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on 24 November 2008
I wasn't quite sure how much I would enjoy this particular pairing of two of Dame Shirley's last albums for EMI's Columbia label. The track listing at first sight seems very much of its period and many of us have several versions of most of these songs in our collections already so I put this on with less enthusiasm than I had felt for most of BGO's reissues of Dame Shirley's work.
Good news: as usual, the sound is far superior to that on the vinyl originals but the performances and arrangements are so tingling with vitality and insight that there is no question of this being a routine listen. Several times, I have listened to this collection whilst doing some chores and found myself really listening and thoroughly enjoying what I was hearing.
According to my reckoning, all but three of Dame Shirley's EMI/UA albums have now been reissued. Unless I have missed something, only "Does Anybody Miss Me?", "This Is My Life" and "The Magic Is you" have yet to be reissued and I sincerely hope BGO gives them to us soon. It would also be good to have Dame Shirley's Philips albums reissued.
That, however, is a hope for the future. Enjoy what we have now in the present. I am thoroughly enjoying listening to these albums again in such good sound. I recommend them without reservation. Thank you, BGO.