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The Definitive Collection (A Life in Music) [2CD + DVD] [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Cilla Black Audio CD
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Cilla Black OBE is without doubt one of Britain’s most successful and best-loved entertainers. Over the years, she has had 19 Top 40 singles (including two #1 hits), sold out concert venues around the world and presented many iconic TV shows whilst bringing up three sons with her husband, Bobby Willis.

Born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on the 27th May 1943, she grew up in a ... Read more in Amazon's Cilla Black Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (7 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002IN81BC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Love Of The Loved
2. Anyone Who Had A Heart
3. You're My World (Il Mio Mondo)
4. It's For You
5. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
6. I've Been Wrong Before
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Goin' Out Of My Head (2002 Digital Remaster)
2. Sing A Rainbow (2002 Digital Remaster)
3. For No One
4. Work Is A Four Letter Word
5. Only Forever Will Do (2003 Digital Remaster)
6. Aquarius (2003 Digital Remaster)
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. You're My World (The Royal Variety Performance)
2. Don't Answer Me (The Ken Dodd Show)
3. Step Inside Love (Cilla Show)
4. Love's Just A Broken Heart (Cilla Show)
5. Where Is Tomorrow (Top Of The Pops)
6. Liverpool Lullaby (Cilla Show)
See all 27 tracks on this disc

Product Description

CD Description

Cilla Black outsold all other female recording artists in Britain during the 1960s and was the second most successful act after The Beatles to emerge out of the Liverpool Merseybeat boom. She has to date released 15 studio albums and 36 singles (many of which charted world-wide). She went on to become Britain's most popular TV entertainer and host two of the longest-running Saturday evening entertainment shows of the 1980s and 1990s - Blind Date (1985-2003) and Surprise, Surprise (1984-2001).

This set includes all of Cilla's 19 Top Forty hits (including her two number one singles, 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' & 'You're My World') plus classic covers and other essential Cilla tracks - also included are 5 songs which debut on CD format and 6 previously unreleased tracks. The DVD contains over 20 performances, many taken from her hugely successful BBC TV series simply entitled `Cilla' - this popular TV series ran from 1968 to 1976 reaching, at its peak, over 18 million viewers each episode!

About the Artist

Cilla Black OBE (born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on 27 May 1943) is an English singer, actress and television performer who has been successful as an entertainer from 1963 through the present day. She is most famous worldwide for her successful singles "Anyone Who Had A Heart", "You're My World", and "Alfie". After a successful recording career and a brief time as a comedy actress, she became the best paid female presenter in British television history. In September 2009, Cilla's 45 years in show-business is celebrated by EMI (the record label which launched her career) with the release of this CD/DVD set alongside a series of other digital download releases which include a remixed single, a remixes album and re-issues of all of Cilla's original EMI studio albums.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional singer 10 Aug 2010
By TKr
Format:Audio CD
Behind the very irritating TV personality Cilla Black can be with all her esoteric mumbo-jumbo actually lies a very talented singer and that is something that has unfortunately been forgotten over the times, although Emma Bunton has actualöly covered a few of Cilla's songs in the past. Cilla has an amazing voice but also a great feeling for hopw to intepret songs specifically the cover versions she has done. The first CD contains a history of Cilla's hits in very good sound quality. My only misgiving about that is that she sometimes early in her career had the tendency to more or less start screaming during her songs which is a great shame. So maybe some re-recordings of a maore mature Cilla would be interesting project for the future. The second CD with cover versions is just superb! Every song is carefully selected and Cilla turns each song into something very special and even gets away with doing a cover version of a Sinatra song. I think her genius really shines through in the cover version of Kiss you All over. How easily could a mioddle aged singer turned that songinto a parody of itself but Cilla treats it as raw material and comes up with her own very good and very special version. The third CD contains video clips of her show from the 60s which really is a pleasure as so many 60s shows have been wiped.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Career and family responsibilities meant the so-called Swingin' Sixties somehow passed me by, so I now retrospectively derive pleasure from the explosion of talent that prevailed during that decade through various anthologies which, thoroughly researched with wisdom of hindsight, give a balanced view of an artiste's recorded output. Cilla Black, princess of Merseyside pop with close links with The Beatles, eventually became queen of game shows and now rules as dowager duchess of celebrity, so it's easy to forget she once outsold most UK girl singers with fifteen studio albums (now available as downloads) and thirty-six singles - of which two reached number one (ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART and YOU'RE MY WORLD) amongst her nineteen Top Forty hits. Those hits join Cilla's classic covers, other essential tracks, five songs new to CD and previously unreleased cuts to make this two-disc overview totally absorbing.

Of course, Cilla was fortunate to have Sir George Martin as inspiring record producer from the outset of her career in 1963 until 1973, with his creative insight enabling her continuing popularity. HITS + RARE SINGLES, the title of the first CD, naturally includes Cilla's debut recording LOVE OF THE LOVED, penned by Lennon & McCartney; then moves forward through those heavyweight emotional ballads with Continental origins that were best suited to Cilla's stratospheric stridency. However STEP INSIDE LOVE (Lennon & McCartney) and the winsome LIVERPOOL LULLABY demonstrate her ability to take a mellower path without losing expressive depth.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LONG OVERDUE RELEASE FROM CILLA 1 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This Definative collection from The Wonderfull Cilla Black is long overdue. All the hits are here. with a few bonus track released for the first time on CD. but the gem in the collection is Cilla's first DVD release, mostly taken from her variety series CILLA of the 60's and 70's. Not seen the DVD yet. but remember all these shows. This collection is a must for anyone who is a fan of Cilla Black or anyone who ever doubted Cilla's talent as a singer or performer. A true british institute. finally getting the recognition she deserves from EMI. Who are releasing all her studio albums on download in september.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Step inside 7 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
Not my favorite girl singer off that time but was one of the best England had to offer, seems like yesterday watching TOP of the POPS and squeezing into smoke filled clubs, before the discos took off, well worth a listern
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cilla is best 22 Jan 2013
By sally
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Good combination with having the dvd as well. Brings back memories of past loves and losses. If over 50 would recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Excellent package. A true gamut of Cilla's career. The sound quality has been preserved impeccably on the CDs. George Martin's work is superb. As a foreign admirer of Cilla, I really got to finally hear the treasures that we did not get a chance to hear growing up in the USA in the 60s, except for "You're My World", her only record I remember hearing during that time. The DVD is also of excellent quality, with many of the presentations in color. What a wonderful package. And Cilla's personal message at the end is touching. Congratulations to her and to EMI for putting this together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Her Best Collections 7 Nov 2011
By Billy
Format:Audio CD
The reason why I purchased this product (The Definitive Collection) because it has all her original hits on the 2cds and the dvd was a bonus. Cilla was an ikon through the 60s eara and is still going strong. I enjoyed watching the dvd it took me back with the fashion of hair and cloths. I rated this as 5 stars as all the tracks on the cd are original, and thats what I look for when I purchase. Everyone that purchases this product will not be dissapointed, with the price and the cd and dvd.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the definitive collection a life in music 2cd dvd
very happy,love cilla, a bit disapointed with what she did for her last birthday,and going to australia morethen New Zealand.
Published 5 months ago by judithjackwild
5.0 out of 5 stars It's too bad Cilla didn't enjoy the same success in the US!
Most of these songs are new to me since I live in Colorado, but 50 years later they are still timeless. This is a great introduction of her music. Read more
Published 6 months ago by William C. Saul
2.0 out of 5 stars fault in dvd part of the packageof 3 discs
as i said the audio cds are ok but the dvd doeasnt play it loads ok but thats as far as it goes i have bought loads of stuff in the past from the seller and its just a fault in the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by douglas paterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
It was for a friends birthday, an inside joke, but it came in plenty of time and is good quality. Overall a good buy, would recommend to all Cilla Black fans, showcases her work... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amy Fraser
4.0 out of 5 stars CD for my collection
This CD reminds me of the 60s and although not a great fan of Cilla Black now, still like her simple style of those 60s days.
Delivered on time.
Published 18 months ago by Roger Dyer
5.0 out of 5 stars forgotten 60's gem's
We all tend to forget her singing is what started on her tv career and some of these songs still stand the test of time
Published 18 months ago by john hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars definate collection
i already had this product but ordered it for my friend who is also a cilla black fan we both just love listening to our cilla
Published 20 months ago by frances tucknott
1.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Collection
This was bought as a present it's not my taste at all however the person loves it so that's what counts i guess
Published 20 months ago by pink poodle
5.0 out of 5 stars value for money
great package if you are Cilla fan like me this cd covers it all .
The Dvd is great too.It covers all her hits from the BBC series and some non BBC footage too. Read more
Published on 5 April 2012 by Garfield L. Powell
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