Released in Greece on the EMI label this is a 12 track compilation album called ‘Mega Portrait’. There is no year on the record for when it was issued.
The 12 tracks are from Shirley’s Columbia recordings. Not surprisingly it includes some of her big hits from that label including ‘Goldfinger’, ‘As Long As He Needs Me’ and ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’. I’ve always wondered why ‘Reach For The Stars’ which was a double sided No 1 hit for Shirley along with ‘Climb Every Mountain’ isn’t included in many compilation albums. When it is then the single release version is very rarely used (as far as I know never on a vinyl album at all). Once again it isn’t included on this album. A nice album with a portrait of Shirley used instead of a photograph.
A Spanish release on the Philips label this is a 12 track compilation album called ‘Esta Es … Shirley Bassey’.
Issued in 1975 as part of the ‘Applause’ series this LP contains 12 of Shirley’s Philip’s recordings. As expected it includes her two big hits from that label, namely ‘Kiss Me, Honey Honey, Kiss Me’ and ‘As I Love You’. The photo used on the sleeve is one taken from a 1970’s TV show. Maybe not one of the most striking of sleeves it is something a little different.
This is a double album on the United Artists label from Germany. It’s a 24 track compilation album that was probably released late 1972. There is no date of release on the record.
Issued in a gatefold sleeve it includes a double page insert stapled inside with liner notes and some beautiful photos. The outside of the sleeve is textured and there’s a lovely photo of Shirley on the front which has never appeared anywhere else to my knowledge. I saw this album when I visited Germany in 1973 and had to buy a copy. At the time it contained a new song to me ‘Fa, Fa, Fa’ which had not been released in the UK and which I hadn’t heard. I couldn’t wait to get back to England so I could play it. This album took pride of place in my record collection at the time. I loved the songs on it and the fact there was a double page insert stapled inside the sleeve which contained liner notes and also photos of Shirley of which there were some new to me at the time.
Some copies of this album the back of the sleeve is plain black but others have a photo taken from the same session as the photo on the front of the cover.
This album remains one of my favourites today. The quality is excellent and it’s a beautifully presented album.
This is a really unusual release from America. Issued in 1980 it is on the Loverich label.
Called ‘Send In The Clowns’ it is an abridged version of the United Artists album ‘Good, Bad But Beautiful’ and contains just 9 tracks. The 3 missing tracks are ‘The Way We Were’, ‘I’ll Be Your Audience’ and ‘Living’.
I was not aware of this album’s existence until fairly recently and I have no idea as to the quality of it. My copy is still factory sealed. As far as I can make out Loverich was an independent label and very few copies were ever made of their releases – around maybe 500. Their releases were normally unlicensed copies of major label records. I guess then that they were copied from vinyl as they would not have master tapes to use. They were distributed through Album Globe Distribution Co.Inc. of Tennessee.
A rare release and a nice addition to my collection.