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The Magic of Burt Bacharach [Charly]

Burt Bacharach 9/17/1996


Britain's Charly Records reissue label demonstrates why it has a dodgy reputation with this slipshod compilation of songs composed by Burt Bacharach. 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. Actually, the latter are what may make the album valuable to collectors, since there are rarely heard Bacharach tracks by the likes of Big Maybelle, Buddy Greco (a live recording of "The Look of Love"), and Bill Evans (a live instrumental jazz version of "Alfie"), and not a few relatively obscure compositions, such as "I Cry Alone," "I Wake Up Crying," and "The Breaking Point." (Meanwhile, Bacharach's primary interpreter, Dionne Warwick, is nowhere to be found, except for the use of her picture in the CD booklet.) Those collectors will have to contend with the package's drawbacks, however. A disclaimer in small print on the back cover reveals that "Tracks 3, 12, 14 and 19 are re-records." (That's "Any Day Now," by Chuck Jackson, "Wishin' and Hopin'," by the Merseybeats, "Please Stay," by the Drifters, and "Trains and Boats and Planes," by Billy J. Kramer.) And the annotations contain numerous misspellings and factual errors, the most notable of which come in the liner 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 and so did not do it again. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Twenty-Four Hours from Tulsa Gene Pitney 3:0
  3. 2 Baby It's You The Shirelles 2:42
  4. 3 Any Day Now Chuck Jackson 3:25
  5. 4 Make It Easy on Yourself Jerry Butler 2:28
  6. 5 Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head B.J. Thomas 3:20
  7. 6 I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself Burt Bacharach 2:51
  8. 7 I Cry Alone Maxine Brown 2:33
  9. 8 I Wake Up Crying Gene Chandler 2:35
  10. 9 You're Telling Our Secrets Dee Clark 2:9
  11. 10 (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance Gene Pitney 2:58
  12. 11 It's Love That Really Counts The Shirelles 2:16
  13. 12 Wishin' and Hopin' The Merseybeats 2:42
  14. 13 The Breaking Point Burt Bacharach 2:23
  15. 14 Please Stay The Drifters 2:14
  16. 15 Only Love Can Break Your Heart Timi Yuro 2:29
  17. 16 The Answer to Everything Burt Bacharach 2:46
  18. 17 Message to Martha Jerry Butler 2:53
  19. 18 I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself Big Maybelle 2:50
  20. 19 Trains and Boats and Planes Billy J. Kramer 2:23
  21. 20 The Look of Love Buddy Greco 2:54
  22. 21 This Guy's in Love with You B.J. Thomas 3:46
  23. 22 Alfie Bill Evans 2:56

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