Musings On 20th Century Pop Culture by Psychotronic Paul
Every day is Burt day at my house lately. I love the guy. Thanks.....
It's part of my curious and extremely wide-ranging musical taste that I go for Bacharach's harmonies in a big way. Will also note that I have found that Burt's tunes - especially the ones he and Elvis Costello wrote together - are definitely not easy to sing, and quite deceptively so.Other than Sir George Martin, the only guy in the 1960's who compares with Burt as an arranger was Brian Wilson, once he decided to compete with Martin's orchestrations with The Beatles, abandon the creative straitjacket that was the Beach Boys' "surf, babes n' three chords" Top 40 formula and collaborate with lyricists Tony Asher and Van Dyke Parks on the superb PET SOUNDS and SMILE .
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