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At This Time
     

At This Time

by Burt Bacharach
 

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For as great as he is, Burt Bacharach has never been much of a solo recording artist. His greatness lies as a composer, not as a performer, due largely to his gravelly voice, which has a tendency to waver out of tune, but he also has a tendency to indulge in his sleepiest MOR qualities when he's left to his own devices. Even on his 1967 solo debut,

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For as great as he is, Burt Bacharach has never been much of a solo recording artist. His greatness lies as a composer, not as a performer, due largely to his gravelly voice, which has a tendency to waver out of tune, but he also has a tendency to indulge in his sleepiest MOR qualities when he's left to his own devices. Even on his 1967 solo debut, Reach Out, he emphasized easy listening, spending nearly as much time on instrumentals as he did on vocal tracks. This is a template Bacharach followed over the years, returning to it repeatedly on his increasingly infrequent solo albums. As the decades passed, he paid less and less attention to his recording career, entering a quasi-retirement after 1977's Futures. He returned 20 years later with a collaboration with Elvis Costello, Painted from Memory. This was released at the height of a Bacharach revival -- new bands were covering his songs, dropping references to his work in interviews, and Mike Myers' Austin Powers character seemed to be lifted out of a mythical swinging '60s scored entirely to Bacharach/David songs -- but despite great reviews and the fact that it was Bacharach's best album, it stiffed. Despite its poor commercial fortunes, it eased him back into being an active artist, so when he released At This Time seven years later, it didn't seem like a comeback as much as it did a belated follow-up of Painted from Memory. The album itself isn't a continuation of that splendid affair; it's a throwback to Bacharach's solo albums of the '60s and '70s. All of the press surrounding the release of At This Time emphasized Bacharach's contention that he was compelled to write these songs due to his despair at the state of the world in 2005, which gives a not inaccurate impression that this is a politically charged record. To a certain extent, that is true: "Who Are These People" is a direct assault on the Bush administration ("Who are these people that keep telling us lies/And how did these people get control of our lives...And what kind of leaders can't admit when they're wrong?") and there's a mournful quality to many of the songs here, as on the opening pair of "Please Explain" and "Where Did It Go?" Bacharach is also writing direct, confessional first-person lyrics for the first time, which is disarming yet endearing. At This Time bears many of his lush orchestral pop trademarks and several of the songs feature the presence of many interesting collaborators, including rhythm loops by Dr. Dre.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0828767789729
catalogNumber:
77897

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Performance Credits

Burt Bacharach   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Flugelhorn,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes,oberheim
Elvis Costello   Vocals
John Pagano   Vocals
Charlie Bisharat   Violin,Concert Master
Mari Tsumura   Concert Master
Mark Cargill   Concert Master
Daniel Chase   Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Jim Cox   Piano,Keyboards
Joel Derouin   Violin,Concert Master
Earl Dumler   Oboe
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Ronald Folsom   Concert Master
Armen Garabedian   Concert Master
Berj Garabedian   Concert Master
Grant Geissman   Guitar
Terry Glenny   Concert Master
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Daniel Greco   Percussion
Dan Higgins   Clarinet,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Josie James   Vocals
Peter Kent   Concert Master
Gina Kronstadt   Concert Master
Warren Luening   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Don Palmer   Concert Master
Ted Perlman   Synthesizer,Bass
Barbara Porter   Concert Master
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Rob Shrock   Synthesizer
Neil Stubenhaus   Electric Bass
Sally Stevens   Vocals
Donna Taylor   Vocals
Evan Wilson   Viola
Margaret Wooten   Concert Master
Shari Zippert   Concert Master
Susan Chatman   Concert Master
Rufus Wainwright   Vocals
Printz Board   Drum Loop
Cameron Patrick   Concert Master
Denaun Porter   Loops,Drum Loop
Billy Childs Trio   Wurlitzer
Terry Christiansen   Double Bass
John Daversa   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Michele Richards   Concert Master
Mario de León   Concert Master

Technical Credits

Burt Bacharach   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tonio K.   Composer
Chris Botti   Composer
Denyse Buffum   Principal
Jerry Epstein   Principal
Andrew Hale   Executive Producer
Miguel Martinez   Principal
Dave O'Donnell   Engineer
Mike Pela   Engineer
Ted Perlman   Programming
Jimbo Ross   Principal
Allen Sides   Engineer
Robert Stringer   Executive Producer
Karen Elaine Bakunin   Principal
Suzie Katayama   Principal
Mike Elizondo   Bass Programming
Olaf Heine   Cover Photo
Jeff Burns   Engineer
Darrin McCann   Principal
Greg Burns   Engineer
Printz Board   Composer
Denaun Porter   Composer,Bass Programming
Dmitri Kourka   Principal
Andrew Duckles   Principal
Dan Tobin Smith   Principal

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