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Burt Bacharach's definitive single-disc collection! Includes Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head B.J. Thomas; Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) Christopher Cross; That's What Friends Are For Dionne & Friends, and more!

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Just a one-disc sampling of Bacharach's definitive three-CD box The Look of Love, this collection nonetheless captures some of the most essential of his writing collaborations with lyricist Hal David. Among them are a half-dozen of the greatest singles the two conjured for Dionne Warwick in the '60s; from the sorrowful "Anyone Who Had a Heart" to the bittersweet "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" and the savvy "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," they're among the best examples of postwar pop. The A-1 quality only flags on the final three lugubrious tracks. The Very Best is a mostly appealing selection, but it's hard not to feel that the title should instead appear on a full platter of Warwick classics. --Rickey Wright

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Baby It's You - The Shirelles
  2. Only Love Can Break A Heart - Gene Pitney
  3. Anyone Who Had A Heart - Dionne Warwick
  4. (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me - Sandie Shaw
  5. Walk On By - Dionne Warwick
  6. What The World Needs Now Is Love - Jackie DeShannon
  7. Alfie - Dionne Warwick
  8. What's New Pussycat? - Tom Jones
  9. I Say A Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick
  10. The Look Of Love - Dusty Springfield
  11. Do You Know The Way To San Jose - Dionne Warwick
  12. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head - B.J. Thomas
  13. I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Dionne Warwick
  14. One Less Bell To Answer - The 5th Dimension
  15. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross
  16. That's What Friends Are For - Dionne & Friends


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 6, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000059T9M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Back in the 1960s I had to hide my "Dionne Warwick sings Burt Bacharach" album from my excessively hip friends; why would anyone want to listen to that pop in the ear of Cream, Hendrix and all that psychadelia? Luckily the current generation of young music listeners knows what musicians have always known: Burt Bacharach is one of the greatest and hippest composers of all time, and his collaborations with Hal David are some of the greatest pop tunes ever written.
I still get chills from "Anyone who Had a Heart", or "Always Something There To Remind Me". These are the great tunes that inspired so many of the great pop writers that followed- people like Andy Partridge of XTC or Gifford and Tilbrook of Squeeze. This is pop at its best.
If you can afford it, buy the three-disc set that these tunes are taken from. But if all you can swing is this one disk, buy it. It's truly the best of the best.
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I remember hearing some of these tunes when I was very young, some even as a toddler with my mother. I recently bought this album as a present for my mother -- I must admit I really enjoyed listening to it though. There are a few songs on here that I did not recognize and/or did not care for, but most are wonderful. Personal favourite: "I say a little prayer" by Dionne Warwick. Other great songs include: "Walk on by" again by Dionne Warwick [I also like the Strangler's version -- not on this album -- which is surprisingly faithful to the original. The Strangler's stamp of approval makes this song particular chic!] and "What's new Pussy Cat" by Tom Jones (I wonder if anybody else could get away with this song -- Tom adds macho edge to an otherwise fairly soppy lyric -- result: magic!). Good value.
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Was there a better pop tunesmith in the second half of the 20th century than Burt Bacharach, and did he ever have a more copacetic partner than Hal David? Nowhere is that more evident than in this wonderful collection of Bacharach's hits. Truly the most impressive tracks are right in the middle of the disc between Dionne Warwick's groundbreaking "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and Marilyn McCoo's swooning take on "One Less Bell to Answer", and it is certainly no coincidence that these songs reflect Bacharach and David during their most fertile period in the sixties.

Dionne Warwick obviously had her fair share of hits from them, six included here highlighted by my personal favorites "Walk on By" and "Alfie". It's also great to hear Dusty Springfield's original version of "The Look of Love", where her smoky tones perfectly fit the mood of the song, which was aptly used for a slow motion seduction scene in "Casino Royale". Jackie DeShannon's symphonic rendition of "What the World Needs Now Is Love" and Tom Jones' Vegas-style "What's New Pussycat?" are also terrific to hear again. The disc does fall short at the beginning where the first two songs feel rather primitive compared to the sophistication of the rest, and sadly at the end where Bacharach partnered with his then-wife Carole Bayer Sager on two of the most overplayed songs from the eighties, "Arthur's Theme" and "That's What Friends Are For". Frankly, I would have preferred "Message to Michael", "You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)" or even the Carpenters' "(They Long to Be) Close to You" instead. But these lapses are completely excusable.
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The folks at Rhino have done it again! What a great, well-produced and engineered album! When the sax part started playing during "The Look of Love", I could have sworn the player was in my living room!

There can be no doubt that the David-Bacharach songwriting team ranks up there among the best that ever was. "Anyone Who Had a Heart", "Look of Love" and "Walk on By" are my favourites and still give me great thrills whenever I listen to them. So why you may ask only the 4 stars?

Well, I thought the album was a trifle too short and surely they could have squeezed in "Close to You" by the Carpenters! Also, I didn't really enjoy the first two and the last two tracks as much as although they were great hits for Burt, I don't think they really represent his best work.

I suppose this was meant to be a sampler to get you to wanna get the other Rhino releases like the 3-disc version and/or "The Very Best of Dionne Warwick" or "Dusty In Memphis" but the point has been made. Many, many artistes owe a great deal to Bacharach for the great songs that made them great and this is a decent sampler for anyone who wants to get to know timeless pop aka works of art.
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...and we're talking song/perfomance/arrangement masterpieces. And you may even be able to find more on this priced right product. My opinion is that:
#1 Alfie is pop music at it's finest. When Warrick goes "until you find the love you missed...you're nothing", it is a moment of greatness, captured on tape.
#2 Dusty Springfield's rendition of The Look of Love, even without the digital noodlings of Bill Inglot and staff at Rhino records, was a must have item. This version you will fall deeply for.
#3 Can you find a better matching of artist/writer/arrangement than that version of Dionne's Do you Know The Way to San Jose?
I don't think so...
But, when I say there are three certified masterpieces here do I mean those three mentioned above or BJ Thomas' Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, Jackie Deshannon's What the World Needs now Is Love or Chris Cross' Arthur's Theme?
Get what I Mean?
One thing, though. Where's The Carpenter's Close to You? Or This Guy's In Love With You by Herb Alpert? A Part II wouldn't be in the future would it?
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