måndag 8 juli 2013

Dionne Warwick - Here I Am (Oustanding R&B US 1965)

290:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition. Myckat bra R&B från 1965.)

Here I Am, the fifth album by Dionne Warwick, was recorded during the summer and fall of 1965 and released in December 1965 by Scepter Records. The LP was produced by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. This album, as was usually the case until 1968, was recorded at Bell Sound Studios in New York.

The album's lead single, the title track "Here I Am", was featured in the film "What's New, Pussycat?". Despite this, the single failed to make the Top 40 in the United States. The follow-up, "Looking With My Eyes", was prominently featured on the dance show "Hullabaloo", but did not make the chart either.

The third single from the album, "Are You There With Another Girl?" was released in December, 1965, and became a hit, making the Top 40.

Several early copies of the album had errors in the album cover, listing tracks such as "It's Love That Really Counts" that were not included on the album itself. Other notable songs featured on the album are the bouncy "Window Wishing", the hauntingly beautiful "If I Ever Make You Cry" and "This Little Light" which featured Warwick herself on the piano.

Dionne Warwick's early- and mid-'60s Scepter Records catalog stands as some of her finest and most prolific works in conjunction with the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. By the time of Here I Am in 1966, the superhuman nature of the trio's relationship had resulted in five long-players in three years, not counting soundtracks and live albums, which would bring the total to seven during the same time. Although some of their most successful collaborations were still ahead of them, the marriage of the duo's well-crafted and distinct pop songs with Warwick's light, supple vocals again resulted in several masterpieces. 

"Are You There (With Another Girl)," "Window Wishing," "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," and "Long Day, Short Night" are but a few of the hits and listener favorites on this album. In addition to the eight Bacharach/David pieces, Warwick truly demonstrates her versatility as an interpreter on the inimitable cover of the Gershwin standard "I Loves You, Porgy." Her voice conveys the noir tale with haunting resonance. In direct contrast is the joyous "This Little Light," which furthers the evidence supporting her skills as a performer and features Warwick's solo piano accompaniment. In 1995, U.K.-based Sequel Records paired Here I Am with the 1967 follow-up Here Where There Is Love on a single CD. The latter would continue the hit parade with "Alfie" and "What the World Needs Now" and is also notable for the cover of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind." [AMG + Wikipedia]

~~ Stereo ~~
01. "In Between the Heartaches"  2:50
02. "Here I Am"  2:50
03. "If I Ever Make You Cry" 3:07
04. "Lookin' with My Eyes"  2:55
05. "Once in a Lifetime" (Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse)  2:54
06. "This Little Light" (Traditional) 2:10
07. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"  2:21
08. "Window Wishing"   2:31
09. "Long Day, Short Night"  2:18
10. "Are You There (With Another Girl)"  2:50
11. "How Can I Hurt You"  2:42
12. "I Love You Porgy" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) 1:45

~~ Mono ~~
13. "In Between the Heartaches"  2:50
14. "Here I Am"  2:50
15. "If I Ever Make You Cry" 3:07
16. "Lookin' with My Eyes"  2:55
17. "Once in a Lifetime" (Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse)  2:54
18. "This Little Light" (Traditional) 2:10
19. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"  2:21
20. "Window Wishing"   2:31
21. "Long Day, Short Night"  2:18
22. "Are You There (With Another Girl)"  2:50
23. "How Can I Hurt You"  2:42
24. "I Love You Porgy" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) 1:45