Record Sleeves From The Past – 16

In 1966 Shirley signed to record for United Artists records and that same year her first album on that label was released.  In the UK it was titled ‘I’ve Got A Song For You’ but in a number of other countries including America it was titled ‘Shirley Means Bassey’.  As far as I know all of them had the same sleeve.

In 1975 United Artists reissued the album in Japan with a completely different sleeve.  It has the same 12 tracks in the same order as the original album.  The photo on the front is one of my very favourite photos of Shirley.  I simply love it.  The back of the sleeve carries a concert photo of Shirley wearing the ‘butterfly’ gown.

As I’ve previously stated I really love these Japanese records as the quality is always excellent and they are presented beautifully.

SB - Shirley means Bassey - Japan

SB - Shirley means Bassey 2 - Japan

SB - Shirley means Bassey 3 - Japan

SB - Shirley means Bassey 4 - Japan

I have no idea if in 1966 United Artists in Japan were planning on releasing the album under the title of ‘On Stage’.  I do have a promo UA album with that title with the original sleeve design and photo.  It has the same 12 tracks but in a different order.  I cannot find out any other details about it or if it was ever released under this title.

SB - On Stage - Japan

SB - On Stage 2 - Japan

Record Sleeves From The Past – 15

A 2 album set released in the UK by the Britannia Music Co Ltd on the Philips label.  No year is given for when this was issued.

Simply called ‘A Portrait’ this is a two record set containing 24 of her Philips recordings.  I never saw this album in a store for sale and got mine by mail order.  Housed in a gatefold sleeve there are two concert photos of Shirley, one on the front and the other on the back.  Inside there is a large photo Shirley taken I think during the same concert as the other two.  Unfortunately it is too large for me to be able to scan it.  A very nice release.

SB - A Portrait

SB - A Portrait 3 - UK

SB - A Portrait 2

SB - A Portrait Inside 2_stitch - Copy

A special thank you to Pieter who was able to merge two scans together for me to show you the inside of the sleeve.

1972 PROGRAMME -Holland-

1 - Copy

2 and 3

2 and 3 - Copy

4 and 5

4 and 5 - Copy

8 and 9

10 and 11

12 and 13

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Today a beautiful photo of Dame Shirley Bassey from ES Magazine for the 2015 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. For a previous and more extended post about the event CLICK HERE