Brassy Bassey’s Beat

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A swinging review from a cool American jazz blog called Bish’s Beat…

BIG, BOLD, BRASSY – BASSEY & BOND!

“Shirley Bassey, the Welsh diva with the big, brassy voice behind the best of the James Bond themes (Diamonds Are Forever, Moonraker, and the iconic Goldfinger) is still hitting it out of the park at 70 years young.
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Her latest CD release, Get The Party Started, proves Bassey still swings, while giving her a crack at another James Bond theme, You Only Live Twice, and a new song (a certified hit in England), The Living Tree, which is a James Bond theme in search of a Bond movie to represent.
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Bassey’s take on You Only Live Twice on this CD is not the traditional take from the first time she covered the theme. Here, she gives it a Brazilian lounge lilt, which I really liked, but hasn’t made the grade for Bond purists.  Still, between the remixed cover of Pink’s Get The Party Started, a strong remix of one of Bassey’s traditional hits, Big Spender, and the original and powerful The Living Tree, this is a CD with a lot to love.
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Bassey may be 70, but she still sounds as effortless, bold, and brassy as when she was at the peak of her career. I fell in love with Bassey from my first exposure to Goldfinger, and all theses years later the love affair continues.”
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“ECLECTIC MEANDERINGS ON BOOKS, MUSIC, THE RAT PACK, THE LOUNGE LIFE, ’60s SPY MOVIES/SERIES, AND ANYTHING ELSE OF MILD AMUSEMENT.”