Shirley Bassey Live at Carnegie Hall [DRG Reissue]
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- Released: January 24, 2006
- Label: DRG
- 2.Where Am I Going
- 3.I Capricorn
- 4.Let Me Sing and I'm Happy
- 5.Johnny One Note
- 6.For All We Know
- 7.I'd Like to Hate Myself in the Morning
- 8.I Who Have Nothing (Uno del Tanti)
- 9.Day by Day
- 10.And I Love You So
- 11.Diamonds Are Forever
- 12.Big Spender
- 13.Never, Never, Never (Grande, Grande, Grande)
- 14.You and I
- 16.A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
- 17.This Is My Life (La Vita)
- 18.A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
- 19.The Party's Over
Personnel: Shirley Bassey; Jack Cavari (guitar); Alfred Brown , Selwart Clarke (violin, viola); Theodore Israel, Julius Schachter, Julius Brand, Avram Weiss, Carmel Malin, Stanley Karpienia, Leo Kahn, Peter Dimitriades, Joseph Malin, Raoul Poliakin, Max Pollikoff, Max Hollander, Max Ellen, Joe Malin (violin); Emanuel Vardi (viola); Gloria Lanzarone, Alan Shulman, Jay Shulman, Anthony Sophos (cello); Frank Owens (piano); Louis Mauro (bass instrument); Robert Shankin (drums); Irwin Cooper (percussion); Woody Herman & The Young Thundering Herd.
Director: Arthur Greenslade.
Photographer: Fred Lombardi.
This double LP recorded May 11 and 12, 1973, and released that same year features a dozen violinists, four violas, four cellos, piano, bass, drums, guitar, percussion, and the amazing voice of the incomparable Shirley Bassey. Officially titled "Shirley Bassey Live at Carnegie Hall featuring Woody Herman and the Young Thundering Heard," Live at Carnegie Hall begins with her biggest American hit, "Goldfinger," and doesn't let up. Starting with a song that euphoric is impressive; few could lead off a concert with their signature tune and get away with it, but her voice is in amazing shape, and she sets the tone as this precious set of material is flawlessly reinvented. That's the Bassey treatment. She hits the audience with the hits. "Where Am I Going" and "Big Spender" from the musical production Sweet Charity, "For All We Know" from the motion picture Lovers and Other Strangers, and "Day by Day" from Godspell were melodies which reached the public consciousness thanks to other artists -- the Carpenters on "For All We Know," and the original cast for the Godspell hit. Bassey just overpowers each memory when she's got your ear and uses the spirit of each song to take flight. The accompaniment is superb, but never gets in the way of the diva. Dusty Springfield titled her orchestrated 1967 album Where Am I Going and Bassey takes the same tune and shifts it to her arena. "And I Love You So" had become an adult contemporary staple at the time, thanks to Perry Como's hit version this very same year, but she dispenses with the pop and injects pure soul into what was originally Don McLean's light folk tune. Add George Harrison's "Something" to the mix, and it makes for a very appealing set. Bassey's interpretations are clearly her own, with the originals or most famous versions finding themselves as great reference points. I Capricorn was one of her albums released before this live set and Never, Never, Never the studio album which would follow; both title tracks get riveting performances here, the album flowing seamlessly. Her on-stage chatter along with another 007 theme, "Diamonds Are Forever," help make Live at Carnegie Hall a sweeping tour de force. It's just a breathtaking live album from a timeless artist. ~ Joe Viglione
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