2CD Set: GVC2032

BC: 827565057375

SHIRLEY BASSEY Shirley As Long As He needs Me
....The first five years 1956 - 1960
Burn My Candle (At Both Ends)
Stormy Weather
The Wayward Wind
Born To Sing The Blues
After The Lights Go Down Low
If You Don’t Love Me
The Banana Boat Song
Tra La La
If I Had A Needle And Thread
Tonight My Heart She Is Crying
Fire Down Below
You, You Romeo
Puh-Leeze! Mister Brown
Take My Love, Take My Love
As I Love You
Hands Across The Sea
Born To Sing The Blues
Beale Street Blues
Wabash Blues
Basin Street Blues
The Birth Of The Blues
Careless Love Blues
Blues In The Night (My Mama Done Tole Me)
The St. Louis Blues
Kiss Me, Honey, Honey, Kiss Me
There’s Never Been A Night
Love For Sale
Crazy Rhythm
If You Love Me
Count On Me
My Funny Valentine
How About You?
Night And Day
The Gypsy In My Soul
The Wall
From This Moment On
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
A Foggy Day
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Cry Me A River
April In Paris
I’ve Never Been In Love Before
The Man That Got Away
’S Wonderful
I’ll Remember April
Easy To Love
No One Ever Tells You
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
The Party’s Over
With These Hands
As Long As He Needs Me
So In Love


If anyone doesn’t need a lengthy introduction, it’s Shirley Bassey - or, to give Shirl her full title, Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE. Now well into her seventies - although she certainly doesn’t look, sound or act it - she’s been at the top of her profession for some five-and-a-half decades. And although The Tigress Of Tiger Bay has drastically reduced her workload in more recent years, she invariably manages to steal the show, upstaging everyone else around her whenever she appears in public.

She remains one of the most iconic, glamorous and significant performers ever to have emerged from the UK, continually able to adapt and re-establish herself within contemporary settings. Indeed her most recent album, 2009’s The Performance, found Shirley recording material written for her by a vast range of luminaries, including the Manic Street Preachers, Gary Barlow, KT Tunstall, the Pet Shop Boys, the Kaiser Chiefs, Don Black and the late John Barry. It duly made the UK Top 20, giving Shirley her fortieth chart album.

Shirley recorded her first session at IBC studios in January ’56, shortly after her nineteenth birthday. Her debut single - which was engineered by a young Joe Meek - paired up ‘Burn My Candle’ with ‘Stormy Weather’, another of her signature songs. Whilst it received encouraging reviews, the topside was banned by the BBC for its allegedly lewd lyrics - however the resultant publicity did neither the disc nor Shirley any harm at all, and although it failed to make the Top 30 it was a steady seller. So here are the collected all the hits and favourite tracks from the first five years of Dame Shirley’s Phillips, HMV and Columbia recordings.


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