MI0001812057I Am What I Am was the only studio album recorded by Shirley Bassey for the Towerbell Records label, several other tracks were also recorded at this label and issued as singles only. The recording sessions took place at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, in July and August 1984. Following the success of the previous album All by Myself this album peaked at number 25 in the UK album chart and reached Gold status. This release was the first digitally recorded album made by Shirley Bassey and was issued on vinyl, cassette and CD. Consisting of mainly re-recordings from Shirley Bassey’s back catalogue and two new songs, this album was recorded ‘live’ with The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carl Davies. The album also reunited Shirley Bassey with Norman Newell, who had served successfully as her producer throughout the 1960s. More……….

Towerbell Records is now defunct but this album has been re-issued on CD many times on various labels.

Several of the vocal performances made for this recording were remixed for the 2007 album Get the Party Started.



1984 J



To listen to the 1984 version of What Now My Love from the I Am What I Am album please click the player below. For a previous post about this song and more information CLICK HERE please.


What now my love?
Now that you’ve left me
How can I live
Through another day?

Watching my dreams
Turning to ashes
And my hopes
Into bits of clay

Once I could see
Once I could feel
Now I’m numb
I’ve become unreal

I walk the night
Without a goal
Stripped of my heart
My soul

What now my love?
Now that it’s over
I feel the world
Closing in on me

Here come the stars
Tumbling around me
There’s the sky
Where the sea should be

What now my love?
Now that you’re gone
I’d be a fool
To go on and on

No one would care
No one would cry
If I should live
Or die

What now my love?
Now there is nothing
Only my last

Finally below you can watch Dame Shirley Bassey perform What My Love live in 2009 at the Electric Proms supported by the Welsh Guards.

3 thoughts on “FROM THE ARCHIVE 341 -1984-”

  1. Excellent Pieter. I really enjoyed this archive. What a difference in DSB’s vocal tone and interpretation of the song in the version before 1984. She also does a superb performance in 2009. May she continue to perform until her dying day.

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  2. She was in fantastic voice for this recording. It is my favorite version of “As Long As He Needs Me” — mature, wise and makes the original sound girlish and shrill. Also love ” This Is My Life” and “And I Love You So.” Great idea to have done these re-recordings with orchestra and at peak of her vocal powers!

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  3. Wouldn’t it be a nice idea to release this album again but now with the Towerbell singles includded. Perhaps together with “All By Myself” album with the so called Belgium-recordings (Thought I’d Ring You, Remember, Memory & Love Is No Game) added? Maybe BGO records could be interested in this?

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