The Performance

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Following her career-defining set at Glastonbury, the success of her cover of P!nk's "Get the Party Started," and Kanye West's recent sampling of "Diamonds Are Forever," legendary Welsh powerhouse vocalist Shirley Bassey is perhaps more relevant than she has been since the early '70s. Her 34th studio release, The Performance, continues her unexpected career resurgence by drafting in a whole host of contemporary pop
ock performers and songwriters to pen 11 brand-new compositions, the first time Bassey has recorded an album full of original material in over 20 years. Of course, Bassey is no stranger to collaborations, having guested on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Following her career-defining set at Glastonbury, the success of her cover of P!nk's "Get the Party Started," and Kanye West's recent sampling of "Diamonds Are Forever," legendary Welsh powerhouse vocalist Shirley Bassey is perhaps more relevant than she has been since the early '70s. Her 34th studio release, The Performance, continues her unexpected career resurgence by drafting in a whole host of contemporary pop
ock performers and songwriters to pen 11 brand-new compositions, the first time Bassey has recorded an album full of original material in over 20 years. Of course, Bassey is no stranger to collaborations, having guested on the Propellerheads' wondrous '60s big beat anthem "History Repeating" and Swiss electronic duo Yello's 1987 hit "The Rhythm Divine." But instead of furthering Bassey's dance diva credentials, The Performance is an understated and timeless affair that befits her elegant and grandiose status. Produced by David Arnold, who like Bassey is responsible for some of the most impressive James Bond themes, The Performance successfully modernizes her iconic sweeping orchestral sound without ever resorting to unnecessary studio trickery or inappropriate attempts at "getting down with the kids." The Rufus Wainwright-penned "Apartment," a glorious slice of flamenco full of Spanish guitars, jazz horns, and Gypsy rhythms, instantly transports you to the streets of Andalusia, while fellow countrymen Manic Street Preachers' autobiographical tale "The Girl from Tiger Bay" echoes the Phil Spector-influenced symphonic rock of their 1996 classic Everything Must Go and closing track "The Performance of My Life," a fragile show-stopping torch song that apparently reduced Bassey to tears while recording, continues Pet Shop Boys' impressive track record of writing for female icons, following their work with Dusty Springfield and Liza Minnelli. Elsewhere, Bassey performs tracks written by Gary Barlow (the Burt Bacharach-esque "This Time"), John Barry (the cinematic lounge-pop of "Our Time Is Now"), and the sole female contributor, KT Tunstall (the country-rock led "Nice Men"), with the same vigor and gusto as she did in her prolific '60s heyday. Like the recent material from Wales' other enduring pop icon, Tom Jones, The Performance proves that age is no barrier, and an incredible 52 years after her debut, Born to Sing the Blues, the number one Dame in Pop is producing some of the best music of her career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • UPC: 602527207803
  • Catalog Number: 2720780
  • Sales rank: 359,824

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shirley Bassey Primary Artist
Derek Watkins Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ian Thomas Drums
Tony Lewis Celli
Nicholas Dodd Conductor
David Arnold Bass, Guitar, Percussion
John Barclay Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mark Berrow Violin
John Bradbury Violin
Caroline Dale Celli
Richard Edwards Bass Trombone
Tristan Fry Percussion, Timpani
Roger Garland Violin
Skaila Kanga Harp
Martin Loveday Celli
Kate Musker Viola
Mark Nightingale Tenor Trombone
Steve Pearce Bass Guitar
Maciej Rakowski Violin
George Robertson Viola
Jamie Talbot Tenor Saxophone
Steve McManus Double Bass
Maurice Murphy Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mary Scully Double Bass
Philippa Ibbotson Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Jackie Shave Violin
Jonathan Snowden Flute, Alto Flute
David Fuest Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Paul Clarvis Percussion
Dominic Morgan Bassoon
Helen Keen Flute, Alto Flute
David McAlmont Background Vocals
Donald McVay Viola
Lindsay Shilling Tenor Trombone
Richard Watkins Horn
Rachel Bolt Viola
Deborah Widdup Violin
Dai Emanuel Violin
Dave Stewart Bass Trombone
Emlyn Singleton Violin
Warren Zielinski Violin
Paddy Lannigan Double Bass
David Bishop Baritone Saxophone
Owen Slade Tuba, Cimbasso
Helen Paterson Violin
Mike Lovatt Trumpet
James Hayto Flamenco Guitar
Richard Skinner Bassoon
Dave Daniels Celli
Andrew McCormack Electric Piano
Toby Pitman Guitar
Les Arnold Drums
David Woodcock Violin
Gabrielle Lester Violin
Jo Knight Celli
Jonathan Williams Celli
Michael Thompson Horn
Ivo Jan van der Werff Viola
Nicholas Bucknall Clarinet
Richard Berry Horn
Neil Sidwell Trombone
Andy Parker Viola
Technical Credits
Manic Street Preachers Composer
Nicholas Dodd Arranger, Orchestration
John Barry Composer
David Arnold Composer, Programming, Producer, Vocal Producer
Don Black Composer, Lyricist
Rufus Wainwright Composer
Gary Barlow Composer
David McAlmont Composer
Nick Wollage Engineer
Steve Hilton Programming
Richard Hawley Composer
John Davis Mastering
Paul Carey Executive Producer
Mike Dixon Vocal Producer
Tom Baxter Composer
KT Tunstall Composer
Nick Hodgson Composer
Ken Waters Vocal Engineer
Oliver Langford Arranger
Paul Sexton Liner Notes
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