Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Various Artists - The Very Best Of Burt Bacharach (2001)


Dat dere some sweet ear candy. Perfect pop concoctions from Bacharach and, on most tracks, lyricist Hal David. Interestingly, Bacharach wasn't the best interpreter of his material -- vocalists like Dionne Warwick, Sandie Shaw, Gene Pitney, Dusty Springfield, and the Shirelles were. Those are the versions included here. Most songs are from the '60s with 2 from the '80s. Since this is a Rhino issue, you can be assured the liner notes are first rate. People my age grew up listening to these songs because it was pop music our parents would enjoy. A fantastic compilation, but it isn't my favorite Bacharach album; stay tuned for that one. Still, this one is highly recommended for aging hipsters like myself.

Tracks: It's hard to pick the best and those might vary from listen to listen, but today I'm digging Dionne Warwick singing Walk On By, I Say A Little Prayer For You, and Do You Know The Way To San Jose? Also, Jackie DeShannon singing What The World Needs Now Is Love and Tom Jones wailing What's New Pussycat? (a favorite of my sons). Dusty Springfield singing The Look Of Love just melts me. Wow, what a voice. I've never been a fan of Alfie or That's What Friends Are For, so they don't get played much, if at all.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Not long after I bought this CD, my wife and I piled into a minivan with 2 other couples to go out to dinner. I popped this in the CD player and soon there were 6 adults singing along, myself included.

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