Bacharach & David’s “Walk On By” is on my short list of Best Pop Songs of the Last 50 Years. It has been covered by everybody from the Beach Boys and the Carpenters to Seal and AWB.
Jazz vocalist Emily Saxe took a go at it on her 2007 album “Keeping You In Mind.”
I like the soft-funk arrangement. But Ms. Saxe for some reason alters the melody, avoiding the high note on “foolish pride.” That diminishes the impact, I think.
I’m streaming Saxe’s version on my Vox blog; click here to listen.
This track is available as a FREE MP3. Follow this link to Download.com if you want it.
Let me share two other versions of “Walk On By” that I like:
The Brooklyn retro-groove band El Michels Affair did an update of the famous Isaac Hayes arrangement. Click here to hear it. (Downloadable from eMusic and iTunes.)
Saxophonist Stanley Turrentine released a killer version on Blue Note Records in 1966. Click here to listen.
Dionne Warwick, of course, recorded the flawless original. What I didn’t know, prior to today, is that she also recorded a German-language version (“Geh Vorbei”).
You can hear that – along with her German version of “You’ll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)” – thanks to Dionne’s biggest fan on YouTube, DibOtis.