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Get the Party Started

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All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
Fresh from her appearance at the Glastonbury festival in the summer of 2007, Shirley Bassey released her album, Get the Party Started. Celebrating 50 years in the U.K. charts since she first arrived with a cover version of "The Banana Boat Song," here was a brand new Bassey album, with the tracks including "Big Spender," "I Who Have Nothing," "What Now My Love," "Kiss Me Honey," and wait a minute! This can't be a new album. These were all hits for the lady in the '50s and '60s. But brand new it certainly was, using the talents of remixers Bugz in the Attic and Mungolian Jet Set among others to create new, reworked, late-night electro dancefloor versions of some of her own ...
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All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
Fresh from her appearance at the Glastonbury festival in the summer of 2007, Shirley Bassey released her album, Get the Party Started. Celebrating 50 years in the U.K. charts since she first arrived with a cover version of "The Banana Boat Song," here was a brand new Bassey album, with the tracks including "Big Spender," "I Who Have Nothing," "What Now My Love," "Kiss Me Honey," and wait a minute! This can't be a new album. These were all hits for the lady in the '50s and '60s. But brand new it certainly was, using the talents of remixers Bugz in the Attic and Mungolian Jet Set among others to create new, reworked, late-night electro dancefloor versions of some of her own and others' classic songs. When you've been in show business as long as Bassey has, one is bound to appeal to long-term fans to the detriment of gaining and alienating new, hip record buyers, but ever since her collaborations with Yello in the '80s and the Propellerheads on the hit "History Repeating" in the '90s, she's attempted to broaden her cabaret style image and this album succeeds in that respect, taking her to number six on the album charts, her first album to hit the Top Ten since the 25th Anniversary Album limited-edition vinyl compilation in 1978. The title track began life as the soundtrack to an advert for Marks & Spencer's Christmas range with Bassey starring in a James Bond style glossy campaign. "Get the Party Started," originally by Pink is given the Bassey diva treatment and begins to sound like a Bond theme itself; one almost forgets that it started as a straightforward party song by a 21st century pop-punk star. The one new track was "The Living Tree" which was released as the first single. Bassey has become almost synonymous with the early James Bond movie theme songs and here is "You Only Live Twice," which gets a make-over from Mark de Clive-Lowe. The final track is a slowed down, chilled out version of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and Bassey has certainly done that.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2008
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947801849
  • Catalog Number: 001074302
  • Sales rank: 127,114

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shirley Bassey Primary Artist
Dave "Clem" Clempson Guitar
Tony Kiley Drums
David Levy Bass
Carsten Loly Vocals
Lynton Naiff Conductor
Pino Palladino Bass
Steve Sidwell Conductor
Nils Petter Molvær Trumpet
Claudio Faria Muted Trumpet
Mark de Clive-Lowe Musician
Finn Peters Flute
Bruno E. Electric Bass
Rietta Austin Background Vocals
Knut Sævik Musician
Ski Oakenfull Keyboards
Catherine Feeney Background Vocals
Murray Gould Guitar
Nikki Lamborn Background Vocals
Pål Olav Loftesnes Keyboards
Margo Buchanan Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Bolton Composer
Lionel Richie Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Ralph MacDonald Composer
Nile Rodgers Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Pierre Delanoé Composer
Dino Fekaris Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Trevor Horn Composer
Bob Kraushaar Producer
Steve Lipson Composer
Lynton Naiff String Arrangements, String Conductor
Norman Newell Composer
Freddie Perren Composer
Linda Perry Composer
William Salter Composer
Steve Sidwell Orchestral Arrangements
Carl Sigman Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Bruce Woolley Composer
Simon Darlow Composer
Matt Howe Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Phil Asher Remixing
Mike Marsh Mastering
Swifty Cover Design
Carlo Donida Composer
Ray Mang Producer, Remixing
Chuck Norman Producer
Bugz in the Attic Remixing
Mogol Audio 2 Composer
Bruno Canfora Composer
Felix Hopkins Engineer, Piano Engineer
Antonio Amurri Composer
Michael Julien Composer
Bruno E. Engineer, Remixing
Pete Kuzma Composer, Additional Music
Albon Timothy Composer
Tom Gandey Producer, Contributor, Remixing
Knut Sævik Arranger, Programming, Engineer
Diz Disdale Executive Producer
Catherine Feeney Composer, Producer
Gilmmers Producer, Remixing
ITV Cover Photo
Left Side Of Dobie's Brain Producer, Remixing
Richard Seaton Inlay Photography
Nikki Lamborn Composer, Producer
NorthxNWest Producer, Remixing
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