Something Big: The Complete A&M Years…And More!

On Nov. 5, Hip-O Select Records released Something Big: The Complete A&M Years…And More! This deluxe five-disc box set, available only through the Hip-O Select Web site, includes 110 songs, comprising all of Burt’s A&M albums, his Kapp album and myriad extras, including for the first time in the U.S. his 1974 LP In Concert (Live In Japan). The audio quality is vastly superior to previous reissues of Bacharach solo albums and the book-like packaging—featuring 44 pages of liner notes and track information—is impressive (if somewhat awkwardly shaped). This limited edition is clearly aimed at serious Bacharach fans and most, I think, will be pleased.

Dionne releases Christmas album

After more than 40 years in show business, Dionne Warwick has finally released a Christmas album.

On Oct. 26, DMI Records released My Favorite Time of the Year, Dionne’s first ever Christmas disc. The CD features Dionne’s vocal stylings on 13 Christmas classics, including “The Christmas Song,” “White Christmas,” “Have Youself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and more. Special guests include Gladys Knight, BeBe Winans and Dave Koz. My Favorite Time of Year is available from Amazon or through Dionne’s official Web site.