New CD of original material announced

Burt Bacharach’s long awaited new solo CD, his first solo collection of new material since 1979’s Woman, will reportedly be released in late October on Sony UK. The CD will apparently showcase some of Burt’s recent collaborations with Dr. Dre, the first of which turned up on Chris Botti’s 2003 CD A Thousand Kisses Deep. Stay tuned for more details.

Elton John to sing Bacharach at Vandross tribute

Elton John will sing a posthumous duet with Luther Vandross on “Anyone Who Had A Heart” and Aretha Franklin will perform “A House Is Not A Home” on a new CD honoring Vandross to be released by J Records on Sept. 20. So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross will also feature performances by Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, Jamie Foxx, Donna Summer, Usher, Mary J.

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Dionne on Arista

Compiler Wayne Dickson writes that Legends, a new budget-priced three-disc collection of Dionne Warwick’s Arista material (1979–1993), will be released in the U.K. on Aug. 29. The first comprehensive collection of Dionne’s Arista period, Legends includes a wealth of Bacharach-Warwick material from the 1980s, including “Finder of Lost Loves,” “That’s What Friends Are For,” “Stronger Than Before,” “Stay Devoted,” “Love Power,” “Sunny Weather Lover” and more.