This year Dame Shirley Bassey celebrates an unbelievable 50 years in show business, seeing her very recently in concert, half of her audience weren't even born when she started out. It is fitting that a celebratory album is released to mark such a marvellous show business achievement.
The album opens with 6 new recordings, with the title track Thank You For The Years - a song that conveys how Miss Bassey must feel and delivered the way you expect Dame Shirley to perform, with feeling and emotion. Mi Amor is an up beat track with a Spanish feel while I Just Have To Breathe is just Shirley and a piano, very effective.
The rest of the album features reissued tracks from her vast back catalogue, the songs that have helped to sustain her career for five decades. The live version of I Am What I Am shows just how good a performer Bassey is, the power and control in her voice is amazing. Big Spender, Never, Never Never, Something, What Now My Love, As I Love You are all blasts from the past but sound as good today as when they were first released.
Shirley Bassey is perfection personified, she has the glamour, the sense of performance and above all THAT VOICE. This album is a fitting tribute to a remarkable career, she is one of the most outstanding musical talents this country has ever produced and we won't ever see her like again. This album spans the 50 years of her career and is well worth adding to your collection.