This double album was released in Belgium in 1977 on the EMI label. A compilation of 24 tracks all taken from her Columbia recordings. The release was part of the ‘Blue Line’ series.
Issued in a gatefold sleeve there are no liner notes and the only photos are the ones on the sleeve front cover. Inside there are photos of the other albums available in the series. The back of the sleeve lists the tracks on the album. There is only the song ‘I’ll Get By’ which was a hit that is included and the rest are a mixture of album and single release songs but none of her hits. Some unusual songs though that are not normally on compilation albums are included. Songs such as ‘Angel D’Amore’, ‘Secrets’, ‘How Can You Tell’ and ‘In Other Words’. A really lovely release and I think a really nice unusual colourful sleeve.
Dame Shirley Bassey wore Chopard’s Garden of Kalahari transformable necklace as she sang “Diamonds are Forever” on 21st January 2017 at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Chopard was so enamoured by the discovery of the 342-carat Queen of Kalahari rough diamond they decided to make a 55-minute documentary about it.
The film’s Paris premiere was a star-studded affair followed by a performance of ‘Diamonds are Forever’ by none other than Dame Shirley Bassey.
The Queen of Kalahari gave rise to a set of 23 diamonds – The Garden of Kalahari – five of which weigh over 20 carats.
Of the main stone cuts, cushion, brilliant, heart, emerald and pear are represented. All representing a different flower.
“I immediately sensed that this was an incredibly rare gem of exceptional beauty and purity”, says Chopard co-president Caroline Scheufele.
“The energy and emotional charge emanating from this gem are truly incomparable.”
Some short video clips of Dame Shirley performing below, plus some further instagram photos from the event:
As a follow up on the last ‘from the archive 1999/2000’ some more articles about Shirley Bassey being made Dame.