What happens when you combine the sophisticated music of Burt Bacharach with some of the greatest soul artists of all time? Pure musical brilliance.
When it comes to songwriting, producing and arranging there is arguably no one better, nor more successful, than Burt Bacharach. In decades and centuries to come his music will become an integral part of the Great American Songbook, continuing to inspire artists and listeners alike. In his six-decade career as a writer, arranger, producer, pianist and performer Bacharach has worked with all the greats and became a great in the process. Along with various writing partners, most notably the brilliant lyricist Hal David, Bacharach has created some of the most timeless love songs ever recorded. In fact, if you see Bacharach in concert today you come out and wonder whether he wrote ever hit of the last century: ‘I Say A Little Prayer’, ‘Do You Know The Way To San Jose’, ‘Close to You’, ‘A House Is Not Home’, ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’, and the list goes on and on.
The music of Bacharach has been recorded by many artists across all musical genres, and the songs he wrote over half a century ago show no sign of dating. His deceptively simple melodies combined with the lyrical genius of Hal David make these songs attractive for artists to record, and soul acts in particular have always enjoyed releasing their own versions of Bacharach tunes. Indeed Bacharach is himself quite soulful, and it is no surprise that soul greats from Luther to Aretha to Bobby have covered his songs. On this playlist you’ll hear the very best soul acts performing the very best of Bacharach from Ronald Isley crooning his way through a spectacular version of ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’, to Luther Vandross’ masterpiece that is ‘A House Is Not A Home’. So pull up a chair, pour yourself a drink and turn the music up.