It’s worth remembering that mid-Sixties Pop was a whole lot more than The Beatles. During this period, songwriter Burt Bacharach and his lyricist Hal David, rarely had a month without one of their tunes charting. Hit Maker! is the debut album by the American composer, recorded in London. The session musicians included the legendary Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, along with Big Jim Sullivan and members of the Ted Heath band, with uncredited vocals by The Breakaways. This album features Bacharach’s own interpretations of some of his greatest songs. The 1960s would not have been the same without Bacharach & David. Without a doubt, Hit Maker! is a masterpiece of sophisticated pop by one of the most important songwriters of the 20th Century.
01. DON’T MAKE ME OVER (2:59)
02. WALK ON BY (3:00)
03. DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART (2:28)
04. BLUE ON BLUE (2:01)
05. THE LAST ONE TO BE LOVED (3:28)
06. (THERE’S) ALWAYS SOMETHING
THERE TO REMIND ME (2:59)
07. 24 HOURS FROM TULSA (2:38)
08. TRAINS AND BOATS AND PLANES (2:47)
09. WIVES AND LOVERS (2:52)
10. SATURDAY SUNSHINE (2:11)
11. A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME (3:32)
12. ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART (2:59)
All selections written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David Orchestra and Chorus directed by BURT BACHARACH.
BURT BACHARACH, piano, arrangements & conductor, plus: The Breakaways (Barbara Moore, Gloria George & Margaret Stredder), vocals; Jimmy Page, guitar; Big Jim Sullivan, guitar; John Paul Jones, bass. Members of the Ted Heath Band, orchestration. Produced by Burt Bacharach. Recorded at Pye Recording Studios, London, 1965. Originally released in May 1965 on the Kapp/London
album HA-R 8233.