Artist Contemporary Paul McCartney
Artist Contemporary Perry Como
Artist Contemporary Petula Clark
Artist Contemporary Phil Spector
Artist Contemporary Randy Newman
Artist Contemporary Sandie Shaw
Artist Contemporary Scott Walker
Artist Contemporary Sergio Mendes
Artist Contemporary Sounds Orchestral
Artist Contemporary Steve Lawrence
Artist Contemporary The Beatles
Artist Contemporary The Drifters (US)
Artist Contemporary The Four Seasons
Artist Contemporary The Walker Brothers
Artist Contemporary Tony Hatch
Artist Contemporary Van Dyke Parks
Artist Follower Barry Manilow
Artist Follower Ben Folds
Artist Follower Carpenters
Artist Follower Christopher Cross
Artist Follower Cinerama
Artist Follower Cousteau
Artist Follower Dionne Warwick
Artist Follower Elton John
Artist Follower Elvis Costello
Artist Follower Magnetic Fields
Artist Follower Marty Robbins
Artist Follower Neil Diamond
Artist Follower Patti Page
Artist Follower Rilo Kiley
Artist Follower Roberta Flack
Artist Follower Say Lou Lou
Artist Follower Sondre Lerche
Artist Follower The Divine Comedy
Artist Follower The High Llamas
Technical Info
Producer Stephen Paley; Chris Andrews; Aaron Schroeder; John Franz; Luther Dixon; Michael Omartian; Peter Sullivan; Wally Gold; Hal David; Bill Inglot; Bones Howe; Burt Bacharach; Carole Bayer-Sager; Patrick Milligan (Compilation)
CatalogID 76721
Lable Name Warner Bros.
Released 03/06/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00081227672126
Album Notes and Credits
Includes liner notes by Patrick Milligan & Alec Cumming.
Digitally remastered by Andrew Garver & Bill Inglot.
Audio Remasterers: Andrew Garver; Bill Inglot.
Arrangers: Larry Wilcox; Bob Alcivar; Bill Holman; Bones Howe; Burt Bacharach; Carole Bayer Sager.
A handy single-disc consolidation of the three-disc box set THE LOOK OF LOVE, THE VERY BEST OF BURT BACHARACH drops the rarities and oddities for a 16-track blast of nothing but the biggest hits, over a third of which are sung by Bacharach and Hal David's premier vocal partner, Dionne Warwick. Other singers include Gene Pitney, the Shirelles, Dusty Springfield, and Christopher Cross, all of them performing some of the finest songs of their careers. Best of all for the most easy-listening-averse fans--none of the songs come from Bacharach's 1960s and '70s albums for A&M Records, on which it's made clear that the best songwriters are not always the best singers. Only the lack of Warwick's "Promises, Promises," perhaps the trio's most exemplary work together, keeps THE VERY BEST OF BURT BACHARACH from being perfect.
Artist Overview
Co-author (with lyricist Hal David) of an extensive string of hits in the '60s, Burt Bacharach is one of the most respected composer/producers in pop history. In Dionne Warwick, Bacharach found a perfect vehicle for his innovations, which fused uncommon rhythms, creative arrangements, and gorgeous melodies, often bringing the sophistication of classical music and jazz to the Top 40 charts. In the '90s, years after the hits dried up, the burgeoning "lounge" music movement provided him with a resurgence in popularity. His late-'90s collaborations with admirer Elvis Costello were widely lauded.
Artist Bio
Certainly one of the dominant figures of pop music during the 60s and 70s, Burt Bacharach wrote an incredible 52 top 40 hits during this period, and is still going strong after more than four decades of success. Born in 1928, Burt Bacharach grew up in New York City as the son of a syndicated newspaper columnist and a mom who insisted that he study music. As a teen, he used to sneak into the jazz clubs that lined 52nd Street at the time, to see the legendary musicians, and eventually started a band that played at resorts in the Catskills and on army bases. He studied music and composition, and served in the Army from 1950-52 in various music-related functions, where he met a young singer named Vic Damone and became Damone's accompanist upon leaving the service, getting professional seasoning working shows and clubs with Damone and other stars of the era. Musical history was made when Bacharach teamed up with lyricist Hal David in 1957, and the pair found almost instant success with hits for Marty Robbins ("The Story Of My Life") that year and Perry Como ("Magic Moments") in 1958. Bacharach and David continued their collaboration, and also worked with others. In 1962, Burt met a 20-year-old back-up singer for the Drifters named Marie Dionne Warwick (the niece of gospel singer Cissy Houston, who later had a daughter named...well, you know the story). Warwick immediately clicked with Burt's demanding vocal compositions, and the Bacharach-David-Warwick triumvirate ultimately were responsible for 20 top 40 hits over a ten-year period. Bacharach and David collaborated on the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Promises, Promises in 1968. The show ran for nearly 1,300 performances. In the early 70s the Bacharach-David-Warwick alliance broke apart midst suing and counter suing, and Burt went into semi-retirement, emerging in the 80s with songs including the theme from Arthur, with lyricist and wife-to-be Carole Bayer Sager, more records with Warwick and other music greats. After his divorce from Sager in 1991, Bacharach kept a low professional profile for a few years, but in 1993 reunited with Hal David and Dionne Warwick for "Sunny Weather Love", along with other projects. Although he's never really been away, the 70+-year-old composer has enjoyed renewed popularity of late, in TV concerts and live concert performances...even making a cameo appearance with Elvis Costello in Mike Myers' comedy Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. His latest compilation album, The Very Best Of Burt Bacharach, featuring vintage Bacharach tunes sung by the stars who made them famous, proves that Burt's music truly has timeless popularity.
Disc 1
1 Baby It's You - (with The Shirelles)
2 Only Love Can Break A Heart - (with Gene Pitney)
3 Anyone Who Had A Heart - (with Dionne Warwick)
4 Always Something There To Remind Me, (There's) - (with Sandie Shaw)
5 Walk On By - (with Dionne Warwick)
6 What The World Needs Now Is Love - (with Jackie DeShannon)
7 Alfie - (with Dionne Warwick)
8 What's New Pussycat - (with Tom Jones)
9 I Say A Little Prayer - (with Dionne Warwick)
10 Look Of Love, The - (with Dusty Springfield)
11 Do You Know The Way To San Jose - (with Dionne Warwick)
12 Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head - (with B.J. Thomas)
13 I'll Never Fall In Love Again - (with Dionne Warwick)
14 One Less Bell To Answer - (with The 5th Dimension)
15 Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - (with Christopher Cross)
16 That's What Friends Are For - (with Dionne Warwick/Elton John/Gladys Knight/Stevie Wonder)

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