After the disappointment of last year when nothing was released or done to celebrate Dame Shirley’s 60th Anniversary we have the excitement of a new song, ‘We Got Music‘, being released next month. It is already available to pre-order on iTunes and is listed on Amazon.co.uk to download on 23rd February. We are all hoping it will be a massive hit and will bring Dame Shirley back into the spotlight.
Last year virtually nothing was released of Dame Shirley’s and it seems as though the record companies who own her back catalogue are ignoring her and her fans and not interested in releasing anything. It appears that the situation remains the same at the moment. Shame on them! However a CD has just been released by Jackpot Records entitled ‘Let’s Face The Music – Complete Edition‘. As I collect all her CDs I naturally have had to buy it.
This is a remastered version of the 1962 album she recorded with Nelson Riddle and released on the Columbia label in the UK with added bonus tracks. The quality is outstanding. Also included is the 1957 8 track album ‘Born To Sing The Blues’ originally released on the Philips label. I thought it strange when I saw it was included as bonus tracks when I ordered the CD but decided it was a nice touch. What I didn’t realise until the day it was actually released was the fact that another 4 tracks were also included. Although it states that these 4 tracks have never before been issued on CD it is in fact 3 of them as ‘As Long As He Needs Me’ has been many times before. When the album was released in America the title was altered to ‘Shirley Bassey sings the hit song from Oliver’ and ‘As Long As He Needs Me’ was included. However 3 of the other tracks were alternate takes to the ones released on the UK album. It’s these 3 tracks that are included on the CD as bonus tracks and have also been remastered. They are ‘Imagination’, ‘All The Things You Are’ and ‘All Of Me’. The quality of this CD is excellent and to have these 3 tracks released on CD is great. There is also a 12 page booklet included. The cost is around £7.50 and it is available from Amazon.
I really do hope ‘We Got Music‘ is a massive hit. I love it and obviously will be buying it. Would love it on a physical CD as well as a download. Maybe the other record companies will sit up and listen and realise people are still very interested in Dame Shirley’s music. We may get more releases and who knows maybe a new album of newly recorded material. Now that really would be ‘Something’!!