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Live at Carnegie Hall [DRG Reissue]

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
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...
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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
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: 1/24/2006
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471149623
  • Catalog Number: 91496
  • Sales rank: 69,064

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Goldfinger - Young Thundering Herd (2:41)
  2. 2 Where Am I Going - Young Thundering Herd (2:50)
  3. 3 I Capricorn - Young Thundering Herd (3:55)
  4. 4 Let Me Sing and I'm Happy - Young Thundering Herd (2:58)
  5. 5 Johnny One Note - Young Thundering Herd (2:21)
  6. 6 For All We Know - Young Thundering Herd (3:29)
  7. 7 I'd Like to Hate Myself in the Morning - Young Thundering Herd (3:21)
  8. 8 I Who Have Nothing (Uno del Tanti) - Young Thundering Herd (3:49)
  9. 9 Day by Day - Young Thundering Herd (4:00)
  10. 10 And I Love You So - Young Thundering Herd (4:49)
  11. 11 Diamonds Are Forever - Young Thundering Herd (4:06)
  12. 12 Big Spender - Young Thundering Herd (2:33)
  13. 13 Never, Never, Never (Grande, Grande, Grande) - Young Thundering Herd (4:29)
  14. 14 You and I - Young Thundering Herd (4:35)
  15. 15 Something - Young Thundering Herd (6:54)
  16. 16 A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening - Young Thundering Herd (3:53)
  17. 17 This Is My Life (La Vita) - Young Thundering Herd (4:05)
  18. 18 A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening - Young Thundering Herd (2:36)
  19. 19 The Party's Over - Young Thundering Herd (6:18)
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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
Dr. 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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