Saturday, May 14, 2011

Happy Birthday To Burt Bacharach!

This is a soulful tribute to Burt Bacharah. The guy celebrated his 83rd (!) birthday on the 12th of May. His melodies and arrangements are always wonderful. The poetic and sometimes very deep lyrics of Hal David and Carol Bayer Sager (his ex-wife) make the picture complete. Bacharach and David delivered probably their best work with Dionne Warwick, but there are many artists that have made beautiful interpretations of Burt's classics. This mixtape is a proof for that. Celebrate with him and enjoy his magic sounds with those incredible trumpets.

My tribute starts with the original version of 'Always something there to remind me'. It was covered by Sandie Shaw and a few years later by Dionne Warwick. There's an interesting new wave/electro version of it by Naked Eyes (led by Rob Fischer who became one half of Climie Fisher later on). 'Arthur's theme' has been recently covered by Fitz and the Tantrums for the remake of the movie 'Arthur'. And Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating gives us his interpretation of the song on his new album 'When Ronan met Burt'. It's a nice one as well, especially when he's backed by an all female orchestra on YouTube. Don't forget to listen to the last track of the mix, 'Alfie' by Rumer. It's from the Dutch version of her lovely album 'Seasons of my soul', which includes her outstanding new single 'Goodbye girl'. She seems to be some kind of reincarnation of Karen Carpenter. Hopelfully she enjoys life more than Karen did... Although I'm two days late, happy birthday to you, Burt!

Tracklist:

Lou Johnson – (There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me (1961)
The Four Tops – Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head (1970)
Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne – Love Power (1987)
Marc Collin feat. Nadeah – Arthur’s Theme (2008)
Sergio Mendes feat. Fergie – The Look of Love (2008)
Phyllis Hyman – In-between the Heartaches (1980)
Ron Isley – This Guy’s In Love with You (2003)
Isaac Hayes – Walk On By (1969)
Eddie Kendricks – Any Day Now (1967)
The Supremes & the Temptations – Do You Know the Way to San Jose (1968)
Dionne Warwick – Trains and Boats and Planes (1967)
Trini Lopez – Made In Paris (1966)
Dionne Warwick – Anyone Who Had a Heart (1964)
Jackie DeShannon – So Long Johnny (1966)
The Marvelettes – Message to Michael (1967)
Adam Wade – Rain From the Skies (1963)
Del Shannon – The Answer to Everything (1962)
Dusty Springfield – The Look of Love (1966)
Dee Clark – You’re Telling Our Secrets (1961)
The Dells – I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself (1971)
Cissy Houston – This Empty Place (1970)
Paris Sisters – Long After Tonight Is All Over (1961)
Ella Fitzgerald – I’ll Never Fall in Love Again (1969)
Rumer – Alfie (2011)

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