In 1984 The Album I Am What I Am was released. A (digital) re-recording of Shirley Bassey most popular songs with the London Symphony Orchestra . Later there was a re release called This Is My Life.
01. 2:56 – What Now My Love?
02. 3:28 – Something
03. 3:48 – As Long As He Needs Me
04. 3:37 – Kiss Me, Honey, Honey, Kiss Me
05. 3:00 – As I Love You
06. 1:59 – Big Spender
07. 3:52 – Send In The Clowns
08. 3:07 – I Am What I Am
09. 2:48 – Goldfinger
10. 2:51 – I (Who Have Nothing)
11. 4:12 – Natali
12. 4:31 – And I Love You So
13. 4:26 – Never, Never, Never
14. 2:33 – For All We Know
15. 3:51 – This Is My Life
From the original release, by Shirley Bassey
I am thrilled to have now been able to re-record the most important songs in my life, with some of the most talented people that I ever worked with. I hope my new album gives you many hours of listening pleasure.
The recording sessions took place at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, in July & August 1984.
The year 1965 saw the release of the albums Shirley Stops The Shows. (The USA Release was called Shirley Bassey Belts The Best!) and the Live At The Pigalle album (which was called in the USA Live In Person)
Vinyl Single: No Regrets/Seesaw Of Dreams
Vinyl Single: It’s Yourself/Secrets
Vinyl Soundtrack Album: The Liquidator.Contains the following by Shirley Bassey The Liquidator (title theme) My Liquidator (end title)
That year there was also a dispute about Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang the title song for the James Bond movie Thunderball that was out that year. Below some newspaper articles about that.
Shirley Bassey’s row over ‘Mr, Kiss Kiss’: No hurry, say judges
The hearing of an action involving singer Shirley Bassey and the new James Bond film “Thunderball” wil NOT be speeded up, three Appeals Court judges decided yesterday. The action is being brought against Eon Productions to stop the release of the film unless a song Miss Bassey recorded “Mr. Kiss Kiss, Bang, Bang.” is included in the title sound track. The British film premiere has been fixed for December 29. Lord Justice Sellers said that if S.V.B. Ltd. suing on behalf of Miss Bassey were right, the remedy would be in damages, and there was no point, in ordering a speedy trial. An injunction against Eon Productions, he said. would create great difficulties. New written evidence by Mr. Albert Broccoli, a director of the company and one of the producers of “Thunderball.” was before the court. Mr. Broccoli said that while it might be technically possible to incorporate Shirley Bassey’s existing recording of “Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” it would not enhance her considerable reputation because it was “artistically unmeritorious.” It was contemplated that if used at all the song would follow a whimsical ending as the end-tunes were being shown . DRAMATICALLY
In this context, said Mr.Broccoli, both the arrangement of the song and her rendition of it were dramatically in apposite. Mr. Broccoli added that to incorporate the song in the soundtrack would mean reconnaissance the music and reprocessing all the sound in the last reel of the film. The cost of production of “Thunderball” was about £500,000 and a delay in distribution and exhibition would incur interest charges on that sum.
Today a very simple but interesting concert programme from 1973. This programme must have been for a show 5 days prior to the recording of the Live at Carnegie Hall double album from 1973. These recordings took place on the 11th. and 12th. of May 1973
Today I would like to share a tv. commercial with you from around 1981. It was for a compilation LP/cassette called ‘This is my life’. I also found an article from 1981 that hope you enjoy! (Special thanks to Rien and David)