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  • Audio CD (25 Jun. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Absolute Marketing
  • ASIN: B000PKG4SC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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On 25 June 2007, Dame Shirley Bassey celebrates her 70 year with the release of her first album for almost 10 years, "GET THE PARTY STARTED" which she will showcase as part of her set at this year's Glastonbury Festival where she is due to perform for the first time in her 50 year career. "GET THE PARTY STARTED" - The Album features 13 superb new remixed and re-worked tracks by some of today's most contemporary producers to making the album a must have for music fans young and old. The album combines new recordings, new vocals and remixes of classic tracks including Big Spender, You Only Live Twice, I Will Survive. Also included is the Top 40 "The Living Tree" which has bestowed the honour of having more hits across the decades than any other artist ever - including ELVIS! Due to massive public demand, this incredible new album features Dame Shirley Bassey's absolutely fantastic newly recorded version of Pink's - Get The Party Started recently featured in Marks & Spencer's spectacular pre-Christmas TV advertising campaign. Amongst the incredible recordings are the fantastic new versions of Big Spender, I Who Have Nothing and I Will Survive by producers Chuck Norman and Bob Kraushaar aka NorthxNorthwest whose remixes include Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams and Peter Gabriel. In addition there's the awesome remix of the Grace Jones - Slave To The Rhythm from The Glimmers, whilst super producer Mark de Clive-Lowe has remixed the classic You Only Live Twice. Also to be found on the Get The Party Started album is a wicked new version of What Now My Love from uber cool remix collective Bugz In the Attic as well as Brazilian remix supreme Bruno-e's version of Where Is the Love, Restless Soul's outstanding new remix treatment of Kiss Me Honey, Mungolian Jet Set's fantastic re-working of Can I Touch You There, whilst former Nomad Soul/Soul II Soul producer Dobie completely transforms Lionel Ritchie's worldwide smash hit Hello.This incredible album project spearheaded by Dame Shirley Bassey sees her working with songwriting partners Catherine Feeney and Nikki Lamborn, who co-wrote the beautiful Bassey neo-classic The Living Tree. Catherine and Nikki make up London-based band, Never The Bride who originally approached the Dame about the possibility of recording The Living Tree last summer. The duo had recorded their version of the song, but convinced Dame Shirley it was right for her during a trip to Monte Carlo (where the legendary singer now lives). A chance encounter with the Dame in the gym of a 5 star hotel in the city led to Dame Shirley Bassey hearing and falling in love with the song and agreeing to record it.

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The be-diamoned and be-dazzling Dame's first album in nearly a decade comes out of the speakers firing on all cylinders, made over, souped up and more than ready for action.

Bassey approaches her 70th birthday in June with all the pomp and panache of someone who knows that she's still got it, and 'it' in this case is a voice that makes microphones simply redundant and is strictly off the menu for musical vegetarians. This new shut up-sit up-and-start listening outing starts with that strangely seductive panther-like purr of old before Bassey takes possession of Pink's 'Get The Party Started' with the thumping Big Beat chutzpah last heard in her late-90s collaboration with Propellerheadz.

What follows is a jaw-dropping collection of remixes that foreground the Tiger Bay vixen's fabulous stadium-filling voice with all the drama and glamour you'd expect. Raise your expectations here and you won't be disappointed in a 'Big Spender' that makes Marilyn Manson seem like a novice nun, courtesy of a stunning remix from Chuck Norman and Bob Kraushaar (aka NorthxNWest), who also provide fresh, feisty face-lifts of stage-classic 'I Who Have Nothing' and disco anthem 'I Will Survive'.

'Slave To The Rhythm' gets some sexy and seductive treatment from oh-so-sophisticated remixers The Glimmers, and even Lionel Ritchie's saccharine-soaked 'Hello' seems less risible heard in Soul II Soul producer Dobie's shimmering, slow-burn of a take with Bassey in deliciously feline form. Just as playful is Restless Soul's knowingly tongue-in-cheek treatment of 'Kiss Me Honey Honey' which begs the question Whose tongue? Whose cheek?

Throughout, the Dame is on impeccable form, equally at home with Bugz In The Attic's cool-as-a-Dry Martini take on 'What Now My Love', supremely poised in 'This Is My Life', a Bassey essential belted out with take-it-or-leave-it bravado against a swirling, absinthe-tinged cabaret backing.

And recent chart entry 'The Living Tree' - throbbing away like the Bond movie theme it should have been - adds its own scene-stealing contribution to announce in no uncertain terms that the Dame is back. And, damn it, she's as good as ever! --Michael Quinn

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There comes a time when a Dame has the right to rest and forget the world! Not only because she has earned a rest, but mostly because she has nothing to offer!!! With Dame Shirley Bassey, The Party Has Just Started could be the name of this FABULOUS! album... Perfect new mixes and recordings of her greatest hits, with an edge of timeless modernity. Thank You, Dame Shirley, for everything, and for showing us that there's still beauty, class and style, in your timeless renditions of these songs!
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Based on the bond-esque Living Tree and samples already available on-line and other tracks played on the radio this is going to be a great album. The title says it all and the party has started for all of Dame Shirley's fans, new and old. She really puts her own stamp on tracks like "I Will Survive" which is as far removed from the Gloria Gaynor version as you could imagine. Remixes of Where Is The Love and Big Spender take them into the 21st century and Cagedbaby's remix of This Is My Life is as cool as ice!. And who could forget Shirley's version of Get The Party Started from the M&S TV adverts?. It's going to be a great party! Don't miss out!
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She is a Dame! The diva was made a Dame in the 1999 New Year's honours list (the BBC report is still on their website.) Using that title is something her generation for serious musicians do - compare Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth. They are recognised for their contribution so why not use the title to celebrate a milestone in her career.

More importantly, Dame Shirley still has a big sound and humour in her delivery. (Listen for the slight giggle in the "kiss my **** " line of "Get The Party Started".) The set list on the CD fits together well and is a great selection of standards across the generations: fitting for a celebration of a career that has spanned so many years.

Time to join the party!
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Come on … we all love classy, sassy, Shirley Bassey! She must rank as the best voice this country has ever produced. Yes, even better than Tom Jones! She is a jewel in our Blighty crown.
Up until this point she has more or less kept her albums to the full orchestra and the classical style that she is famous for – No one does it like Bassey.
This album moves her into a more modern genre of music with a little help from the remixing department, this puts a little more drive into the percussion as well as adding a few electronic additions which all the stars of today seem to use. One thing is for sure – has her voice ever sounded better than this?
I saw her at the 2007 Glastonbury festival singing some of these songs and meant to buy this album but never did get around to it.
The first time I heard this album I just loved it. The song selection is just wonderful and there’s not a duff track on here, it’s almost like they’ve reinvented Bassey again – and she’s even better! Even our Shirley has to move into the 21st century?
The album is a mixture of her old hits and her new take on old classic from the likes of Pink, Gloria Gaynor, Lionel Ritchie, Grace Jones & Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway. Living Tree is new but oh so Bassey!
The album reached number 6 in the charts, which was her second highest entry after ‘Something’ in 1970 – result! It sold 60,000 copies and went ‘silver.’
I have a lot of albums by the ladies and this one ranks as good as any of them. No one sings with the panache, power and feeling of Shirley Bassey.
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When did the name of an act or a band EVER have anything to do with the quality of their music or popularity. Come off it sound advice. Listen to the pre release tracks on Shirley's web sits and you'll hear that the voice is as good as ever - the rhythms are fresh and the sound is geared up to sell to all of Shirley's fans, including the gay community who continue to adore her. "Let's get the party started' would have had a top 3 rating if her record company could have had the imagination to release it when the ads were on. It would be good too if her record company could keep to their publicised release dates as well. So Shirley it's 5 stars.
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I was apprehensive when I heard this album was going to be made up of new arrangements of The great Bassey hits as i am such an ardent fan. When I inserted it in my cd player I was instantly blown away by the sophistication and freshness of these recordings. I truly believe this album is going to to be one of the true classics of the 21st century. A Masterpiece !! Well done Dame Shirley, you have nailed it this time.
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Shirley has had her contributions to the Music industry over the past 40 years recognised properly at last and she deserves it, why shouldnt she use the title bestowed upon her, she is obviously proud of it and so she should be. The pre release tracks I have heard and the single Living Tree sound fantastic with a great voice and excellent production, I saw Shirley in concert last year and she blew the house down, other less talented singers are encouraged to keep recording why shouldn't she if She still sounds great, Dame Shirley knows how to get the party started, you go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Shirley Bassey's amazing voice has certainly improved with age like fine wine. Get The Party Started is a truly remarkable performance from the Dame. Now the whole world will know the Dame can carry a dance tune as well as if not better than the young divas of today. She certainly gives it her all in The Living Tree. The passion she invests in this song gives it a Bond-like feel. The other tracks have been admirably remixed especially Slave To The Rhythm. I always thought the original lacked something. Big Spender has a wonderful new beat too. I can't stop listening to this CD!
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