The best version of the best song ever written by the incomparable Burt Bacharach and Hal David (whose death was announced today) …
As such, this qualifies as one of the greatest cover versions in musical history.
The first four Stranglers’ LPs were excellent – Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes, Black and White and The Raven. This track was released as a single in 1978 and was taken from the Black and White long player.
Guitar, bass, keyboard are simply superb on this and the extended instrumental section in the middle enables each instrument to take the lead in turn.
The original LP version then a live version and, finally, an appearance on Top of the Pops!
One of the greatest records of all time. Released in late 1963, the song reached the US Top 10 in January 1964.
In the UK, Cilla Black’s version, released in 1964, maybe better known (and it reached number 1 in the UK) but the Dionne Warwick original is peerless.
The song was actually written for Dionne by Burt Bacharach and Hal David who worked with her to hone the final version which, for the aficionados out there, features constantly shifting time signatures and a chorus to die for.
The single version and then a grainy live cut.