January 30, 2003

At long last, Collector’s Guide Publishing has released Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Robin Platts’ highly anticipated book on the music and careers of Bacharach and David.

Robin, an occasional contributor to this site’s discussion forum, is a longtime music journalist and the author of a wonderful article on Bacharach for the record collectors’ magazine Discoveries a few years ago. Burt Bacharach & Hal David includes interviews with Burt and Hal as well as with many of the performers and music industry veterans to work with them through the years. It’s a must-read for any serious fan of Bacharach. Bacharach & David is available online via Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other retailers. It’s a must-read for any serious fan of Bacharach.

January 8, 2003

Happy New Year! And Happy Birthday, Elvis! In honor of the King’s birthday, I bought From Elvis in Memphis, which features Presley’s faithful rendition of Bacharach’s “Any Day Now,” the 1962 Chuck Jackson hit. From Elvis in Memphis is probably the best studio album Elvis cut in the wake of his comeback, featuring classics such as “In the Ghetto,” “Suspicious Minds,” “Kentucky Rain,” “I’m Movin On” and “Only the Strong Survive.” It’s a great collection of Memphis soul.