September 19, 2003

Hear I Am: Isley Meets Bacharach, the new collaboration between Burt Bacharach and vocalist Ronald Isley, is scheduled to be released by DreamWorks Records on Nov. 11. Recorded live with no overdubs at the old Capitol Studio A and B in Los Angeles, the site of legendary sessions by Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra, the album features the incomparable Isley singing 13 Bacharach compositions, including brand new arrangements of classics like “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and “Close To You” as well as two new songs, “Love Is the Answer” and “Count On Me.” DreamWorks Records has set a up a new Web site, www.isleysingsbacharach.com, to promote the record that includes previews of several tracks, photos and additional information about the project. Stay tuned for more details.

September 10, 2003

Serious Bacharach fans owe it to themselves to check out Serene Dominic’s new book Burt Bacharach: Song By Song. Released in August by Schirmer Books, this illustrated, annotated discography is as comprehensive a survey of Bacharach’s career as you’re likely to find, including interviews with Burt and many performers to record his songs, an exhaustive song-by-song guide, the full text of Dominic’s interview with Burt, the Library of Congress’ list of Burt’s compositions, a list of Burt’s TV specials and even a list of rap songs to sample Burt. At 352 fact-filled pages, it’s an tremendous work of research and a terrific resource for novices and experts alike.

The author, aka Dom Salerno, is an occasional contributor to this site’s Bacharach forum. In the book’s acknowledgements, Dominic kindly mentions this site as well as thanks forum regulars Roberto Pinardi, Stefan Wesley and discographer extraordinaire Davide Bonori, whose excellent work I’m sure provided the foundation for much of Dominic’s research.