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Ronan Keating & Burt Bacharach Team Up To Release New Album 'When Ronan Met Burt'

Tuesday, 01 March 2011 Written by Jon Stickler
Ronan Keating & Burt Bacharach Team Up To Release New Album 'When Ronan Met Burt'

Ronan Keating has teamed up with legendary composer Burt Bacharach to record his brand new solo album,‘When Ronan Met Burt’, set to be released on March 21st.

A long time fan of Burt’s staggering back catalogue, Ronan is thrilled to be working with one of his all-time musical heroes on this very special collaboration. The Irish superstar first contacted Burt last year; he was ecstatic when the iconic composer and producer agreed for them to work together.

Backed by a full orchestra, the result was a spectacular album recorded by the duo earlier this year. All the tracks featured are classics composed by Burt over the course of his impressive fifty year career and include instantly recognisable hits such as ‘Walk On By’, ‘The Look Of Love’, ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ and ‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’. All the tracks were recorded live with a full orchestra, ensuring that the grandeur and stature of these timeless classics was captured and conserved.

“It has been a dream come true to work with Burt on this album,” Ronan says of the collaboration. “I grew up listening to his songs and the tracks we’ve chosen to record for the album are simply some of the greatest pop masterpieces ever written, so it was an honour to sing them alongside the man himself.”

Speaking about the recording session Ronan said, "It was one of the hardest sessions I’ve done. It’s hard enough trying to do justice to such legendary tunes but to record them with the man himself was another level of pressure".

Burt said of the process, "To do these songs with a different slant and approach on them made it very interesting for me. And too be able to work with Ronan and expose these songs to maybe a younger audience as well as my fan base. Then to be able to record it in the legendary Capitol recording studio - full orchestra live. Quite a trip we were on Ronan."

‘When Ronan Met Burt’ is Ronan’s seventh solo album in the UK and is his first solo release in this country since 2009’s ‘Winter Songs’. He has since spent time in Australia working as a judge on the Australian version of ‘The X Factor’ and went on to win the competition with one of the acts he mentored. He will again return as a judge on the new series of the show later this year.

‘When Ronan Met Burt’ full track listing: 

01. The Look Of Love
02. Walk On By
03. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
04. Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)
05. My Little Red Book
06. What The World Needs Now
07. Something Big
08. I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
09. This House Is Empty Now
10. Make It Easy On Yourself

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