‘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.