From the archive # 91 -1989-

1989 H (blog)
Newspaper add for the ‘La Mujer’ album

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To see a TV performance for Spanish TV. where Dame Shirley Bassey sings two Spanish songs from her album La Mujer  CLICK HERE

Lyrics La Pasión Que Nos Devora
With English Translation:

Traté de recordar y qué ironía
I tried to remember, and what an irony
las veces que te oí llamarme ‘amor´.
The times I heard you say “my love”
Los dedos de una mano sobrarían
The fingers of one hand would be too many to count them
y ves que junto a ti aún estoy.
And yet you see I’m still with you
Traté de aceptar tus condiciones
I tried to accept your conditions
y escondo cada vez tanta emoción.
Hiding my emotions every time
Te amo locamente
I love you “madly”
y tú sinceramente
You love me “sincerely”
jamás supiste amar igual que yo.
You never knew how to love like I do

La pasión que nos devora
The passion that consumes us
en la noche se ocultó,
Got hidden in the night
las miradas de fervor
The passionate looks
así nadie las vio.
That no one ever saw

La pasión que nos devora
The passion that consumes us
la razón me adormeció,
Clouded my thinking
esta suerte de dolor
This painful luck
así siguió.
Went on and on

Y trato de pensar serenamente
And serenely I try to think
tristezas y rencor los dejo atrás;
Leaving sadness and resentment behind
si cruzo esa puerta
If I walk out that door
con la esperanza abierta
With any hope at all
ya sé que nunca mas me llamarás.
I know it’ll be the last time I’ll hear from you

La pasión que nos devora
The passion that consumes us
en la noche se ocultó,
Got hidden in the night
las miradas de fervor
The passionate looks
así nadie las vio.
That no one ever saw

La pasión que nos devora
The passion that consumes us
la razón me adormeció,
Clouded my thinking
esta suerte de dolor
This painful luck
así siguió.
Went on and on

Transcribed by Oscar and Carlos. Translated by Oscar

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Lyrics Volveras:

Volverás,
yo sé que pronto volverás,

no hay razón
que pueda con el corazón.
Buscarás,
mis besos siempre buscarás,
la ilusión
con otro amor no encontrarás.

Hay una verdad
que hoy nos tiene mal;
nada cambió en mí,
nada cambió en ti.

Volverás a mí,
otra vez, no podrás olvidar mi amor
y volverás a mí
otra vez y podrás consolar tu dolor.
Volverás…

Volverás,
yo sé que pronto volverás
y estaré con ansias esperándote.
Me amarás,
igual que antes me amarás;
te amaré,
igual que antes te amaré.

Hay una verdad
Que hoy nos tiene mal;
nada cambió en mí,
nada cambió en ti.

Volverás a mí
otra vez, no podrás olvidar mi amor
y volverás a mí
otra vez y podrás consolar tu dolor.

Volverás a mí
otra vez, no podrás olvidar mi amor
y volverás a mí…

Transcribed by Carlos

Dame Shirley Bassey in the recording studio in Spain for the vocal recordings on the 'La Mujer' album
Dame Shirley Bassey in the recording studio in Marbella (Spain) for the vocal recordings on the ‘La Mujer’ album
Questions & Answers with Gary Mason
Producer of La Mujer

Did the album turn out as you expected?
We thought Shirley Bassey did a fantastic job, but the Spanish public did not respond to her album as we had hoped. We used the same basic formula as the Feliciano albums, Big Orchestra, and Orchestrations, Kenny Woodman (Winchester Cathedral), did the arrangements.

Was the orchestra in the studio with her?
She recorded her parts in Marbella Spain over several months. The orchestra was recorded at Devonshire Studios in Los Angeles. I contracted the best double and triple scale musicians plus strings from the L.A. Phil and Glendale Symphony.

The orchestrations are superb – was Leonardo Schultz solely responsible for them?
The arrangements were done by Kenny Woodman in consultation with Leonardo Schultz.

Was she difficult to work with?
Shirley Bassey is a perfectionist, and Leonardo had the patience of a Saint, so they made a very good team. She does not like to be rushed, and she only likes to record when she is in an absolutely fantastic mood. This all takes time. However, understanding this and allowing for it in any budget will always guarantee a fantastic performance from Shirley Bassey. She is a pro, and knows what she is doing at all times.

Which song was Leonardo’s and Gary’s favourite song?
Leonardo liked Vallas, and Gary favours No Me Hables Más De Amor

Were any of the songs Leonardo wrote written with anyone in mind, were they written especially for Shirley?
All the songs on the album written by Leonardo were written specifically with Shirley Bassey in mind.

Whose idea was it to do a Shirley Spanish album? Who approached her?
After Leonardo and Gary did the Matt Monro project, Gary had met Lulu in London (he says she is the only Artist that ever invited him to her home for Tea and Crumpets). Gary told Leonardo they should record Lulu in Spanish. Leonardo thought it was a great idea, and they did several Spanish songs with Lulu. She sang them absolutely fantastic. Leonardo then took things a step further, and said that there was only one Female Artist on earth that he had always wanted to record with, and that was Shirley Bassey. Gary made the initial contacts, Leonardo met with Shirley, it took several months to close a deal, and then they started production.

Why not “La Mujer 2”, was it only ever intended as one album?
A significant amount of money was spent by Polygram for La Mujer. The album had extremely disappointing sales due to major management changes at Polygram and practically no marketing and/or promotional support worldwide. Thus very little money was spent on promotion. Gary literally had to force Polygram to release it in the U.S. and he promoted the album by himself in the U.S., with Leonardo pushing it in Latin America. In this business, timing is everything.

Are you generally a fan of Shirley Bassey? What are your favourites from her English repertoire?
I am a fan of anyone with talent. Shirley Bassey is an extremely gifted Artist with a fantastic voice. Her range is unbelievable, and she is truly a pleasure to listen to. I pretty much like anything she sings, but her rendition of Hey Jude is great. Ironically, I have been producing Dance, Trance, and Reggae Music the last few years under the name “Big Daddy G.” which is at the complete opposite spectrum of a Songstress such a Shirley Bassey. I produced the worldwide hit “El Meneaito”, as well as songs for General Degree, Admiral Bailey, Los Diablos, Renato, and many others. I have a new project coming out entitled “Gartel’s Trance, Dance and Other Living things” which features the Godfather of Digital Photography- Laurence Gartel in a multi-media surround sound format, with thousands of his photo’s set to worldwide electronic music, much of which was written by yours truly. In addition, Universal Music will be releasing a compilations of my previous hits plus new songs entitled Ragga Nacion (it will be a DVD and CD).

The album was very poorly marketed in countries where most Bassey fans live. Are there any plans to re-release the album properly?!
Based on your suggestion to Joseph, I brought this up with the Executives at Universal Music. If the Super Estrellas del Amor (Superstars of Love) project does well, I think they will release the entire La Mujer CD, as well as our Matt Monro full album, and a full Demis Roussos album.

Did Shirley have any say regarding the songs on the album?
Yes. Shirley actually had final approval on all songs. It is in no ones interests to force a talented Artist to sing something they are not comfortable with, or cannot relate to. Leonardo explained what every lyric meant, so Shirley could express the appropriate phrasing and feelings in her voice.

Are there any plans to release the songs which were recorded but not included on the album?
I actually have the 24 tracks masters somewhere. I would need to take a look at them and see if we did any extra songs. I think we put everything we had on the album.

Were there any tantrums in the recording studio or was everything harmonious?
No Tantrums. Leonardo was smart enough to know when Shirley was getting tired, or loosing focus, and they would call it a day.

Did it take many attempts to get the vocals right? Were there any alternative takes?
It was a very long process to record the vocals. The lyrics were literally recorded line by line. Shirley Bassey did a great job for not speaking the language, and taking a crash course in Spanish. However speaking in Spanish and singing in Spanish are two separate and unique situations.

Were you a fan before you recorded the album and were you still a fan after recording it!?
In my house growing up, my Mom was always listening to Show Tunes, plus Peggy Lee, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, etc. So I also became a fan of this genre of music when other kids were into the Beatles, and Rock n Roll. So it took no great effort for me to enjoy Shirley Bassey’s Music. She fit right in with all the other greats I use to listen to as a kid. I would still say I am a fan, I have most of her albums, and occasionally pull one out and listen to it.

Have you had any experience with other ‘Divas’ how do their demands rank along side Shirley?
There are not that many “Divas” out there. I have worked with Gloria Gaynor, Peggy Lee (isn’t it ironic, that I listened to her when I was young, and worked with her in later life), Laura Brannigan, Manoella Torres, Roberta Flack, Mary Macgregor and several other major female Artists. They are talented, but I would not consider them Divas. Shirley Bassey is in a class by herself, and truly deserves the title of a Diva.

I hope everyone enjoys the Super Estrellas del Amor CD/DVD. I think Ed put it best when he said it is a “great remember when.” The CD has been digitally re-mastered and sounds great. The DVD was something we wanted to give to the public as a bonus. I like the idea of always giving a CD plus a DVD. This way you can always listen to songs in your car, and when the mood strikes you and there is nothing on TV, you can enjoy watching a DVD instead. For what the DVD is, Shirley Bassey’s vocal performance is great (remember this was shot in 1989, and technology has come a long way since then). However, I think any Shirley Bassey fan will enjoy the entire package. Plus you get two other great singers- Matt Monro, and Demis Roussos. I think the public is definitely getting their money’s worth. A CD, plus a free DVD for about U.S. 16.95 (less than the price of admission for two people to a movie these days!)

I would like to personally thank Ed for his time and effort he puts into the Shirley Bassey site. Without fans like him, and those that support his site, Shirley Bassey would in fact not be a “Diva.” The greatest talent in the world means nothing if there is no one to support and appreciate the effort.

Thanks to Gary for answering fans’ questions, and providing such a fascinating insight.

Bassey, Shirley

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7 thoughts on “From the archive # 91 -1989-”

  1. `LA MUJER` was another achievement in her illustrious career. I saw it almost by accident and bought a copy. I would like to replace it as my copy was damaged the case /sleeve etc. Interestingly and not entirely unusual for Shirley she did not appear to promote the cd herself at least in the UK, certainly she did in Chile. It was mentioned in the tour programme 1989 and seeing her at Brighton Centre and then an additional sleeve was added for the sensational night at WEMBLEY ARENA, ideal opportunities to sing a couple of songs from the album but it was not even mentioned.
    Whilst mentioning this performance it was unique and special as Shirley entered from the back of arena and performed on a circular stage (almost at the far end) with the LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with one of my favourite conductors Peter Tomasso. She wore the three dresses in one (Zandra Rhodes) creation. Unforgettable.

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  2. wow what a great info Mr.Terence, and like you I accidently stumbled on this in an odd place for her music to be, South Carolina. By this time the last Lp I’d gotten by her 4 years or so earlier was “I Am What I Am”. But quite by chance in a Sounds Familiar record store I did the same thing I’d done on a visit back to New York to, I asked if there was any new material by Shirley. In New York I was surprised to find out after several years of nothings since the 1982 ” All by Myself ” lp that she’d done this one too- but this was in South Carolina again where country and gospel rule, this was the lp, “La Mujer”, I was shocked and have treasure it ever since. Strangely I’ve never been able to find it on cd anywhere. Great background infoo Pieter, thank you as always.

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  3. ooops, pardon my blunder, I feel like I lied while typing in a rush. I meant to say that after the 1984 ‘I AM…’ LP in the early 90.s and even after the release this spanish lp was when I discovered a song of hers, on a visit back home in N.Y. called, “The Rhythm Devine”. And sadly though the Spanish lp was not really heard of by anyone for some reason or other.

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