On July 8 th. 1974 Shirley Bassey performed at Kosei-Nenkin Kaikan Hall in Tokyo. The concert was recorded for televison and probably only broadcast in Japan. Here we have 4 songs from that concert: Goldfinger, Sing, Diamonds Are Forever, Day By Day, Yesterday When I was Young (her biggest hit ever in Japan) and part of Something. The concert was released on a double-LP but only in Japan. Probably because it came just a year after the release of “Live at Carnegie Hall”, which featured a very similar track listing to “Live in Japan”. I remember the LP’s were very good quality but very difficult to find and very expensive. Fortunately this concert has been re-released on CD last year by BGO and who knows maybe someday it will be released on DVD too.
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About the dress Shirley is wearing for this performance: A twinkling stage gown by Douglas Darnell, the black silk chiffon ground encrusted with black sequins, with exceptionally low-cut back [now without butterfly adornment] and sweetheart neckline, the bias cut skirt with flowing train lined in silver silk tissue;
The album cover illustrated shows the black sequin gown in its original incarnation as ‘The Butterfly’. Dame Shirley wore it for numerous stage appearances and it can also be seen in the BBC footage of Live At The Talk Of The Town, 1972. Dame Shirley told us that her fans were particularly fond of this dress when it had the crystal butterfly in place and used to call out asking “Where’s the butterfly” if she went on stage in another gown, to which she responded: “It’s flown away”.
Sold at the Christies gown auction in 2003: final price £3,500.
In 1977 another concert was recorded in Japan and released as a double album. Unfortunately this one has not been released (yet?) on CD.
The 1977 Live in Japan album