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on 12 March 2016
Purchased as a present for someone who loves Shirley/ALW and had a sneaky listen. What a bizarre and wonderful album - she gives a micro stage performance for each song! Her voice is completely unpredictable but how it works, and takes the listener on such a journey. There's a review on here in which someone writes that it sounds as if she's just rushed into the studio and recorded and got out. Don't be fooled - to sound like this takes some doing. Go there - you will love!
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Shirley Bassey, (a.k.a. the Welsh banshee, Bassey the Belter and the Tigress of Tiger Bay) has been a singing star for almost half a century, best remembered for singing the theme songs to the James Bond movies "Goldfinger" and "Diamonds Are Forever." However, the Shirley Bassey who "Sings the Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber" on this album is not the same one we remember belting out those unforgettable movie themes. Not that we should expect it to be, but it is hard to listen to her sing these songs without thinking about what she would have done with them twenty years ago.
These songs are mostly done in the Bassey way, which is big and brassy, starting with the opening tune, "Memory" from "Cats." Similarly, "Starlight Express" sounds like it belongs in a nightclub act, but there are also songs that try something differences, such as "Chanson D'Enfance," which is sung in French to an accordion. The problem is that every time Bassey gears up to power through a part of a song, like in "Tell Me On a Sunday," it is always less than what you expect to hear. That means that slower, quieter songs like the first parts of "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Macavity," and "Wishing Your Were Somehow Here Again" end up coming across better, where Bassey relies more on vocal phrasing than power vocals, and when she gets to the big part of the songs she is no longer up to the challenge. The bottom line is that this one is for fans of Bassey, who enjoy hearing her sing even as her considerable vocal talent slowly erodes, and will be less impressive to fans of the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber. For Bassey fans this will be a 4; for Lloyd Webber fans this will be a 3.
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on 3 August 2006
i love shirley bassey and have this cd (as well as all the rest) however you can tell that this was a rushed, only slightly rehearsed piece of work. the dame is not at her best voice and the arrangements are at odds with her talents. i think she just popped into the studio and read the words and hurried on out again...who knows. actually all of her other cds are preferable to this, but if you love shirley of course you have to have this too. i just hope this is not your first experience with the diva of divas.
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on 27 December 2013
i love shirley bassey.but this is got the lot .she sings andrew lloyd webbers music so very well. i woul highly recomend it.
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on 3 January 2017
Not her best but adds to the collection
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on 29 June 2011
A great Bassey fan, but the album is one of the most dreadful I have heard. It is a great shame as the Dame can do and has done so much better.Shirley Bassey Sings The Songs Of Andrew Lloyd Webber
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on 14 July 2001
A GREAT COLLECTION OF SHOW SONGS THAT ONCE DAME SHIRLEY HAS RECORDED THEM, THEY WILL REMAIN SUNG. I LOVE "AS IF WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE" FROM SUNSET BOULEVARD. AND OF COURSE "MEMORY". A CD FOR SINGING YOUR HEART OUT TO!!
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