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More from the Bacharach Songbook

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Although this isn't a bad roundup of Bacharach-penned hits and obscurities (most written with Hal David), its value has diminished with the release of Bacharach's Look of Love box set, which has some of the best songs on this disc, or better versions of some of the tunes. For instance, instead of hearing Dusty Springfield do "Wishin' and Hopin'," you get Nancy Sinatra's version; instead of Tom Jones doing "What's New Pussycat?," you have Bobby Darin's interpretation; and, believe it or not, instead of Dionne Warwick's "I Say a Little Prayer," you get the Anita Kerr Singers. The Walker Brothers' version of "Make It Easy on Yourself" (more associated with Jerry Butler) and Isaac Hayes' "Walk On By" (a bigger hit for Dionne Warwick), on the other hand, are versions worth having. Big hits here include the Shirelles' "Baby It's You," B.J. Thomas' "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," Gene Pitney's "Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa," Bobby Vinton's "Blue on Blue," and Chuck Jackson's "Any Day Now." As for rarities not on the box set, there's Doris Day's 1964 single "Send Me No Flowers," Michele Lee's 1968 easy-listening hit "Knowing When to Leave," and Margaret Whiting's 1958 single "Hot Spell." "Send Me No Flowers" is the most interesting of these, with a typically bouncy and buoyant Bacharach-David mid-1960s melody, though lots of singers could have done a better job than Day did.

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