Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Burt Bacharach Songbook

Birth of a playlist.
Yesterday a friend of mine wrote: "I just asked Burt Bacharach to be my friend on Facebook". That made me realize two things. First: I didn't know Bacharach was still alive (sorry, man!) and he was on Facebook. Second: I'm definitely not a great connoisseur of his music. And this is not good. So I visited Wikipedia and the idea easily came to my mind: to build a playlist with some of his greatest songs (mostly written with long-time collaborator Hal David). No. Better. To build it with all the singles listed on Wikipedia. Possibly, in the versions sung by the artists the songs were meant and written for (often Dionne Warwick, but also Gene Pitney, Jackie DeShannon, Dusty Springfield...).

So, here it is. Honestly, I don't know if my friend got his Facebook friendship, but we got a nice Spotibook to listen to. Three hours, almost all songs available, a good vintage soundtrack for:
a) a bath after a hard day
b) an elegant when-Sean-Connery-was-James-Bond themed cocktail party
c) a quiet late night reading session
d) a romantic dinner with a partner fed up with hipsters

Enjoy! :o)

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Source: Wikipedia singles list.
Songs available on Spotify: 62 out of 64 (96,87%)

Marty Robbins – The Story Of My Life
Perry Como – Magic Moments
The Five Blobs – The Blob
Johnny Mathis – Heavenly
Johnny Mathis – Faithfully
Jane Morgan - With Open Arms
Gloria Lynne – Tower Of Strength
Eugene McDaniels – Another Tear Falls
The Drifters – Please Stay
The Shirelles – Baby It's You
Elvis Presley – Any Day Now
Gene Pitney – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Gene Pitney – Only Love Can Break A Heart
Dionne Warwick – Don't Make Me Over
Dionne Warwick – Make It Easy On Yourself
Andy Williams - Don't You Believe It
Tommy Hunt – I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
Gene Pitney – 24 Hours From Tulsa
Bobby Vee – Be True To Yourself
Bobby Vinton – Blue On Blue
Dionne Warwick – Anyone Who Had A Heart
Dionne Warwick – (They Long To Be) Close To You
Don & Juan – True Love Never Runs Smooth
Jack Jones – Wives And Lovers
Dionne Warwick – Wishin' And Hopin'
Dionne Warwick – Walk On By
Dionne Warwick – Reach Out For Me
Lou Johnson – (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me
Brook Benton – A House Is Not A Home
Adam Faith – A Message To Martha (Kentucky Bluebird)
Dionne Warwick – You'll Never Get To Heaven(If You Break My Heart)
Jackie DeShannon – What The World Needs Now Is Love
Jimmy Radcliffe – Long After Tonight Is All Over
Tom Jones – What's New Pussycat?
Dionne Warwick – Here I Am
Burt Bacharach – Trains And Boats And Planes
Manfred Mann – My Little Red Book
Jackie DeShannon – A Lifetime Of Loneliness
Dionne Warwick – Are You There(With Another Girl)
Jackie DeShannon – Come And Get Me
Cilla Black – Alfie
Jackie DeShannon – Windows And Doors
Jackie DeShannon – So Long Johnny
Dionne Warwick – The Windows Of The World
Dionne Warwick – I Say A Little Prayer
Dusty Springfield – The Look Of Love
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass ... – Casino Royale
The Fifth Dimension – One Less Bell To Answer
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – This Guy's In Love With You
Dionne Warwick – Do You Know The Way To San Jose
Dionne Warwick – Promises, Promises
Dionne Warwick – The April Fools
Engelbert Humperdinck – I'm A Better Man (For Having Loved You)
B.J. Thomas – Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (Butch Cassidy/Soundtrack Version)
Bobbie Gentry – I'll Never Fall In Love Again
BJ Thomas – Everybody's Out Of Town
Dionne Warwick – Let Me Go To Him
Dionne Warwick – Paper Mache
Dionne Warwick – The Green Grass Starts To Grow
Dionne Warwick – Who Gets The Guy
Christopher Cross – Arthur's Theme
Rod Stewart – That's What Friends Are For
Patti LaBelle – On My Own
Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne – Love Power

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR681)

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