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Record Sleeves From The Past – 21

Another two album set simply called ‘Shirley Bassey’ but this time released in Holland on the emidisc label.

Housed in a gatefold sleeve there are colour photos on the front and back of the sleeve and two black and white concert photos inside.  Also all the tracks are listed inside the sleeve but no other notes.  Containing 24 tracks record 1 is the album ‘The Fabulous Shirley Bassey’ whereas record 2 is a compilation of 12 tracks from Shirley’s Columbia recordings.  These include ‘I’ll Get By’, ‘Tonight’, ‘How Can You Tell’ and ‘Goldfinger’.  Yet again there is no date for when it was released but my guess is around the early ’70’s.  I know I have had it for many years.

Another nice addition to the collection.

SB - SB Emidisc - Holland

SB - SB Emidisc 2 - Holland

SB - SB Emidisc 3 - Holland

SB - SB Emidisc 4 - Holland


Record Sleeves From The Past – 20

A 2 vinyl set from Germany on the MFP label by EMI Electrola simply called ‘Shirley Bassey’.  There is no date for when this double album was released.

This is a beautifully presented set which contains the albums ‘The Fabulous Shirley Bassey’ and ‘Let’s Face The Music’ from Shirley’s Columbia releases.  The photos used on this release do not come from the original sleeves of either album.  It is a gatefold sleeve with colour photos on the front and back and inside one side consists of a series of photos taken of Shirley rehearsing and the other side lists. all the tracks.

A nice addition to the collection.

SB - SB MFP Doppel Album - Germany

SB - SB MFP Doppel Album 2 - Germany

SB - SB MFP Doppel Album 3 - Germany

SB - SB MFP Doppel Album 4 - Germany


Record Sleeves From The Past – 19

Once again it’s a Japanese album that is featured.  This album was not actually ever released in Japan but a version of it was issued in Taiwan.

Titled ‘My Name Is Shirley’ it is a promo on the United Artists label and is a 12 track compilation album.  The tracks are a selection from the UK albums ‘I’ve Got A Song For You’ and “And We Were Lovers’.  The sleeve is gatefold with a colour photo on the front and a black/white photo on the back.  The inside of the sleeve there are liner notes in Japanese and the song lyrics in both Japanese and English.  Normally the lyrics of the songs and any liner notes are usually printed on an insert but not in this case.  I have no idea why this was never released.

I have seen this album without the obi for sale on eBay recently for around £350.00.  I am pleased to say that I did not pay anywhere near that for my copy and mine has the obi.  My copy has not been played and the record labels are plain white with only the catalogue number and A & B stamped on them.  This is an album I was really pleased to get.



The album was however issued in Taiwan.  The sleeve of the album is printed on very thin paper and a polythene protector is attached to it.  I’ve seen a few copies of it and the sleeves appear very creased etc.  I did manage to get a copy of this album earlier this year as the sleeve was in better condition than any other I’d seen for sale.  I haven’t played this album either but it’s the same songs as the Japanese promo above.

SB - My Name Is Shirley - Asia

SB - My Name Is Shirley 2 - Asia

Record Sleeves From The Past -18

Released in Holland on the EMI Columbia label this is a 14 track compilation album.  Unfortunately once again there is no date on the sleeve or label for the year it was issued.

This release has the same track listing as the album ‘Golden Hits of Shirley Bassey’ that was issued in the UK.  All the tracks are taken from her Columbia recordings.  Obviously the big hits are included such as ‘As Long As He Needs Me’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, ‘Reach For The Stars. and ‘What Now My Love’.  They also had to include ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’.  There are some other lovely recordings too.  The front of the sleeve carries a photo of Shirley I have never seen on any other album sleeve and the back features the track listing and a black/white photo.

SB - The Best Of SB - Holland

SB - The Best Of SB 2 - Holland

When the album was initially issued it carried a different photo on the reverse of the sleeve to the one shown above.  The photo they used unfortunately was not one of Shirley.  Although someone just glancing at the photo may be forgiven in thinking it is Shirley it is in fact someone called Brenda Arnau.  The record company must have realised their mistake and and further copies of the album carried the above photo.  Below is a scan of the reverse of the original copy of the album I bought.

SB - The Best Of SB (Back) - Holland

Ms Arnau appeared in the James Bond Film ‘Live And Let Die’ as a cabaret singer.  Sadly she died in 1989 of a brain tumour.