Live at Carnegie Hall [DRG Reissue]

Live at Carnegie Hall [DRG Reissue]

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by Shirley Bassey
     
 

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This double LP recorded May 11 and 12, 1973, and released that same year features a dozen violinists, four violas, four cellos, piano, bass, drums, guitar, percussion, and the amazing voice of the incomparable Shirley Bassey. Officially titled "Shirley Bassey Live at Carnegie Hall featuring Woody Herman and the Young Thundering Heard," Live at Carnegie HallSee more details below

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This double LP recorded May 11 and 12, 1973, and released that same year features a dozen violinists, four violas, four cellos, piano, bass, drums, guitar, percussion, and the amazing voice of the incomparable Shirley Bassey. Officially titled "Shirley Bassey Live at Carnegie Hall featuring Woody Herman and the Young Thundering Heard," Live at Carnegie Hall begins with her biggest American hit, "Goldfinger," and doesn't let up. Starting with a song that euphoric is impressive; few could lead off a concert with their signature tune and get away with it, but her voice is in amazing shape, and she sets the tone as this precious set of material is flawlessly reinvented. That's the Bassey treatment. She hits the audience with the hits. "Where Am I Going" and "Big Spender" from the musical production Sweet Charity, "For All We Know" from the motion picture Lovers and Other Strangers, and "Day by Day" from Godspell were melodies which reached the public consciousness thanks to other artists -- the Carpenters on "For All We Know," and the original cast for the Godspell hit. Bassey just overpowers each memory when she's got your ear and uses the spirit of each song to take flight. The accompaniment is superb, but never gets in the way of the diva. Dusty Springfield titled her orchestrated 1967 album Where Am I Going and Bassey takes the same tune and shifts it to her arena. "And I Love You So" had become an adult contemporary staple at the time, thanks to Perry Como's hit version this very same year, but she dispenses with the pop and injects pure soul into what was originally Don McLean's light folk tune. Add George Harrison's "Something" to the mix, and it makes for a very appealing set. Bassey's interpretations are clearly her own, with the originals or most famous versions finding themselves as great reference points. I Capricorn was one of her albums released before this live set and Never, Never, Never the studio album which would follow; both title tracks get riveting performances here, the album flowing seamlessly. Her on-stage chatter along with another 007 theme, "Diamonds Are Forever," help make Live at Carnegie Hall a sweeping tour de force. It's just a breathtaking live album from a timeless artist.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2006
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471149623
catalogNumber:
91496
Rank:
68766

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Tracks

  1. Goldfinger  -  Young Thundering Herd
  2. Where Am I Going  -  Young Thundering Herd
  3. I Capricorn  -  Young Thundering Herd
  4. Let Me Sing and I'm Happy  -  Young Thundering Herd
  5. Johnny One Note  -  Young Thundering Herd
  6. For All We Know  -  Young Thundering Herd
  7. I'd Like to Hate Myself in the Morning  -  Young Thundering Herd
  8. I Who Have Nothing (Uno del Tanti)  -  Young Thundering Herd
  9. Day by Day  -  Young Thundering Herd
  10. And I Love You So  -  Young Thundering Herd
  11. Diamonds Are Forever  -  Young Thundering Herd
  12. Big Spender  -  Young Thundering Herd
  13. Never, Never, Never (Grande, Grande, Grande)  -  Young Thundering Herd
  14. You and I  -  Young Thundering Herd
  15. Something  -  Young Thundering Herd
  16. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening  -  Young Thundering Herd
  17. This Is My Life (La Vita)  -  Young Thundering Herd
  18. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening  -  Young Thundering Herd
  19. The Party's Over  -  Young Thundering Herd

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shirley Bassey   Primary Artist
Alfred Brown   Violin,Viola
Jack Cavari   Guitar
Selwart Clarke   Violin,Viola
Peter Dimitriades   Violin
Max Ellen   Violin
Max Hollander   Violin
Theodore Israel   Violin
Leo Kahn   Violin
Carmel Malin   Violin
Joseph Malin   Violin
Louis Mauro   Bass
Frank Owens   Piano
Raoul Poliakin   Violin
Max Pollikoff   Violin
Julius Schachter   Violin
Alan Shulman   Cello
Anthony Sophos   Cello
Avram Weiss   Violin
Julius Brand   Violin
Emanuel Vardi   Viola
Gloria Lanzarone   Cello
Irwin Cooper   Percussion
Stanley Karpienia   Violin
Robert Shankin   Drums
Jay Shulman   Cello
Joe Malin   Violin

Technical Credits

George Harrison   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
George Butler   Producer
Hugh Fordin   Producer
Arthur Greenslade   Director
Don Hahn   Engineer
Alan Silverman   Mastering
John Michael Tebelak   Composer
Crystal Rodriguez   Producer

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