Richard Poon to release 12-track Burt Bacharach album

Richard Poon will give a modern jazz feel to the classic hits of Burt Bacharach for his upcoming album to be released this 2014.


Last year, Richard Poon went back to his pop roots with the release his fifth solo album titled Legends. This time, the Kapamilya singer takes on classic rock anthems of Grammy and Academy award-winning singer Burt Bacharach.

Richard dished out details about his still untitled album during his interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the media last August 9 at Robinson’s Place Manila. The singer was part of the 2014 United Fashion Show held that day.

“I think this is the best album I’ve ever done kasi even my executives are raving about it,” Richard told the press about his upcoming album to be released under MCA Records.

“Hindi pa ko tapos, nasa sampu [10 tracks] pa lang ako, may dalawa pang kulang.

“Tuwang tuwa sila. Tumawatag sila.

“I never had that response yet so it’s a mixture of, lahat popular, e.”

The 40-year-old singer mentioned some tracks that may be included in his newest album. These are: “Raindrops Keeps Falling On My Head,” “Alfie,” “Arthur’s Theme,” “A House Is Not A Home,” “I Say A little Prayer,” “The Look of Love,” “Don’t Make me Over,” “Walk on By,” and “What the World Needs Now.”

Aside from singing the tracks, Richard was also proud to reveal that he also had input when it comes to the arrangements of the songs.

He said, “It’s a nice album, ako taas kamay ko sa mga arrangers ko.

“‘Tsaka kalahati rin, nag-a-arrange din kami, I arrange also with them so maganda…”

The singer promised that he will release snippets of tracks from his upcoming album on his official Instagram account.

“If you go to my Instagram, maglalabas siguro ako, mga apat na kanta, mga snippets na mga 15 seconder.

“You can hear na already the new album there. Maganda.

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“Bibilhin ng matatanda ‘yan.

“Lahat ng mga kilala si Bacharach will buy that album.”

Have they already chosen the title of his upcoming album?

Richard answered, “Actually hindi ko pa alam, e. Wala pa silang title. But it’s a pure Bacharach album [with] 12 songs.

“All of the most, sikat, pinakasikat.”

He continued, “Imagine na yung song na ‘Always something there [to remind me]’ that is Bacharach!

“‘Tsaka ‘You’ll never get to heaven if you break my heart.’”

Richard also tries to veer away from versions released during the New Wave music era of the ‘80s. Instead, he wants to give a modern jazz feel to the classic hits.

He said, “Sa ngayon, we try to arrange it.

“Sabi nga nung UR [Universal Records] executive, ‘Alam mo Richard, I think this is the best album we have heard so far sa Universal Records.’

“Sabi niya, ‘because every arrangement mo, pinagisipan.’”

The ASAP Sessionista mainstay assured his fans that he will bring something new on the table and give make the songs like his own.

“So kami ang attack namin, we don’t want to make a Bacharach album na kapag pinakinggan mo ‘Nge! okay…’

“Alam mo yun pag pinakinggan mo siya parang bago, ‘Uy parang ibang atake a!’ Ganun.

“Yung pinag-isipan talaga siya ng matagal.

“So im very proud of the album.”

Richard added, “I think it will… I hope ‘pag binigyan kita ng album, you’ll listen to it and say, ‘Oh my god, I wanna buy this and give it as a gift for my mama, papa, my tito!’ kasi wala kang itatapon.

“Ganun ako magproduce ng album.

“Ayokong may album na, alam mo out of the 12, one or two tapos yung 10 itatapon mo na lang.

“E, di wag ka bumili, mag iTunes ka na lang, bumili ka ng isa, di ba?

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“Ayoko ng ganun.

“I wanna be able, long term, ma-create yung, ‘Alam mo, ‘pag si Richard gumawa ng album, buong album niya maganda. Hindi ‘yan matatapon, yung sampu diyan.’

“So I’m really working hard.”

Richard’s album will be released sometime in September or October 2014.


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