Make It Easy on Yourself is a puzzling record. Some tracks are instrumental, some feature session vocalists, and Bacharach himself sings only one track. Still, the album is a lesson in great songwriting. Bacharach’s charm is his skill in dealing with abstracts. Songs that aren’t immediately pleasing to the ear grow on the listener. “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” are great songs that solidify Bacharach as a master of quirk.
This masterpiece was Bacharach’s second A&M album, and like its predecessor, features outstanding songwriting. One of the highlights of the record is the great production between Bacharach and Phil Ramone, as well as the instrumental performances. Even songs that aren’t immediately pleasing to the ear grow on the listener: “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” are great tunes that solidify Bacharach as a master of quirk.
Video: Burt Bacharach – Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
•From The Broadway Musical, “Promises, Promises”
Tracks A1, A2, A3, A5 and B1 are from the Broadway Musical “Promises, Promises.”
A&M Records, Los Angeles, California 90028 printed on back sleeve.
Original LP (A&M SP-4188) print and released in 1970
Back cover incorrectly credits Hal David instead of Bob Hilliard as co-writer of track A4.