THIS IS MY LIFE, DOES ANYBODY MISS ME
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Two late '60s albums from Dame Shirley. Both albums feature a mixture of standards, contemporary and show tunes. All BGO's Bassey re-releases have proved popular with fans old and new alike, and hopefully this will prove the same. Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with new notes.
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This Is My Life was released in 1968 and to be honest has never been a favorite of mine until now! The remastering brings out detail in the excellent orchestrations that were missing from the original vinyl albums. Tracks like "Goin Out Of My Head", "Softly As I Leave You" and "Where Is Tomorrow" sound like they are 2009 recordings! Overall a great album. The second album is Bassey's 1969 release "Does Anybody Miss Me". For me the best tracks on this release are the lesser known songs like "It's Always 4am" "Never Never No" and "We" where Bassey holds back on her usual strident vocals and gives a much more intimate performance. For me "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me" and "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" sound way too cabaret and are not typical of Bassey's style, but that is just my personal taste, they are both good songs. Overall this release of Shirley Bassey's last two albums of the sixties, just before she would go on to even greater success in the seventies starting with the "Something" album, are great additions to her CD catalogue. What is especially welcome is the fantastic sound quality on this release. These albums have never sounded better!
However, they do not show Dame Shirley at her absolute best. Of the two, I prefer "Does Anybody Miss Me?" which features Dame Shirley singing pianissimo on several tracks and these renditions are very effective. "So You Want to Be Loved"? first track on "This Is My Life" is the reverse. You can almost hear the producer screaming "Louder!" through the talk back system. Quieter would have suited the song better.
These albums are the last of the relatively hitless early UA years. There is a slight element of routine about them and an uncertainty of direction. The arrangements show this too. They are serviceable rather than inspired. They certainly don't compare well to those provided by Geoff Love and Nelson Riddle or those to come by Johnny Harris and Arthur Greenslade.
All this changed with a vengeance with Dame Shirley's next studio release when Noel Rodgers took over as producer and Johnny Harris produced a series of staggeringly imaginative yet modern arrangements which inspired Dame Shirley to give what are arguable her best performances on record. I have to say though that I still love and enjoy her work for Philips and EMI Columbia.
This is not to be negative about this collection. The two albums are very good. Essential if you are a fan but not the place to start if you haven't heard one of Dame Shirley's albums in its entirety. "Something Else" is probably the best of everything...but then so are the albums with Geoff Love and Nelson Riddle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two of her best albums ever - what more need be said?
BGO have done their usual outstanding job with the sound on this album. I can't agree with other reviews complaining about the quality of the remastering at all. Read morePublished on 4 July 2009 by Bismaquer
Two great late 60s albums by La Bassey, but watch out for the sound. Some reviewers here think it's great, others don't (my own copy sounds pretty fuzzy - not up to BGO's usual... Read morePublished on 23 May 2009 by BrumBoy