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Back to Black: Cilla. The Authorised Photographic Memoir
Back to Black: Cilla. The Authorised Photographic Memoir
by Cilla Black
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.57

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Back to Black!, 1 Oct 2013
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This is a book fans have waited for - to celebrate a brilliant career which has now reached a landmark anniversary - 50 years in the entertainment business.

This book gives a glimpse of Cilla through the years with a stunning selection of photographs starting with family photos from her childhood up to the present day. For the hard core fans there are some very rare pictures to look at, some shots we may be a little more familiar with - all are fascinating in their own way. Some brilliant professional promotional shots to the more informal poses and stage shots - all reflecting on a truly remarkable career.

The fashions and hair styles (and various shades of red)take us from the early days when Cilla topped the pop charts, through to the days when she topped the TV ratings and pictures from more recent times see Cilla enjoying her semi retirement.

The text will be familiar to the die hard fans, there is the really nice touch where Cilla has added comments to some of the pictures. The discography at the end of the book gives an impressive list of Cilla's recording achievements.

The book is very well put together, the quality of the pictures is superb.

I have just a couple of minor quibbles - it would have been nice to have included a resume of Cilla's live work and TV work (presented like the discography)as these areas were significant aspects of her career and other than a couple of pictures of eldest Robert when he was a baby - there are no pictures of Cilla's sons - but these points aren't enough to give the book less than five stars.

This book serves as a great tribute to one of best loved entertainers, Our Cilla - well worth buying

Completely Cilla [1963-1973] [DVD Included]
Completely Cilla [1963-1973] [DVD Included]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely brilliant!, 23 May 2012
I have been meaning to write a review for this for a week or so, and finally got round to it.

Firstly - I love the cover design - very different from the norm and quite classy. I've played all of the CD's now and the sound quality is just brilliant - a great job done with the remastering. Facinating to hear the songs in the order they were recorded - to hear how Cilla improved as singer - the arrangements get better - the choice of songs. There couldn't be a better showcase for the biggest selling female singer of the 1960's.

Apart from the classic big hits - there are so many superb tracks it would be impossible to pick out favourites but the really stand out tracks for me (other then the hits) are:-
You'd be so nice to come home to
My Love come home
Everything I touch turns to tears
I couldn't take my eyes off you
Misty roses
Is it love
First of may
Its differenr now
one little voice
child of mine
The April fools
Close to you
Faded images
Think of me
It'll never happen again
You'll never get to heaven
..................the list goes on - other favoutites will emerge the more I play it!

The booklet gives facinating insight into what it was like to work with Cilla in the studio with comments from the people who were there and the DVD is just superb. The picture and sound quality - supeerb - the choice of material excellent and all from a time when singers performed LIVE on TV and it was no big deal - and they had a mic technique which meant they didn't have to hold the mic on their bottom lip! Cilla's live performances are just the best.

It IS THE BEST Cilla Black box set/compilation release to date and again it goes to prove what a great singer Cilla was back in the day when she was one of our biggest recording stars. We are a year away from celebrating Cilla's 50th anniversary in show business - something will be have to be very special in terms of a Cilla release in 2013 to top this one!
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Thank You For The Years
Thank You For The Years
Price: 6.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DAME SHIRLEY - Thank YOU For The Years, 15 Jun 2003
This review is from: Thank You For The Years (Audio CD)
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.

The Best Of 1963-78
The Best Of 1963-78
Price: 25.41

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This really is The Best Of Cilla!!, 3 May 2003
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This year Cilla Black has a double celebration, her 60th birthday in May and her 40th annivsersary in September. This release from EMI really does celebrate the music career of the UK's top female entertainer.
Just for the benefit of the TV generation of today, who have been brought up on Cilla's Blind Date, this compilation carries 17 of her biggest chart successes from the 60's and 70's, giving an insight into just how important Our Cilla was in the most competative music decade ever. 'You're My World' and 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' were her two number ones and they sound as good today as they ever did, Cilla's vocal performance is outstanding on both recordings.Also included are 'Alfie' and this is the definative version and real gems like 'Conversations', 'Step Inside Love' and 'Love's Just A Broken Heart' that was a big hit in the 60's and does not deserve to be forgotten - the words and the arrangement are a triumph and Cilla's performance is Cilla at her emotive best.
There are some 17 songs making their debut on CD, the pick of which are 'I Don't Know How To Love Him', 'To Know Him Is To Love Him', 'Winterwood' and a song that needs a special mention 'One Step From Your Arms'. This track was recorded for Cilla's 1976 album 'It Makes Me Feel Good' and it is a really superb track that has everything going for it, the lyrics and arrangement are great and Cilla's vocal performance is one of her best ever, shame it was never a single at the time. A cover of the Bee Gees hit 'First Of May' deserves a mention and a great sond from 1971 'Faded Images' - this was released as a single in Australasia but not in the UK and thats a pity because it is wonderful song with a real understated performance from Cilla that really makes the work.
Just for good measure there are 7 tracks that are released here for the very first time 'When You Walk Into The Room' a 60's classic for the Searchers and a track called 'Fantasy' that was recorded in the mid-70's and only previously released in the USA as a single, given the quality of this song one can only guess at the reasons why this was not released in the UK at the time. 'If I Could Put You In My Song' was one of three songs specially written for Cilla for her London revue 'Cilla At The Palace' (Victoria Palace 1976/77)but the real gem has to be 'I'll Still Love You'. This was written for Cilla by George Harrison, initially recorded in 1972 and reworked in 1975 and it is the later recording that is featured here. Over the years there have been many rummours about the possibility of the song being released and now it finally sees the light of day.
There is a comprhensive range of songs included here that will delight the ardent fans and also give new comers to Cilla's music a pleasant surprise. Cilla could give any of todays stars a run for their money as this album of 80 tracks demonstartes. There aren't many singers around who have enjoyed the success Cilla has and even fewer who have achieved 40 years of sustained success in the entertainment world. The Best Of Cilla 1976-78 represents the best recordings from her time with EMI, a truely impressive back catalogue.
Congratulations to EMI for such a superb release and to Cilla for 40 glorious years. This collection is a must for any devotee of 60's music and for those who may need reminding just how good a singer Cilla is. Buy it! You will not be disappointed.

The Best Of 1963-78
The Best Of 1963-78
Price: 25.41

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This REALLY IS the BEST of Cilla, 20 April 2003
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2003 sees Cilla's celebrating her 40th anniversary in show business, and there will be much activity to mark such a fantasic achievement by one of this country's top stars.
This compilation provides fans and 'the yet to be converted' with an epic collection that spans Cilla's fifteen year association with EMI. All the big hits of the 60's and 70's are included together with a selection of album tracks and previously unreleased material that make this a really outstanding album.
Cilla's 60's albums are well prepresented, the inclusion of 'Everything I Touch Turns To Tears'(from Cilla Sings A Rainbow) makes the album worth buying for this track alone. There are also tracks from 'Cilla' (her debut album), 'Sher-oo!' (1968) and 'Surround Yourself With Cilla' (1969).
Cilla's 70's albums were released at the time to coinside with her latest BBC TV shows and they included gems that don't deserve to be forgotten. From the 1971 'Images' album there is the David Gates classic 'Make It With You'and the title track 'Faded Images'- this should have been a single at the time (it was in Australia/New Zealand)with superb lyrics and arrangement not to mention Cilla's superb vocals.
Day By Day With Cilla was released in 1973 and is well represented here by the title track 'Day By Day', often featured on Cilla's TV shows, the stunning 'Winterwood' and an outstanding version of 'I Don't Know How To Love Him', one of the best (if not THE best) covers of the song.
In 1974 Cilla released the album 'In My Life' which gave us a much more contemporary sounding Cilla. The albums production is brilliant through out and the first album with new producer David MacKay. Here songs from that session include 'Daydreamer' and another three outstanding tracks 'Flashback' 'Everything I Own' and 'Let Him In' These tracks showcase the softer side of Cilla whilst still conveying the emotion of the songs.
In 1976 Cilla produced her first set of recordings in America for her album 'It Makes Me Feel Good'. Although disappointinly, the title track is not included here there are five songs that give you a sense of the true vocal quality of Cilla's performances during the 70's. 'Heartbeat', I'll Take A Tango', Lay The Music Down' and a fantastic version of the old 60's hit 'To Know Him Is To Love Him' The track that is most outstanding from this session is the ballad 'One Step From Your Arms'. This has got everything going for it, the lyrics, the melody and arrangement and an unforgettable performance from Cilla.
If all the hits and choice album tracks wasn't enough, there are 7 prevously unreleased tracks from the 1970's. Of particular note - 'Fantasy' released in the USA only as a single in 1976 -was well worth rleasing in the UK and finally sees the light of day on this release. 'If I Could Put You In My Song' was one of three songs especially written for Cilla for her stage revue 'Cilla At The Palace' (1976/77, Victoria Palace, London), maybe considered for a single at the time but for some reason never out out.
The real gem of this collection is the song written for Cilla by George Harrison. Orginally recorded by Cilla in 1972 and re-recorded in 1975. 'I'll Still Love You' is the most eagerly awated release, the song the fans have been longing to here.
The 80 tracks included here give you the opportunity to hear the diverse range of material Cilla covered during her 15 year association with EMI. These tracks showcase Cilla's vocal range and abiliy as well as the emotion of her performance. Cilla the singer does not deserve to be forgotten and this collection will go a long way to ensure she isn't. It is also a fitting tribute to her 40 incredible years in show business.

The Best Of Cilla Black
The Best Of Cilla Black
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Price: 16.74

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This really is THE BEST of Cilla Black, 18 Aug 2002
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It's good to see re-issues of Cilla material in time for her 40th anniversary next year. The Best of collection was originally released to coinside with the second BBC series of 'CILLA' variety shows at the end of 1968, when Cilla's career was a mere five years old. All the big hits to date were included along with one or two selective album tracks for good measure.
This re-issue gives us 11 bonus tracks with 5 of them making their debut on CD. This album is worth buying just for the inclusion of Cilla's 1977 single I Wanted To Call It Off - this single was in a class of it's own, her performance is outstanding it is Cilla-the-ballad-belter at her very very best.
I am a fan of Cilla's practically from the start of her career - I am not one of these people who have just heard a couple of tracks and now think she is wonderful - I have seen Cilla many times Live and fondly recall Cilla performing I Wanted To Call It Off in cabaret - the recording captures Cilla's emotion of her live performance perfectly.
This CD will be a welcome addition to any collector of 60's music as well as introducing a new audience to the power and range of our Cilla. Lets hope there are lots more CD releases to come our way to celebrate 40 years of this countries best entertainer. There is so much dross put out by artists who have never come within spitting distance of Cilla's recording success and yet she is all too often overlooked. CD releases of this calibre will help to rectify the situation.
He Was A Writer/Alfie Darling/It's Now and the old Stevie Wonder track I Believe are welcome inclusions on this CD - He Was A Writer deserved to be a much bigger hit than it was.
Congratulations EMI on a superb compilation.

Cilla/Cilla Sings A Rainbow
Cilla/Cilla Sings A Rainbow
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Price: 28.75

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Any Fan Of 60's Music, 23 April 2002
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At long last EMI are releasing Cilla's back catalogue for a whole new generation to enjoy. There has been so much material around by other, less successful female arists, Cilla's recorded gems have been overlooked. Here are Cilla's first two chart topping albums available on one CD. Listening to these tracks makes you realise just how good and important Cilla of the 60's was.
She can turn her hand to any kind of song and there is planty of proof of that here. Big band swing numbers like 'You Be So Nice To Come Home To', up tempo classics like 'Lovers Concerto' and One Two Three' to the big ballads that made her so popular, 'Goin' Out Of My Head', 'Love's Just A Broken Heart' and 'Everything I Tough Turns To tears' - it's worth buying just for this track alone. With luck, sales of this album will ensure EMI release the rest of Miss Black's classic albums of the 60's and 70's, they all deserve to be reissued like this, they have been hidden away for long enough.
Cilla Black is one of THE female vocalists of the 60's and Cilla/Cilla Sings A Rainbow CD release just gives us a sample of Cilla doing what she really does best - belting out a good song.

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