Born To Be Together: The Songs Of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
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This new addition to Ace's highly regarded Songwriter series focuses on the husband and wife duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, one of the most respected, most successful and most prolific teams of the modern era. Still together today, Mann and Weil wrote their first hit song in 1961. Although our collection is drawn from their first 10 years together, unlike most of their contemporaries, the couple continued writing hits into the 70s, 80s and 90s. Of the 1000-plus titles in their catalogue, over 100 were hits, amongst them some of the 1960s landmark songs. This collection features some of the stylish pair s best-known compositions - On Broadway , We ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place , You ve Lost That Lovin Feelin , Looking Through The Eyes Of Love - alongside lesser-known gems sung by high-calibre performers such as Scott Walker, the Everly Brothers, Lou Rawls and Dusty Springfield. As usual with Ace CDs, the accompanying booklet features a fulsome track commentary, lavishly illustrated with rare photographs and period ephemera. Compiled and annotated by Mick Patrick with input from Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Best appreciated alongside Ace's previous collection Glitter & Gold - Words & Music by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil CDCHD 1212.
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Overall, this compilation is cram packed with dramatic, fantastic crafted songs by one of the greatest writing teams. There is no filler. 9/10. A must.
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Astounding performances fill "Born To Be Together" with Gene Pitney "Looking Through The Eyes Of Love" a riveting tour-de-force as is "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", magical musical grandeur propelled The Righteous Brothers to legendary status as soon as this timeless classic hit the airwaves...soulful Johnny Crawford "Proud" is a memorable gem, ditto an exotic "Uptown" with a totally intoxicating arrangement featuring hypnotic vocals still sounding grand all these years later.
"Rock And Roll Lullaby" another mesmerizing classic with richly soulful B.J. Thomas vocal that is one of the finest of his still going strong career, late Mama Cass Elliot "New World Coming" hit high on the charts from a great singer who could sing anything...many of the great singers no longer around featured in "Born To Be Together" remind us greatness as in those golden days of music will never happen again...listening to greats such as Lou Rawls, Clyde McPhatter, Dusty Springfield, Mama Cass, Bobby Hebb brings back those great magical musical days with each going to the heart & soul of stellar songs by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil.
Ending with passionate & supremely soulful Bill Medley "This Is A Love Song", love is main message from a peerless classic duo who enriched our lives for decades, continuing with "Born To Be Together" collection beautifully putting this in to perspective, tremendous collection is a wondrous alluring mix of great songs and indelible performances to be enjoyed over and over for years to come. Thank you Barry & Cynthia for decades of so many extraordinary songs that clearly inspired all those magnificent artists then enriched and entertained music lovers the world over...
You can't go wrong with the Ace Records (U.K.) Songwriters series. Each CD is meticulously compiled, bringing together in one place some 25 selections that represent the breath-taking breadth of the composers' best work and feature a diversity of recording artists. On this, the second Ace disc of Barry Mann-Cynthia Weil (the husband-wife composing team of longest duration) songs, every selection is by a different artist (although the great Bill Medley appears as both a Righteous Brother and solo), each of whose featured song is profiled in the 25-page accompanying booklet that is also loaded with photos and color reproductions of record jackets, labels of 45s, sheet music covers and ad posters. I learned something new from each song profile, such as why the composers cringe whenever they hear their song "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" by the Animals come on the radio (despite the royalties they collect on it). Ace's sound mastering is never less than top-of-the-line, so the only thing that could possibly dissuade you from wanting to own these songwriter compilations (other than cost, I suppose) is that you may already have a number of these recordings on other collections. Ace has apparently thought of this and thus intentionally balances these CDs with some big hit versions integral to the songwriters' story alongside a majority of more obscure but high-quality ones that merit being heard and profiled. The assumption is that you most likely would not already own more than a few, if any, of the latter group.
On "Born to Be Together" only ten of the 25 tracks (from 1961-1972) landed on the Billboard Hot 100. The soulfully sung "This Is a Love Song" by Bill Medley peaked (if you can call it that) at #112 on the "Bubbling Under" chart. The Everly Brothers are represented by the B-side of a #117 song (now that's obscure!), although in the U.K. "The Girl Who Sang the Blues" went to #25 in 1963. Some of the best stuff here is taken from album tracks: the most beautiful melody Barry Mann ever composed, "Angelica" (accent on the penultimate syllable), comes from Scott Walker's 1967 debut solo album. Stunning! Original Drifter Clyde McPhatter sounds really good covering the second-generation Drifters' hit "On Broadway" from his 1964 LP "Songs of the Big City"; Bobby Hebb, by the end of the easy-going "Good, Good Lovin'" (from his 1966 "Sunny" LP), has turned it into smokin' soul; and then there is the brilliant inclusion of the Doris Day 1964 album title track "Love Him" produced by her son Terry Melcher. She goes from pure honey-voiced sweetness to full-on vocal power drive in under two minutes and twenty seconds. The album, her last ever to chart, only got to #102 during the height of Beatlemania.
Best single vocal note on this disc: sixteen year-old TV co-star Johnny Crawford (Mark McCain on "The Rifleman")'s final one in the #29 1963 hit "Proud." It may be the highest ever hit by a pubescent male on a pop record without a trace of falsetto or shrillness. Wow!
The most remarkable feature of this CD collection when listened to from start to finish: how Mann and Weil's songs sound so different from each other despite the frenzied pace at which they were creating them during this period. It's hard to believe that "Angelica" and "Shapes of Things to Come" (from the film "Wild in the Streets") could have come from the same couple within a two-year period.
Outstanding CD! We can only hope there will be more to come!
More great songs and a great variety of songs, mostly in the original hit versions, with a couple of exceptions for several
"writers' favorite" versions by other artists. The sound is always first-class, a good number in stereo.
This collection includes some Phil Spector productions that were not available in Vol. 1, in terrific sound. There are instrumental details in the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling" that I had not heard before; it seems like this song exists in several different mixes.
Sherman Oaks, CA