August 31, 2014

101 Reel-to-Reel Tapes 73: Go With Love (Dionne Warwick Sings The Songs Of Burt Bacharach And Hal David)

Dionne Warwick ~ Go With Love
Album cover detail
detail photo by Styrous©

In addition to my vinyl LP record collection I'm selling, I have hundreds of reel-to-reel, pre-recorded tapes as well. This is an entry about one of them that is for sale on Amazon (see link below). Interested? Contact me by email, please, not by a comment.

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Of the many brilliant collaborations that have been formed, one of the most brilliant was that of Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach and Hal David. David wrote the lyrics, Bacharach wrote the music and Warwick delivered the finished package with elegance, style and beauty. The songs created by this trio, What The World Needs Now Is Love, Walk On By, Go With Love and Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head, for starters, are classics that have survived for 50 years. Yeah, believe it or not, they were written almost 50 years ago. My how time flies when you're having fun!

 Dionne Warwick ~ Go With Love
reel-to-reel album cover
photo by Styrous©

I remember listening to the songs she sang and in particular, I loved the beautiful lilt of her voice as she gently expounded on, What the World Needs Now Is Love. The song was originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1965 after it had been turned down by Warwick. I was cognizant of the strife going on in the world at the time Warwick recorded her cover (1970) and thinking she was dead on right . . .


. . . in San Francisco, a homemade bomb, placed outside the police Park Station on Waller St., exploded. At first the Black Panthers were suspected but a later investigation suggested it was the work of the Weather Underground. The Vietnamese War raged on; the U. S. invaded Cambodia and storms of protest erupted throughout the nation, in particular, Kent State University. Thousands of people died in a 7+ earthquake in Peru. The Zodiac Killer terrorized San Francisco. There was a shootout in the parking lot of the Marin Civic Center; Angela Davis was involved. A gigantic cyclone killed hundreds of thousands in Bangladesh; a year later, in 1971, ex-Beatle George Harrison organized The Concert for Bangladesh. Even Canada had it's problems as well with bombings and killings by the Quebec Liberation Front. Ronald Reagan won his second term as governor. Yukio Mishima committed ritual suicide by Hara-kiri as an act of protest; Philip Glass would write a stunning score for the film of his life, Mishima. Jimi Hendrix died in London and Janice Joplin in Hollywood, both of a drug overdose. Sculptor Benny Bufano also died that year; I'd idolized his work since I was a little kid (especially his huge mural in Moor's Cafeteria on Powell Street). It was the year I quit my last real job to work for myself (then I needed all the love I could get). Yep, it seemed like the world was going mad, so, Marvin Gaye asked, What’s Going On? and on November 11, Stevie Wonder prayed, Heaven Help Us All, on the Johnny Cash TV show before the song was released in 1971 the following year. 

Dionne Warwick ~ Go With Love
reel-to-reel album cover back
photo by Styrous©

It wasn't a completely bad year, no year ever is; as in the song, Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head, from the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, she gave us some hope. B. J. Thomas originally sang the song and it was his #1 hit. Before him, both Ray Stevens and Bob Dylan turned it down. 

The gentle song, which opens with a quiet banjo, is a paean to an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large. Oh, my goodness!!!

The single by Thomas reached #1 on charts in the United States, Canada, Norway and reached #38 in the UK Singles Chart. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in January 1970 and was also the first American number-one hit of the 1970s. The song also spent seven weeks on the Billboard adult contemporary chart. In 2008, the single was ranked 85th on Billboard's Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs and placed 95th in the 55th Anniversary edition of the All-Time Hot 100 list in 2013. Billboard Magazine also ranked the song 15th on its Top 50 Movie Songs Of All Time list in 2014.

Dionne Warwick ~ Go With Love
reel-to-reel album back detail
detail photo by Styrous©

One of the great vocalists of all time, Dionne Warwick was born Marie Dionne Warrick on December 12, 1940, in East Orange, New Jersey. In November 1962, Scepter Records released her first solo single, Don't Make Me Over, the title (according to the A&E Biography of Dionne Warwick) Warwick supplied herself when she snapped the phrase at producers Burt Bacharach and Hal David in anger. Warwick had found out that Make It Easy on Yourself — a song on which she had recorded the original demo and had wanted to be her first single release — had been given to another artist, Jerry Butler. From the phrase "don't make me over", Bacharach and David created their first top 40 pop hit (#21) and a top 5 U.S. R&B hit. Warrick's name was misspelled on the single's label, and she began using the new spelling (i.e., "Warwick") both professionally and personally.

Dionne Warwick ~ Go With Lovereel-to-reel tape
photo by Styrous©

Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era, based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. Dionne Warwick is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time with 56 of Dionne's singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998. 

She was named the Bestselling Female Vocalist in the Cash Box Magazine Poll in 1964, with six chart hits in that year. Cash Box named her the Top Female Vocalist in 1969, 1970 and 1971. In the 1967 Cash Box Poll, she was second to Petula Clark, and in 1968's poll second to Aretha Franklin. Playboy's influential Music Poll of 1970 named her the Top Female Vocalist.

Warwick is an actress and TV-show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health.

Dionne Warwick   ~ Go With Love
reel-to-reel tape label detail
detail photo by Styrous©

Label: Columbia ‎– DT2 5526
Series: Columbia Musical Treasuries –

Country: US
Released: 1970
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Soul


Side 1:

1 - What The World Needs Now Is Love    
2 - Walk On By    
3 - The Beginning Of Loneliness    
4 - Long Day, Short Night    
5 - They Long To Be Close To You    
6 - Another Night    
7 - Don't Go Breaking My Heart    
8 - How Can I Hurt You    
9 - Are You There With Another Girl?    
10 - Let Me Be Lonely    
11 - Window Wishing    
12 - Here Where There Is Love    

Side 2:

1 - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head    
2 - Go With Love    
3 - Looking With My Eyes    
4 - If I Ever Make You Cry    
5 - Walkin' Backwards Down The Road    
6 - How Many Days Of Sadness    
7 - Windows Of The World    
8 - As Long As There's An Apple Tree    
9 - In Between The Heartaches    
10 - Walk Little Dolly    
11 - Is There Another Way To Love You    

Links to music on YouTube:
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head   
Philip Glass - Mishima  (NOTE: it has a VERY quiet intro & takes a few seconds to build)

Dionne Warwick ~ Go With Love reel-to-reel tape is for sale on Amazon 

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"The blues they send to meet me won't defeat me
It won't be long till happiness steps up to greet me"
 -  Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

August 27, 2014

Los animales de la Basilica de La Sagrada Família

photos by Styrous®




photos by Styrous®

Styrous® ~ Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Antoni Gaudí de Barcelona, España




Gaudí                             .
Antoni Gaudí, 1878                   
photo by Pau Audouard               .

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet was a Spanish Catalan architect from Reus and the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernisme

Born: June 25, 1852, Reus, Catalonia, Spain   


August 25, 2014

Rhythmix ~ Wine, Women & Song: the performances

Rhythmix ~ Wine, Women & Song:
7th Anniversary Celebration
photo by Styrous®

On August 23, 2014, the Rhythmix Cultural Works celebrated its seventh anniversary in grand style with a program of fantastic talent that had everything from belly dancers to bottle blowers.    


left: Tina Blaine (aka Bean)     -     right: Jeannie McKenzie


right: MC Linda Jacobson

Alameda mayor, Marie Gilmore, was there for the award presentations
L-R Mayor Gilmore, Lorrie Murray, Mi"Chelle Frederick, Terrie Odabi, Linda Jacobson

Kathy Moehring

Terrie Odabi closed the program

   Terrie Odabi, Ruth Davies & Eric Swinderman

 Ruth Davies & Eric Swinderman


What a great time I had. Thanks!

Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
Time: 7:00pm VIP reception, 8:00pm Show (2 sets)
Cost: $25 (proceeds support RCW's youth arts programming)

Styrous® ~ Sunday, August 24, 2014

August 24, 2014

Last night at the Rhythmix ~ Wine, Women & Song . . . . . . . the 7th Anniversary Celebration

Rhythmix ~ Wine, Women & Song:
7th Anniversary Celebration
photo by Styrous®

Jan Watten, of the Gray Loft Gallery and I had the pleasure of attending the Rhythmix Cultural Works when it celebrated its seventh anniversary in grand style last night with a program of fantastic talent.  

photo by Styrous®

The Ebb & Flow Belly dance troupe
entertained the audience in front of the Center
photo by Styrous®

of course there was the social activity

left photo: Linda Valler & Jan Watten
right photo: Jeannie McKenzie & Unity Nguyen

Then the program began

Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
Time: 7:00pm VIP reception, 8:00pm Show (2 sets)
Cost: $25 (proceeds support RCW's youth arts programming)

Styrous® ~ Sunday, August 24, 2014