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At This Time

Burt Bacharach, BacharachAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 1, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000CGX6XA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Please Explain
2. Where Did It Go?
3. In Our Time
4. Who Are These People?
5. Is Love Enough?
6. Can't Give It Up
7. Go Ask Shakespeare
8. Dreams
9. Danger
10. Fade Away
11. Always Taking Aim

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More beauty created by a Master January 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Last night I listened to a brief National Public Radio interview with Burt Bacharach in which he discussed this album and sang one song from it.

The interviewer described it as a protest album but he responded eloquently:

"To clarify one thing, Debbie, when you say it's a protest album: there are some protest songs, there are some songs of dissatisfaction and disappointment and frustration. Yes, and I would say that I am still writing love songs. I mean basically you could say this is a continuation of writing love songs. Many of my love songs that I wrote were about the anguish of love not working out. This is still a love song.

Instead of a love song about one individual to another individual: a relationship breaking up, this is about a whole world coming apart and the heartache I feel for that."

I recommend listening to the interview, which touched me deeply, since I was young when Mr. Bacharach was making so much wonderful music and I cried when he sang Go ask Shakespeare.

To hear it, go to, and search for Bacharach: interview dated 1/7/06.

To be fair, I have only heard one song, and it was not backed by a 40 piece orchestra - as he joked in the interview - yet it was incredibly moving! (he was in the Santa Barbara NPR studio with a piano only), I look forward to hearing the rest of the album.

Mr. Bacharach is brilliant American composer and in this song, Go ask Shakespeare, he's poignantly expressed the melancholy I too feel about the world today. For heavens sake, I don't blame him for not being Dylan-like in the Vietnam era, I thank him. His songs were gifts to us: they were lovely and we needed them then and now! What's super is that a great artist feels a freedom *now* to create an uncommercial work. He is human and is allowed to grow and change!

Thank you, Amazon, for adding samples of these songs to your website.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The evolution of a musical Genious. February 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
At this time i can safely say is one the most fascinating cd i have ever heard.As an audiophile,iam mostly concern with arrangement,production and sound quality.Secondly,iam sensitive to the meaning and soul of each song.Truly there are some political conotation suggested by some of the lyrics but it is the musical genious that appeals to me.This cd highlights the evolution of one of greatest song writer and arranger of the last 30 years.The production is nothing short of breathtaking and sound quality using the lastest mastering technology namely DSD is an audiophile dream come true.This may be the final chapter in Mr.Bacharachs legacy so for the historical value along with the arrangement this cd is highly recommended and is worth getting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never imagined I'd be a Bacharach fan May 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Beautiful, haunting, rich instrumentals. Before hearing about this album, I used to equate his music with the likes of The Carpenters, Dionne Warwick, and Herb Alpert; pleasant but not my favorites. Like an earlier reviewer, I heard the Jan 2006 NPR Terry Gross interview. This 78-year old musician wasn't basking in his career to date; rather, he was expressing his concerns about a world that he'll some day leave that worries him. It worries me too. He didn't sit idle; this CD has tracks that bring tears to my eyes. My apologies for sounding so sappy. The lyrics are thought provoking, the instrumentals search for a more hopeful tomorrow. Favorite track: Is Love Enough
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sage is Strong June 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Maybe you are like me, and you have lived with a hundred Bacharach songs soundtracking your life and times, or possibly you are a young singer or songwriter checking out a Legend; either way, you will be more than thrilled by this gorgeous piece of work. Like a missive to the Gods from a wise and heavy heart, you will be touched (and impressed) by its musical urgency and breadth. Bacharach's writing has always been pure genius to my ears; I was continually in awe of his incredible catalog, alongside all my musical wanderings: from Bowie, Dylan, Lennon/McCartney to Porter, Arlen or Ellington. Bacharach is to be hailed and thanked, once again. This is a Master at his finest!

It is no accident to find cameo appearances by 2 men certainly in his league of songwriting greatness, namely Elvis Costello and Rufus Wainwright, as well as the haunting sound of Chris Botti on 2 tracks. Like supporting actors in a fine play, they embellish but do not upstage the true star here: "At This Time" as a singular piece of musical beauty.

Buy this cd, and see what gave me goose-bumps!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hearing only 3 songs: cause to purchase March 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
like another review here (cynthia/more beauty...)

i had opportunity to hear interview - burt appeared

on jonesy's jukebox: interviewed by steve jones (x-

sex pistol) friday march 24th - to hear burt speak of

putting the album together and such was worthwhile

enough - then 3 chosen tracks were played (i hadn't

heard any of the album prior and also didn't know

much about it...though HAVE HAD been a FFAN for years).

2 songs : "where did it go" and "please explain"

seemed to be upon first listen, SONIC WONDERS...

and the 3rd featured song: "who are these people"

was simply beyond belief, with elvis costello (!).

hearing these 3 songs make me wanna get this LP!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jazzman May 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
A pop MASTERPIECE from one of the greatest artists of our generation (and of all time).
"At This Time" was nominated for the "Best Pop Instrumental" Grammy for 2006, and it
won it for Burt Bacharach - a magnificent, exhiliarating production with eleven all new
songs and instrumentals featuring the talented input of Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright,
trumpeter Chris Botti, and consistent, brilliant vocal contributions by Sally Stevens, John
Pagano, Josie James, and Donna Taylor. In a new direction for Burt, Dr. Dre had provided
around seven drum loops for him that Burt was able to incorporate into his new pieces.
It's been called a "protest album", but is actually a cry for hope that the terrible events
happening in today's world (9/11, the Iraq War, violence, hate) can somehow be resolved
before it really is too late for us.. Burt stated, "The more I got into the album, the more
I realized how badly things were going in America and the world and the more angry and
frustrated I became." Tonio K. provided many of the lyrics for Burt's new songs and Burt
found him easy and inspirational to work with. After winning the Grammy, Burt was asked
why he had made such a political record at this time in his career, as he is so well known
for writing songs about love and romance. He replied, "Because I don't like being lied to.
I don't like being lied to by a girlfriend, an agent, or my president." I first came across "At
This Time" at a Border's store (now closed and gone) browsing cd's when my eyes zeroed
in on this cd on sale. I thought at first it was another one of those greatest hits compilation
things of his music I've seen so often before.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Opens your heart and your mind
I have had this CD for quite some time and each time I listen to it I am reminded of the same poignancy and sentiment I felt the first time. I have enjoyed Mr. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marty Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Bacharach is back in the saddle with a magnificent album. The gap in between his album of 28 years was worth waiting for. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Anis Y. Jiwani
5.0 out of 5 stars it's Bacharach, why wouldnt you!
This album is a fitting addition to the musical compendium from a composer and songwriter whose music has spanned generations and in this album infuses his own personal journey and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Craig Peihopa
4.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise
I was 'trapped' into listening to this after I 'discovered' Rufus Wainwright (where have you been in my life Rufus?) and I wanted hear Go Ask Shakespeare. Read more
Published on May 5, 2012 by Philip John Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, That's GREAT!!!
Style, Burt has a such beautiful magic and inspiration!!! THis album brings us a great moment of Burt bacharach, the Burt now! Read more
Published on September 10, 2011 by Roberto de Oliveira
1.0 out of 5 stars It's 2005, not 1969
This record plays like one of those William Shatner singing rock records. It's pretty funny. I guess it's ol' Burt's attempt to regain relevance, and how better to get positive... Read more
Published on November 19, 2009 by J. King
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Album - Poor Service
I having been trying to locate this CD for quite some time. When I saw that it was available at the provider where I purchased it, I thought I had made a terrific find. Read more
Published on August 30, 2009 by Robert L. Mata
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Work
I think Burt bacharach's CD "At This Time is truly one of his best musical accomplishments. I play this CD everyday, I consider it my weekly theme to face the world with. Read more
Published on July 5, 2009 by Tyrone T. Dancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere to go to find the answer cause there is no one but you to find...
In the twilight of his prodigeous career, Burt Bacharach has created yet another masterpiece. `At This Time' is a beautiful collection of sophisticated pop music, but here the... Read more
Published on December 31, 2008 by tomato cow
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing record
What can I say. Burt Bacharach has produced the finest record of his career. A beautiful, heartfelt and incrediby melodious album that I can't stop playing. Read more
Published on July 16, 2008 by Mr. John Noble
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