Let The Music Play - Black America Sings Bacharach & David Various Artists (Songwriter Series)

£11.50

Availablity:
World
Genre:
Pop
Label:
Ace Records
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
CDCHD 1398

Our “Black America Sings…” series has already turned the soulful spotlight on the compositions of Bob Dylan, Lennon & McCartney and Otis Redding. Now it’s the turn of Bacharach and David.

Burt Bacharach’s music and the lyrics of Hal David have been appreciated by black American artists for over 50 years. Dionne Warwick was the first to record many of their songs and by doing so made them visible to others as a source of hits or album tracks. The pair had no finer interpreter than Warwick– with the possible exception of her male counterpart Lou Johnson – but all the acts included here demonstrate the quality of their work.

The song titles here speak for themselves, and the reputations of the artists are enough to guarantee quality performances. Every listener will have their own favourites. I have more than a few, but am especially fond of Dionne Warwick’s original demo of ‘Make It Easy On Yourself’, Ruby & the Romantics’ ‘I Cry Alone’ and Isaac Hayes’ elegant elongation of ‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’. There are many other highlights, but if these three tracks can’t sell you on the project, nothing will.

Plans are underway to extend the “Black America Sings…” series, with the next instalment due later this year. In the meantime, here are two dozen of Bacharach and David’s best-known compositions performed by some of the finest soul artists of the 1960s and 70s.

By Tony Rounce

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    Make It Easy On Yourself - Dionne Warwick

  • 02
    My Little Red Book - Burt Bacharach & His Orchestra featuring Tony Middleton

  • 03
    Long After Tonight Is All Over - Irma Thomas

  • 04
    Another Tear Falls - Marv Johnson

  • 05
    I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin

  • 06
    Message To Martha - Jerry Butler

  • 07
    This Empty Place - Cissy Houston

  • 08
    In The Land Of Make Believe - The Drifters

  • 09
    I Cry Alone - Ruby & The Romantics

  • 10
    Let The Music Play - Roy Hamilton

  • 11
    Always Something There To Remind Me - Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles

  • 12
    The Last One To Be Loved - Lou Johnson

  • 13
    Reach Out For Me - Willie Tee

  • 14
    Alfie - The Delfonics

  • 15
    (There Goes) The Forgotten Man - Gene McDaniels

  • 16
    The Look Of Love - Nina Simone

  • 17
    Anyone Who Had A Heart - The Orlons

  • 18
    What The World Needs Now Is Love - James Carr

  • 19
    Walk On By - Gloria Gaynor

  • 20
    (They Long To Be) Close To You - Bobby Womack

  • 21
    One Less Bell To Answer - Gladys Knight & The Pips

  • 22
    I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself - Isaac Hayes

  • 23
    Don't Make Me Over - Brenda & The Tabulations

  • 24
    A House Is Not A Home - Mavis Staples

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