A double compilation album called ‘Gold Collection’ that was released in 1979 in Germany.
Issued on the Liberty label it contains 31 tracks from her recordings with Philips, Columbia and United Artists. It includes some of her hits (Something is missing strangely) it also has songs such as ‘Gone’, ‘My Special Dream’ and ‘Emotion’. A beautifully presented album it features a colour concert photo on the front. On the reverse it has a colour studio photo and a list of all the tracks. It is a gatefold sleeve and inside there are notes but they are in German and also a lovely black and white photo of Shirley in rehearsal. I’m told it was taken at Carnegie Hall.
A lovely release and certainly a great addition to the collection.
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.
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.
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.