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Hello Like Before (Deluxe)
Hello Like Before (Deluxe)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shirley's comeback album ruined by poor mixing!, 20 Nov 2014
Totally agree with the other reviewers this album is ruined by poor mixing! Shirley's vocal is way too prominent and the lush orchestra is just drowned out. The end result is a tragedy as all the orchestral emotion is lost. This album had such potential as Shirley is a mega-star who still sounds super and her choice of songs here are really lovely.

Whoever signed this studio album off for release @ RCA clearly took NO care or even bothered to listen to the Master CD. I'm hoping this oversight gets correct and the album re-issued digitally as I genuinely wanna hear it again after a competent sound engineer has sorted things out.


The Enigma In Gold: Volume 2
The Enigma In Gold: Volume 2

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Proby returns with a new album of hits and original songs for 2014!, 22 Sep 2014
The sixties pop icon P.J. Proby returns with this new album which is released on the eve of his 2014 SIXTIES GOLD tour of the UK!

Well it appears the balladeer is still in fine voice as his latest album a follow up to her 2013 release The Enigma In Gold: Volume 1 is just super. Proby maybe in his late 70s now but the man can sure still Rock it out with his powerful voice!

This album continues along a similar path to last year's VOLUME 1 release featuring new renditions of some of the songs we know and love from his past hit singles and albums (e.g. Mission Bell, Niki Hoeky etc) but what I like best is we get 10 songs which Proby wrote himself! Standout numbers for me have to be 'We Are One', 'The Commitment' and 'How Great Thou Art'.

1. I'm PJ.
2. He
3. Secret Love
4. Niki Hoeky
5. Crawling Back
6. Mess O' The Blues
7. Question
8. Mission Bell
9. P.J. Proby Calling Van Morrison
10. Oh! My Papa
11. I've Seen And Done It All
12. Railroaded
13. We The Jury
14. David and Goliath
15. Work, Rest and Pray
16. I Was The One
17. The Commitment
18. We Are One
19. Another Goodbye Song
20. How Great Thou Art
21. My Christmas Card


Platform Valance-Base Valance In Single, Doube, King - Cream,Single,12"
Platform Valance-Base Valance In Single, Doube, King - Cream,Single,12"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scarce 12" size frill - perfect for the older "less deep" Divan Bed Bases, 1 July 2014
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Pleased with the cream colour and the fit of the platform valance-base.

Quality of material okay and certainly good value for money.

Very fast service from seller.


The Very Best Of
The Very Best Of
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits, fan favourites & new remixes but do yourself a favour and buy the physical release where you'll get a bonus DVD!, 14 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Very Best Of (MP3 Download)
This digital download compilation is a slimmed down version of the 2-disc set The Very Best Of Cilla Black which is out now celebrating Cilla's 50th anniversary in showbiz.

What you miss out here is the inclusion of Cilla's 1966 B&W TV special 'CILLA AT THE SAVOY' on DVD for the very first time. This show was one of the most watched music specials of 1966 on British TV; recording techniques may have been primitive back in the day but the footage contains some magical "live" performances conducted by George Martin. My advice is for a few extra pounds buy the physical release as it's well worth it! That is the ONLY reason I have marked down this release to 3 out 5 stars.

If you really don't care for owning the DVD what you get here are a lorra, lorra hit singles - 19 UK 'Top 40' hits in total, many fan favourites and for those who like to dance around their handbag there are two new remixes from Dutch DJ Matt Pop and British hit-maker Almighty (these guys are responsible for club anthems by the likes of Katy Perry, The Saturdays, Cher, Kylie and Jennifer Lopez). All 26 tracks are digitally remastered and in STEREO; these songs offer newbie fans a fabulous introduction into Cilla's pop career. Actually for those who did not know, CB notably holds a unique place in the history of British pop music, as she was the second top selling music star, after The Beatles, to come out of Liverpool and Britain's biggest selling female chart star of the 1960s.

Cilla Black's 'GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY' celebrations include a TV special 'The One and Only Cilla Black', a deluxe photo memoir Back to Black: Cilla. The Authorised Photographic Memoir, a Cilla Black 2014 Wall Calendar [A4 Size] and DVD releases of her 1970s comedy plays Cilla's Comedy Six - The Complete Series [DVD] and Cilla's World of Comedy - The Complete Series [DVD]. Oh, for those craving some new Cilla music she recorded this musical cover You're Just in Love.


The Very Best Of
The Very Best Of
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CILLA AT THE SAVOY: A bit of TV Gold arrives on DVD in time for Cilla's 50th Anniversary celebrations!, 14 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Very Best Of (Audio CD)
This 2-disc set (which is also out on digital download: The Very Best Of) celebrating Cilla's milestone anniversary charted on the Official UK 'TOP 40' album chart. It's unique selling points are: the inclusion on a "Region Free" DVD of Cilla's 1966 B&W TV special 'CILLA AT THE SAVOY' (this was one of the most watched music specials of 1966 on British TV; recording techniques may have been primitive back in the day but the footage contains some magical "live" performances conducted by George Martin); and for those who like to dance around their handbag there are two new remixes from Dutch DJ Matt Pop and British hit-maker Almighty (responsible for club anthems by the likes of Katy Perry, The Saturdays, Cher, Kylie and Jennifer Lopez). The career-spanning set also contains picture discs and a message in the booklet from Cilla!

As this album was the first "TV advertised" release in 10 years - celebrating Black at her all-time BEST! - it understandably includes all 19 of Cilla's 'Top 40' chart successes alongside other fan favourites! All 26 tracks on the CD are in STEREO and digitally remastered; these songs originate from the 1960s and 1970s with the exception of "Imagine" which was recorded in the 2000s. Together the collection offer newbie fans a fabulous insight into CB's illustrious & diverse pop career! Other 'GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY' celebrations include a TV special, a Cilla Black 2014 Wall Calendar [A4 Size], Back to Black: Cilla. The Authorised Photographic Memoir and DVD releases of her 1970s comedy plays Cilla's Comedy Six - The Complete Series [DVD] and Cilla's World of Comedy - The Complete Series [DVD]. Oh, for those craving some new Cilla music she recorded during 2013 this musical cover You're Just in Love.

Actually for those who did not know, CB notably holds a unique place in the history of British pop music, as she was the second top selling music star, after The Beatles, to come out of Liverpool and Britain's biggest selling female chart star of the 1960s! Here are some interesting CHART STATS about some of the songs included on this set:

- "ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART" was a multi-million selling single by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and a #1 hit for Cilla in Great Britain, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand;
- "YOU'RE MY WORLD" - another multi-million seller and Cilla's most successful single worldwide - it topped the charts in both Britain and Australia - it was also a #2 hit in Ireland, the second biggest hit for the year 1964 in South Africa, a Top 10 hit in Norway and Sweden, Top 20 hit in Canada and it even achieved 'Top 30' placing on the American Billboard Top 100;
- "YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN'" - a cover version of the Righteous Brothers' single - Cilla's rendition notably achieved a #2 chart position (2nd only to the original) in both the UK & Australia;
- "STEP INSIDE LOVE" - Written for Cilla by John Lennon & Paul McCartney - the song launched Cilla's career in television as it was the theme tune to her first series on British TV (BBC's 'Cilla' show);
- "SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW" - Written for Cilla by Bill Martin & Phil Coulter - the song was a 'Top 5' hit in the UK and Ireland which also charted across continental Europe;
- "CONVERSATIONS" - Cilla's final 'Top 10' hit of the 1960s in the UK, Ireland and South Africa and a top seller across Asia - the song was written for Cilla by hit-makers Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway;
- "IF I THOUGHT YOU'D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND" - a smash hit in Scandinavia;
- "SOMETHING TELLS ME" - Cilla's big-seller of the 1970s and a 'Top 5' British & Irish pop anthem - another song penned for Cilla by Cook & Greenaway also used as a theme tune to her BBC TV series 'Cilla'.

With everything now released on CD from Cilla's days at Parlophone/EMI what else could the label do??? Well they need to re-issue all of CB's original albums with their original artwork! One can only hope this box gets ticked before the extinction of the CD format!
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The Enigma In Gold: Volume 1
The Enigma In Gold: Volume 1

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Proby sounds on top form in this 75th Birthday comeback CD!, 11 Oct 2013
This legend may have had his ups and downs over the years but one thing remains constant and that is his legendary voice which on this new CD album sounds sensational!

I'm a fan of Proby's 1960s power ballads and vocal prowess and would be the first to recommend Best Of The EMI Years (1961-1972) which contains all the essentials from the early part of his career. What is fantastic though about this latest release (which celebrates Proby's milestone birthday) is he returns to the same great music which cemented his career some 50 years ago!! Many wonderful new versions of his biggest hits feature plus some really stellar new takes on Rock 'n' Roll gems which Proby so clearly enjoys singing!

The electric guitarist who is credited on this album is Rockin' Roland Jones and he is superb as are the other musicians. Highlights for me on the 2013 release are "Three Steps To Heaven" (Eddie Cochran), "Don't Leave Me Now" (Elvis Presley), "If I Can Dream" (Elvis Presley) and super rock revamps of Proby's hits "Hold Me" and "Together". This album is definitely one of his best produced in recent years so here's hoping we get many more of this standard!

Seriously guys and gals, you've gotta love this guy as he is one of very few TRUE LEGENDS who continues to tour and entertain this nation - here's wishing him many more "happy birthdays" to come!

TRACKLISTING:
1. Let's Have A Party
2.The Price Of Love
3.The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
4. Three Steps To Heaven
5. Lonely Weekends
6. I Apologise
7. Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya
8. Louisiana Man
9. Hold Me
10. Stagger Lee
11. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
12. Yes It's Me and I'm In Love Again
13. I Was The One
14. Don't Leave Me Now
15. Love Me
16. If I Can Dream
17. Susie Q
18. Forever My Darling
19. Together
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You're Just in Love
You're Just in Love
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise! Surprise! Cilla Black returns to singing with this ditty from Irving Berlin's 'Call Me Madam', 2 July 2013
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This review is from: You're Just in Love (MP3 Download)
The British pop legend Cilla Black is a guest vocalist on this new version of the Ethel Merman Broadway classic "You're Just in Love" from 'Call Me Madam - Broadway Originals. The 1950s show-tune offers Black a small opportunity to dip her toe into the music world after almost a 10-year break!

Of course, critics will most likely have preferred a solo venture for Britain's biggest selling female chart star of the 1960s but as she has virtually quit singing it's a cute ditty for fans to add to their collections. Black features on most of the song using her soft talking voice in a very "tongue and cheek" manner and closes it with a big brassy verse which is nothing short of "Merman-esque". I'd describe this track as a "grower", it's a bit kooky and experimental (think Baz Luhrmann and David Stewart) but CILLA saves it!

Cilla met Merman on her BBC variety show of the 1970s and actually performed a medley of Merman's songs with her. One would think the appeal for Cilla here was not only to guest on a friend's debut album but the chance to pay tribute to a stage & musical icon who she so clearly had a great rapport with.


Flesh And Blood
Flesh And Blood
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Featuring a stunning duet with folk legend Buffy Sainte-Marie, 24 Sep 2012
This review is from: Flesh And Blood (Audio CD)
I love Sandi's voice on this duet and her acoustic arrangement is just stunning. There are some other lovely songs also on Sandi's new album. She is a great talent who I am pleased I discovered on BBC Breakfast.

This type of album is what I hope from Buffy next - it showcases her beautiful vocal so well - plus "Big Ones Get Away" has been given a new lease of life. LOVE IT & WANT MORE!


Cilla's World of Comedy - The Complete Series [DVD]
Cilla's World of Comedy - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cilla Black
Price: £6.00

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cilla Black dishes up some '70s comedy gold with her 2nd series of made-for-TV plays!, 10 July 2012
`Cilla's World Of Comedy` aired on ITV in the autumn of 1976. Cilla had just left the BBC having completed an eight series run with her immensely popular variety show 'Cilla'. This was the second series of comedy plays produced by ATV (Associated Television/ITV) with Cilla's husband Bobby as the Executive Producer and director Les Chatfield (Coronation Street, Juliet Bravo, Duty Free). The series came about after the runaway success of "Cilla's Comedy Six - The Complete Series [DVD]" which aired the previous year. Out of the two series this one attracted the higher viewing figures with episodes like "She'll Have To Go" - reuniting Mr & Mrs Pearson aka Cilla and Keith Barron - ranking as the 3rd most watched programme of the week!

As said on my review for "Cilla's Comedy Six - The Complete Series [DVD]" a generation out there will likely have never seen Cilla act. These plays however will appeal to anyone who loves '70s nostalgia and the style of comedy we [The Brits] were known for producing during this decade (think "Rising Damp - Complete Collection [DVD]", "George And Mildred: The Complete Series [DVD]" and "To The Manor Born - Series One [DVD]"). The scripts may at times be a bit dry but the personality and abilities of Cilla and her stellar cast ensure you are served some magical moments which will have you chuckling away. The red-haired lass is a fine comedy actress and it's genuinely very entertaining to see her take on such a wide array of roles. Honestly you can't go wrong at this price - well worth adding to your DVD collection!

Below are details of each episode:

1) She'll Have to Go (31 August 1976) - Guest starring Keith Barron, Dorothy Reynolds - "During an incident involving a trifle and a mince pie, Henry Pearson's mother called his wife Linda a slut. Now the unpleasant old lady is coming to stay with the Pearsons for a few days and with no sign of an apology forthcoming, Linda decides to put things straight betweeen her and her mother-in-law."

2) Home and Away (7 September 1976) - Guest starring Paul Greenaway, Paul McCarthy - "Barbara Norton's husband is a football player who is up for transfer to another team. But Barbara isn't happy about the idea and hatches a plan to scupper the deal."

3) Desirable Property (14 September 1976) - Guest starring Richard Wilson, James Hazeldine - "A separated couple become involved in a battle to buy the same house, much to the chagrin of an exasperated estate agent."

4) Sisters (21 September 1976) - Guest starring Cheryl Kennedy, Geoffrey Hughs - "Teacher Carol Coombes wants to meet a man, so when her sister Elizabeth is called away urgently, she offers to entertain a male friend of Elizabeth's, unaware that he is a photographer who thinks that he has been invited to her house to take nude pictures of her for a calendar. This comic misunderstanding leads to much hilarity."

5) Get Me to the Church! (28 September 1976) - Guest starring Leslie Sands, David Wood - "It is Christine Bradshaw's wedding day. She and her father are just about to leave for the church when Kevin, the best man, turns up to inform them that the groom has been taken ill. A series of amusing mishaps ensues."

6) Who's Your Friend? (4 October 1976) - Guest starring Philip Lowrie, Frank Middlemass - "When Philip Travers wakes up after his engagement party to find a strange woman looking for her shoes in his living room, he hatches a convoluted plot to prevent his future father-in-law from finding out. Farcical goings-on and cross-dressing antics ensue."
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Cilla's Comedy Six - The Complete Series [DVD]
Cilla's Comedy Six - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cilla Black
Price: £8.95

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you are a fan of 1970s nostalgia then Cilla Black will tickle your fancy with her comedy plays!, 10 July 2012
Britain's chart-topping pop singer made her transition into television in 1968 with her very own BBC TV variety show "Cilla". By the mid-1970s and after seven record breaking seasons at the Beeb Cilla Black signed a new deal with production company ATV (Associated Television/ITV). The deal offered Cilla the chance to dip her toe into the world of situation comedy and her husband Bobby the position of Executive Producer.

`Cilla's Comedy Six` was the first of two series made for ATV (the 2nd being "Cilla's World of Comedy - The Complete Series [DVD]"). Filming began in late 1974 and the series was broadcast on ITV at the start of the following year. The response from British viewers and the critics alike was very positive as millions tuned in to watch Cilla star in her new role as ITV's "prime-time" comedy actress. This popularity continued thereafter with each of the six plays charting the weekly `Top 10' poll of "most watched" British TV programmes. A few months after the first series ended Cilla received "Britain's Top Female Comedy Star" award by the Writer's Guild.

A generation out there will likely have never seen this series before - as it has not been repeated over the years and instead disappeared into the vaults at ITV. What I will say is if you are a fan of seventies nostalgia then you will likely enjoy the humour of these plays. If not, you may find them at times a bit dated and wooden as the scripts and style of comedy was very much of the time. If I'm honest I don't think the stories aged as well as some of what you see on better known British comedy classics like "The Good Life" and "Are You Being Served". You do at least however get to see another side of Cilla Black which further proves she is certainly not a one trick pony. Instead, the Liverpudlian star shows she is a very good character actress at heart who can hold her own alongside many of the 1970s sitcom elite. So prepare for a lorra, lorra laughs along the way (and a few tears) all directed by TV's legendary Les Chatfield (Coronation Street, Juliet Bravo, Duty Free). Now here's the big plus point the series is offered at a BUDGET price!

Below are details of each episode:

1) No Harem for Henry (15 January 1975) - Guest starring Keith Barron and Anna Sharkey - "Linda Pearson wonders if there is another woman in her husband's life."

2) Every Husband Has One! (22 January 1975) - Guest starring Henry McGee, Tony Selby - "Doris Livesey is chosen as the typical housewife by a consumer research organisation."

3) Sea View (29 January 1975) - Guest starring Maggie Jones, Alan Rothwell - "Thelma and Barry Fosset take their two small children to the seaside for a week's holiday but it is only when they are ready to return home that problems arise."

4) Father's Doing Fine (5 February 1975) - Guest starring Leslie Sands, Helen Frazer - "Christine Bradshaw's life becomes complicated when her widowed father meets Gloria..."

5) Who's Rocking the Boat? (12 February 1975) - Guest starring Dudley Sutton, Norman Rossington - "Vera Clayton is about to set sail around the world, in a small boat with two men for company."

6) Dictation Speed (19 February 1975) - Guest starring Dinsdale Landen, Nicolette Mackenzie - "Secretary Sally Norton has to work out how to cope with the unwelcome attentions of her boss."
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