Stops The Shows / 12 Of Those Songs
BGO have done a terrific job in the past by remastering and releasing some of Shirley’s back catalogue. Their last release, the magnificent ‘Live In Japan’ was exceptional. I have not been disappointed with any of their releases so far and I know I will not be with their next one. To be issued on 3rd November it will see the remastering of two of EMI’s Columbia albums on CD for the very first time in their entirety. BGO CDs are usually beautifully packaged with good sleeve notes and judging by the look of the front of the sleeve this will be the same.
I’m particularly pleased that ‘The Sweetest Sounds’ will make it’s debut on CD. I’ve always liked this song so I’m looking forward to hearing it remastered. One song though that could be left off and disappear forever is ‘Come Back To Me’. I cringe whenever I hear it – it’s that terrible end note! Sorry folks but although she is my all time favourite there are a few songs I cannot stand to hear her sing and that is one of them.
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“All about Shirley” is a British-German documentary filmed by the BBC in 1972. The recordings took place in the studio in Germany (Hamburg) and in Sardegna (Italy) where Shirley had her second home at the time named “Tiger Bay” in Porto Rotondo at the Costa Smeralda.
Sardinia is a generally mountainous island with a few coastal plains. The island’s mountains are divided into three ranges; the highest peaks are in the middle section of the island. Gennargentu, at 6,016 feet (1,834 m), is the highest point in Sardinia. Sardinia has few major rivers; the largest river on the island is the Tirso, which has a length of 94 miles (151 km) and flows into the Mediterranean Sea. The island has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and very mild winters. The climate in the mountains tends to be wetter and cooler than the lower coastal plains; and winter snowfalls are not uncommon in the higher peaks. Sardinia also has more mountains than flat, low land and forests.
The most spoken language in Sardinia is, undoubtedly, Italian, but Sardinian is widely spoken too. Sardinian is a Romance language of Latin origin, but with an obscure Pre-Roman element, including Phoenician, Etruscan, and Near Eastern languages. While it has been significantly supplanted by Italian for official purposes, Sardinian is still widely spoken in most rural parts and, stemming from a long history of oral tradition, is used culturally for folk songs and poetry. As a literary language, it is gaining clout, despite heated debate about the lack of standard orthography and controversial proposed solutions to this problem. Recently, the regional administration has approved the use of Limba Sarda Comuna in official documents.
The Sardinian economy is today focused on tourism, mining, commerce, services and information technology; an increasing income is coming from its famous wines and gastronomy. The island contains numerous extraordinary tourist areas, Alghero, North West, with Capo Caccia astonishing cliffs and the famous Neptun Cave, and including the Costa Smeralda and Gennargentu. The island is particularly famous for its beaches, but is also rich in other interesting places, such as some charming sea towns and archaeological ruins. See also: Tourist destinations of Sardinia. Saipem a contractor in the oil and gas industry and a subsidiary of Eni S.p.A, operates a shipyard on Sardinia. Their main activity is the fabrication of offshore oil rigs. Several gold and silver mines operate on the island.
Sardinia is a precious natural resource, containing thousands of rare or uncommon animal and autochthonous plants and animals. The island’s environment is improving due to strict environment laws
Songs: Big spender & I’ve never been a woman before