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Futures Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Import

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Burt Bacharach is a classically trained pianist whose songs have been recorded by the most influential artists of the twentieth century. He has written more than seventy Top 40 hits and has received Grammy, Oscar, and Emmy awards for his work. The father of three children, he lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: PSP Co Ltd (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008861TT4
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.1 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,382,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Audio CD
This lesser known collection is the first Bacharach album recorded after Burt and Hal David 'split', but does feature two David lyrics. A range of other notable lyricists are represented (Norman Gimbel, Neil Simon and James Kavanaugh).
Now that so many of Burt Bacharach's solo albums seem like collections of pop standards, 'Futures' has more conceptual unity, and looks forward to the melancholia which was brought to flower decades later with Elvis Costello on 'Painted from Memory'. Many of the lyrics deal with bitter heartache, frustration and wistful introspection, matched by harmonies and rhythms that have fewer of the hooks and aural sweeteners we might have expected from Burt. Even with the rich orchestration and careful use of rock textures, this is powerful mood music for quiet contemplation.
The disc does has some joyful romance and engaging up beat moments; 'When You Bring Your Sweet Love to Me' stands out, vividly evoking hollywood seen from the hills at night; but the highlight for me is the funky instrumental title track which has all the delicate qualities of some of Bacharach's most fascinating rhythmic experiments (like 'Pacific Coast Highway', or 'Freefall').
This album will be mostly of interest to Bacharach's keener fans, who will certainly be fascinated to hear this darker moment in his career captured. It's a mature set of songs, which like all of Bacharach's studio work, repay close listening, but not a good buy for those who want a collection of 60's chart toppers.
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Format: Audio CD
I am so thrilled to find a CD remastering of this incredible 1977 release. So many people only know Mr. Bacharach's big hits, but beneath all that are a slew of unbelievably beautiful recordings that are absolutely stunning, haunting and sophisticated. GO...NOW...BUY!!
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Splendid! I remember buying this record in the 80's in the soundtrack section of Coop City. This was one discovery. It is a sonic masterpiece. While in many ways it is very different from the 60's Bacharach stuff we are all used to, it is still uniquely-sounding in many many ways. Principally the playing is wonderful and the arrangements are beautiful. This really comes across in the instrumental Futures. OK this CD is really somewhat pricey but worth it!
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Format: Vinyl
Futures is a wonderful album. To me, it feels like this album has a touch of "Soul music" styling, thanks to the vocals. And seeing this came out in '77, that would make sense. Soul music had a great surge of popularity in the late "70s.

It is a departure from albums like "Reach Out" and "Living Together". But it is "solid Burt" all the way through! I shuffle this album in with the other two albums I mentioned in my playlist and its a wonderful ride through some great, relaxing music that stirs the soul. I swear this man can lower my blood pressure to 60 beats per minute!
...can you tell I'm a Burt fan? You can't go wrong with "Futures"!
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Format: MP3 Music
Bacharach is one of the two or three best songwriters of the 2nd half of the 20th century. His best tunes were written over about a ten-year period, 1963 to 1973. After that decade, he maintained a fairly steady output for another seven or eight years, though the quality of work was seriously diminished. This album, "Futures", is part of that latter period and it suffers in the one way that a songwriter would wish to avoid. Its melodies are, generally, weak, and its hooks are often leaden and uninspired--that is the most serious problem with "Futures." His arranging, more interesting in many ways, is often lost on a maze of inferior tunes with three exceptions, "No One Remembers My Name," which comes awfully close to being a fine tune and "Another Spring will Rise" which also approaches the water mark for Bacharach quality. I am ready to say that "Seconds", the third exception, is a terrific tune.

I have tried many, many times to resurrect this album and to grant it a place next to the really good stuff. As of today, I have failed, yet again. There is just not enough good stuff here to recommend it. However, Bacharach has written enough of such a high quality, that the bad stuff hardly matters.

Bacharach did not write a superb album again until his Elvis Costello cd which is as close to masterpiece status as you will find. Since Elvis, there has been little to praise among his newer efforts. He, however, continues to be a performer of rare and powerful appeal.

If I had the opportunity to rate Bacharach's work between 1963 and 1973, I would give it five stars and pluck a few more stars from the sky--that's how good that decade was for Burt and for us.
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