Sings the Music of Bacharach & Kaempfert

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Sings the Music of Bacharach & Kaempfert
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1970
Genre Pop
Label Columbia
Johnny Mathis chronology
Close to You
(1970)
Sings the Music of Bacharach & Kaempfert
(1970)
Love Story
(1971)

Sings the Music of Bacharach & Kaempfert is the 34th original studio album released by singer Johnny Mathis in the US.

Overview[edit]

This is a two record set that featured the songs of two composers. The first record was devoted to the work of Bert Kaempfert while the second featured that of Burt Bacharach. The release of this set marks the first instance where Mathis devoted a full album to the music of a single composer.

The Kaempfert album was recorded in Europe in 1969 and was released as a single record album in the UK in that year. When the album was released in the US in 1970, it was combined with a compilation of previously released album cuts of Bacharach songs from Mathis' work with Columbia Records. It is interesting to note that while Mathis recorded Bacharach songs during his four year stint with Mercury Records none of that material was included on this album although he owned the masters to all his recordings with the label and had licensed some of that material to Columbia Records in the previous year for two albums: People and The Impossible Dream.

The track listing below for the Bacharach compilation includes the album titles where each track first appeared.

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wonderland by Night"
    UK Cover Art for single lp version
  2. "Spanish Eyes"
  3. "The Lady Smiles"
  4. "Danke Schoen"
  5. "The Times Will Change"
  6. "Remember When (We Made These Memories)"
  7. "Strangers in the Night"
  8. "Don't Stay"
  9. "If There's a Way"
  10. "Lady"
  11. "L-O-V-E"
  12. "Walk On By" - from Love Is Blue
  13. "The Look of Love" - from Love Is Blue
  14. "I Say a Little Prayer" - from Love Is Blue
  15. "Heavenly" - from Heavenly
  16. "This Guy's in Love with You" - from Those Were the Days
  17. "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" (from Promises, Promises) - from Love Theme From "Romeo And Juliet" (A Time For Us)
  18. "Alfie" - from Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
  19. "Odds and Ends" - from Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
  20. "Faithfully" - from Faithfully
  21. "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" - from Love Is Blue

Billboard Charts[edit]

The album peaked at #169 on the Billboard album chart, Mathis' 40th album to place on the chart.[1]

Highlights[edit]

There is one original song in the Kaempfert album, "If There's a Way", the balance of the tracks being made up of cover versions of hits by other artists. "Wonderland by Night" was a #1 instrumental hit for Kaempfert in 1961, while "Strangers in the Night" also hit the top spot for Frank Sinatra in 1966. Interestingly, Mathis had previously recorded a version of this song on his album Johnny Mathis Sings just two years prior to the version heard here. "Danke Schoen" was a 1963 hit for Wayne Newton while "Spanish Eyes" was a 1966 hit for Al Martino. Adding to the number of songs recorded by Nat King Cole that Mathis would cover over the years is "L-O-V-E" which features lyrics by music industry pioneer Milt Gabler.

References[edit]

  1. ^ All Music Billboard Album Chart Position

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