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Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer (1968)

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In 1968, Aretha Franklin was at one of her early peaks. The Bacharach & David-penned song ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ was the second track on Aretha Now, the album pressed by Atlantic Records. Aretha came up with the arrangement,for a song that had been a hit for Dionne Warwick the year before. Bacharach later said that he liked Aretha’s version the best. As for the album, the first three songs were ‘Think’, ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ and ‘See Saw’. Not too shoddy, then.

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Haruomi Hosono – Close To You (2010)

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Like Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi (Harry) Hosono first gained global recognition as one third of the electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra. In 2010, postrock maverick Jim O’Rourke had the genius idea of producing All Kinds of People: Love Burt Bacharach, a tribute album to 60s lounge don Burt Bacharach. Yes, I kid you not. The LP features guest vocalists Kahimi Karie, Yoshimi, and several other venerable Japanese artists, including Hosono, who gets a helping drum hand from Wilco’s Glenn Kotche on the classic ‘Close To You’.

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Isaac Hayes – Walk On By (1969)

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Isaac Hayes 1969

I woke up sounding like Isaac Hayes this morning. It’s unclear to me yet if this is something anyone’s been wondering about; but what the hell. I’m smokin’ coz it’s my birthday baby. Hot Buttered Soul is an extraordinary soul album – all the more so that it was released in 1969, before the sizzling 1970s.  It opens with the slow, stretched-out version of Burt Bacharach’s ‘Walk on By’. This track is an epic 12-minutes long and is as smooth and sticky as syrup. And all the while, the Bar-Kays are doing their instrumental, rhythmic thing in the background. Feel it and then have a good weekend.

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Etta James – Waiting For Charlie (1962)

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Easing us into the Easter weekend, Etta’s James’s ‘Waiting for Charlie (To Come Home)’ features on her eponymous 1962 album. Written by the king of easy, Burt Bacharach, the song has a marching arrangement which builds and builds; and then there’s that violin… have a great break!

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Herb Alpert – This Guy’s In Love With You (1968)

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Burt Bacharach – a hero. Herb Alpert, who had already made his name with Tijuana Brass, asked Burt Bacharach if he and Hal David had any unrecorded songs lying around. Herb Alpert was handed ‘This Guy’s In Love With You’. Now that’s a horn break.

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Röyksopp – So Easy (1999)

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More Scandinavian bliss – Röyksopp’s ‘So Easy’ was the Norwegian duo’s first single. It would appear on their debut album Melody A.M. The track features the main instrumental from Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s ‘Blue on Blue’, and despite (or because of) the loss of Bobby Vinton’s vocals, Röyksopp came up with one of the most addictive slices of electronica to grace the airwaves.

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B. J. Thomas – Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (1969)

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Last week’s Beta Band post got me thinking about perfect movie/sound pairs. I start with B. J. Thomas’s classic rendition of Burt Bacharach’s ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’, written for a simply glorious western about the Hole In The Wall Gang – ‘Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid’ (1969).

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