If you go away

As a follow up on the last blog’s theme here the remix-version of     ‘If you go away’
Along with a great interview from 1997 with Dame Shirley for the     M & S magazine and some great concert pictures that Jean‘s sister Audrey sent us. Thanks Audrey! Unfortunately we don’t know where or when the pictures were taken. So if there is anybody who knows, please let us know.
It is almost a year ago now since we lost our beloved friend Jean.

P.S: Susan wrote:

Hi Pieter 
Those photos of Shirley on today’s Blog are from the opening night of the 2000 UK Tour, which I believe was Bournemouth? She’s clutching the yellow ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ Beatles TY beanie bear I gave her!!!!!!!! 
Susan xxx
Thanks Susan!


Astrid’s Simply Bassey #80

For today’s blog is a particularly personal request from Andrew. Today (15th December) it will be two years since his partner sadly died. Andrew still misses him as if it was yesterday and has asked me to feature the song “If You Go Away” as a tribute to his memory. My thoughts go out to you Andrew on this poignant date.

If You Go Away

A view to a kill & Madame Tussaud’s

In 1987 Shirley Bassey recorded a CD with James Bond tunes. All re-recordings of Bond songs, also including the three tracks Shirley Bassey had performed on the original soundtracks previously.

The recording session for this album was in 1987, shortly after The Rhythm Divine and it should have taken one week. The album was due for release 1987 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of “Dr No”.

trkl056dTrack Listing:
01. A View To A Kill
02. Nobody Does It Better
03. From Russia With Love
04. We Have All The Time In The World
05. You Only Live Twice
06. Diamonds Are Forever
07. Live And Let Die
08. Moonraker
09. For Your Eyes Only
10. All Time High
11. Thunderball
12. Goldfinger

The “Woman” magazine from June 27th, 1987 (with Shirley Bassey on the cover) contained an interview with Shirley Bassey and wrote: … Now Shirley is back on form and has just recorded an album of Bond songs to celebrate 007’s 25th anniversary this month. “I jumped at the opportunity” she says “I loved doing Goldfinger again. We slowed it up and now it’s got more bite, it’s a little more sinister”. “Diamonds are Forever is more sexy and Moonraker is prettier than it was, it’s much gentler. There wasn’t the freedom before because we were locked into a tempo to keep pace with the movie credits. Now I’ve been able to phrase them the way I want to.”

In the “Record Mirror” from August 22nd, 1987 (also with Shirley Bassey on the cover) was an article about “The Rhythm Divine” and her return to the charts, but then they also talked about the Bond songs: Amazingly it turns out that Shirley was also to have sung the theme to Thunderball until it was given to Tom Jones. She recently recorded an entire album of Bond themes but amazingly hasn’t yet found a record company to release it… Right now, Shirley says she’d like to record “all these contemporary songs and do them on an album”. She stresses that she wants “something I can relate to. You know, like I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner. Now, that’s wonderful.” It’s remarkable that this had been written more than three years before the Foreigner-song has been released on the album Keep The Music Playing.

These articles show that Shirley Bassey originally liked the songs and wanted to publish the album. She even plugged it on “Live At The Palladium” on May 3rd, 1987 when she mimed to “A View To A Kill” and did a Bond-medley.

But eventually Shirley Bassey decided not to publish the recording. I don’t know exactly when and why this decision has been taken, but I heard that she did not like the “husky” quality of her voice. The singing is sometimes even embarrassing, like the warm-up in the wardrobe before a concert. Another problem is simply that not all Bond songs are suited to Shirley Bassey, and that her three original songs are much better in other versions.

But it’s especially the orchestral backing and the recording quality which is very poor – it sounds like it has not been completed. Actually there’s no orchestra, only a cheap one-man synthesizer-keyboard accompaniment. You can’t believe that Shirley Bassey shall have sung along this “music” and liked it (maybe it has been played later over the recording of the vocals).

Five years after the recording in 1992, the album was released regardless and Shirley Bassey took legal action against these releases, so they have now been withdrawn and are very hard to find now.


Additionally in 1992 an official collection of James Bond songs had been released The Best Of James Bond – 30th Anniversary Limited Edition.

A new album “Bassey Sings Bond” with new recordings of Bond songs was due to be released at the end of 2002, this time with the full approval of Dame Shirley Bassey, however this album was never released as a result of a dispute over the recording. The album was removed from the schedule and I am lead to believe that the masters have now been destroyed.

Shirley Bassey Sings The Bond Collection
Album 1992


 Also Released As Bassey Sings Bond: 1992 



Shirley about James Bond

To view more pictures of Dame Shirley Bassey at Madame Tussaud’s CLICK HERE

Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Although this site is dedicated to Dame Shirley I have made an exception and decided to put this appeal on for the Great Ormond Street Hospital.  This hospital does a lot of good work and deserves as much help as it can.  Our friend Ed received the following email and I decided to put the appeal on the board.  As I have said this is an exception.

Please would you be so good as to mention IN YOUR BLOG!, ALs christmas
greetings cards  here, the DEMENTED DIVA series aswell as the re-release of
his top selling double cd “A LIFE IN SONG!{ALs impersonation and tribute to
DSB is on track 5, lady is a tramp} DSB fans are very aware that she is
included in the non christmas selection HOWEVER AL IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON A
ASWELL AS demented diva greetings card fans to look forward to also IN 2010.

ormond street hospital so please help us as much as you possibly can Ed,
BOTH THE GREETINGS CARDS AND CD ARE availiable exclusively to
www.dresscircle.com and CD is ALSO FOR DOWNLOAD ON ITUNES.so please include
all of this info in your blog for us as the more they sell download the more
extensively we can donate to a truly worthy cause.
Very Best
PS. could you also mention that due to popular rumour and solely based on
having similar features that AL is no relation to DSB THAT SHE IS NOT HIS
AUNT NOR HIS MA, even though he fiirst met her at batley variety club when
he was 16 and on several big showbiz occassions inbetween but that is the
only relationship he has with her apart from being a fan, dsb has never used
any kind of nepatism to influence and further al,s career as he is not any
kind of blood relative infact Al has acheived every success of his own
volition and determination in the face of much predjudice and oppression
over the years,and it would be good if you could please help lay to rest all
these inaccurate rumours that still operate within the industry.

Christmas Cards