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TURN-ONS AND TURN-OFFS IN CURRENT HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES : Excellent Good Fair Poor : COMPACT DISCS

“Dionne Warwick Anthology: 1962-1969.” Rhino. AAD. Several of Warwick’s hits with writer-producers Burt Bacharach and Hal David now seem dated, but the best of the 16 tracks in this CD-only collection continue to reflect the sharp sophistication and flair that characterized this unique pop partnership. The hits, ranging from “Walk on By” to “I Say a Little Prayer,” are highlighted by Bacharach’s melodic tension, David’s witty, almost conversational lyrics and Warwick’s smooth, elastic vocal style. The package includes a booklet that traces Warwick’s career. Sound quality: average.


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