Cilla Black

Alfie

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Considered by no less an authority as Burt Bacharach himself -- who looks upon "Alfie" as perhaps his greatest work -- this song is truly a little compositional miracle. Written for the film of the same name (which starred Michael Caine, and was a huge box office hit), this song is another example of the Bacharach/David team writing another "big" (power ballad) record like the masterpiece "Come and Get Me." Once again, the feeling of opera is all over the music here, and Hal David's lyrics work in multi-leveled places, from the particular (a personal, romantic crisis) to the broader scheme of things (society as a whole, not unlike "What the World Needs Now Is Love"). Although Cilla Black's version is considered the "original," her slightly over-affected reading can be a bit grating. Dionne Warwick cut what is probably the definitive version, but, then again, Cher's reading (from the American print of the film) easily outclasses the Black single version.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1968 2:42
The Burt Bacharach Songbook [Connoisseur] 1988
Various Artists
Connoisseur 2:40
The Best of Cilla Black 1991 EMI Music Distribution 2:38
The Look of Love: The Classic Songs of Burt Bacharach 1996
Various Artists
Polygram 2:40
1963-1973: The Abbey Road Decade 1997 EMI Music Distribution 2:39
Her Greatest Hits 1998 Disky 2:42
The Best of the EMI Years 1998 EMI Music Distribution 2:41
The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection 1998 Rhino 2:39
The Essential Cilla Black 1963-1978 1999 EMI Music Distribution 2:39
More Music to Watch Girls By 2000
Various Artists
Columbia 2:39
The Story 2000 EMI Music Distribution 2:39
35th Anniversary Collection 2001 EMI Music Distribution 2:38
Produced by George Martin 2001 Capitol 2:39
60 Greatest Hit Songs 2002 EMI Music Distribution 2:39
Greatest Hits [Disky] 2002 Disky 2:39
No Image 2004
Various Artists
EMI / Parlophone 2:39
Cilla in the 60's 2005 EMI Music Distribution / EMI 2:39
British Legends 2006
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:40
Produced by George Martin: Highlights of 50 Years 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:39
101 60's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:37
Top of the Pops: 1966 2007
Various Artists
BBC Music / EMI 2:38
Where Were You: 1966 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:41
This Is 1966 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 2:38
Magic Moments: The Definitive Collection 2008 Rhino 2:38
As Seen on Screen: Film Title Songs from the 50s and 60s 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:37
Definitive Collection 2009 EMI Music Distribution / EMI 2:39
Massive Hits! Sixties 2011
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 2:37
Completely Cilla: 1963-1973 2012 EMI Music Distribution 2:38
15 Classic Tracks: Cilla Black 2013 Parlophone
The Very Best of Cilla Black 2013 Parlophone 2:38
'60s: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:37
The Broons Family Album
Various Artists
EMI 2:38
The Hit Singles Varèse Sarabande 2:41
The Hits That Rocked the Airwaves
Various Artists
Universal 2:39