Burt Bacharach

Lounge Legends

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For its dexterity and skill in whittling the vast catalog of Burt Bacharach-penned pop recordings into one manageable, comprehensive package, Rhino's three-disc The Look of Love remains the authoritative Bacharach collection -- the lion's share of its 75 songs appear in their definitive versions, and it's not only a must-have, but it's probably the only Bacharach set the average pop aficionado will ever need. But for true acolytes, the joy lies in discovering new and different adaptations of the maestro's biggest pop hits, which makes compilations like this entry in the German Lounge Legends series such a treat -- not a single one of its 20 tracks overlaps with The Look of Love, and with the exception of Dusty Springfield's "In the Land of Make Believe" and Scott Walker's "The Windows of the World," the vast majority of songs are tough or even impossible to find. Sharply packaged and smartly compiled, Lounge Legends ranges from the silly (Jack Jones' disco remake of "Wives and Lovers," Tom Clay's "This Guy's in Love With You") to the sublime (Astrud Gilberto's "Trains and Boats and Planes," Dee Dee Warwick's "Alfie"), all underscored by the lush sophistication that remains the hallmark of a Bacharach composition regardless of its interpreter.