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Look Of Love (Box Set)
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The Look Of Love
The Burt Bacharach Collection
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Rhino R2 75339


Listening to the recordings on this set certainly brings back some sensational memories! From writing with some of the best lyricists in the business to recording with some of the finest artists in popular music, I couldn't have asked for a more perfect career.

I think everything you come in contact with -- the music you hear, the music you improvise, the way you're taught – you just learn something, every step along the way. My take on it is you're supposed to learn from what happens to you in your life.

Instead of just putting it into words or writing a book or writing poetry ... in my case, it got translated into music. I find I make music that's very personal and probably very reflective of who I am and what I've experienced.

I'm very grateful to all the artists who have taken my music and carried it to the next level. You can have a great song, but without the artist, you really have no song at all.

Burt Bacharach
Summer 1998

Producer's Note:

Burt Bacharach has been rightfully compared to some of the most highly regarded songwriters of the 20th century, including legends like Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, and George Gershwin. And while he certainly holds his own with those wonderful "Tin Pan Alley" writers, what really puts him over the edge for people of the rock 'n' roll generation (m-m-m-my generation, that is) is that he stacks up perfectly next to our heroes like Lennon & McCartney, Brian Wilson, Jagger & Richards, and . . . well, you get the idea.

It's easy to say that the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and many other obvious rock icons defined the sound of the '60s. But that's too simple. Pop radio in the '60s was certainly a broader landscape than what we know today.

Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin sat at the top rungs of the charts alongside our longer-haired friends. Chances are, most teenagers who were rushing to record stores to pick up the latest release by The Beatles were not buying those Frank Sinatra records.

Those were for the adults. But while the music of Burt Bacharach & Hal David was oriented more toward that same adult market, it was snatched up by both young and old; the same kid buying that new Beatles record might fork over for the latest Dionne Warwick single too. In fact, the Fab Four themselves and most of their contemporaries were also paying close attention to records with a Bacharach/David credit on them, as witnessed by the proliferation of cover versions emanating from England during the height of the British Invasion.

I'm not sure at what age I first became aware of Bacharach's music, but it seems that it has almost always been a part of my consciousness. I'm sure I didn't know the technical aspects of the complex and changing time signatures, the uncommon and difficult-to-navigate intervals of the melodies, or the genius and subtleties of the arrangements, but I always knew a Bacharach song when I heard it, because his sound and style are so distinctive and identifiable.

In the late '70s I first came across Burt Bacharach's Greatest Hits, a collection of his most well-known songs pulled from his own albums on A&M. Great! I thought. But what about an album with those same songs by the artists who made them hits?

Fast forward 15 years later when I began working at Rhino. It occurred to me that I was finally in a position to make such an album a reality. I pushed real hard, and what began as a single disc package soon became a 2-disc anthology and finally the 3-CD box you now hold.

Choosing 75 songs from the hundreds that Burt Bacharach has written and then picking which versions to use were not easy tasks. But the final result is a set that covers all the heavy-hitter standards while making room for some less obvious, but equally magical, hidden gems. In most cases, I've tried wherever possible to use versions of the songs that Burt also produced and arranged. The genius of his arrangements and the perfection of his productions are as essential as his distinctive songwriting style in defining the Bacharach Sound.

Putting this box set together has truly been a labor of love, and I'm probably more excited than anyone that a collection like this finally exists. Let the music play!

-- Patrick Milligan
Director of A&R, Rhino Records

Links for "The Look Of Love" Box Set

Production Credits

Compilation Produced by: Patrick Milligan
Associate Producer: Alec Cumming
Sound Produced by: Bill Inglot
Remastering: Andrew Garver & Bill Inglot
Editorial Supervision: Julee Stover
Editorial Research: Daniel Goldmark
Editorial Coordination: Elizabeth Pavone
Licensing: Michael Nieves, David McIntosh
Art Direction: Hugh Brown & Rachel Gutek
Design: Rachel Gutek
Photo on Outer Cover by Jim McCrary
Courtesy of A&M Records
Photo on Book Cover
Courtesy of A&M Records

Project Assistance: Vanessa Atkins, Emily Cagan, Lori Carora, Steven Chean, Chuck Beeson, Gene Bertoncini, Artie Butler, Richard Carpenter, Kip Cohen, Hal David, Jim David, Linda Dozoretz, Steve Dworkin, Barbara Griffin, Paul Griffin, Dennis Gunn, Jeri Heiden, Kari Hosmer, Chuck Jackson, Joanne Jaworowski, Lou Johnson, Harvey Kubernick, Larry Levine, Mark Miester, David Nathan, Gene Pitney, Christopher Radcliffe, Phil Ramone, Ann Marie Roller, David Rosner, Osamu Sakaguchi, Georgina Saksa, Eddie Smith, Jeff Tackett, Jeff Tamarkin, Joe Tarsia, Steve Tyrell, James Von Buelow, Dionne Warwick, Reiko Yuyama

Very Special Thanks to Bob Fead at The Burt Bacharach Music Group for helping to make this project a reality!

Other Rhino Releases We Think You’ll Enjoy:

Jerry Butler: The Best Of…(#75881)
Jackie DeShannon: The Best Of…(#70738)
The Drifters: Rockin’ & Driftin’: The Box…(#72417)
Gene Pitney: Anthology (1961-1968) (#75896)
The Shirelles: The Very Best Of…(#71807)
Dusty Springfield: Dusty In Memphis (#71035)
B.J. Thomas: Greatest Hits (#70752)
Dionne Warwick: The Collection…Her All-Time Greatest Hits (#71100)
Dionne Warwick: Hidden Gems (#70329)

Various Artists:
Cocktail Mix:
Vol. 1.: Bachelor’s Guide To The Galaxy (#72237)
Vol. 2.: Martini Madness (#72238)
Vol. 3.: Swingin’ Singles (#72239)
Vol. 4.: Soundtracks With A Twist (#72240)

Great American Songwriters:
Vol. 1.: George & Ira Gershwin (#71503)
Vol. 2.: Johnny Mercer (#71504)
Vol. 3.: Rodgers & Hart (#71505)
Vol. 4.: Irving Berlin (#71506)
Vol. 5.: Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn (#71507)

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