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Tag: Burt Bacharach and Hal David


Liberation’s Sweet Sound

The alluring flute and vibraphone are just a ploy — liberation’s crafty end game of using music to help listeners recognize the shared humanity that binds us all: “Liberation“ The Afro-Blues Quintet Plus One (1965) “Liberation” is the debut single from The Afro-Blues Quintet Plus One, who released five albums

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"Long After Tonight Is All Over"

“Long After Tonight Is All Over”: Irma & Burt & Hal

A tale of a 45-that-never-was. Thanks to Mojo‘s Southern Soul CD compilation for alerting me to Irma Thomas‘s version of a Burt Bacharach–Hal David composition, “Long After Tonight Is All Over” that I assumed to have been originally a single release [note:  Jimmy Radcliffe‘s 1964 recording for Musicor is the

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"If You Never Say Goodbye"

“If You Never Say Goodbye”: Warner Brothers Drops the Ball

Dionne Warwicke‘s first album for Warner Brothers in 1972, sadly, was her last with masterful songwriting duo, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, their partnership in the process of dissolution.  How perplexing that Warner Brothers would lure Dionne with a five-million dollar contract (big money in 1971) but then only release

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