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Burt Bacharach & Friends - Gold Original recording remastered

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41 Burt Bacharach Classics By An All-Star Assemblage Of Artists, 1962 to 1996 The Most Comprehensive 2 CD Set Of Bacharach Hits Original Hit Versions By Everyone From Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick & The Carpenters To The Pretenders, Elvis Costello, Neil Diamond & Cher A Remarkable Litany Of Classic Songs: 'What The World Needs Now Is Love,' 'I Say A Little Prayer,' 'A House Is Not a Home,' 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head,' 'Heartlight,' and on and on.

1. Anyone Who Had a Heart
2. I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself
3. Mexican Divorce
4. Wives and Lovers
5. Only Love Can Break a Heart
6. Blue on Blue
7. Alfie
8. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
9. Casino Royale
10. Promises, Promises
11. Living Together, Growing Together
12. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)
13. Any Day Now
14. Heartlight
15. On My Own
16. Reach Out for Me
17. Always Something There to Remind Me
18. The Windows of the World
19. Don't Make Me Over
20. God Give Me Strength
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 10, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B000ICLT50
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This set is an excellent overview of his work.
M. Shall
I think he is one of the most gifted and talented song writers there is.
It also brought back many wonderful memories of our younger times!!

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ed Uyeshima HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Rock music aside, there was not likely a better pop tunesmith in the second half of the 20th century than Burt Bacharach, and this robust two-disc retrospective set shows ample evidence of his infectious, idiosyncratic style, most notably his sophisticated pop melodies accompanied by momentous orchestra swells and infused with a sweeping, unapologetic romanticism. Sometimes amusingly dated but eminently listenable, this set covers the full breadth of Bacharach's career highlighting his 1960's work with his most mutually copasetic partner, lyricist Hal David, and inevitably, the dregs of the 1980's pop treacle he composed with then-wife Carole Bayer Sager ("Arthur's Theme", "Heartlight"). Because the intention is to showcase a number of different artists who had already covered his tunes on their own recordings, there is more of a hodgepodge feel here than with the more satisfying single-disc compilation, 2001's The Very Best of Burt Bacharach.

Consequently, among 41 songs presented, Bacharach's most pervasive muse, Dionne Warwick, is featured only on three classic tracks - the deceptively perky "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?"; the ironically sung "I'll Never Fall in Love Again"; and the syncopated swelling of "Anyone Who Had a Heart". Her radiant voice is missed most on "Alfie" where we instead get a twenty-year old Cher's unnecessarily bombastic performance; "Walk on By" made over into a psychedelic soul epic by Isaac Hayes; the sauntering "Message to Michael" covered by early Motown girl-group, the Marvelettes; Sybil's 1990's dance-club revamp of "Don't Make Me Over"; and "Trains and Boats and Planes" performed by Merseybeat band Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas.
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Burt Bacharach was quite an artist in his heyday; and these numbers remain just as beautiful now as they were when they were first released. He collaborated primarily with lyricists Hal David and former wife Carole Bayer Sager; but his remarkable genius as a composer made his music so special that it still touches the hearts of countless people every day. This two CD set has plenty of Burt Bacharach hits performed by a broad spectrum of artists; and the quality of the sound is nothing short of excellent. I like the artwork, too.

Karen and Richard Carpenter open the first CD with their heavenly treatment of "Close To You;" Karen sings this with all her heart and soul and just one listen proves it! Burt's timeless music is showcased perfectly by Karen and Richard; and there's another gem in "Do You Know the Way to San José?" by Dionne Warwick. Dionne's voice, clear as a bell, never wavers and her excellent diction enhances her performance even more. Great! Jackie Deshannon also does a sublime rendition of "What the World Needs Now Is Love;" this ballad is incredibly beautiful and I could never tire of hearing this music. Dusty Springfield does "Wishin' and Hopin'" with panache; and I really like "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" by B.J. Thomas. B.J. sings this passionately and the melody is memorable, to say the least. Burt's music shines brighter than silver and gold when B.J. performs this classic piece! "One Less Bell to Answer" also sounds mighty fine when The 5th Dimension handles it.

Dionne Warwick returns to do "I'll Never Fall in Love Again;" I'm really impressed by how well she sings this. What talent that woman has!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Allen Stokes on December 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Gold Burt Bacharach & Friends emmersed me immediately in many
long forgotten but not unfelt tunes.
There are so many artists that glorify the music of Burt Bacharach
that I appreciate in such loving gratefullness his gift to so many.

It is so entertaining to have such an eclectic group of musicians
who have given us his music.

I highly recommend this album!
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By Jukebox Dave on November 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
BURT BACHARACH & FRIENDS-GOLD: The same BRILL BUILDING castle of creativity that spawned legendary tunesmiths CAROLE KING & GERRY GOFFIN, LEIBER & STOLLER, and NEIL DIAMOND also spawned the prolific BURT BACHARACH and HAL DAVID, who penned more choice easy listening classics than anyone else during their long reign. The sophisticated team's greatest mouthpiece was DIONNE WARWICKE, who racked up well over a dozen B&H hits including DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE and I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN, but everyone from DUSTY SPRINGFIELD's whispery WISHIN' AND HOPIN' and TOM JONE's leering WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT to band leader HERB ALPERT's lone vocal smash THIS GUY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU benefited from their songcraft draped in lush jazzy arrangements. GOLD is a meticulously romantic double dip into high charters from THE SHIRELLES, GENE PITNEY, and SERGIO MENDES, as well as later triumphs written minus DAVID, including PATTI LABELLE/MICHAEL MCDONALD's smash duet ON MY OWN and BURT's stylish ELVIS COSTELLO collaboration GOD GIVE ME STRENGTH. The high points here (and there are many) are as close to the hallowed Great American Songbook era of GEORGE and IRA GERSHWIN and COLE PORTER as sixties pop ever came.

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