Sunday, 13 April 2014

45 RPM Find: With These Hands / The Party's Over by Shirley Bassey (Columbia, 1960)

Shirley Bassey - With These Hands (DB4421)
This recent single find from a Newport charity shop was Shirley Bassey's second single release after signing to UK's Columbia label in 1959. 

With These Hands coupled with The Party's Over is strong enough to be considered a double 'A' side although if you look at the chart statistics, the single didn't fair too well, only making No.38 in the UK charts in early 1960. By  today's standards, it probably sold enough for the single to reach No.1 in 2014!

Shirley Bassey - The Party's Over (DB4421)
With These Hands had previously been popularised by Eddie Fisher while there were already notable versions of The Party's Over by Nat King Cole, Doris Day and Lonnie Donegan. The Party's Over was also the final track on Shirley's first Columbia LP The Fabulous Shirley Bassey. 

The Love Album, MFP 1990
Both songs are particularly strong ballads and were well and truly on the road to standard status by the time Shirley recorded them in 1959. Prior to finding the single for a mere 50p, I found both tracks on  Music For Pleasure's 1990s Bassey compilation, The Love Album (ironically, I only paid 25p for that from a Narberth charity shop, but with quality music both the CD and a single are still a snip to find for under a pound!)

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