Love Songs of Burt Bacharach [ Hip-O]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Burt Bacharach revival was one of the most pleasing things about pop music in the late '90s, but it did produce an abundance of reissues, many of which seemed superfluous. So, it may be easy to dismiss Hip-O's Love Songs of Burt Bacharach as an unnecessary compilation, especially since it arrived in the summer of 1999, when the revival was starting to fade. That would be unfortunate because it's one of the best Bacharach compilations of the CD age. True, it's nowhere near comprehensive particularly in comparison to Rhino's exhaustive three-disc box, The Look of Love, but it's a concise sampling of classic recordings of Bacharach's best songs. A few songs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Burt Bacharach revival was one of the most pleasing things about pop music in the late '90s, but it did produce an abundance of reissues, many of which seemed superfluous. So, it may be easy to dismiss Hip-O's Love Songs of Burt Bacharach as an unnecessary compilation, especially since it arrived in the summer of 1999, when the revival was starting to fade. That would be unfortunate because it's one of the best Bacharach compilations of the CD age. True, it's nowhere near comprehensive particularly in comparison to Rhino's exhaustive three-disc box, The Look of Love, but it's a concise sampling of classic recordings of Bacharach's best songs. A few songs aren't here in their best-known or best versions -- "Anyone Who Had a Heart" is by Luther Vandross instead of Dionne Warwick; Perry Como's "Magic Moments" doesn't quite fit the tone of the disc, for instance, nor does Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald's otherwise fine duet "On My Own" -- but the compilers should be given credit for choosing Naked Eyes' excellent revamping of "Always Something There to Remind Me" and Isaac Hayes' reinvention of "Walk on By." The rest of the disc is devoted to classic renditions of classic songs, from Aretha Franklin's "I Say a Little Prayer" to Bacharach and Elvis Costello's contemporary classic, "This House Is Empty Now" which, in this context, sounds more timeless than ever. Sure, there might be a couple of noteworthy songs missing, but it's nevertheless a representative sampler that's not only ideal for casual listeners on a budget, it will still be entertaining for serious fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/1999
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 076744016645
  • Catalog Number: 40166

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin (3:28)
  2. 2 Do You Know the Way to San Jose? - Dionne Warwick (2:54)
  3. 3 I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself - Dusty Springfield (2:59)
  4. 4 Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head - B.J. Thomas (2:58)
  5. 5 What the World Needs Now Is Love - Jackie DeShannon (3:14)
  6. 6 The Look of Love - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (2:33)
  7. 7 What's New Pussycat? - Tom Jones (2:17)
  8. 8 Baby It's You - The Shirelles (2:39)
  9. 9 Magic Moments - Perry Como (2:39)
  10. 10 Make It Easy on Yourself - Jerry Butler (2:40)
  11. 11 Wishin' and Hopin' - Dusty Springfield (2:54)
  12. 12 You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart) - The Stylistics (3:37)
  13. 13 Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross (3:48)
  14. 14 Always Something There To Remind Me - Naked Eyes (3:40)
  15. 15 Walk on By - Isaac Hayes (4:32)
  16. 16 Anyone Who Had a Heart - Luther Vandross (5:32)
  17. 17 On My Own - Michael McDonald (4:38)
  18. 18 This House Is Empty Now - Burt Bacharach (5:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sergio Mendes Track Performer
Perry Como Track Performer
Dionne Warwick Track Performer
Jerry Butler Track Performer
Elvis Costello Track Performer
Christopher Cross Track Performer
Aretha Franklin Track Performer
Patti LaBelle Track Performer
Michael McDonald Track Performer
Naked Eyes Track Performer
The Shirelles Track Performer
Dusty Springfield Track Performer
The Stylistics Track Performer
Luther Vandross Track Performer
Tom Jones Track Performer
Burt Bacharach Track Performer
Jackie DeShannon Track Performer
Isaac Hayes Track Performer
B.J. Thomas Track Performer
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 Track Performer
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