On 26 February 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment release “A Life In Song” from Burt Bacharach on DVD and Blu-ray [EREDV1214 and ERBRD5284]. This recording was produced and recorded by BBC Events Production and features a fabulous line-up of singers plus Burt Bacharach performing with his band. “A Life In Song” includes ‘Walk On By’, ‘I Say A Little Prayer’, ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’, ‘What The World Needs Now’, ‘Do You Know The Way To San Jose’, ‘A House Is Not A Home’, ‘Alfie’ and many more!
Filmed at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 2015, “A Life In Song” is a celebration of the life and career of legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach. The show features on stage conversations between Burt Bacharach and Michael Grade about many different aspects of his years in music. These discussions are interspersed with performances of many of his best loved songs by a line-up of great performers including: Alfie Boe, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Shaun Escoffery, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Hayward, Michael Kiwanuka, Laura Mvula and Joss Stone. The evening culminates in a medley of some of his most famous movie songs performed by Burt Bacharach and his band and a performance of ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ featuring the entire evening’s cast.
The show was broadcast on BBC4 in November 2015 but on this release we include three bonus tracks not seen on that programme: ‘Be Aware’ – Josie James, ‘Waiting For Charlie’ – Donna Taylor and ‘God Give Me Strength’ – John Pagano
1) Intro 2) Walk On By – Rebecca Ferguson 3) Do You Know The Way To San Jose – Laura Mvula 4) What The World Needs Now – Justin Hayward 5) I Say A Little Prayer – Rebecca Ferguson 6) Windows Of The World – Michael Kiwanuka 7) I’ll Never Fall In Love Again – Sophie Ellis-Bextor 8) In Between The Heartaches – Joss Stone 9) (They Long To Be) Close To You – Sophie Ellis-Bextor 10) Anyone Who Had A Heart – Burt Bacharach & Josie James 11) If I Could Go Back – Alfie Boe 12) Movie Medley: The Look Of Love / Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do) / What’s New Pussycat / The World Is A Circle / The April Fools / Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On my Head / (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance / Making Love / Wives And Lovers / Alfie – Burt Bacharach & Band 13) A House Is Not A Home – Shaun Escoffery 14) That’s What Friends Are For – Ensemble
Burt Bacharach is a writer who has defined the art of song writing and “A Life In Song” is not only a fascinating tribute and testament to his talent but also an enormously entertaining show in its own righ