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2023 9 Feb

(Heart) Breaking News

von: Jan Reetze Filed under: Blog | TB | 2 Comments


Wenn jemand mit 94 geht, kann das nicht mehr wirklich überraschen. Trotzdem …

Bye bye, Burt Bacharach.


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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

    „And if I could only keep one of his records, it might be the epically titled „(Here I Go Again) Looking With My Eyes (Seeing With My Heart)“, in which he musters all his originality in an orchestration full of sweeping strings and busy percussion, on a melody that demands all Dionne’s virtuosity, the last word in something beyond words.“

    (From Richard Williams‘ words, „The Blue Moment“)


    Ich kannte Burt Bacharach / Dionne Warwick nur aus der Ferne, bis ich PAINTED FROM MEMORY 1998 hörte, und dann etwas nachzuholen hatte.


    25 years ago. The 1998 collaboration of Bacharach and Costello, PAINTED FROM MEMORY, begins with the song „In The Darkest Place“. Stephan Troussé writes in Uncut, April 2023, talking about the extended reissue:

    “In the darkest place,” the album begins, Elvis floating in with a tolling midnight bell and a chilly breeze of flute, “I know that is where you’ll find me”.

    This is torch song of rare brilliance, calling to mind Julie London, or Frank Sinatra in all his 3am desolation, as turned into magnificent cathedrals of erotic misery on In The Wee Small Hours and Where Are You?, albums on which he consoled and tortured himself with the memory of Ava Gardner.

    The central line to the whole album is one from the devastating “This House is Empty Now” – which as the sleevenotes explain, he got from his dad, advice to help him through long dark childhood nights: “Oh, If I could just become forgetful when the night seems endless/Does the extinguished candle care about the darkness?”

  2. Anonymous:

    John Zorn hat 1997 in seiner Reihe „Great Jewish Music“ eine großartige, eklektische Hommage an Herrn Bacharach zusammengestellt, mit Interpretation von Fred Frith, Bill Friesel, Marc Ribot, Kramer, Dave Douglas, Robin Holcomb …

    Ich habe sie gestern wieder gehört.

    Grüße aus Frankfurt

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