We Need To Go Back: The Unissued Warner Bros. Masters by Dionne Warwick

October 6, 2013

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Dionne Warwick was a force in pop music for several decades; selling tens-of-millions of albums and singles. Her career can be divided into three parts; her time with the Scepter label (1963-1970), the WB label (1972-1977), and the Arista label (1979-1994). Her Warner Brothers period was more obscure. Now Real Gone Music has gathered together 19 unreleased tracks from recently discovered master tapes.

Fans of Dionne Warwick will be delighted with the release of We Need To Go Back: The Unissued Warner Bros. Masters. On the other hand, many times unreleased tracks were unreleased for a reason, which means the average music fan of her era may want to pass and stick with her better known material.

She recorded dozens of tracks by Burt Bacharach and Hal David while with Scepter but now Bacharach has some new writing partners. Bacharach and Bobby Russell provide “And Then You Know What He Did” and “Plastic City” and he teams with Neil Simon on “And Then He Walked Through The Door.”

Five tracks are from her unreleased country album. Highlights are “Rest You Love On Me” by Barry Gibb, “I’ll Never Make It Easy” by Connie Van Dyke, and “Keep Me Warm” by Linda Hargrove.

No matter what the material, Warwick is a pure pop artist. Her voice can soar plus bring out the nuances of a song as she creates varied textures. The material may not be the best she has ever worked with but her voice is at the height of her powers.

We Need To Go Back: The Unissued Warner Brothers Masters is not the place to start when exploring the legacy of Dionne Warwick but fills in a number of gaps in the career of one of pop music’s masters.


I Wanna Go Home 45 by Jackie DeShannon

May 19, 2011

Jackie DeShannon is best remembered for a series of hits during the 1960’s and 1970’s. She also gained some fame as the writer of Kim Carnes huge hit, “Bette Davis Eyes.”

She first came to the public’s attention as an opening act on one of The Beatles North American tours. It also helped that she was one of the best looking female pop artists of the 1960’s

Everybody’s career has to begin somewhere. She released “I Wanna Go Home” on the old Edison International Label during 1960. Today it is a very difficult single to locate and is highly collectable.

It wasn’t a hit, but it was a start.