60 Greatest Hit Songs

60 Greatest Hit Songs

by Burt Bacharach

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Overview

It's no match for Rhino's The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection, but Dutch reissue label Disky's Burt Bacharach's 60 Greatest Hit Songs, also a three-CD box set, makes a useful complement to that definitive compilation. Disky has licensed most of this album's contents from EMI and taken a European slant, so that, for example, Bacharach's first hit as a songwriter, "The Story of My Life," which leads off, is the cover by Michael Holliday that topped the U.K. charts, not the recording by Marty Robbins that made the U.S. Top 20. Sixteen of the tracks are the biggest American hit versions of the songs, including B.J. Thomas' chart-topping "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," but in another eight cases, the biggest British hit is the one used, such as Sandie Shaw's number one recording of "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" and Cilla Black's of "Anyone Who Had a Heart." Sixteen tracks in the collection are non-hit versions of songs that were U.S. hits, many of them for Bacharach favorite Dionne Warwick, whose absence is striking. (Included in this category is Tom Jones' 1977 re-recording of his 1965 hit "What's New Pussycat?") The remaining 19 songs were not hits at all, which makes their inclusion on an album with the words "Greatest Hit Songs" in the title curious, especially when such Bacharach hits as "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?," "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)," and "That's What Friends Are For" are missing. But these are some of the most interesting inclusions, songs that have Bacharach's patented style but are nevertheless unfamiliar. Two songs recorded by the Searchers and a collaboration between the Hollies and Peter Sellers on the movie theme "After the Fox" are standouts, but many of these lost songs are excellent.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2002
Label: Disky Records
UPC: 0724356485822
catalogNumber: 64858

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Burt Bacharach   Primary Artist
Frank Ifield   Track Performer
Shirley Bassey   Track Performer
Julie London   Track Performer
Martino   Track Performer
Peabo Bryson   Track Performer
Roberta Flack   Track Performer
Bobby Goldsboro   Track Performer
Merseybeats   Track Performer
Gene Pitney   Track Performer
Searchers   Track Performer
Del Shannon   Track Performer
Shirelles   Track Performer
Irma Thomas   Track Performer
Bobby Vee   Track Performer
Gene Vincent   Track Performer
Hollies   Track Performer
Tommy Hunt   Track Performer
Engelbert Humperdinck   Track Performer
Cilla Black   Track Performer
Sandie Shaw   Track Performer
Swinging Blue Jeans   Track Performer
Timi Yuro   Track Performer
Gene McDaniels   Track Performer
Jackie DeShannon   Track Performer
Bobbie Gentry   Track Performer
Jimmy Radcliffe   Track Performer
Peter Sellers   Track Performer
B.J. Thomas   Track Performer
Alma Cogan   Track Performer
Helen Shapiro   Track Performer
David Whitfield   Track Performer
Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas   Track Performer
Jula De Palma   Track Performer
Michael Holliday   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Burt Bacharach   Composer
Hal David   Composer

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