Something Big: The Complete A&M Years...And More

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The title Something Big: The Complete A&M Years...And More 2004 pretty well sums up the embarrassment of riches contained within this compendium. Even while working -- usually with then-partner Hal David lyrics -- to create hits for other artists, Burt Bacharach piano/vocals/arranger was well on his way to becoming arguably the most gifted and successful pop music composer/arranger of the latter 20th century. Likewise -- as the 109 selections on these five discs certainly bear out -- Bacharach also invested a significant part of his profession actively recording and touring as a solo act. Although there have been a multitude of woefully incomplete anthologies issued ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The title Something Big: The Complete A&M Years...And More 2004 pretty well sums up the embarrassment of riches contained within this compendium. Even while working -- usually with then-partner Hal David lyrics -- to create hits for other artists, Burt Bacharach piano/vocals/arranger was well on his way to becoming arguably the most gifted and successful pop music composer/arranger of the latter 20th century. Likewise -- as the 109 selections on these five discs certainly bear out -- Bacharach also invested a significant part of his profession actively recording and touring as a solo act. Although there have been a multitude of woefully incomplete anthologies issued on CD, for the first time in the digital domain, the essential Bacharach long-players: Hit Maker! 1965, Reach Out 1967, Make It Easy on Yourself 1969, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid 1969, the self-titled Burt Bacharach 1971, Living Together 1973, the rarely heard In Concert 1974, Futures 1977, and Woman 1979 are available. And the icing on the entire affair is the host of previously unreleased gems from deep within the A&M Records vaults, as well as from Bacharach's own archive. It is fascinating to hear the treatments given to "Are You There With Another Girl," "What the World Needs Now Is Love," "The Look of Love," "A House Is Not a Home," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Message to Michael," "Promises, Promises," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Make It Easy on Yourself," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," "This Guy's in Love with You," "They Long to Be Close to You," "Wives and Lovers" and "One Less Bell to Answer" just to name a few as interpreted by their creator. Perhaps as a testament to the completeness of the compositions themselves, Bacharach's orchestrations are often as full of subtle textures as the more familiar hit versions. For the most compelling evidence of that phenomenon, listeners should treat themselves to the 15 tracks originally featured on the U.K. import Burt Bacharach in Concert 1974. The coupling of "Alfie," with "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," as well as the medley of "Don't Make Me Over," "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "What's New Pussycat," "Wives and Lovers," and "24 Hours from Tulsa" are, as the saying goes, worth the price of admission alone. The fifth and final disc -- subtitled "Essentials" -- is of equal significance as it contains a few one-off curios -- all of which were at the very least produced by Bacharach. Of primary interest are the never-before-issued alternate mono mix of "Saturday Sunshine" circa the aforementioned Hit Maker!: Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits 1965, a Joel Grey-sung "What's New Pussycat," "My Little Red Book All I Do Is Talk About You," with Tony Middleton vocals, "After the Fox," and "The Fox Trot" both credited to Burt Bacharach & His Orchestra. Plus, "Nikki," and "Juanita's Place" by the Burt Bacharach Orchestra & Chorus. The set concludes with three soundtrack sides from the 1980s, "Arthur's Theme Best That You Can Do," "That's What Friends Are For," -- which was in the film Night Shift 1982 before becoming an international hit for the supergroup of Elton John, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, and Gladys Knight -- and the "Love Theme from Arthur" from Arthur 2: On The Rocks 1988. The entire affair is bound in a hardbound cloth casing and inside are 42 pages of notes including tributes from Richard Carpenter and producer Phil Ramone. Collectors take note as Something Big is limited to an edition of only 5,000.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2007
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602498642863
  • Catalog Number: 000361502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Reach Out for Me (2:51)
  2. 2 Alfie (3:06)
  3. 3 Bond Street (2:04)
  4. 4 Are You There (With Another Girl) (2:53)
  5. 5 What the World Needs Now Is Love (4:14)
  6. 6 The Look of Love (2:42)
  7. 7 A House Is Not A Home (3:49)
  8. 8 I Say a Little Prayer (2:27)
  9. 9 The Windows of the World (2:30)
  10. 10 Lisa (3:38)
  11. 11 Message to Michael (3:22)
  12. 12 The Bell That Wouldn't Jingle (2:34)
  13. 13 Promises, Promises (2:52)
  14. 14 I'll Never Fall in Love Again (3:14)
  15. 15 Knowing When to Leave (2:49)
  16. 16 Any Day Now (3:26)
  17. 17 Wanting Things (2:54)
  18. 18 Whoever You Are I Love You (3:30)
  19. 19 Make It Easy on Yourself (3:27)
  20. 20 Do You Know the Way to San Jose (2:29)
  21. 21 Pacific Coast Highway (3:22)
  22. 22 She's Gone Away (3:05)
  23. 23 This Guy's in Love With You (4:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mexican Divorce (3:07)
  2. 2 (They Long to Be) Close to You (3:19)
  3. 3 Nikki (2:26)
  4. 4 Wives and Lovers (6:02)
  5. 5 All Kinds of People (3:06)
  6. 6 And the People Were With Her (Suite for Orchestra) (5:59)
  7. 7 April Fools (3:39)
  8. 8 Hasbrook Heights (3:11)
  9. 9 Freefall (3:06)
  10. 10 One Less Bell to Answer (3:08)
  11. 11 Something Big (3:08)
  12. 12 Monterey Penninsula (3:35)
  13. 13 I Come to You (3:05)
  14. 14 Walk the Way You Talk (3:09)
  15. 15 The Balance of Nature (3:16)
  16. 16 Living Together, Growing Together (4:08)
  17. 17 Reflections (3:06)
  18. 18 Lost Horizon (4:58)
  19. 19 Long Ago Tomorrow (3:41)
  20. 20 I Might Frighten Her Away (3:45)
  21. 21 I Took My Strength From You (I Had None) (3:50)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Features (4:12)
  2. 2 Us (3:18)
  3. 3 Where Are You? (4:58)
  4. 4 We Should Have Met Sooner (3:49)
  5. 5 No One Remembers Your Name (3:23)
  6. 6 The Young Grow Younger Every Day (2:45)
  7. 7 Another Spring Will Rise (5:41)
  8. 8 Seconds (2:52)
  9. 9 When You Bring Your Sweet Love to Me (2:54)
  10. 10 Time and Tenderness (3:39)
  11. 11 Summer of '77 (3:51)
  12. 12 Woman (7:02)
  13. 13 Riverboat (3:22)
  14. 14 Magdalena (6:51)
  15. 15 New York Lady (6:28)
  16. 16 There Is Time (6:31)
  17. 17 The Dancing Fool (2:08)
  18. 18 I Live in the Woods (6:03)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Sundance Kid (2:11)
  2. 2 Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head (2:59)
  3. 3 Not Goin' Home Anymore (3:28)
  4. 4 South American Getaway (5:15)
  5. 5 Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head (2:32)
  6. 6 On a Bicycle Built for Joy (3:07)
  7. 7 Come Touch the Sun (2:29)
  8. 8 The Old Fun City (N.Y. Sequence) (3:59)
  9. 9 Not Goin' Home Anymore (Reprise) (1:04)
  10. 10 Etta's Theme (2:13)
  11. 11 Alfie/Do You Know the Way to San Jose (2:15)
  12. 12 Walk on By (3:08)
  13. 13 Come Touch the Sun (2:36)
  14. 14 Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head (2:00)
  15. 15 The Look of Love (3:34)
  16. 16 24 Hours from Tulsa (7:00)
  17. 17 This Guy's in Love with You (3:05)
  18. 18 I'll Never Fall in Love Again (2:46)
  19. 19 (They Long To Be) Close To You (3:35)
  20. 20 Bond Street (2:08)
  21. 21 A House Is Not a Home (4:19)
  22. 22 Alfie (3:31)
  23. 23 What the World Needs Now Is Love (4:45)
  24. 24 Promises, Promises (2:48)
  25. 25 What The World Needs Now Is Love (Reprises) (1:24)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Saturday Sunshine (2:00)
  2. 2 And So Goodbye, My Love (2:25)
  3. 3 Don't Make Me Over (2:59)
  4. 4 Walk on By (3:00)
  5. 5 Don't Go Breaking My Heart (2:28)
  6. 6 Blue on Blue (1:58)
  7. 7 The Last One To Be Loved (3:29)
  8. 8 (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me (3:00)
  9. 9 24 Hours from Tulsa (2:37)
  10. 10 Trainsa nd Boats and Planes (2:48)
  11. 11 Wives and Lovers (2:53)
  12. 12 Saturday Sunshine (2:10)
  13. 13 A House Is Not a Home (3:30)
  14. 14 Anyone Who Had a Heart (3:02)
  15. 15 What's New, Pussycat (2:14)
  16. 16 My Little Red Book (All I Do Is Talk About You) (2:14)
  17. 17 After the Fox (1:45)
  18. 18 The Fox Trot (2:15)
  19. 19 Nikki (2:24)
  20. 20 Juanita's Place (2:51)
  21. 21 Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (3:29)
  22. 22 That's What Friends Are For (4:09)
  23. 23 Love Theme From Arthur (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Burt Bacharach Primary Artist
Carly Simon Vocals
Libby Titus Vocals
Peter Yarrow Vocals
Joshie Armstead Vocals
Cissy Houston Vocals
Melissa MacKay Vocals
Marti McCall Vocals
Sally Stevens Vocals
B.J. Thomas Vocals
Jamie Anders Vocals
Tony Middleton Vocals
Technical Credits
Christopher Cross Composer
Carly Simon Composer
Peter Allen Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer, Producer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Libby Titus Composer
Bobby Russell Composer
Hal David Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Larry Kusic Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Phil Ramone Producer, Liner Notes
B. Russell Composer
Armin Steiner Producer
Jim Pierson Liner Notes
Mike Ragogna Liner Notes
Michael Woolcock Producer
Neil Simon Composer
Larry Kusik Composer
Libby Titys Composer
Lauren Oliver Liner Notes
James Kavanaugh Composer
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