The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
While this three-CD, 75-song box set only has a half-dozen tracks actually credited to Burt Bacharach, it's certainly the best representation of his music likely to ever be assembled. Spanning the late '50s through a 1996 duet with Elvis Costello, this is the cream of his work as a composer and, frequently, producer, properly concentrating mostly on the 1960s hit versions of his songs usually, though not always, co-written with Hal David by Dionne Warwick, Gene Pitney, Jackie DeShannon, Dusty Springfield, the Drifters, Chuck Jackson, and many others. Classics like "Baby It's You," "Walk On By," "What the World Needs Now Is Love," and "Wishin' and Hopin'" are here, of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
While this three-CD, 75-song box set only has a half-dozen tracks actually credited to Burt Bacharach, it's certainly the best representation of his music likely to ever be assembled. Spanning the late '50s through a 1996 duet with Elvis Costello, this is the cream of his work as a composer and, frequently, producer, properly concentrating mostly on the 1960s hit versions of his songs usually, though not always, co-written with Hal David by Dionne Warwick, Gene Pitney, Jackie DeShannon, Dusty Springfield, the Drifters, Chuck Jackson, and many others. Classics like "Baby It's You," "Walk On By," "What the World Needs Now Is Love," and "Wishin' and Hopin'" are here, of course. What really makes this exceptional by box set standards, however, is the deft intermingling of familiar smash hits with interesting minor hits and rarities. There are four cuts by the unknown Lou Johnson, who has been described as the male counterpart to Dionne Warwick; intriguing obscurities by Gene Pitney "Fool Killer", Jackie DeShannon "So Long Johnny", and others that even fans of the artists might not have heard; rare original versions of familiar classics Tommy Hunt's "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself," for instance; hits by artists who only benefited grandly from the magic Bacharach/David touch once Bobby Vinton's "Blue on Blue," Jack Jones' "Wives and Lovers"; and just plain off-the-wall things like the Five Blobs' novelty "The Blob," Manfred Mann's "My Little Red Book," Bobby Goldsboro's "Me Japanese Boy I Love You," and TV actor Richard Chamberlain's "Blue Guitar." Thankfully only a little of his subpar work from the '80s is included. Aficionados may find some things to carp about, particularly the absence of some small hits quantity and licensing would have made it difficult to bring everything together and the track choice when several singers made worthy versions; sometimes the big hit is used, sometimes it's a rare original version, sometimes it's a rare rendition that was neither the original nor the biggest hit. Certainly there's more Bacharach/David worth hearing; the first places to start after getting through this are vintage Dionne Warwick compilations. For a rich but manageable anthology of his best work, though, it could hardly be bettered, enhanced by nearly 100 pages of liner notes and track annotations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/1998
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227533922
  • Catalog Number: 75339

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Story of My Life (2:31)
  2. 2 Magic Moments - Mitchell Ayres & His Fashions in Music (2:40)
  3. 3 The Blob - The Five Blobs (2:39)
  4. 4 Please Stay - The Drifters (2:17)
  5. 5 I Wake up Crying - Chuck Jackson (2:17)
  6. 6 Tower of Strength - Johnny Mann Singers (2:16)
  7. 7 Baby It's You - The Shirelles (2:41)
  8. 8 Mexican Divorce - The Drifters (2:34)
  9. 9 (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance - Gene Pitney (2:59)
  10. 10 Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird) - Chuck Jackson (3:22)
  11. 11 Make It Easy on Yourself - Jerry Butler (2:41)
  12. 12 I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself - Tommy Hunt (2:51)
  13. 13 It's Love That Really Counts (In the Long Run) - The Shirelles (2:16)
  14. 14 Only Love Can Break a Heart - Gene Pitney (2:49)
  15. 15 (There Goes) the Forgotten Man - Jimmy Radcliffe (2:49)
  16. 16 Don't Make Me Over - Dionne Warwick (3:25)
  17. 17 Let the Music Play - The Drifters (2:37)
  18. 18 Blue on Blue - Bobby Vinton (2:25)
  19. 19 True Love Never Runs Smooth - Gene Pitney (2:25)
  20. 20 Blue Guitar - Richard Chamberlain (2:51)
  21. 21 Reach Out for Me - Lou Johnson (2:43)
  22. 22 Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa - Gene Pitney (2:59)
  23. 23 Anyone Who Had a Heart - Dionne Warwick (3:12)
  24. 24 A House Is Not a Home - Brook Benton (3:00)
  25. 25 Wives and Lovers - Jack Jones (2:30)
  26. 26 Wishin' and Hopin' - Dusty Springfield (2:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Walk on By - Dionne Warwick (2:56)
  2. 2 (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me - Lou Johnson (3:18)
  3. 3 Me Japanese Boy I Love You - Bobby Goldsboro (2:27)
  4. 4 To Wait for Love - Tony Orlando (2:22)
  5. 5 Kentucky Bluebird (Send a Message to Martha) - Lou Johnson (3:17)
  6. 6 Land of Make Believe - Dionne Warwick (3:02)
  7. 7 The Last One to Be Loved - Lou Johnson (3:29)
  8. 8 Fool Killer - Gene Pitney (3:23)
  9. 9 Don't Go Breaking My Heart (2:26)
  10. 10 What the World Needs Now Is Love - Jackie DeShannon (3:14)
  11. 11 Trains and Boats and Planes (2:45)
  12. 12 What's New Pussycat? - Tom Jones (2:19)
  13. 13 My Little Red Book - Manfred Mann (2:26)
  14. 14 Here I Am - Dionne Warwick (2:58)
  15. 15 A Lifetime of Loneliness - Jackie DeShannon (2:36)
  16. 16 Made in Paris - Trini Lopez (2:22)
  17. 17 Promise Her Anything - Tom Jones (2:34)
  18. 18 Are You There (With Another Girl) - Dionne Warwick (2:50)
  19. 19 Come and Get Me - Jackie DeShannon (2:41)
  20. 20 Alfie - Cilla Black (2:39)
  21. 21 In Between the Heartaches - Dionne Warwick (2:51)
  22. 22 Nikki (2:22)
  23. 23 So Long Johnny - Jackie DeShannon (2:25)
  24. 24 The Windows of the World - Dionne Warwick (3:17)
  25. 25 Take a Broken Heart - Rick Nelson (2:39)
  26. 26 I Say a Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick (3:04)
  27. 27 Casino Royale - Herb Alpert (2:36)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Look of Love - Dusty Springfield (4:08)
  2. 2 Do You Know the Way to San José - Dionne Warwick (2:55)
  3. 3 This Guy's in Love With You - Herb Alpert (3:58)
  4. 4 Knowing When to Leave - Jill O'Hara (2:19)
  5. 5 Promises, Promises - Dionne Warwick (3:00)
  6. 6 Pacific Coast Highway (3:21)
  7. 7 Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head - B.J. Thomas (2:59)
  8. 8 Odds and Ends - Dionne Warwick (3:26)
  9. 9 Everybody's Out of Town - B.J. Thomas (2:42)
  10. 10 I'll Never Fall in Love Again - Dionne Warwick (3:00)
  11. 11 (They Long to Be) Close to You (3:43)
  12. 12 Paper Mache - Dionne Warwick (2:56)
  13. 13 One Less Bell to Answer - The 5th Dimension (3:31)
  14. 14 Check Out Time - Dionne Warwick (4:06)
  15. 15 Hasbrook Heights (3:11)
  16. 16 The Balance of Nature - Dionne Warwick (3:25)
  17. 17 Living Together, Growing Together - The 5th Dimension (3:50)
  18. 18 You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart) - The Stylistics (3:38)
  19. 19 Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross (3:52)
  20. 20 On My Own (4:40)
  21. 21 That's What Friends Are For - Dionne & Friends (4:14)
  22. 22 God Give Me Strength (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Burt Bacharach Primary Artist, Conductor, Choir Director
Marty Robbins Track Performer
Ray Conniff Track Performer
Perry Como Track Performer
Trini Lopez Track Performer
Bobby Vinton Track Performer
Dionne Warwick Track Performer
Herb Alpert Track Performer
Brook Benton Track Performer
Jerry Butler Track Performer
Carpenters Track Performer
Elvis Costello Track Performer
Christopher Cross Track Performer
The Drifters Track Performer
Bobby Goldsboro Track Performer
Chuck Jackson Track Performer
Elton John Track Performer
Lou Johnson Track Performer
Gladys Knight Track Performer
Patti LaBelle Track Performer
Michael McDonald Track Performer
Gene Pitney Track Performer
The Shirelles Track Performer
Dusty Springfield Track Performer
The Stylistics Track Performer
Tommy Hunt Track Performer
Jack Jones Track Performer
Cilla Black Track Performer
Alan Lorber Conductor
Richard Chamberlain Track Performer
Gene McDaniels Track Performer
The 5th Dimension Track Performer
Thom Bell Conductor
Claus Ogerman Conductor
Jackie DeShannon Track Performer
Ray Ellis Conductor
Bill McElhiney Conductor
Rick Nelson Track Performer
Tony Orlando Track Performer
Jimmy Radcliffe Track Performer
Garry Sherman Conductor
B.J. Thomas Track Performer
Stevie Wonder Track Performer
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Track Performer
Johnny Mann Singers Vocals
Ray Conniff & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Pete King Conductor
Jill O'Hara Track Performer
The Five Blobs Track Performer
Mitchell Ayres & His Fashions in Music Track Performer
Manfred Mann Track Performer
Technical Credits
Herb Alpert Producer
Elvis Costello Producer
Bill Holman Arranger
Chuck Sagle Arranger
Larry Wilcox Arranger
Mitch Miller Producer
Burt Bacharach Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Carole Bayer Sager Arranger, Producer
Jerry Leiber Producer
Alan Lorber Arranger
Peter Matz Arranger
Richard Carpenter Arranger
George Martin Producer
Henry Jerome Producer
Bob Alcivar Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Thom Bell Arranger, Producer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Artie Butler Arranger
Claus Ogerman Arranger
Jack Daugherty Producer
Hal David Composer, Producer
Ray Ellis Arranger
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Producer
Jack Gold Producer
Wally Gold Producer
Paul Griffin Arranger
Jimmie Haskell Director
Bones Howe Arranger, Producer
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Bert Keyes Arranger
Bob Morgan Producer
Jerry Moss Producer
Michael Omartian Producer, String Arrangements
Phil Ramone Producer
Ivor Raymonde Director
Joe Reisman Arranger
Claude-Michel Schönberg Composer
Aaron Schroeder Producer
Garry Sherman Arranger
Shelby Singleton Producer
Mike Stoller Producer
Peter Sullivan Producer
Jonathan Tunick Orchestration
Harold Wheeler Director, Musical Director
Paul Grein Liner Notes
John Franz Producer
Luther Dixon Producer
Pete King Director
Rachel Gutek Art Direction
Patrick Milligan Liner Notes
Elizabeth Pavone Editorial Coordinator
Andrew Garver Remastering
Richard Lewine Producer
Bill DeMain Liner Notes
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
Stephen Paley Executive Producer
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