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Long ago last summer 1959-61 (CD)
Burt Bacharach revolutionised popular songwriting, employing a previously unimagined technical sophistication that would find full expression in the sixties when with an astonishing run of unforgettable hits, he and his lyricist partner Hal David, ruled the pop charts. Bacharach won the respect of everyone from Brian Wilson to Bill Evans to Frank Zappa, but his early years had been ones of struggle and frustrating compromise. This compilation continues where the 2009 El Records edition, "Burt Bacharach - The First Book of Songs" (ACMEM166CD), left off and charts Bacharach's course as we move into the more open sixties landscape. The set comprises an eclectic range of styles that have character, are fun and are thoroughly eccentric at times. Standout tracks include Gloria Lambert's slinky romantic space-age liason, 'Moon Man'; Dick Van Dyke's, early version of 'Three Wheels On My Wagon'; Paul Hampton's whimsical continental-sounding 'Creams'; 'Somebody Else's Sweetheart', a big hit on the Northern Soul Scene for The Wanderers; The Four Coins' soaring, spirited 'Miracle of St Marie' and 'Baby It's You' by the Shirelles, an R&B and mainstream pop smash with a vocal arrangement adopted by The Beatles for the version that would be an integral part of their early repertoire.
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Type: CD
Recorded: 1961
Release Date: 2012-06-11
Label: EL
Country: Euro
Item No: ACMEM233CD
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Track List
01 Dream Big - Sonny James
02 Loving Is A Way Of Giving - Steve Lawrence
03 Make Room For The Joy - Jack Jones
04 Paradise Island - Four Aces
05 Moon Man - Gloria Lambert
06 The Hangman - John Ashley
07 The Net - John Ashley
08 With Open Arms - Jane Morgan
09 Faker Faker - The Eligibles
10 In Times Like These - Gene Mcdaniels
11 A Girl Like You - Larry Hall
12 Your Lips Are Warmer Than Your Heart - Rosemary June
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