From Russia With Love.

Pop Collection CD from Russia
Pop Collection CD from Russia

I have spent quite a lot of my spare time and money looking for Shirley’s CDs from around the world.  Most of my family and friends think I’m crazy but it’s my passion.  I also have a very large vinyl collection and cassettes by Shirley but these days I concentrate on CDs.

While doing a search on the internet one afternoon I came accross a CD called ‘Star Profile’.  I’d never heard of it but saw that it was a CD from Russia.  I had previously managed to get an album that had been released in Russia.  I ordered the CD and about two weeks later got an email from the seller saying that the copy they had in stock had been sold.  He apologised and explained that he doubted that he would get another copy in stock as they didn’t usually get further supplies.  I was disappointed but it was just one of those things.  I put it to the back of my mind.

Several months later I arrived home from work feeling pretty fed up.  I’d had a miserable day and was not in the best of moods.  I just wanted to close the door and not be bothered by anyone or anything!  I picked the mail up as I opened the door and just put it on the table and then forgot about it.  I changed, ate and probably watched some TV.  It was getting quite late and I was thinking I should go to bed when I noticed the mail lying on the table.  I realised there was a jiffy bag amongst it so picked it up.  I t was hand written and addressed to me.  I noticed that it had a postmark Kiev.  I didn’t know anyone in Kiev so was totally puzzled.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened it.  Inside was a CD with a note from the seller in Russia saying he hoped I would like the enclosed.

It was a Shirley CD called ‘Pop Collection’ and was a compilation CD.  On the Warner Bros label and containing 17 tracks, a scan of the cover is at the top of article.  My bad mood instantly lifted and it amazed me how someone I didn’t know could be so kind.

It’s the only Russian CD I have but one I treasure.  There are probably more out there but I haven’t found any yet.  I’ll keep searching.  There is one available in Ukraine which I think is called ‘Forever Gold’ but alas is only for sale in the Ukraine.  Is anyone from Ukraine reading this??

Astrid’s Simply Bassey #14

Today I have decided to play for you “The Living Tree”

 Been, Dame Shirley and Nikki

Shirley Bassey sings Living Tree on the 2005 TV show Another Audience:

And Never The Bride’s original version from their ‘Surprise’ album

And here is Never The Bride’s video of The Living Tree…


And of course, Shirley’s…


You can read The Living Tree Story at

Celebrity Radio

Thank you to Philip for letting us know about a radio interview Shirley did with Alex Belfield that is available to listen to on a site  When you log on select search and put in Shirley Bassey.  It’s the only Shirley interview on there.  It lasts for around 18 minutes.

Astrid’s Simply Bassey #13

For you to listen to today is the song “Light My Fire”




My name is Thomas Hockling and I am Astrid’s husband. Friends asked me to play songs recorded by Shirley Bassey. I felt that this is an impossible task because her interpretations are unsurpassable.
The only chance is maybe finding my own initimate version (of Light My Fire), which may work. So I tried my own compact version which I recorded live (vocals and keyboard). Dieter, a member of my band added further drums and the bass. I hope you can accept my version alongside Shirley Bassey’s great interpretations and thanks a lot for listening.



And here is Shirley’s rendition of “Light my fire”