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Live at Carnegie Hall
     

Live at Carnegie Hall

by Shirley Bassey
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2005
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261206701
catalogNumber:
670
Rank:
45809

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Performance Credits

Shirley Bassey   Primary Artist,Vocals
Alfred Brown   Viola
Jack Cavari   Guitar
Selwart Clarke   Viola
Peter Dimitriades   Violin
Max Ellen   Violin
Arthur Greenslade   Musical Direction
Max Hollander   Violin
Teddy Isreal   Viola
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

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Woody Herman   Contributor
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Don Black   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
George Butler   Producer
Betty Comden   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Arthur Greenslade   Musical Director
Don Hahn   Engineer
Fred Karlin   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Noel Rogers   Liner Notes
Jule Styne   Composer
Pierre Tubbs   Adaptation
Spencer Leigh   Liner Notes
Mike Salisbury   Art Direction
Harold Adamson   Composer
John Michael Tebelack   Composer
Stephen Schwartz   Composer
Arthur James   Composer
Robb Wilson   Composer

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