New picture! http://www.last.fm/music/Burt+Bacharach/+images/78215800
Btw does anyone know of any good compilations of Bacharach and David's early 60s work together? Me Japanese Boy, Story of My Life and stuff like that.
For anyone who is interested EMI release on 23 April 2012 'Completely Cilla: 1963-1973' - a 5CD boxset of material by the British singer Cilla Black who began her career alongside The Beatles in Liverpool / signed also to manager Brian Epstein. The set of 139 recordings (all produced by George Martin) features most of the songs she recorded by Burt Bacharach and Hal David ("Anyone Who Had A Heart", "Alfie", "The April Fools", "You'll Never Get To Heaven" etc). It also comes with a bonus Region 0 / NTSC DVD of many previously unreleased BBC TV music performances.
The problem is that history is written by the victors. The alternative to rock music in the late 60s was quickly deposed and died a slow, marginalised death, so the derogatory term 'easy listening' is the only one that means anything to a large number of people. Obviously it's a pretty reactionary label. Anyone who's seriously listened to any of Bacharach's own albums or work with Dionne Warwick would know there's nothing sedate or blandly mood-setting about his compositions or arrangements.