This boxed set includes 75-with 25 Top 10 hits-of the pop-rock rhapsodies Burt has written over his unparalleled 40-year career. All the classic songs and artists are here- Walk on By Dionne Warwick; Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head B.J. Thomas; This Guy’s in Love with You Herb Alpert; What’s New Pussycat Tom Jones, and many more-plus Burt’s own recordings. Inside is a massive book including a biography detailing, as the song goes, The Story of My Life .
The greatest expression of Burt Bacharach’s composing and arranging talents is the marvelous string of productions he made with Dionne Warwick and lyricist Hal David for a decade or so starting in 1962. Many of their triumphs are included in this three-CD box (also see the single disc The Dionne Warwick Collection), along with dozens of other tracks made between 1957 (Marty Robbins‘s “Story of My Life”) and 1996 (Bacharach’s collaboration with Elvis Costello on “God Give Me Strength”). The master’s blend of froth, deep emotion, and challenging musicality provides many masterpieces and a few unfortunate moments: he doesn’t have much to show for the ’80s aside from “That’s What Friends Are For” and “Arthur’s Theme.” Its handful of missteps aside, though, The Look of Love is an essential trove of great pop things. –Rickey Wright
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