Burt Bacharach – Make It Easy On Yourself

  • Two great sounding Double Plus (A++) sides – big, tubey, balanced and above all, natural, on quiet vinyl too
  • With engineering by the legendary Phil Ramone, this is an exceptionally well-recorded album, as this pressing makes clear
  • The brass is great on both sides, rich and full with the right amount of bite, not to mention lively and DYNAMIC
  • “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” are great songs that solidify Bacharach as a master of quirk.” – Allmusic

If you’re a fan of the Casino Royale soundtrack, you should definitely check out this crazy album. The best material on here is loads of fun, and when you get a great copy like this one the sound is WONDERFUL. The brass sounds lively on both sides of this copy, rich and full with the right amount of bite. The overall sound is surprisingly DYNAMIC!

This pressing is Tubey Magical — what A&M pressing from 1970 wouldn’t be? — but also highly resolving of subtle musical information, the kind you notice when you play a pile of copies one after another. Listen to the orchestra on Do You Know The Way To San Jose — you can really hear the sound of the rosiny bows being pulled across the strings.

What both sides of this wonderful A&M pressing have to offer is not hard to hear:

  • The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
  • The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1970
  • Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
  • Natural tonality in the midrange — with all the instruments of this stellar jazz group having the correct timbre
  • Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional studio space

No doubt there’s more but we hope that should do for now. Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the qualities we describe above, and for that you will need to order this copy of the record and throw it on your table when it arrives in the mail.

What to Listen For (WTLF)

We played a good-sized stack of these recently, but not many of them sounded like this. Most copies have a tendency to be bright, which is MURDER on your ears when the horns start blaring. There are plenty of copies out there that lack energy, while others suffer from smear. It takes a special copy to make these easy listening numbers sound fresh and invigorating, and that’s what Hot Stampers are all about.

Some of the material really works, while some of it is pleasant but not quite amazing. We’re keeping the price on these low in the hopes that folks will give this fun music a chance. You might just fall in love with some of these songs. Anyone who’s crazy about the Casino Royale soundtrack is probably going to have a good time with this record, at a fraction of the cost a Hot Stamper copy of that album would set you back (especially from us).


Side One

Promises, Promises
I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
Knowing When to Leave
Any Day Now
Wanting Things

Side Two

Whoever You Are, I Love You
Make It Easy on Yourself
Do You Know the Way to San Jose
Pacific Coast Highway
She’s Gone Away
This Guy’s in Love With You

AMG  Review

Still, the album is a lesson in great songwriting. Bacharach’s charm is his skill in dealing with abstracts. Songs that aren’t immediately pleasing to the ear grow on the listener. “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” are great songs that solidify Bacharach as a master of quirk.

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