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Format: CD
Sku: 60608463
UPC: 602498604489
UPC 14: 00602498604489
Release Date: 8/5/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Something Big ~ Burt Bacharach
2. Do You Know the Way to San Jose? ~ Burt Bacharach
3. What The World Needs Now Is Love ~ Burt Bacharach
4. I Say A Little Prayer ~ Burt Bacharach
5. Walk On By - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Burt Bacharach
6. Nikki ~ Burt Bacharach
7. This Guy's In Love With You ~ Burt Bacharach
8. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head ~ Burt Bacharach
9. Look Of Love, The ~ Burt Bacharach
10. Message To Michael ~ Burt Bacharach
11. (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me ~ Burt Bacharach
12. I'll Never Fall In Love Again ~ Burt Bacharach
13. House Is Not A Home, A ~ Burt Bacharach
14. One Less Bell To Answer ~ Burt Bacharach
15. Reach Out For Me ~ Burt Bacharach
16. Make It Easy On Yourself ~ Burt Bacharach
17. (They Long to Be) Close to You ~ Burt Bacharach
18. Trains And Boats And Planes ~ Burt Bacharach
19. Any Day Now ~ Burt Bacharach
20. Alfie ~ Burt Bacharach
21. Knowing When To Leave ~ Burt Bacharach
22. Promises, Promises ~ Burt Bacharach
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) ~ Burt Bacharach

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Includes previously unreleased tracks.
Muze PNote Producers: Burt Bacharach, Phil Ramone.
Muze PNote Compilation producers: Jim Pierson, Mike Ragogna.
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally remastered using 96K/24-Bit technology.
Muze PNote Arranger: Burt Bacharach.
Muze PNote 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

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations What Love Can Do
Muze Music Compilations X2
Muze Music Compilations A m 50:Anniversary Collection
Muze Music Compilations Anyone Who Had A Heart
Muze Music Compilations Brazil Beats The Carnival House & Lat
Muze Music Compilations Arthur
Muze Music Compilations Dance
Muze Music Compilations Just For The Record

Associated Artists and Works

The Very Best Of Burt Bacharach ~ Artists, Various
Burt Bacharach Orchestra & Chor
Costello, Elvis
Four Seasons (The)
Frisell, Bill
Getz, Stan
Isley, Ronald
Keating, Ronan
Original Cast
Original Soundtrack
Lost Horizon [Bell] ~ Original Soundtrack
Richard Balcombe
Lost Horizon [Bell] ~ Tiomkin, Dimitri
The Very Best of Burt Bacharach [Rhino] ~ Various Artists
Warwick, Dionne

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/05/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 9860448
Music Label Name Label : A&M (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602498604489

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..."

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