Think of gold, tasteful wardrobe and glamor. At champagne, charisma and chic. At savoir-faire, Style and showbiz. And finally, cheered on, admired - Bassey.
Tags like this for decades to come one now up to mind, but it may it never ever be enough, you want to an exceptional artist in words that contain the term superstar like no other deserves and has also marked itself. In a world in which true legends increasingly threatened with extinction, it is high time that vocal force of nature to cheer again that behind the name Dame Shirley Bassey hides.
She is undoubtedly one of the greatest British entertainers of all time, and the affair with her fans has lasted over 50 years. She has performed before presidents, before queens and secret agents, has "hung out" with a king around the world sold out the biggest concert halls and sold gradually to the 135 million albums. And she's doing, no matter what she did, always broadcast irresistible elegance. Now is the time at which Dame Shirley The next generation will captivate you.
appear with On November 06, 2009 "The Performance" their brand new factory on Geffen Records: a record which they called modest as the largest and most important album of their career. From David Arnold produces - the perfect man at her side when you consider how much musical Bond story they both have written - are represented on the record total of 11 songs that Shirley Bassey were specially written by a number of the greatest contemporary composers and musicians on the body.
Gary Barlow, the Pet Shop Boys, Rufus Wainwright, KT Tunstall and the Manic Street Preachers among the chosen ones, whose songs about Dame Shirley For "The Performance" were sung; In addition, a valued team then was again one of the party: John Barry Don Black. To put it in the title of the piece of Tennant Lion (the Pet Shop Boys so) to say, with the fades her new album as turbulent as emotional: It is indeed the largest "Performance" their lives.
is the ripe old age of 72 years Dame Shirley Bassey on the verge of those period, the her name is now already represented in the international charts to extend to an impressive 52, and enthusiasm about her is written in the face. The songs on "The Performance" are gathered, she has chosen to that determination that has always distinguished her career and fanned; immediately afterwards she went with Arnold and a team of top musicians to the actual recordings in the Grouse Lodge Studios in Westmeath (Ireland), where before it had taken as, for example, Michael Jackson has other legends.
"We lived there, ate there, slept there and made the shots, and it has a tremendous amount of fun," she says, "in spite of the continuing rain." It soon became apparent that the new compositions she more than done had, and if an exceptional artist as Shirley Bassey a song like, then he is automatically forever and ever "basseyfiziert". Finally she did while at work "The Performance" exactly what it has always done: They sang the songs not only, but breathed him an unmistakable spirit. When asked about the results of these recording sessions, she describes herself as "completely over the moon".
No wonder: The moving melodies and arrangements of said songs provide the perfect musical carpet on which they can squeeze every ounce of emotion from the song lyrics that variables such as Richard Hawley, Tom Baxter, David McAlmont and Nick Hodgson of Kaiser Chiefs have contributed.
The one song that Dame Shirley ultimately to moving, after so many years a new album to be addressed, this was unmistakably hilarious "Apartment" penned by Rufus Wainwright. This "fairy song" as she describes it, made her desire to include new songs, to rise from their "quasi-retired" again and their fans to present an absolutely unforgettable album.
It would have Bassey no more appropriate than producers David Arnold the side bodies may, after all, the man who "007" movies like no other is responsible for the timeless soundtracks on which the 72-year-old has already shone three times more often than any other way singers. "David is a real gentleman; it allows one to find his own way, "says Bassey About their producers. "And he is extremely relaxed, so I've just felt comfortable at work."
As is known, also even a fan of the sound and look of the classic Connery-Bond Strip "Goldfinger" and "Diamonds Are Forever", whose immortal title song Shirley has sung, shouted Arnold the Pet Shop Boys, Hodgson and others seeking to catch of them brand new song material. As Shirley then turn the song "The Performance Of My Life" from Tennant and Lowe heard she was so overwhelmed that she could no longer hold back her tears.
wrote two new songs Arnold Moreover, even as co-author, along with one of them David McAlmont and another with Basseys old friend Don Black. Black knows Bassey since their chart success in the late fifties when she landed several top 10 hits in the shortest time and was suddenly on everyone's lips.
Almost forty years after Black and John Barry, even as an icon of British songwriters guild, the song "Diamonds Are Forever" fOr they wrote, they did so together again to the piece "Our Time Is Now" to compose. A piece of the way, that is already like a Bassey-Classic feel - while you get that feeling, strictly speaking, in each of the new songs.
Gary Barlow looked personally Arnolds Studio by to Shirley the song "This Time" to present at the piano. So much for "An Audience With Dame Shirley"... Because this classic UK TV format had actually done in the mid-nineties. So now had Barlow his audience, and immediately afterwards the two made jokes about who was of them in advance of Aufgeregtere. It gave no reason for excitement: Barlows song is so perfect fOr Basseys voice that you almost think could, the two were friends since forever.
The history of Dame Shirley Bassey sounds frankly like a fairy tale, and any attempt to prune on a tight format as this is doomed to failure. More than that, it is actually almost an insult. Probably, however, is enough already, the question whether a any other contemporary artists incident, the backstage area with Elvis Presley hung or to one of the greatest of all time with Sketches Morecambe Wise took part and beyond to each significant stage from London to Las Vegas has occurred and of course at each TV Gala (from the Royal Variety Performance to two "Audience With" -Specials and a "This Is Your Life" episode) it was? Not to mention its stunning performance assumed office John F. Kennedy...
If the release of "The Performance" So now the next chapter begins this tale, is their way or already incredibly impressive success statistics extend to another entry: Only two years ago they landed "The Living Tree" the 28 UK Top 40 single of her career, which she rounded off half a century in the charts and at the same time as the first septuagenarian who has ever been in the charts again wrote music history.
After repeatedly roaring applause reaps it for fifty years - namely the right, spontaneous, seemingly never-ending, and not this enforced adulation, which can be observed occasionally with other artists - is Dame Shirley Bassey now ready for the next close-up. Because she still lives by her and for your audience.
"In general, I try to live in the moment. If it is a success, then I am happy of course immensely, "she concludes. "I tried to explain to my daughter on the phone, like the new album sounds and how it was, and she said: 'I can not believe that all these musicians have written for you songs and you now your pieces present allowed to ', here I will personally wait and see how the audience responds to the new songs. "the standing ovations are preprogrammed, and the applause will again not want to end, because Bassey Is Forever ...
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