Presenting Dionne Warwick / Anyone Who Had A Heart / Make Way / The Sensitive Sound
Reviewed by Heikki Suosalo
These are happy
but costly times for those Dionne Warwick fans, who want to replace their old
vinyl records with CDs. Soon they’ll re-release her Arista albums, but already
now for a few months we’ve been able to enjoy her first sixteen albums released
between 1963 and ’73, fourteen on Scepter Records and two on Warner. It all
adds up to 9 CDs, 194 tracks – 32 of them are bonus tracks – and almost exactly
ten hours worth of music. The only albums that are not repeated here – besides
Dionne Warwick’s Golden Hits, Part One and Part 2, Dionne Warwick’s
Greatest Motion Picture Hits and The Dionne Warwicke Story – are her
’68 inspirational set, The Magic of Believing, and her ’72 compilation, From
Dionne Warwick (released
in 1963) /Anyone Who Had a Heart (’64) / Make Way
for Dionne Warwick (’64; # 10 – r&b / # 68 – pop, in Billboard) /
The Sensitive Sound of Dionne Warwick (’65; # - / 107) – Edsel, EDSK
7051; www.demonmusicgroup.co.uk (2
charted singles: Don’t
Make Me Over (*), This Empty Place, Make the Music Play, Anyone Who Had
a Heart (*), Walk On By (*), You’ll Never Get to Heaven (If You
Break My Heart), A House Is Not a Home, Reach out for Me, Who Can I Turn to,
You Can Have Him
*) denotes a top-ten r&b hit.
I assume that
everybody is familiar with Dionne’s big hits, so I decided just to list them
and concentrate on other highlights and interesting tracks on these albums. Dionne’s
(http://dionnewarwick.us) music roots go
back to church and gospel, after which on the secular side she became a session
singer until she teamed up with Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
Her history is told in detail in Tony Rounce’s annotations.
The fast and
poppy I Smiled Yesterday is the original A-side to Don’t Make Me Over,
and Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah just might be the original 60s take on that song.
Make It Easy on Yourself is the original demo, and other highlights
include a poignant ballad called I Cry Alone and The Love of a Boy, another
pretty downtempo song - plus two-mid-pacers, Put Yourself in My Place and
That’s Not the Answer. Dionne’s (They Long to Be) Close to you is
one of the first recordings of that modern-day standard.
The first Presenting
album concentrated a lot on teeny pop, whereas Make Waybecame
the first charted album. The Sensitive LP was mostly recorded in London, and it was crammed with lush and sugary or jazzy renditions of standards and
melodies from musicals, which really isn’t my music.