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Album: What The World Needs Now: Burt Bacharach Classics
# Song Title   Time
1)    Something Big Album Version More Info... 3:07
2)    Do You Know The Way To San Jose Album Version More Info... 2:28
3)    What The World Needs Now Is Love Album Version More Info... 4:15
4)    I Say A Little Prayer Album Version More Info... 2:27
5)    Walk On By Live In Japan More Info... 2:57
6)    Nikki Album Version More Info... 2:26
7)    This Guy's In Love With You More Info... 4:28
8)    Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head Instrumental (Butch Cassidy/Soundtrack Version) More Info... 2:32
9)    The Look Of Love Album Version More Info... 2:42
10)    Message To Michael Album Version More Info... 3:21
11)    (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me Album Version More Info... 2:59
12)    I'll Never Fall In Love Again Album Version More Info... 3:14
13)    A House Is Not A Home More Info... 3:49
14)    One Less Bell To Answer Album Version More Info... 3:08
15)    Reach Out For Me Album Version More Info... 2:51
16)    Make It Easy On Yourself Album Version More Info... 3:25
17)    (They Long To Be) Close To You Album Version More Info... 3:19
18)    Trains And Boats And Planes Album Version More Info... 2:47
19)    Any Day Now Album Version More Info... 3:23
20)    Alfie Album Version More Info... 3:06
21)    Knowing When To Leave Album Version More Info... 2:49
22)    Promises, Promises Album Version More Info... 2:52
23)    Medley: Don't Make Me Over / Anyone Who Had A Heart / What's New Pussycat? / Wives & Lovers / 24 Hours From Tulsa Live In Japan More Info... 6:33
 

Album: What The World Needs Now: Burt Bacharach Classics
# Song Title   Time
1)    Something Big Album Version More Info... 3:07
2)    Do You Know The Way To San Jose Album Version More Info... 2:28
3)    What The World Needs Now Is Love Album Version More Info... 4:15
4)    I Say A Little Prayer Album Version More Info... 2:27
5)    Walk On By Live In Japan More Info... 2:57
6)    Nikki Album Version More Info... 2:26
7)    This Guy's In Love With You More Info... 4:28
8)    Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head Instrumental (Butch Cassidy/Soundtrack Version) More Info... 2:32
9)    The Look Of Love Album Version More Info... 2:42
10)    Message To Michael Album Version More Info... 3:21
11)    (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me Album Version More Info... 2:59
12)    I'll Never Fall In Love Again Album Version More Info... 3:14
13)    A House Is Not A Home More Info... 3:49
14)    One Less Bell To Answer Album Version More Info... 3:08
15)    Reach Out For Me Album Version More Info... 2:51
16)    Make It Easy On Yourself Album Version More Info... 3:25
17)    (They Long To Be) Close To You Album Version More Info... 3:19
18)    Trains And Boats And Planes Album Version More Info... 2:47
19)    Any Day Now Album Version More Info... 3:23
20)    Alfie Album Version More Info... 3:06
21)    Knowing When To Leave Album Version More Info... 2:49
22)    Promises, Promises Album Version More Info... 2:52
23)    Medley: Don't Make Me Over / Anyone Who Had A Heart / What's New Pussycat? / Wives & Lovers / 24 Hours From Tulsa Live In Japan More Info... 6:33
 
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Tracks

1. Something Big

2. Do You Know The Way To San Jose?

3. What The World Needs Now Is Love

4. I Say A Little Payer

5. Walk On By (Live)

6. Nikki

7. This Guy's In Love With You

8. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

9. The Look Of Love

10. Message To Michael

11. (There's)Always Something There To Remind Me

12. I'll Never Fall In Love Again

13. A House Is Not A Home

14. One Less Bell To Answer

15. Reach Out For Me

16. Make It Easy On Yourself

17. (They Long To Be) Close To You

18. Traains And Boats And Planes

19. Any Day Now

20. Alfie

21. Knowing When To Leave

22. Promises, Promises

23. Medley: Don't Make Me Over/Anyone Who Had A Heart/What's New

Performer Notes
  • Includes previously unreleased tracks.
  • Producers: Burt Bacharach, Phil Ramone.
  • Compilation producers: Jim Pierson, Mike Ragogna.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered using 96K/24-Bit technology.
  • Arranger: Burt Bacharach.
  • What the World Needs Now is a comprehensive single-disc compilation of Burt Bacharach's recordings of his music for Kapp and A&M Records between 1965 and 1974, drawn from his albums Hit Maker, the Man! Burt Bacharach and His Songs, Reach Out, Make It Easy on Yourself, Burt Bacharach, Living Together, and Burt Bacharach in Concert, as well as the soundtrack to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Bacharach arranges and conducts the performances, using a studio orchestra including strings and electric instruments, usually with a female chorus to sing some portion of the lyrics written for the tunes by Hal David (or, in one instance, Bob Hilliard). The composer himself also handles occasional vocals, humming here and there and even singing whole lyrics on such songs as "A House Is Not a Home" and "Make It Easy on Yourself." The studio trickery of the 21st century no doubt could have made it sound like he could sing competently if he were cutting this material 40 years later than he did; as it is, he has moments in which he sings expressively and on key, but for the most part his voice is poor. While these recordings are a cut above mere easy listening run-throughs, boasting interesting arranging ideas and sections that illuminate Bacharach's melodies in ways the more familiar hit recordings did not, this is still music that depends heavily on the listener's recollection of those hit versions. When the tune is less familiar, such as on "Reach Out" or "Knowing When to Leave," the loss is felt particularly. For those who want to hear Bacharach's own, largely instrumental, take on his most popular songs of the 1960s and '70s, this is an excellent selection from his catalog. ~ William Ruhlmann
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (8/21/03, p.79) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[An] astutely selected, spectacular-sounding Bacharach collection culled mostly from his 1960 and 1970s solo albums....Here is Bacharach in all his glory, scoring and playing piano and producing masterpieces..."

Q (11/03, p.130) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The songs are allowed space to manoeuvre, with the arrangements taking on some interesting nuances..."

Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...These largely instrumental takes - impeccably recorded, gleaming with supper-club Latino beats, ticklish strings and telling key changes - recast their greatness in suggestive, near therapeutic ways..."
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