It is with great sadness and disappointment that the Bassey Blog has learnt that the EMI ‘Shirley’ CD set has been officially cancelled. This is due to the fact that Capitol Records in the USA have refused to lift their objections to it being released. Originally planned for release to celebrate Dame Shirley’s 75th birthday it was initially put on hold after it emerged DSB had not listened to the recordings. Once her approval was quickly given fans were overjoyed and looking forward to its release only for Capitol to step in and object to the ‘live’ album being included. Attempts to issue as a 2 CD set have also failed since Capitol decided to object further about the much anticipated unreleased studio tracks. EMI UK say they have no option now but to cancel the whole project. I am appalled that a company could spend money, time and hard work on a project just for it all to be thrown down the drain. I’m no longer surprised that EMI were/are in a financial mess if this is an example of how two parts of the same company cannot work together. I personally think it’s a complete farce.
Next year sees the 60th Anniversary of DSB in show business. The way things stand I’m not holding my breath of getting a fabulous set released to celebrate the occasion! The only glimmer of hope now comes with the news that after many months of intense uncertainty, a takeover of EMI by rival Universal has been completed. Let’s hope that once the dust has settled on the restructuring of the two companies’ assets, common sense will prevail and Dame Shirley’s back catalogue will be given the care it so richly deserves.