The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection [2-CD 50 Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Mary Grady
This two-disc British version of The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection is decidedly inferior to the original three-disc 1998 U.S. Rhino compilation. It features less material, having one less CD in the set, and inferior packaging in a thin cardboard slipcase (as opposed to the heavy cardboard, book-like presentation of the Rhino set). Even Alec Cummings' original liner notes appear in extremely truncated form. The biggest shortcoming of the set is the sequencing of the tracks. On the original collection, the works of Bacharach and Hal David appear in chronological order, so that one can clearly see the development of the songwriters, the evolution of the production...
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All Music Guide - Mary Grady
This two-disc British version of The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection is decidedly inferior to the original three-disc 1998 U.S. Rhino compilation. It features less material, having one less CD in the set, and inferior packaging in a thin cardboard slipcase (as opposed to the heavy cardboard, book-like presentation of the Rhino set). Even Alec Cummings' original liner notes appear in extremely truncated form. The biggest shortcoming of the set is the sequencing of the tracks. On the original collection, the works of Bacharach and Hal David appear in chronological order, so that one can clearly see the development of the songwriters, the evolution of the production craft of Bacharach, and the changing styles of pop music over the years. On this set, the tracks are placed in no discernible order, so that the set opens with the 1970 Carpenters track "Close to You," then zigzags back and forth between Bacharach tracks of the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. One other notable difference between this version and the original collection is the not-surprising inclusion of British artists' (or American artists who were more popular in Britain, such as Jackie Trent) cover versions of Bacharach songs. The best of these is the Searchers sprightly Merseybeat take on "This Empty Place" and Sandie Shaw's tremulous reading of "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me." Petula Clark offers up a solid performance of the original lyrics of "This Girl's in Love With You," though it lacks the unctuous lounge-lizard charm of Herb Alpert's guy version. Perhaps the weakest track represented here is the Pretenders' cover of "The Windows of the World." Chrissie Hynde's vocals and Nick Lowe's production just aren't up to snuff when compared to the Warwick original. The inclusion of these alternative tracks, however, could make this collection attractive to Bacharach completists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2012
  • Label: Wea Int'l
  • EAN: 9325583011177
  • Catalog Number: 8301117

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters (3:45)
  2. 2 Do You Know the Way to San Jose? (2:56)
  3. 3 Magic Moments (2:42)
  4. 4 The Story of My Life (2:33)
  5. 5 Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head (3:00)
  6. 6 I Say a Little Prayer (3:33)
  7. 7 Baby It's You (2:43)
  8. 8 Please Stay - Ray Ellis (2:18)
  9. 9 What's New Pussycat? - Tom Jones (2:20)
  10. 10 Tower of Strength - Gene McDaniels (2:17)
  11. 11 (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance (3:01)
  12. 12 I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself (2:52)
  13. 13 I'll Never Fall in Love Again (3:00)
  14. 14 Nikki (2:23)
  15. 15 Mexican Divorce - Claus Ogerman (2:35)
  16. 16 (There Goes) The Forgotten Man - Jimmy Radcliffe (2:49)
  17. 17 Blue on Blue (2:26)
  18. 18 This Empty Place - The Searchers (2:09)
  19. 19 Let the Music Play - Garry Sherman (2:39)
  20. 20 Anyone Who Had a Heart (3:13)
  21. 21 A House Is Not a Home (3:02)
  22. 22 You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart) - Thom Bell (3:40)
  23. 23 Only Love Can Break a Heart (2:50)
  24. 24 Any Day Now (My Wild and Beautiful Bird) - Chuck Jackson (3:23)
  25. 25 Casino Royale - Herb Alpert (2:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Look of Love (4:11)
  2. 2 Walk on By (2:57)
  3. 3 Don't Go Breaking My Heart (2:29)
  4. 4 (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me (2:41)
  5. 5 What the World Needs Now Is Love (3:16)
  6. 6 Reach Out for Me - Nancy Wilson (2:28)
  7. 7 Wives and Lovers - Jack Jones (2:31)
  8. 8 Twenty-Four Hours from Tulsa (3:00)
  9. 9 Make It Easy on Yourself (2:46)
  10. 10 Don't Make Me Over (3:26)
  11. 11 Trains and Boats and Planes (2:51)
  12. 12 Be True to Yourself - Bobby Vee (2:06)
  13. 13 Made in Paris (2:23)
  14. 14 Alfie - Cilla Black (2:40)
  15. 15 Wishin' and Hopin' (2:56)
  16. 16 This Girl's in Love With You (3:32)
  17. 17 Living Together, Growing Together - The 5th Dimension (3:52)
  18. 18 Odds and Ends (3:28)
  19. 19 I Wake Up Crying - Chuck Jackson (2:18)
  20. 20 To Wait for Love - Garry Sherman (2:23)
  21. 21 It's Love That Really Counts (2:17)
  22. 22 Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (3:54)
  23. 23 The Windows of the World - Pretenders (2:58)
  24. 24 That's What Friends Are For - Stevie Wonder (4:17)
  25. 25 God Give Me Strength (6:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Burt Bacharach Primary Artist, Conductor, Musical Direction
Marty Robbins Track Performer
Perry Como Track Performer
Trini Lopez Track Performer
Bobby Vinton Track Performer
Dionne Warwick Track Performer
Brook Benton Track Performer
Petula Clark Track Performer
Christopher Cross Track Performer
The Drifters Track Performer
Aretha Franklin Track Performer
Elton John Track Performer
Gladys Knight Track Performer
Gene Pitney Track Performer
The Searchers Track Performer
The Shirelles Track Performer
Dusty Springfield Track Performer
The Stylistics Track Performer
Bobby Vee Track Performer
Tommy Hunt Track Performer
Jack Jones Track Performer
Carole Bayer Sager Conductor
Alan Lorber Conductor
Sandie Shaw Track Performer
Thom Bell Conductor
Claus Ogerman Conductor
Hal David Conductor
Jackie DeShannon Track Performer
Ray Ellis Conductor
Tony Orlando Track Performer
Garry Sherman Conductor
B.J. Thomas Track Performer
Stevie Wonder Track Performer
Anita Harris Track Performer
Jackie Trent Track Performer
Technical Credits
Herb Alpert Producer
Elvis Costello Composer, Producer
Mitch Miller Producer
Burt Bacharach Arranger, Composer, Director, Producer
Carole Bayer Sager Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jerry Leiber Producer
Alan Lorber Arranger
Richard Carpenter Arranger
George Martin Producer
Thom Bell Arranger, Producer
Claus Ogerman Arranger
Jack Daugherty Producer
Hal David Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ray Ellis Arranger
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Producer
Wally Gold Producer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Bert Keyes Arranger
Nick Lowe Producer
Bob Morgan Producer
Jerry Moss Producer
Phil Ramone Producer
Ivor Raymonde Director
Joe Reisman Arranger
Aaron Schroeder Producer
Garry Sherman Arranger
Shelby Singleton Producer
Mike Stoller Producer
Peter Sullivan Producer
John Franz Producer
Luther Dixon Producer
Johnny Mann Singers Contributor
Ray Conniff & His Orchestra Contributor
Pete King Director
The Ray Charles Singers Contributor
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