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What World Needs Now: Bacharach Classics [Original recording remastered]

Burt Bacharach, BacharachAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Something BigBurt Bacharach 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Do You Know The Way To San JoseBurt Bacharach 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. What The World Needs Now Is LoveBurt Bacharach 4:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Say A Little PrayerBurt Bacharach 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Walk On By (Live In Japan)Burt Bacharach & His Orchestra 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. NikkiBurt Bacharach 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. This Guy's In Love With YouBurt Bacharach 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (Instrumental (Butch Cassidy/Soundtrack Version))Burt Bacharach 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Look Of LoveBurt Bacharach 2:42$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen10. Message To MichaelBurt Bacharach 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. (There's) Always Something There To Remind MeBurt Bacharach 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. I'll Never Fall In Love AgainBurt Bacharach 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. A House Is Not A HomeBurt Bacharach 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. One Less Bell To AnswerBurt Bacharach 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Reach Out For MeBurt Bacharach 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Make It Easy On YourselfBurt Bacharach 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. (They Long To Be) Close To YouBurt Bacharach 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Trains And Boats And PlanesBurt Bacharach 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Any Day NowBurt Bacharach 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. AlfieBurt Bacharach 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Knowing When To LeaveBurt Bacharach 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Promises, PromisesBurt Bacharach 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Medley: Don't Make Me Over / Anyone Who Had A Heart / What's New Pussycat? / Wives & Lovers / 24 Hours From Tulsa (Live In Japan)Burt Bacharach & His Orchestra 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 5, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B0000AKY48
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Just about everyone has covered Bacharach, but what the world needs now is this: a comprehensive collection of Burt's own recordings of his greatest songs! The songwriting icon performs Do You Know the Way to San Jose?; What the World Needs Now Is Love; Walk On By; One Less Bell to Answer; (They Long to Be) Close to You; I Say a Little Prayer ...23 classics!

Five decades strong, Burt Bacharach's songwriting career has influenced artists as diverse as Marty Robbins and Oasis and brightened stages from the Great White Way to Tinseltown, forging a body of work that rivals any of the great pop composers of the last century. But as this generous, 23-track compilation skillfully underscores, there was considerably more at work in Bacharach's canon than mere golden formula. Like Gershwin, Bacharach suffused his songs with jazz (and other) influences, giving their laconic rhythms and loping melodies a distinctive, yet deceptively straightforward elegance. More importantly, Bacharach's talents as a producer and arranger insured an unencumbered musical vision, as these largely instrumental arrangements (most culled from a series of 60s/70s solo albums for A&M and Kapp) of many of his biggest hits attest. While his guileless vocals charm "Something Big," "A House is Not a Home," "Close to You"and especially the cabaret drama of "Make It Easy On Yourself," it's his deft way with a studio ensemble that's center stage here. Breezy, often inflected with a Brazilian sense of jazz-cool, these tracks may have originally been intended as an easy-listening alternative during the height of the rock era; ironically, they ended up as a warm musical bridge between the generations. --Jerry McCulley

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOTES OF EXCELLENCE AND DISTINCTION April 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Words cannot describe how this musical giant has lifted me up. I have a great appreciation for Mr. Bacharach's music and have just purchased,
'What The World Needs Now.'
I enjoyed this CD tremendously, as all the songs are top notch. Just wait until you hear the medley at the end, for it blows you away with an electrifying climax sending the listener into shivers of admiration and pleasure. May God continue to bless Burt Bacharach, and may he continue to thrill audiences the world over.
Very highly recommended!!!
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar (SUGAR-CANE 24/04/07)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is music February 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Bacharach is always Bacharach. This is maybe the best compilation of his hits. just listen to it and get melted.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King of cool February 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Burt Bacharach....aka "the king of cool". How could anyone not love these timeless classic's, put's a smile on your face just listening to them, not a bad song in the bunch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright, but not what you might expect... April 13, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album collects Burt Bacharach's renditions of his classic songs during the '60s and '70s. While sumptuously produced and beautifully played, these are, for the most part, instrumental versions of these seminal pop classics. It wasn't what I was expecting, and does tend to lean a little toward "elevator music" at times, at least for my tastes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What the World Needs Now; Burt Bacharah Classics March 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I saw Burt Bacharach perform with the Houston Symphony last October and was completely mesmerized with his performance and talent. Immediately I purchased "What the World Needs Now: Burt Bacharach Classics. Listening to this CD is like hearing his concert over and over again. I cannot seem to get enough of his music!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This CD offers remastered versions of Burt Bacharach's
original A&M Records recordings of his compositions,
which became huge hits for legendary singers such as
The Carpenters, Dusty Springfield, The Fifth Dimension,
Jackie DeShannon, Tom Jones, The Shirelles, B.J. Thomas
and, of course, Dionne Warwick.

The CD here is a generous sampling of Bacharach's greatest
songs written in the 1960s and early 1970s - all given a
lush yet vibrant orchestral setting.

Some other reviewer mixed up this CD with a similarly-
titled release that offers a no-name pianist playing
Bacharach songs. But don't be confused, this CD here
is the real deal - and a euphoric listening experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money January 29, 2014
By Susan
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Big disappointment! I have always loved Burt Bacharach songs but this album is bland and boring. Even "Randrops Keep Falling on My Head" sounds like Muzak. I would have given it no stars if that was allowed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You'll never want to listen to Burt again. July 4, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Not good. I was trying to figure out where these instrumentals came from--perhaps leftover instrumental tracks? Some of the rhythm is off--much slower than we would expect from the tunes with which we are so familiar. It was almost like karaoke arrangements, with bursts of background vocals showing up once in awhile. I listened to about 3/4 of this while driving down the interstate, and finally realized how much I HATED this. I love Burt Bacharach songs, but these are just not good tracks of his work. Then, at times, HE sings, and his voice just sucks. So, just ads to the torture. Don't buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Simply love love love Burt!
Published 3 days ago by Tori
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good cd. Many of the classics with new arrangements. Relaxing and a touch of elevator music.
Published 29 days ago by Fredric N. Levine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD.
Published 1 month ago by Irene Whispell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The ultimate best of burt
Published 1 month ago by Amanda M Campion
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
he is singing..not good
Published 3 months ago by janetg
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Buy for the money
Seems like the Best Buy for his most popular early recordings
Published 3 months ago by J. Quinlan
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice album !
this is an opportunity for anyone to get acquaintance with Mr. Bacharach's is not REALLY a re-issue of the original album What the World Needs Now... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jan Novoa-Guirola
5.0 out of 5 stars Burt Bacharach is One of the Greatest Songwriter's of All Time
My very first concert was sneaking into the Burt Bacharach concert at Red Rocks (just outside of Denver and a WONDERFUL place to listen to music) in the early 70's. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Russell W. Shurts
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing CD
I had just gone to a Burt Bacharach concert and I love his songs, so I wanted to get a CD with his classics. Read more
Published 7 months ago by janice carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School = Best School!
Here is a record that reveals there was such a thing as great music back in the day. I just had to have it!
Published 9 months ago by A.Lorenzo
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