Always Something There: A Burt Bacharach Collectors' Anthology 1952-1969 Various Artists (Songwriter Series)

£11.50

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World
Genre:
Pop
Label:
Ace Records
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
CDCHD 1195

Ace’s Songwriter Series continues to come on in leaps and bounds – and this month, it welcomes one of the most important composers of the 20th century into its ranks.

No matter how much of a Burt Bacharach completist you may consider yourself, “Always Something There” is a fascinating treasure trove of Bacaharachanalia that offers delight upon delight for even the most obsessive collector. Mick Patrick and I have left no stone unturned in our quest to satisfy, bringing many of these tracks into the digital realm for the first time since their original release (legally, at least!). Our package spans almost 20 years of Burt and his various collaborators, ranging from his first recorded composition, Nat “King” Cole’s ‘Once In A Blue Moon’, to an obscure Dionne Warwick flipside from 1969 that somehow managed to avoid being included in any of her Scepter albums.

Along the way you’ll meet such little known (and in many cases highly unlikely) interpreters of Burt’s repertoire as Gene Vincent, Frankie Avalon and Big Al Downing, whose stomping version of ‘The Story Of My Life’ is one of the CD’s real hidden highlights. There are sublime gems from doo woppers the Turbans and former doo wopper Dean Barlow, whose ‘Third Window From The Right’ might be the set’s most valuable 45 at a cool £600+ per copy on the Northern Soul collector scene, plus a great song that has only recently revaled itself to be a Bacharach-Hilliard copyright, the Hammond Brothers’ Sam Cookeish ‘Thirty Miles Of Railroad Track’.

Dionne Warwick fans are doubly served with the inclusion of the result of her first-ever lead vocal for him, the ultra-rare Burt And The Backbeats single ‘Move It On The Backbeat’. And if you’ve heard the selections by Gene Pitney and Lou Johnson before you’ll relish the opportunity to hear them again in such exemplary surroundings.

Of course, this is not the first CD to chronicle the works of Burt Bacharach, but it is the first to cover such a vast timespan and that feature tunes he composed with partners other than his most famous collaborator, Hal David. Catch yourself up with a wonderfully diverse selection of early Burt in the form of “Always Something There”.

By Tony Rounce

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me - Lou Johnson

  • 02
    So Long Johnny - Jackie DeShannon

  • 03
    Third Window From The Right - Dean Barlow

  • 04
    If I Never Get To Love You - Gene Pitney  

  • 05
    Made In Paris   - Trini Lopez

  • 06
    I Wake Up Crying - Del Shannon

  • 07
    Rain From The Skies - Adam Wade

  • 08
    That's The Way I'll Come To You - Bobby Vee

  • 09
    Move It On The Backbeat - Burt & the Backbeats

  • 10
    You're Telling Our Secrets - Dee Clark

  • 11
    Thirty Miles Of Railroad Track - The Hammond Brothers

  • 12
    The Story Of My Life - Big Al Downing

  • 13
    Three Friends (Two Lovers) - The Turbans

  • 14
    True Love Never Runs Smooth - Don & Juan

  • 15
    They Don't Give Medals To Yesterday's Heroes - Ben E King

  • 16
    More Time To Be With You   - Brook Benton

  • 17
    Dream Sweet Dreamer - Dionne Warwick

  • 18
    That's Not The Answer - Vi Velasco

  • 19
    I Looked For You - Charlie Gracie

  • 20
    Send Me No Flowers - Doris Day

  • 21
    How About   - Della Reese  

  • 22
    The Last Time I Saw My Heart   - Marty Robbins with Ray Conniff & his Orchestra 

  • 23
    Crazy Times - Gene Vincent

  • 24
    Gotta Get A Girl - Frankie Avalon

  • 25
    Wild Honey - Cathy Carr with Dan Belloc & his Orchestra

  • 26
    Once In A Blue Moon (Instrumental) - Nat "King" Cole

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