Burt Bacharach, Make It Easy On Yourself (1969)
Many things have drawn me to the music of Burt Bacharach – that line in the Monty Python film where his music is used as the very embodiment of naff and out of touch; the 90s/00s re-appreciation of his music; the fact that Hal David seems largely absent from the celebrations and reappraisals, it’s all about the melodies and music, not about the lyrics it seems – despite the fact that they’re pop songs, require singing (for the most part); the hidden/ish backstory that the man that wrote so many memorable melodies is – by many accounts – actually a bit of a cunt. All of these things have long fascinated me about this man and his music. And so, to this day, I generally never turn down the chance to find some compilation or an original album either by Bacharach or featuring many of his songs. Here’s one of his orchestra-y/muzak-y takes on his own music. I got this just the other day, time to kill and a charity-story there for the looking-in. $1 later, I’m very happy (again).
Sample Track: Whoever You Are I Love You
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