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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
This 2006 41-track double dose of Burt Bacharach's prolific career is obviously not nearly as comprehensive as Rhino's 1998 The Look of Love three-CD, 75-song package that remains the standard by which other collections of the songwriter's work will be judged. But it's not bad, either. Hip-O/Universal is no novice to the artist's pop work; the label has already released The Reel Burt Bacharach, a compilation of tunes taken from soundtracks (that shares six cuts with this) and 2004's massive Something Big: The Complete A&M Years...And More box of the composer interpreting his songs (which shares only two entries). Since the scope is similar, there is much duplication ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
This 2006 41-track double dose of Burt Bacharach's prolific career is obviously not nearly as comprehensive as Rhino's 1998 The Look of Love three-CD, 75-song package that remains the standard by which other collections of the songwriter's work will be judged. But it's not bad, either. Hip-O/Universal is no novice to the artist's pop work; the label has already released The Reel Burt Bacharach, a compilation of tunes taken from soundtracks (that shares six cuts with this) and 2004's massive Something Big: The Complete A&M Years...And More box of the composer interpreting his songs (which shares only two entries). Since the scope is similar, there is much duplication with the Rhino collection. Although this doesn't have the detailed and voluminous liner notes and is not presented in chronological order as Rhino's is, the first nine selections can be found on the earlier set, and 12 more are scattered throughout the rest of these discs. But that leaves a full 20 cuts done by different artists or not included on the Rhino release, and some of these are quite good. Perhaps to lessen the emphasis on Dionne Warwick, Hip-O's compiler uses other singers' versions of material typically associated with Bacharach's most famous interpreter. "Walk on By" performed with lover-man intensity by Isaac Hayes (in an edited version from Hot Buttered Soul's extended original) is a smart choice, as is the Pretenders' rather rare "The Windows of the World," Aretha Franklin's soulful "I Say a Little Prayer," and the Marvelettes' reliable Motown workup of "Message to Michael." But Cher's "Alfie" is stiffly over-produced and Jerry Orbach's original cast vocal of "Promises, Promises," although a reasonable choice, just doesn't compare to Warwick's smoother slant. The less said about Sybil's cheesy electronic dancefloor approach to "Don't Make Me Over" -- largely patterned from Naked Eyes' "Always Something There to Remind Me" -- the better (even though it did chart at number two R&B in 1989). Other substitutions occur with Luther Vandross' "A House Is Not a Home" (filling in for Brook Benton's original) and Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66's "The Look of Love" (replacing Dusty Springfield's better-known performance), which notched a solid showing of number four on the 1968 pop charts. Elsewhere, this release contains a few good (Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas' "Trains and Boats and Planes"), bad (Neil Diamond's "Heartbeat"), and ugly (see Sybil) selections not on Rhino's edition. Since it is also less expensive, it makes for a dependable if imperfect recap of Bacharach's work and should satisfy most customers in the market for more than just the hits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498414125
  • Catalog Number: 000732402

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters (3:40)
  2. 2 Do You Know the Way to San Jose - Dionne Warwick (2:54)
  3. 3 What the World Needs Now Is Love - Jackie DeShannon (3:14)
  4. 4 Wishin' and Hopin' - Dusty Springfield (2:54)
  5. 5 What's New Pussycat? - Tom Jones (2:18)
  6. 6 This Guy's in Love with You - Herb Alpert (4:00)
  7. 7 Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head - B.J. Thomas (2:57)
  8. 8 One Less Bell to Answer - The 5th Dimension (3:28)
  9. 9 I'll Never Fall in Love Again - Dionne Warwick (2:58)
  10. 10 I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin (3:30)
  11. 11 You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart) - Russell Thompkins Jr. (3:38)
  12. 12 Walk on By - Isaac Hayes (4:32)
  13. 13 A House Is Not a Home - Luther Vandross (7:07)
  14. 14 The Look of Love - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (2:35)
  15. 15 Baby It's You - The Shirelles (2:40)
  16. 16 Message to Michael - The Marvelettes (3:06)
  17. 17 Trains and Boats and Planes - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas (2:25)
  18. 18 Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa - Gene Pitney (2:59)
  19. 19 Make It Easy on Yourself - The Walker Brothers (3:13)
  20. 20 Knowing When to Leave (2:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Anyone Who Had a Heart - Dionne Warwick (3:11)
  2. 2 I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself - Dusty Springfield (3:02)
  3. 3 Mexican Divorce - The Drifters (2:33)
  4. 4 Wives and Lovers - Jack Jones (2:29)
  5. 5 Only Love Can Break a Heart - Gene Pitney (2:49)
  6. 6 Blue on Blue - Bobby Vinton (2:24)
  7. 7 Alfie - Cher (2:58)
  8. 8 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Gene Pitney (2:58)
  9. 9 Casino Royale - Herb Alpert (2:36)
  10. 10 Promises, Promises - Jerry Orbach (1:45)
  11. 11 Living Together, Growing Together - The 5th Dimension (3:49)
  12. 12 Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross (3:51)
  13. 13 Any Day Now - Ronnie Milsap (3:40)
  14. 14 Heartlight - Neil Diamond (4:24)
  15. 15 On My Own - Michael McDonald (4:48)
  16. 16 Reach out for Me - Olivia Newton-John (4:22)
  17. 17 Always Something There to Remind Me - Naked Eyes (3:41)
  18. 18 The Windows of the World - Pretenders (2:56)
  19. 19 Don't Make Me Over - Sybil (3:59)
  20. 20 God Give Me Strength (6:07)
  21. 21 That's What Friends Are For (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Burt Bacharach Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Elvis Costello Composer
Christopher Cross Composer
Neil Diamond Composer
Peter Allen Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Hal David Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Erick Labson Mastering
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Robyn Flans Liner Notes
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Barney Williams Composer
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