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The Look Of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection Box set

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Audio CD, Box set, June 13, 2003
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This boxed set includes 75-with 25 Top 10 hits-of the pop-rock rhapsodies Burt has written over his unparalleled 40-year career. All the classic songs and artists are here- Walk on By Dionne Warwick; Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head B.J. Thomas; This Guy's in Love with You Herb Alpert; What's New Pussycat Tom Jones, and many more-plus Burt's own recordings. Inside is a massive book including a biography detailing, as the song goes, The Story of My Life .

The greatest expression of Burt Bacharach's composing and arranging talents is the marvelous string of productions he made with Dionne Warwick and lyricist Hal David for a decade or so starting in 1962. Many of their triumphs are included in this three-CD box (also see the single disc The Dionne Warwick Collection), along with dozens of other tracks made between 1957 (Marty Robbins's "Story of My Life") and 1996 (Bacharach's collaboration with Elvis Costello on "God Give Me Strength"). The master's blend of froth, deep emotion, and challenging musicality provides many masterpieces and a few unfortunate moments: he doesn't have much to show for the '80s aside from "That's What Friends Are For" and "Arthur's Theme." Its handful of missteps aside, though, The Look of Love is an essential trove of great pop things. --Rickey Wright

Disc: 1
1. The Story Of My Life - Marty Robbins
2. Magic Moments - Pery Como
3. The Blob - The Five Blobs
4. Please Stay - The Drifters
5. I Wake Up Crying - Chuck Jackson
6. Tower Of Strength - Gene McDaniels
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Walk On By - Dionne Warwick
2. (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me - Lou Johnson
3. Me Japanese Boy I Love You - Bobby Goldsboro
4. To Wait For Love - Tony Orlando
5. Kentucky Bluebird (Send A Message To Martha) - Lou Johnson
6. Land Of Make Believe - Dionne Warwick
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Look Of Love - Dusty Springfield
2. Do You Know The Way To San Jose - Dionne Warwick
3. This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert
4. Knowing When To Leave - Jill O'Hara
5. Promises, Promises - Dionne Warwick
6. Pacific Coast Highway - Burt Bacharach
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 13, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000DGR0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I am a songwriter/guitarist and have studied the work of many artists including; the Beatles, Jimmy Webb, Paul Simon, and many others. However, I still can not comprehend how many wonderful songs Burt Bacharach and major contributing lyricist, Hal David, have written and produced over the years. I never thought that I was much of a fanof Burt before I really listened to these recordings. Now I must say that this set is the greatest example of good popular songwritting that I have ever heard in my life. Not only is the songwritting sometimes hauntingly beautiful, the artists appearing on this set are a list of the greatest popular artists of our time. Many of these songs launched the careers of many of these artists. It could not have been easy for an artist to interpret this music upon first introduction. Many of these songs posses unusual melodic intervals, chord changes, and shifting meters. However, Burt never seems to simply choose a chord or meter to be clever...he was simply interpreting moods and feelings from a higher force.This 75 song masterpiece includes artists'; Perry Como, Gene Pitney, Dusty Springfield, BJ Thomas, The Fifth Demension..and many other incredibly talented artists.The songs on this box set appear to be gifts from heaven and Burt appears to bethe translator. A wonderful, hard working translator who has made these gifts possible.I would like to thank Burt and all the artists who have opened up their souls to enable us these treasures.This box set is a masterpiece of contemporary music.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By David G. Smith on April 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First off, this is a box set, so you are gonna get some cuts like Richard Chamberlain singing "Blue Guitar" and Burt himself singing "Hasbrook Heights". I mean,really! This is a collection of one of our most accesibly complex composers, and there is going to be stuff that is not the look of love, that's not even the book of love...but let's get real. This is an evocative representation of eras of music, and Burt walked in five of them....and I think there are some minor(and I guess we are calling the pieces that are not Walk On By and Do You Know the Way To San Jose minor), but actually I am in love with a lot of the lesser known Dionne Burt Stuff...Paper Mache, Are You There With Another Girl, Windows of The World, and The Balance of Nature(which is my favorite kind of song, a symbolic poetic premise that is then put into the narrators viewpoint to wrap it up in first person)....Sentimental, sweet, yes but this is the time of great sentiment...and then what about the swinger stuff Trini Lopez Made in Paris and promise her anything by that hepcat Tom Jones.....
this is an amazing set, jewels of songwriting that are their own trip in a time machine....
and again, to set the record straight...Burt didn't write lyrics. Most of these lyics were written by Hal David. and they are gems. I will admit that some songwriting teams have a sense of imbalance(have you actually listened to lyrics in an Elton John song...Bernie coasted on that collaboration) but in this case these songs are such a collaboration. Yes, the music makes them stand out(time signatures, key changes, weird phrasing) but these words connotate an era(L>A> is a great big freeway.....One less egg to fry...where is the sunshine we once knew).
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rucho on July 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In spite of repeated songs I already had, I decided to buy this Box set of Burt Bacharach's songs because it also contains rarities or hard to find recordings: for a long time I've been looking for a Lou Johnson CD (there was one on the Collectables label, not available since long ago). Here you'll find Lou Johnson with the original recordings of "Reach Out for Me", "Always something there to remind me", "Kentucky Bluebird (Message to Martha)" which went later to be hits for Dionne Warwick, and also "Last one to be loved". Gene Pitney is present with some of his great hits and also "Fool killer" which I never found in his CDs. Well known Bacharach's hits by Jackie deShannon are included, and also "Come and get me","So long Johnny", strangely none of these appear in her EMI Definitive Collection, maybe they weren't hits but they are very good songs worth listening to them. Dusty Springfield's "The look of love" gives the title to this Box, it is a different recording from the one (or ones) in her compilations, this is her recording for "Casino Royale" film soundtrack, the film title song is also here performed by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. The Shirelles are present with their hit "Baby it's you", also with a very sweet song entitled "It's Love that Really counts" (which is not easy to find in their CDs). I knew and I already have the songs by Chuck Jackson as well as Tommy Hunt's "I Just don't know what to do with myself" (later a hit for Dusty Springfield), maybe some listeners will find interesting to discover their recordings here.Read more ›
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