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.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Burt Bacharach - Best of (1999)



A so-so compilation of Bacharach leading session musicians through his A&M hits. It's classic lounge music to be sure, but if you're looking for the versions you know with Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield, go for this disc: The Very Best Of Burt Bacharach (2001). But mix well with some Sergio Mendes or TJB and these cuts will work just fine.

I'm guessing these tracks were taken from Bacharach's albums such as 1967's Reach Out and/or his 1971 self-titled LP (which shares a cover photo with this CD release). No credits, recording dates, publishing info were included with this CD otherwise I'd give you more information.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: 12 tracks: 37 minutes. They're all smooth (mostly) instrumentals, easy listening bordering on Muzak. My picks are This Guy's In Love, Do You Know The Way To San Jose?, and I Say A Little Prayer. The only track to skip is the odd arrangement of  Alfie, a tune that isn't that great to begin with to be honest.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

Previously revisited for the blog:
The Very Best Of Burt Bacharach (2001)
Blue Bacharach: A Cooler Shaker (1999)
Painted From Memory (1998)
What The World Needs Now: Big Deal Recording Artists Perform the Songs of Burt Bacharach (1998)

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