September 6, 2014

101 Reel-to-Reel Tapes 74: Dionne Warwick ~ Greatest Motion Picture Hits

Dionne Warwick ~ Greatest Motion Picture Hits 
reel-to-reel 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 was for sale on Amazon (see link below). Interested? Contact me by email, please, not by a comment.

~ ~ ~

This is a great album of some very fine interpretations of songs from films by a pretty special lady, Dionne Warwick.
Dionne Warwick ~ Greatest Motion Picture Hits 
reel-to-reel album cover
photo by Styrous©


This album was released in 1969 on Sceptor Records which launched the careers of not only Dionne Warwick but Chuck Jackson, The Kingsmen, B.J. Thomas, Joey Dee, Maxine Brown, The Esquires, Tommy Hunt, The Guess Who, Tammi Terrell, The IndependentsThe Shirelles, B.T. Express and gave The Isley Brothers their famous hit Twist And Shout, which was later covered by The Beatles.

Dionne Warwick ~ Greatest Motion Picture Hits
 Sceptor Records
reel-to-reel album cover detail
detail photo by Styrous©



It was produced by Burt Bacharach & Hal David

Dionne Warwick ~ Greatest Motion Picture Hits 
reel-to-reel album cover detail
detail photo by Styrous©




some of the songs

Dionne Warwick ~ Greatest Motion Picture Hits 
reel-to-reel album back
photo by Styrous©



The Look of Love is the lovely, dreamy and sensual ballad from the film Casino Royale, which featured the character James Bond created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming.

I had never thought any of the James Bonds that followed Sean Connery made the grade until the remake of Casino Royale when Daniel Craig came along. Now, that's a man worthy of the name!



Dionne Warwick ~ Greatest Motion Picture Hits 
reel-to-reel album back detail
detail photo by Styrous©



The 1966 film, Alfie, starred Michael Caine who plays the womanizer of all times. Alfie had become a radio hit when disc jockeys across the nation began to play the album cut early in 1967. Alfie was released as the "B" side of a Bacharach/David ballad, The Beginning of Loneliness, which charted in the Hot 100.



Dionne Warwick ~ Greatest Motion Picture Hits 
reel-to-reel album back detail
detail photo by Styrous©



Now, (Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls, there's a song! The 1967 film, Valley of the Dolls, which was adapted from the novel, featured the hit version of the song, Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls, which peaked at number six on the Billboard Top 10 Albums chart, and would remain on the chart for over a year. For me, this film will always be famous for, if nothing more, a single line said by one of the characters. She talks with a girl friend about being on lithium which mellows out her mood swings. She says something to the effect, "No more deep, dark depressions but, oh, how I miss those highs."

Valley was Warwick's follow-up to I Say a Little Prayer, and it was unusual in several respects. It was not written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, it was the "B" side of her I Say a Little Prayer single, and it was a song that she almost didn't record. While the film version of Valley of the Dolls was being made, actress Barbara Parkins suggested that Warwick be considered to sing the film's theme song, written by songwriting team André and Dory Previn. The song was to be recorded by Judy Garland, who was subsequently fired from the film. Warwick performed the song, and when the film became a success in the early weeks of 1968, disc jockeys flipped the single and made the single one of the biggest double-sided hits of the rock era and another million seller. At the time, RIAA rules allowed only one side of a double-sided hit single to be certified as Gold, but Scepter awarded Warwick an "in-house award" to recognize (Theme from) Valley of the Dolls as a million selling tune.



Dionne Warwick ~ Greatest Motion Picture Hits 
reel-to-reel album back detail
detail photo by Styrous©




A really great love song is, As Long As He Needs Me, from the musical film Oliver!. The 1960 stage play was terrific but, somehow, I never saw the film version but I do love the song from it. It is a love ballad in which the character, Nancy, expresses love for her evil and deadly boyfriend, Bill Sikes, even though he beats the hell out of her and eventually murders her. I remember when I was a little boy my mom read "Oliver Twist" to me and I cried when he did it.



Dionne Warwick ~ Greatest Motion Picture Hits 
reel-to-reel album back detail
detail photo by Styrous©




The song, Somewhere, is one of my all-time favorite songs. The sheer beauty of it, the plaintive longing for a new and better world away from the dark and dismal one the characters know makes it almost painful to listen to. It was composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; it was originally for the 1957 Broadway musical, West Side Story, with a libretto by Arthur Laurents, and was turned into a film. I loved the stage play so much it took me years to finally warm up to the film. It was the favorite song for Ann, my fiance at the time the musical came to San Francisco in 1959, and me (see Jack Scott link below).





Dionne Warwick ~ Greatest Motion Picture Hits 
photo by Styrous©





Dionne Warwick discography







Dionne Warwick ~ Greatest Motion Picture Hits 
reel-to-reel label detail
detail photo by Styrous©


 Tracklist:

Side 1:

1 - The Look Of Love - 2:46
2 - Alfie - 2:43
3 - (Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls - 3:35
4 - People - 3:22
5 - A House Is Not A Home - 3:00
6 - Wives And Lovers - 3:04

Side 2:

1 - The April Fools - 3:15
2 - Slaves - 3:09
3 - One Hand, One Heart / With These Hands - 3:59
4 - Here I Am - 2:50
5 - As Long As He Needs Me - 2:50
6 - Somewhere - 4:23

Credits

Sceptor Records - X 575




Links:
 
Jack Scott and the birth of Stereo Pt. 2


Music Links:
(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls on YouTube   
The Look of Love on YouTube
Alfie on YouTube 
Wives & Lovers on YouTube




reel-to-reel tapes on eBay





No comments:

Post a Comment

Comments are moderated before they are posted, so do not appear immediately. Thank you.