Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head [JVC]

Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head [JVC]

by B.J. Thomas
     
 

B.J. Thomas had hits before "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" -- big ones, too, like "Hooked on a Feeling" -- but that 1969 single made his career, establishing him as a first-class adult contemporary singer. Naturally, "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"'s prominent position in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was instrumental in this breakthrough -- its…  See more details below

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B.J. Thomas had hits before "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" -- big ones, too, like "Hooked on a Feeling" -- but that 1969 single made his career, establishing him as a first-class adult contemporary singer. Naturally, "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"'s prominent position in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was instrumental in this breakthrough -- its blockbuster status guaranteeing Thomas a bump -- but the LP Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head followed through on the single, abandoning any lingering Texas soul influences remaining in Thomas and focusing firmly on pop. Burt Bacharach and Hal David are heard on the title track and "This Guy's in Love with You," Jimmy Webb has two songs ("If You Must Leave My Life," "Do What You Gotta Do"), Mark James, author of "Hooked on a Feeling," has two cuts, including "Suspicious Minds," and Bobby Russell's '60s standard "Little Green Apples" gets an airing. What's most revealing is Thomas' choice of "The Greatest Love" from Joe South — it's one of South's poppiest numbers, and B.J. gives it an appropriately soft and symphonic treatment. This orchestrated, yet not dramatic, arrangement is the sound of Raindrops and it's the sound of mainstream crossover pop of the late '60s, the sound that Thomas made his own starting with this very record. Song for song, it's not quite as interesting as Young and in Love, but it holds together as well as that album, and offered a better indication of B.J.'s career path. [Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head was reissued on JVC Japan in 2010, including the bonus track "Long Ago and Tomorrow."] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Al Campbell

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2010
Label:
Jvc Japan
UPC:
4988002599202
catalogNumber:
0259920

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.J. Thomas   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Joe South   Composer
Larry Wilcox   Arranger
Burt Bacharach   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Peter Matz   Arranger
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Bobby Russell   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Hal David   Composer,Producer
Pete Dino   Arranger
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Tony Hatch   Composer
Mike Leech   Arranger
Chips Moman   Producer
Glen Spreen   Arranger
Steve Tyrell   Producer
Stan Green   Arranger,Producer
Jackie Trent   Composer
Burt Goldblatt   Art Direction
Jerry Merrick   Composer
Yoshi Nagato   Liner Notes

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