Wishin' and Votin' - the BURT BACHARACH SONGBOOK Poll Results

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Thank you to the seventeen voters who sent in ballots! I'm going to go pretty fast unless I hit the lamppost called paying work.

Guaranteed to be the only ILM ballot poll big enough to include Elvis P and Elvis C, Ella Fitzgerald and Mike Patton, the New Christy Minstrels and the White Stripes, Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye (but not together), The Rangoons, The Exciters, The Boots, and The Turbans!

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:28 (six months ago) link

What’s it all about, Willie?

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:32 (six months ago) link

Sorry, thanks!

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:32 (six months ago) link

Oooh, maybe I won't go to bed just yet then!

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:34 (six months ago) link

(Rushed) images will start at #20.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:37 (six months ago) link

ugh, I've already messed up

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:40 (six months ago) link

(TIE) 60. Live Again — 52 Points, 1 Vote
Irma Thomas, 52 points — https://youtu.be/oEbpjQwtJ04

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:41 (six months ago) link

(TIE) 60. Waiting for Charlie (To Come Home) — 52 Points, 1 Vote
Trijntje Oosterhuis, 52 points — https://youtu.be/34RzQf96H1s

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:42 (six months ago) link

The Oosterhuis video is live w/Bacharach, 2009 North Sea Jazz Festival

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:44 (six months ago) link

pretty good starting w/ 3 songs i never heard of

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:46 (six months ago) link

(TIE) 58. Reach Out for Me — 52 Points, 2 Votes
Nancy Wilson, 32 points — https://youtu.be/fm2K-GPKBGc
Dionne Warwick, 20 points — https://youtu.be/c3tIlHOQemU
Live Dionne tv appearance from '64 I assume — https://youtu.be/TjWh1ZL94U4

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:48 (six months ago) link

(TIE) 58. Nikki — 52 Points, 2 Votes
Burt Bacharach, 52 points — https://youtu.be/0Es6w3aIlwQ

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:51 (six months ago) link

That was my 30th place.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:55 (six months ago) link

^^Found a second life as the theme to the ABC Movie Of The Week.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:56 (six months ago) link

I don't really know "Charlie" well, but dig the others, not least that there arrangement on Warwick's #58.

XP: Ah, "Nikki" is the first one I voted for. Was vaguely hesitant to vote for non-vocal tracks in the end, but it's bitchin'.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:57 (six months ago) link

^^Found a second life as the theme to the ABC Movie Of The Week.

Wow, did not know that, at least consciously I didn’t.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:58 (six months ago) link

57. Forever Yours I Remain — 55 Points, 1 Vote
Lyrics: Hal David
Bobby Vinton, 55 points — https://youtu.be/LK4FHmGm6k0

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:00 (six months ago) link

Lyrics for "Waiting for Charlie" are by Bob Hilliard, "Live Again" and "Reach Out for Me" are by Hal David.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:01 (six months ago) link

Etta James recorded the original "Waiting for Charlie" in 1962, btw.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:05 (six months ago) link

Thanks.

Big deep dive playlist coming in handy now, what with having the two versions of that song you just mentioned.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:06 (six months ago) link

Hilliard is an underrated collaborator--a lot of the best pre-David (or at least pre-prime era David) songs were w/him.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:07 (six months ago) link

Please note the opening post has a new paragraph added.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:08 (six months ago) link

i def recognized "Nikki" as ABC theme

apropos of nothing, the title of "Hasbrook Heights" is misspelled (always dissin' Jersey)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:10 (six months ago) link

(TIE) 55. Check Out Time — 60 Points, 1 Vote
Lyrics: Hal David
Dionne Warwick, 60 points — https://youtu.be/ZpGF9bHUF4Q

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:12 (six months ago) link

Hilliard is an underrated collaborator--a lot of the best pre-David (or at least pre-prime era David) songs were w/him.

My ballot will reflect some of this

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:13 (six months ago) link

(TIE) 55. Be True To Yourself — 60 Points, 1 Vote
Lyrics: Hal David
Bobby Vee, 60 points — https://youtu.be/UNZ1QPZiVQA

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:15 (six months ago) link

Haha. I was alone with that "Checkout Time", I see. Even Warwick dislikes it, I read. One day the world will recognise its greatness.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:17 (six months ago) link

54. Tower of Strength — 64 Points, 2 Votes
Lyrics: Bob Hilliard
Gloria Lynne, 52 points — https://youtu.be/tgIg8KEWsbc
Frankie Vaughan, 12 points — https://youtu.be/dBdumT3Pieg
No points for the original version by Gene McDaniels with the Johnny Mann Singers.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:27 (six months ago) link

Here is an interesting article about Gene McDaniels which I became familiar with as a side effect of this poll: https://thoughtcatalog.com/franklin-bruno/2010/08/the-left-rev-mcd-the-strange-career-of-geneeugene-mcdaniels/

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:31 (six months ago) link

I like how lyrically Lynne's is a response to the other versions, but musically basically the same song.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:37 (six months ago) link

53. It's Love That Really Counts — 66 Points, 2 Votes
Lyrics: Hal David
The Shirelles, 1962, 36 points — https://youtu.be/DoNIF8AmPMQ
The Exciters, 1963, 30 points — https://youtu.be/qgz4jxG2O6s

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:39 (six months ago) link

I like how lyrically Lynne's is a response to the other versions, but musically basically the same song.

Was wondering about that

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:39 (six months ago) link

it doesn't sound Bacharach-y enough to me, tho it's a fine version

Doctor Nu (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:40 (six months ago) link

I'm ashamed to say I never even noticed the differences in the lyrics, as big as they are, until this thread.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:47 (six months ago) link

52. Only Love Can Break a Heart — 67 Points, 3 Votes
Lyrics: Hal David
Gene Pitney, 67 points — https://youtu.be/71ctQukD5ZA

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:49 (six months ago) link

Had it ranked at 25

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:51 (six months ago) link

Kinda surprised it wasn't a little higher. Thanks for that Gene McDaniels article btw.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:53 (six months ago) link

Sure. When I learned about that Gene McDaniels article, also learned about another Gene Pitney tune which I don’t think will chart and didn’t vote for myself although it’s growing on me, “Fool Killer,” which can be found on Pitney Sing Bacharach

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:55 (six months ago) link

That one's on the Rhino box, really nice.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:58 (six months ago) link

(TIE) 50. The Answer To Everything — 68 Points, 2 Votes
Lyric: Bob Hilliard
Del Shannon, b-side to "So Long Baby," 1961, 49 points — https://youtu.be/SntWlpY4hFM
Nancy Sinatra, b-side to "True Love," 1965, 19 points — https://youtu.be/pcvDg_BeQCU

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:03 (six months ago) link

(TIE) 50. On My Own — 68 Points, 2 Votes
Lyric: Carol Bayer Sager
Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald, 1986, 68 points — https://youtu.be/KsH63qJlIMM

Here endeth the ties.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:06 (six months ago) link

According to the Rhino box notes, Pitney's manager screwed some stuff up behind the scenes re: "Fool Killer", ending the relationship between Pitney and Bacharach/David, and cutting the artist off from a couple songs written for him: "Trains And Boats And Planes" and "What The World Needs Now"

Oops.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:08 (six months ago) link

Also: I saw Nick Lowe do "Tower of Strength" live once.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:09 (six months ago) link

Story i read when i was going thru this was that Pitney turned down "Trains and Boats and Planes", telling Bacharach "it's not one of your best". Crazy talk if true

Doctor Nu (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:11 (six months ago) link

Pitney has such a singular voice, it's hard to imagine T&B&P and What the World Needs Now by him.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:12 (six months ago) link

Well yeah but still, i like them both as songs better than "Only Love"

Doctor Nu (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:13 (six months ago) link

Great to see bobbies vee and vinton placing courtesy of my single votes. Hadn't heard either before the playlist so thanks wmc for running this

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:15 (six months ago) link

oh, for sure xp

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:15 (six months ago) link

first appearance of Bayer Aspirin, as my A&R friend calls her

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:16 (six months ago) link

Just want to say that for all my talk about wanting to rank BB's compositions outside of performance preferences, that idea went straight out the window when I started making my ballot. My #1 didn't go to what I think is his best song (mainly because I'll never settle on what that is).

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:20 (six months ago) link

It's hard for me to separate out pure childhood nostalgia from the jazz craft of a lot of these tunes but i assume that the craft is explaining a lot of the permanent love, for me, anyway

― Doctor Nu (Noodle Vague), Friday, May 17, 2019 1:05 PM (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
I mean this stuff remains classic and evocative for a bunch of reasons i hadn't thought through until we did this

― Doctor Nu (Noodle Vague), Friday, May 17, 2019 1:07 PM (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

xps -- mmmmmaybe? But I find the songs so amazing I even like "bad" versions, and craft can't explain that for me.

― WmC, Friday, May 17, 2019 1:08 PM (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Feeling all this, and I’ve always considered myself more of a BB skeptic/detractor/cherrypicker.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 17 May 2019 21:40 (six months ago) link

Although I did get on board with the Rhino Box, come to think of it.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 17 May 2019 21:41 (six months ago) link

So, I voted for all of the top 5! "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself" was the second track I remember vividly from my otherwise seemingly Bacharach-free early childhood. Wish I had that childhood nostalgia for more of them, tbh.

Four of my selections didn't make the top 60. (I apparently had some company with the first two though. Bless.)

Living Together, Growing Together
Paper Mache
Try to See It My Way
The Breaking Point

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Friday, 17 May 2019 22:12 (six months ago) link

Ella Fitzgerald cut an album for Reprise in 69 with a bunch of Brit session players covering Motown, Beatles, Randy Newman etc. Her version of ‘The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game’ is particularly suited to her.

― Dan Worsley, Friday, May 17, 2019 2:40 PM (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This is great, thanks for the tip.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 17 May 2019 22:32 (six months ago) link

Cheers Wm! this very much needed done also i can use it to dig into the stuff that i shd've dug into before

specific goats my way (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 18 May 2019 01:17 (six months ago) link

Thanks! I'm really happy with how the poll turned out -- could have used more ballots, but everybody who did vote brought a ton of enthusiasm and well-considered choices. I'm going to hang on to that spotify deep-dive playlist, now up to 675 tracks, and keep adding to it as I find things. If nothing else, it's something for other spotify users to drag from to create their own exploration and personal listening lists. Speaking of spotify, thanks Nag! Nag! Nag! for creating the results playlist.

WmC, Saturday, 18 May 2019 01:58 (six months ago) link

Thank you to everyone who voted! You made the poll!


Thanks for all the hard work!

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Saturday, 18 May 2019 04:34 (six months ago) link

I haven't opened the spreadsheet, but I'm guessing this doozy didn't get any votes. Have never seen the movie, but I *definitely* know the chorus; am thinking I heard it performed by some children show's ensemble circa 1973. Never knew it was Bacharach.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46stUnjT71c

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 18 May 2019 05:56 (six months ago) link

sally kellerman is so dreamy

velko, Saturday, 18 May 2019 06:25 (six months ago) link

hat-tip to whoever the other "Three Wheels On My Wagon" voter was

specific goats my way (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 18 May 2019 09:30 (six months ago) link

According to the memoir, there are FIVE pianos on “What’s New Pussycat?”

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:26 (six months ago) link

But tbh I can’t hear any piano at all

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:29 (six months ago) link

"I'l Never Fall In Love Again," sung by Jill O'Hara, Jerry Orbach, from the Promises, Promises OCR is great, thanks, and the vibe is totally reminiscent of "Frank Mills," sung by Shelley Plimpton on the Hair OCR.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:59 (six months ago) link

The replacement cast for the original Broadway PP included Lorna Luft and Tony Roberts.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:22 (six months ago) link

Interesting.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:24 (six months ago) link

After Burt had stopped conducting for Marlene, I ran into her in Beverly Hills one day. I chased after her and said, “Marlene!” And then I said, “Burt would love to hear from you,” or “I’m so sorry things aren’t working out.” And she said, “Finita la commedia.”

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:25 (six months ago) link

Ah, just got to the part in the book where Neil Simon wanted Tony Roberts to replace Jerry Orbach in the original cast during rehearsals, but then changed his mind at the last minute.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:52 (six months ago) link

If this thread has that Geico commercial it should certainly have
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBLMbJnN69c

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 May 2019 15:44 (six months ago) link

William, I don’t know why you keep saying this book is so short, my copy is 400 pages long. Don’t think it can just be that the ebook has a different numbering system.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 May 2019 17:19 (six months ago) link

It's short compared to Robert Caro's Bacharach: Master of The Melody (#3 of 5 Volumes)

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 18 May 2019 17:39 (six months ago) link

The hardcover is 280 pp.

WmC, Saturday, 18 May 2019 17:42 (six months ago) link

It's short compared to Robert Caro's Bacharach: Master of The Melody (#3 of 5 Volumes)

Lo

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:41 (six months ago) link

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Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:41 (six months ago) link

Finished the book, which I will also recommend. Now to see if I can find one of the volumes by that fellow from Cairo.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 May 2019 21:21 (six months ago) link

Tbh thought it was one of the better memoirs that I have read. Lots of good detail about his working process and on the personal front there is lots of interspersed text from others such as Angie Dickinson so it is not just from his point of view.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 19 May 2019 12:04 (six months ago) link

So, as to why I put “Mexican Divorce” at number one:

  • Knew it wouldn't win but wanted it to place high
  • Think highly of the Bob Hilliard collabos in general
  • Historic importance of being the session at which Dionne Warwick and Burt made first contact
  • The fact that Paul Griffin probably played on this as well as Steely Dan's "Haitian Divorce" (although I don't have confirmation of either of these things)
  • The genre-bending: seems like from the music it is going to be a South of the Border novelty song a la The Coaster's "Down In Mexico" mixed with a touch of Mary Robbins' "El Paso" but then it turns into a kind of breakup song (albeit with a tacked on happy ending), echoed decades later in the fireworks-shooting Mexican kids in X's "4th of July"
  • The jaunty but lugubrious beat, and they way it is reflected in the slow funereal march of the almost monosyllabic lyrics, the numbed out I can't believe this is happening of it all until the breakout of two three syllable words in "Mexico is different"
  • The detail of the "travel folder," as evocative as Hal David's "thumbing" through the Little Red Book.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 01:27 (six months ago) link

^ love this

budo jeru, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 04:51 (six months ago) link

Yes -- like I said, well-considered choices all around.

WmC, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 11:50 (six months ago) link

Forgot to mention the “old adobe courthouse.” Okay, I’m done.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:40 (six months ago) link

sad i didn't get the time to vote, if only because it meant that nobody voted for roland kirk's "say a little prayer" :(

(actually i would've voted ground zero, but close enough!)

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 22:00 (six months ago) link

Thought maybe he got a vote for another tune like "You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)" but seems that was not the case.

Hal David's birthday yesterday.

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 May 2019 19:45 (six months ago) link

This is more relevant perhaps:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0rZEi_lT-o

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 1 June 2019 12:32 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Weird thing I just came across about the group called Smith mentioned several times up thread, they did a version of “The Weight” which is on the Easy Rider soundtrack. Lead vocal is by a dude this time. For a split second I thought it was actually The Band with Levon singing, although I got over it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMQ6QrsTPfw

Vini C. Riley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 4 July 2019 22:45 (five months ago) link

They seem to be one of the only groups, perhaps the only group, not mentioned on the album cover.

Vini C. Riley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 4 July 2019 22:47 (five months ago) link

IIRC, the Smith cover was recorded for the soundtrack album because The Band and/or Albert Grossman wouldn't license it out for the album even though it was cleared for the movie proper.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 4 July 2019 23:08 (five months ago) link

"wouldn't license the original" should be in there.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 4 July 2019 23:10 (five months ago) link

Makes sense, it’s all clear now, thanks.

Vini C. Riley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 4 July 2019 23:23 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

I rarely check my release radar on spotify, but did today and saw the Complete Scepter and Warner Albums by Dionne Warwick -- 200 tracks, tons of good stuff, not all BB.

https://open.spotify.com/album/3D7QBZNuwDgKojTvNe74SY?si=RGiU1uggTIuveVXpjd1z-A

Galangal Baker (WmC), Saturday, 26 October 2019 22:00 (one month ago) link

Wow

Ferlinghetti Hvorostovsky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 October 2019 22:02 (one month ago) link

Extensive track notes? Probably not on Spotify

Ferlinghetti Hvorostovsky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 October 2019 22:02 (one month ago) link

I think if any of the music streamers added liner notes/credits/art, there'd be a mass migration.

Galangal Baker (WmC), Saturday, 26 October 2019 22:24 (one month ago) link

Wondering how Bobbie Gentry’s version of “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” placed. Asking for a friend via Zing.

Ferlinghetti Hvorostovsky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 October 2019 23:06 (one month ago) link

I didn't break down the voting by version past the top 10 (link: Wishin' and Votin' - the BURT BACHARACH SONGBOOK Poll Results). I still have all the tabulations and could do that someday I suppose. Bobbi G's version got 2 votes and 60 points, which would have been around 55th place in the whole poll taken on its own.

WmC, Monday, 28 October 2019 23:27 (one month ago) link

Thanks! I’ve been kind of digging it. It popped up on some 60’s Country playlist the other day

Ferlinghetti Hvorostovsky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 October 2019 23:56 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

And now digging the Jackie Trent version of “Make It Easy On Yourself.”

Irae Louvin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 24 November 2019 03:13 (two weeks ago) link

Of all the ballot polls I did, and I bogarted Zeppelin, Bowie, Miles and Eno, this one was the most fun, all 17 voters' worth.

WmC, Sunday, 24 November 2019 04:07 (two weeks ago) link

Always liked this Ben Folds Five take on "Raindrops," and Bacharach too gives the impression of liking this "very hot group"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeFgAJVMVeM

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 24 November 2019 04:19 (two weeks ago) link

I was alone with "Checkout Time", I see. Even Warwick dislikes it, I read. One day the world will recognise its greatness.

I'm not aware of this having happened yet. *weeps*

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Sunday, 24 November 2019 07:13 (two weeks ago) link

I remain pissed that I missed this great poll. I have absolutely worn the Rhino box out (which I also bought for my dad) and have the solo albums box that came out about 15 years ago as well. He is about as much a musician hero for me as anyone.

A few very belated comments:

“One Less Bell to Answer” has one of my favorite bridges in popular music. It seems to keep modulating up forever.

“Land of Make Believe” has such an elegant melody. The Dionne version is pretty much perfect.

My favorite version of “The April Fools” is the solo Burt instrumental on the green album (S/T maybe?). The bit where the brushes come in on the second chorus is absolutely glorious.

My favorite version of “Always Something There to Remind Me” remains the Naked Eyes version. Most of the time, Burt’s arrangements win out and the syndrum rolls aren’t awesome but the “girl” of “How can I/Forget you GIRL” is so vastly superior to the rushed and clipped “How can I/Forget you” it’s not even funny.

The Costello record is mostly what you’d expect from Burt and Elvis in his bel canto stage but special mention for “In the Darkest Place” which has one of the most thrilling bridges in Burt’s career.

Here’s a very quick run at a ballot I did – most of it is embarrassingly obvious but it’s all amazing:

1. This Guy’s in Love with You
2. The Look of Love
3. Land of Make Believe
4. My Little Red Book
5. I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself
6. The April Fools
7. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
8. One Less Bell to Answer
9. The Windows of the World
10. Walk On By
11. I Say a Little Prayer
12. Promises Promises
13. Anyone Who Had a Heart
14. (They Long to Be) Close to You
15. Do You Know the Way to San Jose
16. Alfie
17. Always Something There to Remind Me
18. Here I Am
19. Something Big
20. Take a Broken Heart

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 30 November 2019 04:54 (one week ago) link


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