Shirley Bassey Birthday Concert (Live)
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- Released: February 24, 1998
- Label: DRG
- 1.'S Wonderful
- 2.Diamonds Are Forever
- 3.Nobody Does It Like Me
- 4.Never, Never, Never
- 5.Kiss Me, Honey, Honey, Kiss Me
- 6.Big Spender
- 7.The Lady Is a Tramp
- 8.New York, New York
- 9.What Now My Love
- 11.Hey Jude
- 12.I Wanna Know What Love Is
- 13.La Passione
- 14.I Who Have Nothing
- 15.Yesterday When I Was Young
- 16.This Is My Life
- 17.I Wish You Love
- 18.I Am What I Am
- 19.(Untitled) - (hidden track)
- 20.(Untitled) - (hidden track)
Recorded live at Castle Howard, England on July 19th, 1997 and Althorp Park, England on July 26th, 1997.
THE BIRTHDAY CONCERT was nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance.
Contains 25 tracks.
Contains 24 track.
The brassy '60s belter Shirley Bassey, Britain's delayed answer to Lena Horne, recently celebrated her 60th birthday with a series of outdoor concerts, of which THE BIRTHDAY CONCERT draws from two. "Goldfinger," a smash hit in 1965, isn't included here but she performs her other big, bad James Bond theme "Diamonds Are Forever" with suitable brio.
Bassey's speciality is a slightly menacing Euro power ballad, with her primo version of Lieber & Stoller's adapted Italian hit "I (Who Have Nothing)" a choice example. Bassey is also a large enough musical personality to straddle the parallel worlds of Broadway and rock with ease. The Beatles' "Something" and "Hey Jude" actually benefit from her outsize approach and Foreigner's " I Wanna Know What Love Is" was pretty "outsized" to begin with. To bring matters further up to date, a disco-inflected version of Chris Rea's "La Passionne" reveals this all-out entertainer to be a proto-Grace Jones, sharing the same stern, declamatory style, but strangely satisfying in the end.
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