Thursday, 17 April 2014

Retro Vinyl Spotlight: Shirley Bassey

45RPM: With These Hands - Columbia, 1960
This week's Retro Vinyl Spotlight focuses on some recent finds featuring one of Wales' greatest vocalists. Dame Shirley Bassey's recording career spans back to the 1950s so its probably not surprising I've discovered a few of her recordings on my travels around charity shops. With These Hands was released by Columbia Records in 1960 and preceeded her big hit As Long as He Needs Me.
Something - United Artists
In 1970, Dame Shirley covered George Harrison's composition Something. It was a successful album, which also saw her cover The Doors' Light My Fire.
20 Golden Love Songs - Note Records
EMI's Note Records focussed on Dame Shirley's ability to deliver a great love song in the late 1970s by releasing 20 Golden Love Songs including All Of Me, Let's Fall In Love and All The Things You Are.
It's Magic - Starline
EMI's budget label Starline released a collection of early Shirley Bassey songs in the early 1970s on the album It's Magic. Including versions of Don't Rain On My Parade and Somewhere.
Goldfinger OST - United Artists

One of Dame Shirley's most famous recordings is the theme tune to the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger which was also included on the soundtrack album.

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