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Magic Moments: The Definitive Burt Bacharach Collection

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  • Audio CD (2 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhino / Universal
  • ASIN: B001FBWVU0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,415 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. What The World Needs Now Is Love
  2. (They Long To Be) Close To You
  3. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
  4. Reach Out For Me
  5. Baby It's You
  6. Walk On By
  7. The Look Of Love
  8. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
  9. Send Me No Flowers
  10. Gotta Get A Girl
  11. Wives And Lovers
  12. Alfie
  13. This Guy's In Love With You
  14. Promise Her Anything
  15. (It's) Wonderful To Be Young
  16. Crazy Times
  17. I Looked For You
  18. The Blob
  19. So Long Johnny
  20. A House Is Not A Home
  21. Nikki
  22. Don't You Believe It
  23. (There Goes) The Forgotten Man
  24. Trains And Boats And Planes
  25. Casino Royale
  26. Anyone Who Had A Heart
  27. The Windows Of The World
  28. Once In A Blue Moon (Based On Rubenstein's Melody In F)

Disc: 2

  1. Magic Moments
  2. Do You Know The Way To San Jose
  3. I Say A Little Prayer (LP Version)
  4. Wishin' And Hopin'
  5. Make It Easy On Yourself
  6. (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me
  7. Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  8. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
  9. Please Stay
  10. Tower Of Strength
  11. The Story Of My Life
  12. What's New Pussycat?
  13. That's Not The Answer
  14. Don't Make Me Over
  15. Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird)
  16. (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance
  17. Mexican Divorce
  18. Third Window From The Right
  19. Rain From The Skies
  20. How About?
  21. Keep Away From Other Girls
  22. Made In Paris
  23. It's Love That Really Counts (In The Long Run)
  24. My Little Red Book
  25. This Empty Place
  26. Pacific Coast Highway

Disc: 3

  1. That's What Friends Are For
  2. God Give Me Strength
  3. What's In Goodbye
  4. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)
  5. Heartlight
  6. Go Ask Shakespeare
  7. Who Are These People?
  8. South American Getaway
  9. Everybody's Out Of Town
  10. Odds And Ends
  11. Thirty Miles Of Railroad Track
  12. Long After Tonight Is All Over
  13. Let The Music Play
  14. Paper Mache
  15. One Less Bell To Answer (Single Version)
  16. London Life
  17. Blue Guitar
  18. In The Land Of Make Believe
  19. You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)
  20. Just Friends
  21. Hasbrook Heights

Product description

Product Description

2008 three CD digipak release that features many recordings by Burt himself as well as a stellar supporting cast including Dionne Warwick, Christopher Cross, Neil Diamond, the Carpenters, Rufus Wainwright, Frankie Avalon, Cilla Black, Nat King Cole and Will Young. It also contains sleeve notes written by Elvis Costello. The album includes all the major hits and some sought after rarities. Stand out tracks include 'What the World Needs Now Is Love', 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head', 'Walk on By', 'I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself', 'A House Is Not a Home', 'I Say a Little Prayer', 'That's What Friends Are For' and many more. 75 tracks. Rhino UK.

BBC Review

Burt Bacharach compilations have been done many times before, with one retail website currently offering more than 100 variations on the theme. But here's another, a 75-song collection that boasts a Who's Who of popular music from the last five decades and more, and showcases one of the truly great singer-songwriters of the past century.

It's difficult to think of anyone else who has delivered the goods as impeccably and consistently as Bacharach - who turned 80 earlier this year - or who merits or sustains such constant interest. Over three discs, Magic Moments memorably shows why. It also offers a fascinating opportunity to track how Bacharach, while remaining the subtlest and most sophisticated of tunesmiths, has fine-tuned his output to meet the needs of successive popular music fads and fashions while retaining his own uniquely cultured voice.

So, while the first disc opens with the anthemic What The World Needs Now Is Love (courtesy of Dionne Warwick whose heart-stopping, pulse-quickening take on Anyone Who Had A Heart is also here), boasts two Herb Alpert-fronted classics - the sultry This Guy's In Love With You and the magnificently nimble Bond theme Casino Royale - and offers up BJ Thomas's sunny Sixties cinema classic Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, you'll also find less familiar but no less fabulous examples of Bacharach's inimitable art in the Nat King Cole-delivered cooler-than-a-snow-shower-in-October instrumental Once In A Blue Moon, the tongue-firmly-in-cheek novelty The Blob, Jimmy Radcliff's lonesome ballad The Forgotten Man and contributions from the likes of Dusty Springfield (the unbeatable, un-betterable The Look of Love), Frankie Avalon, Cliff Richard and Bacharach himself.

Which would have satisfied in itself, but disc two offers more of the same and then some. Perry Como's Magic Moments still blooms with adroitly laid-back sentiment, the Walker Brothers take pop music to operatically transcendental heights with Make It Easy On Yourself, Aretha Franklin hymns love to simply magical effect in I Say A Little Prayer, and Tom Jones bellows and booms his way through What's New Pussycat? with an infectious sassy swagger. And that's not to mention Gene Pitney, Helen Shapiro, Marty Robbins as well as more from Warwick and Springfield.

Disc three brings things more up to date with two tracks from Bacharach's high-profile late-1990s partnership with Elvis Costello (who also contributes booklet notes for this release), and evidence of more recent collaborations with pop luminaries Neil Diamond, Rufus Wainwright and Will Young. But it also throws a more than useful glance back to curios such as Richard Chamberlain's Blue Guitar and BJ Thomas's now forgotten Everybody's Out of Town from the mid- and late-1960s, and two very different but equally phenomenal talents Irma Thomas and Keely Smith.

The quickest way to appreciate just how good Bacharach is simply to listen to the man's music. This excellent, expansive and intelligently programmed collection offers ample opportunities to do explore and enjoy one of popular music's most accomplished talents. --Michael Quinn

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