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The Look of Love : The Burt Bacharach Collection [Box Set] Import

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With a hit-single track record spanning four decades, Burt Bacharach became one of the most important composers of popular music in the 20th century, almost equal to such classic tunesmiths as George Gershwin or Irving Berlin. His sophisticated yet breezy productions borrowed from cool jazz, soul, Brazilian bossa nova, and traditional pop to virtually define and undoubtedly transcend the staid ... Read more in Amazon's Burt Bacharach Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Dec. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000DGR0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Story Of My Life - Marty Robbins
2. Magic Moments - Pery Como
3. The Blob - The Five Blobs
4. Please Stay - The Drifters
5. I Wake Up Crying - Chuck Jackson
6. Tower Of Strength - Gene McDaniels
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Walk On By - Dionne Warwick
2. (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me - Lou Johnson
3. Me Japanese Boy I Love You - Bobby Goldsboro
4. To Wait For Love - Tony Orlando
5. Kentucky Bluebird (Send A Message To Martha) - Lou Johnson
6. Land Of Make Believe - Dionne Warwick
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Look Of Love - Dusty Springfield
2. Do You Know The Way To San Jose - Dionne Warwick
3. This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert
4. Knowing When To Leave - Jill O'Hara
5. Promises, Promises - Dionne Warwick
6. Pacific Coast Highway - Burt Bacharach
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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The greatest expression of Burt Bacharach's composing and arranging talents is the marvellous string of productions he made with Dionne Warwick and lyricist Hal David for a decade or so starting in 1962. Many of their triumphs are included in this three-CD box (also see the single disc The Dionne Warwick Collection), along with dozens of other tracks made between 1957 (Marty Robbins's "Story of My Life") and 1996 (Bacharach's collaboration with Elvis Costello on "God Give Me Strength"). The master's blend of froth, deep emotion, and challenging musicality provides many masterpieces and a few unfortunate moments: he doesn't have much to show for the 1980s aside from "That's What Friends Are For" and "Arthur's Theme". Its handful of missteps aside, though, The Look of Love is an essential trove of great pop things. --Rickey Wright

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The problem with trying to buy a Burt Bacharach compilation is that you'll find yourself greeted with a collection of either a) instrumental versions of his songs, or b) faced with the torture of hearing him sing his songs himself. Now, even though he wrote countless classics, his voice leaves a lot to be desired, (anyone who's seen Austin Powers will realise this). Bacharach's voice didn't make his songs hits. Probably the closest you could get to owning a collection of Bacharach songs sung by the artists who made them hits is by buying Dionne Warwick's Greatest Hits, since she was the voice for so many of his tunes. However, even here, you'll neglect yourself of many songs such as "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" and "The Look of Love." This lovingly-assembled 3-CD box set solves this problem by compiling all the 'definite versions' of Bacharach's songs and within you'll find a box of treasures. You'll know at least a third of the material before you even place a CD into CD-tray, and there are many more gems to be found to. Pleasingly, the box set runs chronologically throughout Bacharach's entire career, ending near present day with his 1996 collaboration with Elvis Costello, the heartbreakingly beautiful "God Give Me Strength." This is the only Burt Bacharach compilation you ever need to purchase. Highly recommended.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By pete@bulkington9.fsnet.co.uk on 19 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Having bought this CD I was (pleasantly) surprised at some of the songs I found here which I knew well without realising they were written by Bacharach (& David) - his output of quality simple pop was greater than I thought.
Disappointingly however, some inferior covers have been included on this CD which nowhere near match the quality of the "popular" versions that we are familiar with. I'm thinking in particular of "Trains and Boats and Planes" - recorded by dozens of artists in the sixties - sung here by Anita Harris - pleasant enough but rather insipid - a number of better versions were recorded including the version by Billy J Kramer, also "Make it easy on yourself" here sung by Jackie Trent it doesn't hold a candle to the Walker Brothers version due mainly to a more powerful production and Scott Walkers (Engel) more satisfying baritone voice. While still on this note I can think of no reason why "This Guy's (girl's) in love with you" by Petula Clark is included in preference to Herb Albert's (and his Tijuana Brass) version - are there some sort of contractual or copyright difficulties here? Also, I have a sneaking suspicion that some of the songs here are not the original cuts - some little quirky bits that you remember in a song are not quite there - maybe an earlier take from the recording session? but if so why?
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By fivestarfrankie VINE VOICE on 7 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD
1-01 Carpenters - (They Long To Be) Close To You
Arranged By - Richard Carpenter Producer - Jack Daugherty
3:45
1-02 Dionne Warwick - Do You Know The Way To San Jose?
Conductor, Arranged By - Burt Bacharach Performer - Dionne Warwick
2:46
1-03 Perry Como - Magic Moments
Arranged By - Joe Reisman Featuring - Ray Charles Singers, The Orchestra - Mitchell Ayres Orchestra* Performer - Perry Como
2:42
1-04 Marty Robbins - The Story Of My Life
Orchestra - Ray Conniff & His Orchestra* Performer - Marty Robbins Producer - Mitch Miller
2:33
1-05 B.J. Thomas - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
Arranged By - Burt Bacharach Performer - B.J. Thomas
3:00
1-06 Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer
Conductor, Arranged By - Burt Bacharach Performer - Aretha Franklin
3:33
1-07 Shirelles, The - Baby It's You
Arranged By - Burt Bacharach Producer - Luther Dixon Written By - Burt Bacharach/Mack David/Barney Williams
2:43
1-08 Drifters, The - Please Stay
Conductor, Arranged By - Ray Ellis Written By - Burt Bacharach/Bob Hilliard
2:18
1-09 Tom Jones - What's New Pussycat?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tony H on 2 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album is nothing short of superb!! For the musician (like myself) it is the absolute pinnacle of how songs should be put together, and todays modern musicians should use this as a reference book. For the regular listener, this is sheer bliss that takes you back to a time when real singers sung real songs. Dusty Springfield's 'Look of Love' is fantastic, just check out how her voice melts into the sax solo near the end of the song (I almost weep whenever I hear it). From that to Tom Jones' booming 'What's New Pussycat', will leave you breathless. This album is a classic and a must buy for all music lovers.
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