CD catch up!

I usually like to post details of CDs by Shirley as they are released or even in advance so fans know what is or about to be available.  Unfotunately I have had problems with my pc which has prevented me from doing that so it’s catch up time!  So far there has been 7 CDs released in 2010.  I have already told you about ‘Easy To Love’, ‘The Hits’ and the 5CD set ‘Bassey’.

Hands Across The Sea

Early February saw the release of a CD called ‘Hands Across The Sea’ on the Pegasus label.  This is a budget issue (I paid £2.99) and contains 25 tracks.  Most are taken from the Philips catalogue but there are a couple of EMI Columbia tracks included.  The quality is quite good also.

Shirley Bassey 'S Wonderful

February also saw the release of a German CD on the Laserlight label called ‘Shirley Bassey ‘S Wonderful’.  This CD also contains 25 tracks and is a mixture of Philips and EMI Columbis tracks.  ‘The Wall’ is included on this one.  I really like this CD very much but it’s proved difficult to get for some fans.  On most sites it states discontinued but it’s still on Delta Music Germany site which is the company who issued it.  Unfortunately they are trade suppliers and do not sell direct to the public.  Alphamusic in Germany has it on their site and that is where I bought my copy.  A very nice CD indeed.

I've Goy You Under My Skin

‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ is a French release.  This one is easily available.  It’s on the Intense Music label and it contains 16 tracks.  Once again a mixture of Philips and EMI Columbia recordings.

Vintage 2010

From Holland comes ‘Shirley Bassey – Vintage 2010’ on the Disky label.  Vintage 2010 is nowhere to be seen on the CD or packaging but that is what it is listed as on all sites.  It is easily available and features 20 tracks from Philips and EMI Columbia catalogues.  Nicely presented CD.

Hopefully I will be able to keep up to date with any new releases in the future but at the moment there are no releases on the horizon.

Bassey back at Carnegie!

DSB will return to Carnegie Hall on May 13th!  Unfortunately it is not a Bassey concert but the Rainforest Fund’s 21st Birthday Celebration Benefit Concert organised by Sting and Trudie Styler.  Dame Shirley will be one of the stars who will be performing along with Sting and Sir Elton John.

To read more about it please click on the following link.

From what I hear you will have to be a ‘Big Spender’ to afford a ticket!  These are the prices I have been sent :-

Rainforest Fund’s 21st Birthday Celebration Benefit Concert
Produced by Trudie Styler
Featuring: Sting and Friends
May 13, 2010
Carnegie Hall 7:00 PM
Followed by a gala dinner at the legendary Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom

Benefit Tickets including Post-Concert Gala Supper:
$50,000 Packages (16 tickets for concert & supper)
$25,000 Packages (8 tickets for concert & supper)
$2,500 Individual Tickets (concert & supper)
A limited number of “Concert Only” tickets
available at $600.

Any further news I will post as soon as I know.

DSB at the Viña del Mar Festival

Here is a short report of my visit to Viña Del Mar in Chile where Shirley performed at the Viña del Mar festival in 1989.
A part of it can be seen on the DVD  Super estrellas del amor. Shirley performed at the festival to promote the Spanish album (La mujer) she made that year.

When I got there they were getting the stage ready because the Festival was just about to start and Tom Jones and Paul Anka were performing there.

I met somebody who knew a lot about the Festival and remembered Shirley’s performance there.
Shirley did two shows in two days.
The first show she went on last and it was not very succesful and the audience was booing her.
Shirley decided to do the second night anyway and  to go on first because towards the end of the evening the audience went wild and it was not her type of audience.
Here also a short clip where Shirley speaks about this. CLICK HERE
The second night was a huge success and the audience was very enthusiastic. She even got an award that was given by the votes of the audience. (The silver seagull).

The actual wooden stage where Shirley performed is no longer there. A new, concrete stage was built at the same place in 2003.

The Viña del Mar festival is also very important for the presenters and everybody is very keen on presenting it. If the presentation is a success they are in business for the rest of their lives. If not you are out.

I have 8 clips of the concert and I will add one every other day to this post.


Shirley with the public’s award on the second night

The building of the stage (To see more CLICK HERE)


The translation of the Spanish comment on this clip: (By Pablo Aharonian        )
Shirley Bassey at the thirtieth song festival of VIÑA DEL MAR.
Since the announcement of Shirley Bassey’s arrival in VIÑA DEL MAR one after the other, we started hearing voices praising the decision of inviting her to sing in VIÑA DEL MAR. The  festival would have on its stage one of the most extraordinary voices of all times .
Her arrival in Chile was preceded by the diffusion of her last disc. She was singing in Spanish for the first time.Since her arrival in Chile she was besieged by the media seeing in her a real quality contribution.
Her image in Chile was that of a great star and after a few days we could thoroughly confirm that.
The day of her first performance was awaited with expectation and enthusiasm. Just the idea of hearing her sing made everybody excited. Together with her vocal talent and virtuosity, she took the public through many unforgettable and succesful songs. She filled the stage with touching emotion that could be seen even in the last row of the “Quinta Vergata”.
(“The “Quinta Vergata” is the beautiful house where this picture was taken and all the surroundings, including the grounds where the festival took place. To see more CLICK HERE).
The public raised up on their feet to applaud each one of her songs.
Finally her well-known and acknowledged talent was awarded with the SILVER TORCH, one of the most appreciated awards in VIÑA DEL MAR  because it is granted to the artists by the publics decision.

The speaker to the public:
And because you asked for it (The torch) and also the jury decided to do so, we give Shirley Bassey the Silver Torch. No one can say Shirley Bassey was discovered in VIÑA DEL MAR but undoubtedly her image will become stronger in the region also because of her disc in the Spanish language.

Shirley with the children of Chile

Shirley with the Chilean tv. reporters

CLIP # 1  (First night)

CLIP # 2 (First night)

CLIP # 3 (First night)

CLIP # 4 (First night)

CLIP # 1  (Second night)

CLIP # 2 (Second night)

CLIP # 3 (Second night)

CLIP # 4 (Second night)

Special THANKS to Sadie for the videos


Anybody looking for the Spanish CD “La Mujer” CLICK HERE 

‘Bassey’ reissue.

'Bassey' 5CD Set

I remember looking forward to the original release of the 5CD Box Set ‘Bassey’ in 1994 by EMI.  It promised 94 (the box says 93!) digitally remastered tracks of which 14 had never been previously released and also the full length recording of Shirley’s debut concert at Carnegie Hall in February 1964.  I knew of the existence of this recording as it had originally been planned to release it as a ‘live’ album but EMI were not happy with it and recorded her appearance at The Pigalle and released that instead. 

Originally issued in a long box with 4 of the CDs housed in jewel cases and the ‘bonus’ Carnegie CD in a card sleeve there was a booklet included.  This set, released 1st March, is housed in a jewel case that holds all 5 discs and there is a booklet included also.  Depending where you buy the set from the price ranges from £14.99 to £24.99.  It’s also available to buy from sites worldwide. 

It’s great for new fans to be able to purchase this set and also a nice addition for collectors like myself.  There are some glaring omissions which still haven’t been released – one being ‘Runaway’ – which EMI really should be doing something about.  Hopefully we will eventually get everything released.