- Audio CD (July 7, 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued
- Label: A&M
- ASIN: B000009D0U
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,399 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Burt Bacharach's vintage solo albums, while sharing many of the signature songs he and Hal David crafted for the likes of Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield, are different experiences than those hit singles. Despite nearly duplicate arrangements, the composer's own renditions of "Reach Out for Me," "Are You There (With Another Girl)," and "The Look of Love" are less dramatic, more laid-back; Bacharach also indulges himself in codas that sound like he's working out bits of movie music. All that said, the 1967 Reach Out is a quite fine example of Bacharach left to his own devices: after three plays, you may well find it irresistible. Also, don't miss the fab period liner notes by the Beatles's then-publicist Derek Taylor. --Rickey Wright
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This CD is a perfect representation of how great Burt Bacharach is in composing, arranging and conducting an orchestra. He has also played piano on all the eleven tracks. This is a showcase of some of his most beautiful compositions such as "What The World Needs Now Is Love," "A House Is Not A Home," "I Say A Little Prayer," "The Windows of The World," "Alfie" and the very charming "The Look of Love."
On Liner Notes, Derek Taylor wrote:
"If violins and cellos, harpsichord and piano, trumpets, flutes, and sounds of rippling scales have never lightened your spirit;
If your heart has not leapt nor your senses quivered as the conductor's baton taps the music stand;
If Alfie did not become so much a name, more a lonely island of song in a sea of human sadness;
If you believe that the essence of a man and his music can adequately be caught and conveyed within an album liner note;
Then it is likely that the entrapment of music between these covers is not for you, and though it is sad, you should walk on by."
What so moved, affected me and brought tears to my eyes is Burt Bacharach singing his heart out in the most poignant song of all-time "A House Is Not A Home," with lyrics penned by his long-time collaborator, Hal David.
A chair is still a chair
Even when there's no one sitting there
But a chair is not a house
And a house is not a home
When there's no one there to hold you tight
And no one there you can kiss "Goodnight"
A room is still a room
Even when there's nothing there but gloom
But a room is not a house
And a house is not a home
When the two of us are far apart
And one of us has a broken heart
Now and then I call your name
And suddenly your face appears
But it's just a crazy game
When it ends it ends in tears
Honey, have a heart
Don't let one mistake keep us apart
I'm not meant to live alone
Turn this house into a home
When I climb the stair and turn the key...
Oh, please be there still in love with me!
After "Make It Easy On Yourself" this album is my favourite Bacharach album and could easily serve as a greatest hits compilation of his works. Together with "Burt Bacharach" to round up the trilogy this three album span for me represents his best studio albums and certainly my favourites. His music seems to weave a spell on you putting you into a nostalgic dream-like state admiring the beauty of the music and although many performers have adapted and covered his work I've always enjoyed his personal arrangements of his own music the best. I don't think I'll ever get tired of listening to that trilogy of albums.
Great mlps design, obviously great content and good remastered sound quality makes this an easy recommendation.
Very highly recommended!
Also, Bacharach re-arranges 2 leftovers from the Casino Royale Soundtrack; The Look Of Love (originally immortalized by Dusty Springfield) being the most noteworthy, along with the psychedelic Bond Street (which would be later on recognized in many tv programs from game shows to Family Guy). Both of these also date to 1966, which already makes Reach Out a slightly more essential record than Hit Maker!
Other pieces include arrangements of both classics left out of Hit Maker (Reach Out For Me, A House Is Not A Home) and more obscure material (Lisa, Message To Michael, Are You There). What makes the album endurable is that Bacharach's own output for his compositions show how flexible and multitalented he is as an arranger. He is able to make these re-recordings interesting by incorporating masterful tempo shifts and accentuating the hooks, all highlighted by the diverse orchestrations and signature brass. A true must for those willing to delve into the genius of one of the best composers of the 20th century.