FORGOTTEN MUSIC #84: Odds & Ends–Scepter Records Rarities By Dionne Warwick

Have you heard Dionne Warwick sing “Walk On By” in German? I have. And I’ve heard Dionne Warwick sing “Reach Out For Me” in French and “The Windows of the World” in Italian. Odds & Ends collects some of the rarities from the Scepter Records vault and remasters the 60-year-old sound.

I was a big fan of Dionne Warwick in the 1960s when she was singing all those Burt Bacharach and Hal David hits. I’ve only seen Dionne Warwick in concert once, but she was excellent. After listening to her music for decades, this new CD with odd versions of her songs is a delight! Are you a Dionne Warwick fan? Do you have a favorite Dionne Warwick song? GRADE: A
1. I Say a Little Prayer (Alternate Version)
2. Monday, Monday
3. A House Is Not a Home (Italian Version)
4. He’s Moving On (Stereo Single Non-Soundtrack Version)
5. Amanda (Stereo Single Non-Soundtrack Version)
6. Walk On By (German Version)
7. Don’t Make Me Over (Alternate Version)
8. Reach Out for Me (French Version)
9. The Good Life (Studio Mix)
10. Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets (Alternate Version)
11. Walk Little Dolly (Italian Version)
12. If You Let Me Make Love to You, Then Why Can’t I Touch You
13. La Vie En Rose (English Version)
14. You’ll Never Get to Heaven (German Version)
15. As Long as There’s an Apple Tree (Extended Version)
16. Our Ages or Our Hearts
17. How Many Days of Sadness (French Version)
18. I Love Paris (Studio Mix)
19. Silent Voices (Stereo Mix)
20. The Windows of the World (Italian Version)
21. C’est Si Bon (Studio Mix)
22. Odds & Ends (Alternate Version)
23. A House Is Not a Home (French Version)
24. Walk On By (Italian Version)
25. Do You Know the Way to San Jose (Alternate Version)
26. Dionne Radio Promo Spots & Public Service Announcements

22 thoughts on “FORGOTTEN MUSIC #84: Odds & Ends–Scepter Records Rarities By Dionne Warwick

  1. Steve Oerkfitz

    Not a huge fan-Liked Walk On By and I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself best. This wouldn’t be for me.

  2. Jeff Meyerson

    Yes, I’m a fan. Our former Borough President Marty Markowitz used to put on free concert series every summer, starting back in the days when he was a State Senator. We went many times over the years, seeing such acts as the late Del Shannon, Dion and Ronnie Spector, Neil Sedaka and Brenda Lee, even Linda Ronstadt doing her “classic” material. We took Jackie’s mother with us (this was probably 2004, the year she died) to see both Ronstadt and Dionne Warwick, Good show,

    I have a lot of favorites: Walk On By, Anyone Who Had a Heart, almost all the Bachrach/David songs.

  3. Deb

    “Walk on By” is my favorite of hers—and undoubtedly the work she did with Bacharach-David was the best in all ways, but I also like some of her later work which was produced by people like Barry Manilow and Barry Gibb , such as “Heartbreaker”.

    1. george Post author

      Deb, Dionne Warwick had a long and successful singing career. I just found a CD, Christmas in Vienna II, a 1994 album released by Dionne Warwick and Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo for the Sony Classical label. I’ll put a review of it on the blog closer to Christmas.

      1. Jeff Meyerson

        Jackie has the album she did with Barry Manilow. She also did “Then Came You” with The Spinners.

        Sadly, the neighborhood in Brighton Beach near where the free concerts ended up kept complaining about “too much noise” and how it was supposedly bothering people worshiping in a nearby synagogue (on Thursday nights!), so he agreed to keep the sound down to a certain level. Unfortunately, the final concert was George Thorogood & the Destroyers, who turned it up to 11 and basically said “F#ck you” to complainers. They canceled the shows after that, and moved it to a venue near the Coney Island Boardwalk. Sadly, the quality of people they got to perform was no longer to our taste, and we haven’t been there since.

      2. george Post author

        Jeff, there have been some “incidents” at the free concerts in Buffalo. The free concerts in North Tonawanda along the Erie Canal attract enthusiastic crowds and lots of food trucks. But they haven’t attracted us.

  4. wolf

    Sounds interesting.
    Sometimes a bit of “feel good music” like Walk On By is appropriate …
    But not too much of it for a Blues&Rock fan like me. 🙂

  5. Cap'n Bob

    I don’t see my favorite, Anyone Who Had a Heart! I lost interest in her when she started pitching telephone psychic ads on TV! Pass!

      1. george Post author

        Wolf, you have no idea how wacky people are in the United States. Tarot cards, palm reading, fortune-telling, etc. rake in millions!

      2. Todd Mason

        Not just in the US, George…some of the worst heads of state in the US, Germany, Russia and elsewhere would’ve dug, and did enjoy the services of, their own “psychics”….

  6. Todd Mason

    Included in this month’s roundup:

    Underappreciated Music: links to the reviews and music: 1 August (July selections) 2018

    The usually monthly assembly of undervalued and often nearly “lost” music, or simply music the blogger in question wants to remind you reader/listeners of…
    Paul D. Brazill: A Song for Saturday
    Jim T. Cameron: John D’Earth: Restoration Comedy
    Alice Chang: testing violins; Debra Wilson and Beyonce Knowles; Mari Samuelsen
    Sean Coleman: Timotheos: Hierosolyma
    David Cramner: The Charles Mingus Band: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
    Duo Françaix: Danzas Españolas Op. 37 – No. II Oriental (Enrique Granados)
    Jeff Gemmill: Top 5s; The Essentials: Shelby Lynne; Shelby Lynne in concert; Nichole Wagner: And the Sky Caught Fire; Stephen Sills: Right by You
    Keiko Hassler: Colin Raye: “I Think About You”
    Jerry House: Eddie Peabody; Hymn Time; Music from the Past
    George Kelley: Dionne Warwick: Odds and Ends: Scepter Records Rarities
    Kate Laity: Song for a Saturday
    Steve Lewis: Music I’m Listening To
    Light in Babylon: “Baderech el Hayam”
    Barry Malzberg: Amalia Hall: selections from Mozart and Bach
    Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka – viola Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra Amadeus conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal
    W. A. Mozart: Violin concerto in A major, KV 219, first movement
    W. A. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, KV 364, first movement
    J. S. Bach: Gavotte en rondeau from Partita No. 3 for violin solo in E major BWV 1006
    Todd Mason: Some More Women Musicians, and Men Talking; Mostly Jazz and Classical: Saturday Music Club
    Laura Nakatsuka: Orera: “Krimanchuli”: Blue Heron: “Permanent vierge” (Johannes Ockeghem)
    Piero Papini: Roberto Musci: “The Age of Fragmentation”
    Lawrence Person: Shoegazer Sunday
    James Reasoner: Middle of the Night Music
    Charlie Ricci: Jenny Van West: Happiness to Burn; Bobby Darin: Beyond the Sea; 5 Awful Recordings by Hall of Famers; Dusty Springfield: “Wishin’ and Hopin'”
    Mari Samuelsen: The Four Seasons: Presto from “Summer”
    Gil Scott-Heron: “The Train from Washington”

  7. Todd Mason

    I’m fond of Warwick’s work, and also find it unfortunate that she chose to be a shill for the hotline…her sister Dee Dee did some remarkable work as well…though some of the recent biographical material on Whitney Houston alleges that Dee Dee Warwick might have molested the young Houston while meant to be caregiving, which certainly puts an unfortunate spin on enjoyment of that work.

    Perhaps ironically, my favorite Dee Dee Warwick record is hers of this song, hers the original: “You’re No Good”


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