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  • Audio CD (9 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B000006FBQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. S'Wonderful
2. Diamonds Are Forever
3. Nobody Does It Like Me
4. Never, Never, Never
5. Kiss Me, Honey, Honey, Kiss Me
6. Big Spender
7. The Lady Is A Tramp
8. New York, New York
9. What Now My Love
10. Something
11. Hey Jude
12. I Wanna Know What Love Is
13. La Passione
14. I Who Have Nothing
15. Yesterday, When I Was Young
16. This Is My Life
17. I Wish You Love
18. I Am What I Am
19. Bonus Track 1
20. Bonus Track 2

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Contains 25 tracks.Contains 24 track.The brassy '60s belter Shirley Bassey, Britain's delayed answer to Lena Horne, recently celebrated her 60th birthday with a series of outdoor concerts, of which THE BIRTHDAY CONCERT draws from two. "Goldfinger," a smash hit in 1965, isn't included here but she performs her other big, bad James Bond theme "Diamonds Are Forever" with suitable brio.Bassey's speciality is a slightly menacing Euro power ballad, with her primo version of Lieber & Stoller's adapted Italian hit "I (Who Have Nothing)" a choice example. Bassey is also a large enough musical personality to straddle the parallel worlds of Broadway and rock with ease. The Beatles' "Something" and "Hey Jude" actually benefit from her outsize approach and Foreigner's " I Wanna Know What Love Is" was pretty "outsized" to begin with. To bring matters further up to date, a disco-inflected version of Chris Rea's "La Passionne" reveals this all-out entertainer to be a proto-Grace Jones, sharing the same stern, declamatory style, but strangely satisfying in the end.

Track Listing
1. 'S Wonderful
2. Diamonds Are Forever
3. Nobody Does It Like Me
4. Never, Never Never
5. Honey, Honey, Kiss Me Kiss Me
6. Big Spender
7. The Lady Is a Tramp
8. New York New York
9. What Now My Love
10. Something
11. Hey Jude
12. I Wanna Know What Love Is
13. La Passione
14. I Who Have Nothing
15. Yesterday When I Was Young
16. This Is My Life
17. I Wish You Love
18. I Am What I Am
19. (Untitled) - (hidden track)
20. (Untitled) - (hidden track)

Amazon.co.uk

In a world where Celine Dion passes for a diva, Shirley Bassey's Birthday Concert--celebrating her 60th--arrives to remind us how it's really done. Sharing in-jokes with a noisily appreciative crowd while never letting anyone forget who's boss, the Welsh-born singer torches (and occasionally flame-throws) her way through a songbook including "Big Spender," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Diamonds Are Forever" (but, alas, no "Goldfinger"), and a series of I-will-survive anthems ("I Am What I Am"). She's still big: it's the discs that got small. --Rickey Wright

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Music Rocks on 9 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Oh to have been there at these concerts! Which took place over two days. This album should have won a grammy as it was nominated. If you want to experience a taste of Shirley in concert then this is the album for you. Great songs and some different ones with Shirley interacting with the crowd who were picnicking in the grounds of the stately homes! Great atmosphere and Dame Shirley in fantastic form. Buy it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larkhall on 30 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Greatest at her Best.

I've seen Miss Bassey perform live twice - She's fantatsic and this CD of her concert is one of my favorites.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
SENSATIONAL 15 Jan. 2000
By Andre - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Bassey does it again. A captivating and sensuous performance. She still has the magic after all these years. For years I have been saying that Bassey needs no hit records as in the end sheer talent, hard work and a carfeully organized act does the hat trick. Hear the hits from her wide repertoire (She hold the record in the female entertainer category in the UK for the most singles and albums on the charts). The Foreigner song "I want know what love is" and the Beatles hit "Hey Jude" have new meaning when done by Bassey in her "big voice" and smolthering gestures. Definitely the most exciting live performance ever! Listening to the CD placed me right in the audience.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Bassey Better Than Ever! 6 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This Shirley Bassey 60th birthday concert recorded in the UK in 1997, and recently performed for Southern California audiences in the US, reveals Bassey's mature voice to be a breathtaking surprise: richer, stronger, more powerful than ever before. Included on this CD are her hits of the past decades, as well as hair-raising renditions of "I am What I Am" and "I Wanna Know What Love Is." Bassey's jokes and flirtations with the audience are priceless. If you have never heard Shirley Bassey before, you will be amazed at the power and range of her voice. If you are an old Bassey fan, you will be astonished at how her voice has grown. Not to be missed.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
INCREDIBLE. SHE SINGS BETTER EVERY DAY AND YEAR 9 Jan. 2001
By MACELLARI, Anibal Carlos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
WHAT A CELEBRATION. THE GREATEST ENTERTAINMENT IN THE WORLD OF ALL THE TIMES SHOWS THAY SHE IS UNIQUE. SINGS LIKE A BIRD AND MOVES LIKE ONLY SHE CAN.
ITS ONE OF HER MAGNIFICENTS RECORDS. BUY IT KNOW, SPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A TEENAGER AND WANNA KNOW A DIVA, YES A REALLY DIVA.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Nominated for a Grammy 7 July 2003
By Scott F. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Recorded live at the impressive Althorp Park in Northamptonshire U.K., it's easy to tell why this album was nominated for a Grammy. What a better way to celebrate her 60th birthday then with a live concert! Bassey is vocally superior to counterparts half her age, as she flawlessly belts out all her best on this CD. Having studied voice and music theory myself, I can appreciate the quality of Ms. Bassey's voice that progessively gets better with age. There's no shaky grandma voice here when she hit's those unbelievable high notes in "Hey Jude", "This Is My Life", and "I Wanna Know What Love Is"! Not only is every song a vocal masterpiece, but her audience interaction is fun and playful.
An expanded version of this same concert is available on the Import CD titled "Diamond Collection" and on another CD titled "Contemporary Classics". These versions include the songs "GoldFinger", "Crazy", "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Try A Little Tenderness", and "Eleanor Rigby" which were actually extracted from another concert that same year and combined with the "Birthday" CD.
If you've never experienced Dame Shirley Bassey, this CD is an excellent place to start. You won't be disappointed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Amazingly, Shirley still astonishes and delivers. 7 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This Birthday Concert Album reminds us that Miss Bassey is still number one in the entertainment business. Her powerful delivery is unforgettable as she takes us through songs such as Diamonds Are Forever, Something, Big Spender and a number of other gems. Yet with all her power, she sings songs like Yesterday When I Was Young with a tenderness that shows control and sensitive interpretation. Listen to This Is My Life and you would realise that this woman can make you feel joy, pain and every other emotion that is part of that song. Finally, she deserves to be recognised as one of the Best entertainers this century and her Grammy Award Nomination is a fitting accolade. Don't just take my word for it, purchase the album yourself, and you won't be disappointed.
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