Burt on iTunes

August 13, 2009 Comments Off on Burt on iTunes

Saw this album on iTunes and thought: “Hey, that’s not expensive. I can afford 5€!”. And then I started reading the album review. Looks like they’re trying hard not to sell the album though 😉

Britain’s Charly Records reissue label demonstrates why it has a dodgy reputation with this slipshod compilation of songs composed by Burt Bacharah. It is a randomly sequenced, scattershot miscellany of a few hits (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” by B.J. Thomas, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” by Gene Pitney) and a lot of misses, with quite a few tracks performed by artists not known for them. … (Meanwhile, Bacharach’s primary interpreter, Dionne Warwick, is nowhere to be found, except for the use of her picture in the CD booklet.)… A disclaimer in small print on the back cover reveals that “Tracks 3, 12, 14 and 19 are re-records.”… And the annotations contain numerous misspellings and factual errors, the most notable of which come in the iner notes by compiler Joop Visser, who gets the year of Bacharach’s birth wrong (it’s 1928, not 1929) and falsely states that the composer’s sole Broadway musical Promises, Promises was “luke-warmly received.” Actually, it was a big hit; Bacharach simply did not enjoy the process of writing for Broadway…”

Thanks for the advice, whenever I’ll see this album again I’ll just “walk on by” 😉


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