Magic Moments - The Definitive Burt Bacharach

2009-05-11 16:14
Burt Bacharach 3CD album cover

"Keep smiling, keep shining, knowing you can always count on me, for sure. That's what friends are for" you'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't know at least one song written by Burt Bacharach, whether his name rings a bell, or not.

Magic Moments is a collection of the most well-known songs from the past five decades spanned over three CDs. It's impossible to fault anyone who's written monumental hits like "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head", "Let The Music Play", "I Say a Little Prayer", and "Alfie".

The 81-year-old has written music that is entrenched in society and has set the foundation for many pop songs. Transcending age, race, and gender, the composer, pianist and singer is one of the great musicians of modern popular music.

From the 1963 hit "(They Long to Be) Close to You" by The Carpenters on disc one, to Perry Como's "Magic Moments" and Aretha Franklin's "I Say A Little Prayer" on disc two, to Will Young's "What's in Goodbye" on disc three, the 75 track compilation is a like a pop music time capsule.

Is it insulting that many of his work have been reduced to advertisement jingles 40 years after its release? Or is it verification of how good he is to still be valid decades later. Whether you've only experienced Burt Bacharach through a Peroni TV ad, or whether you've grown up on the songs, the Definitive Burt Bacharach Collection is an entertaining lesson in music appreciation and a fun addition to your music collection.  

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