TITLE: The Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All Time Greatest Hits
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Top 10: Anyone Who Had a Heart (#8 US, #42 UK), Walk on By (#6 US, #9 UK), Message to Michael (#8 US), I Say a Little Prayer (#4), Do You Know the Way to San Jose (#10 US, #8 UK), I’ll Never Fall in Love Again (#6 US), Theme from “Valley of the Dolls (#2 US, #28 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: You’ll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart), Trains and Boats and Planes, There’s Always Something There to Remind Me, Promises Promises
LINEUP: Dionne Warwick. Produced and orchestrated by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Tasteful and dignified smashes from the pen of Bacharach and David and the voice of Dionne Warwick.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: For almost all of the 60’s, like clockwork, Dionne Warwick collaborated with Burt Bacharach and Hal David and made pop masterpieces. They were orchestrated, well-produced, and Warwick interpreted the songs and made them her own.
You’ve no doubt heard at least some of these tracks, and probably as grocery store or dentist office music. Yet they deserve more than being put in that category. This may be adult pop, but it moved people and deserved its spot on the charts.
Bacharach and David’s tunes were complicated, with all kinds of vocal challenges, and Warwick handled them with aplomb. For any fan of pop music, this is a must collection.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Of course, she made music (and still is I believe) after she left Scepter, but her career was a bit more spotty without the tunes she received from the songwriting duo.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, there are a couple of tracks missing that you can find on other collections. That doesn’t take away from this.
GRADE A: Tasteful and elegant.