- Audio CD (20 Jan. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Cherry Pop
- ASIN: B00GY4C77U
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Sound Of Bacharach & David
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The collection features the original 11 track album on CD for the very first time. This album has been mastered by a vinyl restoration expert using all the latest techniques to ensure the best possible sound. The original master tapes are long since lost. The album features Bacharach & David's best loved tracks including – ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’, ‘I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself’, ‘Walk On By’, ‘Close To You’ and ‘Trains & Boats & Planes.The CD booklet will feature the original sleeve. The sleeve notes have been written by Hazell Dean. The extensive booklet features a complete discography and features rare photographs of Hazell from the period.
Top Customer Reviews
There are times during the listening process where you can hear echoes of the mistress of B&D songs herself, Dionne Warwick, coming through and other times when she's definitely more Cilla Black. This is no bad thing, because there's also enough of Hazell coming through, although it takes a little while to get used to the twee sound she makes with her voice. The addition of a not-so-well-known track "To wait for love" makes this CD stand out for me. It's a beautiful track and interpreted well.
All in all, I enjoyed this CD. I'm a bit of a completist and as I love Hazell's voice, I had to have this. She won't ever overtake Miss Dionne for me when it comes to interpreting Bacharach and David songs, but it's a very pleasant listen and - no offence intended Hazell - perfect background music......which in fact, is what it was always intended to be.
Cherry Red have done an amazing job with the restoring of this recording (taken from Hazell's personal copy LP) and with pulling together all the previously unseen photos and artist information found this the deluxe booklet
A great addition to the collect for any Hazell Dean or fans of Bacharach & David songs
This album has tones that reach back to an early 70's vibe, i found the instruments / percussion / arrangement grow on you.
Hazel sings all the period classics with a youthful panache and her voice brings a very different feel to these loved songs.
I personally love this recording.
That said, this is still very enjoyable. Hazell sings all the songs beautifully, and whilst the arrangements are perhaps a little like lift music, they are highly competent and enjoyable. Inevitably, more famous renditions of each of these songs come to mind when listening. As noted in the booklet, Hazell had to sing these very straight and plain, so they are naturally always in the shadows of the better known recordings.
Despite that, it should be enjoyed by those who aren't coming to this from a Hazell Dean collectors' perspective.
Remastered from Hazell's own vinyl copy, the sound quality is superb, and the informative booklet most interesting. It's great to be able to own on CD this early chapter of Hazell's career, and a superb companion to the recent reissues of Hazell's other albums. Completely charming and quite unlike any other Hazell Dean CD.
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Maybe not the first album I choose to put in my sound system, but an essential part of my HD Collection.Published 14 months ago by Ingo