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What The World Needs Now: Burt Bacharach Classics Original recording remastered

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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!

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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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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 (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Bacharach is always Bacharach. This is maybe the best compilation of his hits. just listen to it and get melted.
Beautiful.
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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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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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I grew up listening to his music. I watched a lot of his TV specials and of course, Dionne Warwick. She embodied the music of the Bacharach/David collaboration. I had no idea that the theme song to ABC's movie of the week was composed by Bacharach (Nikki).
I should have known, I liked it then and still like it now. It brought back a lot of good memories for me. His music is just timeless and easy on the ear.
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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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I had recently heard some Bacharach tunes on the radio and decided to order this CD based on some of the reviews but it is a bit too much like Muzak or elevator music, the versions are a bit corny. Think I will just create a Pandora Radio station and see what it offers.
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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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