"Live At The Sydney Opera House"
(Review by Jeff
Until they’re all heard one after another
on a single collection, it’s hard to realize just how many pop standards
Burt Bacharach has penned. This live recording, featuring the composer
and his band accompanied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, showcases almost
all of his most famous melodies, providing a reasonably complete but surprisingly
superficial overview of the songwriter’s oeuvre.
Although the liner notes cite 32 tracks, that
number is deceptive, as more than half the cuts are condensed into three
lengthy medleys. Classics like "Walk On By," "Do You Know The Way To San
Jose," and "What’s New Pussycat" are presented in varying degrees of completeness,
voiced by talented yet otherwise unfamiliar singers. Performances of such
crowd-pleasers as "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" are infectious, but
in all honesty this is the type of disc that, after one or two spins, will
attract more dust than delight.
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A long-time aficionado of retro music and movies, Jeff Berkwits
has covered vintage sounds for numerous publications and websites including
Pad Magazine, Filmfax, Outré, and
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