One of the premier song stylists of the 20th Century, Dionne Warwick survived the disintegration of her previously fertile relationship with Burt Bacharach and Hal David and re-invented herself under the wing of Clive Davis at Arista to become one of the label’s biggest stars. Her classing phrasing and awesome range made songs like I’ll Never Love This Way Again, Heartbreaker, All The Love In The World and Déjà Vu into memorable hits, and this pleasing collection also includes outstanding duets with Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Osborne and Kashif, among others.
Soul Up North, Spring 2008
Not as you might have expected the predictable Bacharach & David hits, these are the later recordings made in the 1980’s that once again brought this talented vocalist to the public’s attention. This is another ‘Deluxe’ edition that has 36 tracks on the two discs. There’s no denying the quality of Dionne. One feature of this compilation is the inclusion of several duets, Jeffrey Osbourne (Love Power & Take Good Care Of And Me), Luther Vandross (How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye) amongst others. An eight page booklet written by Michael Heaton provides some light reading – if you’re a fan of sophisticated soul then check it out. Smooth soul – for lovers only!
Trinity Mirror, September 08
Don’t go buying this double-CD expecting all of those brilliant Bacharach-David composed 60s hits from Dionne Warwick.
This 36-track compilation is of her recordings from the 1980s, including the top tenners Heartbreaker and All The Love In The World (both written for her by the Bee Gees).
Some of the material here is a little weak, but there are super versions of Cole Porter’s Night And Day, You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To, and Stevie Wonder’s Moments Aren’t Moments.
Warwick also shows off her prowess as a duet singer, harmonising with Dori Caymmi, Jeffrey Osbourne, Johnny Mathis, Kashif, Howard Hewitt, Luther Vandross, Glenn Jones and Barry Manilow.