What The World Needs Now-Classics CD (2003)

Artist: Burt Bacharach

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 60608463
UPC 602498604489
UPC 14 00602498604489
Format CD
Release Date 8/5/2003
Author Burt Bacharach
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
Technical Info
CatalogID 9860448
Lable Name A&M (USA)
Released 08/05/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 75m : 37s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498604489
Album Notes and Credits
Includes previously unreleased tracks.
Producers: Burt Bacharach, Phil Ramone.
Compilation producers: Jim Pierson, Mike Ragogna.
All tracks have been digitally remastered using 96K/24-Bit technology.
Arranger: Burt Bacharach.
What the World Needs Now is a comprehensive single-disc compilation of Burt Bacharach's recordings of his music for Kapp and A&M Records between 1965 and 1974, drawn from his albums Hit Maker, the Man! Burt Bacharach and His Songs, Reach Out, Make It Easy on Yourself, Burt Bacharach, Living Together, and Burt Bacharach in Concert, as well as the soundtrack to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Bacharach arranges and conducts the performances, using a studio orchestra including strings and electric instruments, usually with a female chorus to sing some portion of the lyrics written for the tunes by Hal David (or, in one instance, Bob Hilliard). The composer himself also handles occasional vocals, humming here and there and even singing whole lyrics on such songs as "A House Is Not a Home" and "Make It Easy on Yourself." The studio trickery of the 21st century no doubt could have made it sound like he could sing competently if he were cutting this material 40 years later than he did; as it is, he has moments in which he sings expressively and on key, but for the most part his voice is poor. While these recordings are a cut above mere easy listening run-throughs, boasting interesting arranging ideas and sections that illuminate Bacharach's melodies in ways the more familiar hit recordings did not, this is still music that depends heavily on the listener's recollection of those hit versions. When the tune is less familiar, such as on "Reach Out" or "Knowing When to Leave," the loss is felt particularly. For those who want to hear Bacharach's own, largely instrumental, take on his most popular songs of the 1960s and '70s, this is an excellent selection from his catalog. ~ William Ruhlmann
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (8/21/03, p.79) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[An] astutely selected, spectacular-sounding Bacharach collection culled mostly from his 1960 and 1970s solo albums....Here is Bacharach in all his glory, scoring and playing piano and producing masterpieces..."
Q (11/03, p.130) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The songs are allowed space to manoeuvre, with the arrangements taking on some interesting nuances..."
Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...These largely instrumental takes - impeccably recorded, gleaming with supper-club Latino beats, ticklish strings and telling key changes - recast their greatness in suggestive, near therapeutic ways..."
Disc 1
1 Something Big
2 Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
3 What The World Needs Now Is Love
4 I Say A Little Prayer
5 Walk On By - (previously unreleased, live)
6 Nikki
7 This Guy's In Love With You
8 Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
9 Look Of Love, The
10 Message To Michael
11 (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me
12 I'll Never Fall In Love Again
13 House Is Not A Home, A
14 One Less Bell To Answer
15 Reach Out For Me
16 Make It Easy On Yourself
17 (They Long to Be) Close to You
18 Trains And Boats And Planes
19 Any Day Now
20 Alfie
21 Knowing When To Leave
22 Promises, Promises
23 Medley: Don't Make Me Over/Anyone Who Had a Heart/What's New Pussycat: Don't Make Me Over / Anyone Who Had A Heart / What's New Pussycat / Wives And Lovers / 24 Hours From Tulsa - (previously unreleased, live)

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