This 2 album compilation set was released on the Pair label in the USA and includes 16 tracks in total.
The set was issued in 1985 and contained 16 tracks, 15 of which are from Shirley’s Columbia recordings and ‘The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face)’ from her United Artists catalogue. Strangely though it was a 2 album set with only 4 tracks on each side of the records whereas most companies would have have released it as a single album. It came in a single album sleeve with what looks like a painting of Shirley on the front and a concert photo on the back. At the time of it’s release quite a number of fans criticised the front of the cover which they did not like. I personally did not dislike it.
It has since been released on CD twice, once with the original cover artwork and secondly with a completely different sleeve photo. It is only a one disc set.
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.
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.
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.
A special thank you to Pieter who was able to merge two scans together for me to show you the inside of the sleeve.
United Artists released a 12 track compilation album titled ‘The Singles Album’ which proved to be a big success. It carried a sleeve with a photo of Shirley taken by Lord Snowdon. However in Australia the album had the sleeve that was used on the UK album ‘Live At Carnegie Hall’.
The track listing is the same as the UK release but what is interesting is the inner sleeve on some of the copies of this release. On one side of the inner sleeve are photos of her album sleeves that have been released in Australia but on the other side is a photo of Shirley which as far as I’m aware hasn’t been used on any other album. I must add that not all copies of this release had this inner sleeve though.