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Ronald Isley & Burt Bacharach

Even a quick glance at Rhino Records' three-CD box set The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection gives an overview of how wide-reaching the composer/arranger's work has been. Besides his best-known material, on Dionne Warwick's long run of supper-club soul hits ("Walk on By," "I Say a Little Prayer"), there are important, career-defining records made with the likes of Dusty Springfield, Herb Alpert, Jackie DeShannon and B.J. Thomas. Deeply influenced by Ravel and Dizzy Gillespie, Bacharach made his earliest splash as musical director for Marlene Dietrich; he kept the gig going on and off even as his star rose with Warwick and others. By 1957, he'd met lyricist Hal David, with whom he partnered for the next 15 years; in fact, most of his great songs carry the Bacharach-David tag. While pushing his muse further with film work (he wrote What's New Pussycat? for Woody Allen's first movie, which also featured "My Little Red Book" in a nightclub scene), Bacharach recorded a series of mood music albums under his own name. These were mostly instrumental, or graced with "girl" session vocalists, but occasionally the auteur would open his own pipes. Though the resu... See More

Ronald Isley & Burt Bacharach Concert Films

  • Live at Soundstage

    Ronald Isley & Burt Bacharach

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 55 min

    This episode of Soundstage features lush orchestral melodies composed and rearranged by Bacharach and infused with Isley's low, smooth soulfulness. The performance, like the breakthrough album, reveals not just a simple set of cover songs, but rather a complete renovation of Bacharach's timeless standards. This is a reverent tribute to American classics including - among others - string-invigorated versions of "Make It Easy on Yourself" and "Alfie," along with sweeping renditions of "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," "In Between the Heartaches" and "This Guy's in Love with You." It's an evening that allows both Bacharach and Isley to shine.
     
     

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