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The Look Of Love
The Burt Bacharach Collection
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Rhino R2 75339
Listening to the recordings on this set certainly brings back some
sensational memories! From writing with some of the best lyricists in
the business to recording with some of the finest artists in popular
music, I couldn't have asked for a more perfect career.
I think everything you come in contact with -- the music you hear, the
music you improvise, the way you're taught – you just learn something,
every step along the way. My take on it is you're supposed to learn
from what happens to you in your life.
Instead of just putting it into words or writing a book or writing
poetry ... in my case, it got translated into music. I find I make
music that's very personal and probably very reflective of who I am and
what I've experienced.
I'm very grateful to all the artists who have taken my music and
carried it to the next level. You can have a great song, but without
the artist, you really have no song at all.
Burt Bacharach has been rightfully compared to some of the most highly
regarded songwriters of the 20th century, including legends like Cole
Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, and George Gershwin. And
while he certainly holds his own with those wonderful "Tin Pan Alley"
writers, what really puts him over the edge for people of the rock 'n'
roll generation (m-m-m-my generation, that is) is that he stacks up
perfectly next to our heroes like Lennon & McCartney, Brian Wilson,
Jagger & Richards, and . . . well, you get the idea.
It's easy to say that the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob
Dylan, and many other obvious rock icons defined the sound of the '60s.
But that's too simple. Pop radio in the '60s was certainly a broader
landscape than what we know today.
Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin sat at the top rungs of the charts
alongside our longer-haired friends. Chances are, most teenagers who
were rushing to record stores to pick up the latest release by The
Beatles were not buying those Frank Sinatra records.
Those were for the adults. But while the music of Burt Bacharach &
Hal David was oriented more toward that same adult market, it was
snatched up by both young and old; the same kid buying that new Beatles
record might fork over for the latest Dionne Warwick single too. In
fact, the Fab Four themselves and most of their contemporaries were
also paying close attention to records with a Bacharach/David credit on
them, as witnessed by the proliferation of cover versions emanating
from England during the height of the British Invasion.
I'm not sure at what age I first became aware of Bacharach's music, but
it seems that it has almost always been a part of my consciousness. I'm
sure I didn't know the technical aspects of the complex and changing
time signatures, the uncommon and difficult-to-navigate intervals of
the melodies, or the genius and subtleties of the arrangements, but I
always knew a Bacharach song when I heard it, because his sound and
style are so distinctive and identifiable.
In the late '70s I first came across Burt Bacharach's Greatest Hits, a
collection of his most well-known songs pulled from his own albums on
A&M. Great! I thought. But what about an album with those same
songs by the artists who made them hits?
Fast forward 15 years later when I began working at Rhino. It occurred
to me that I was finally in a position to make such an album a reality.
I pushed real hard, and what began as a single disc package soon became
a 2-disc anthology and finally the 3-CD box you now hold.
Choosing 75 songs from the hundreds that Burt Bacharach has written and
then picking which versions to use were not easy tasks. But the final
result is a set that covers all the heavy-hitter standards while making
room for some less obvious, but equally magical, hidden gems. In most
cases, I've tried wherever possible to use versions of the songs that
Burt also produced and arranged. The genius of his arrangements and the
perfection of his productions are as essential as his distinctive
songwriting style in defining the Bacharach Sound.
Putting this box set together has truly been a labor of love, and I'm
probably more excited than anyone that a collection like this finally
exists. Let the music play!
-- Patrick Milligan
Director of A&R, Rhino Records