Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Shirley Bassey is Something LP

Famous for singing the themes to Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, and Moonraker, Welsh singer Shirley Bassey is the only person to sing more than one Bond Theme. This LP is noteworthy for some orchestrated covers of the Beatles,Doors, etc. As stated and repeated I am a sucker for covers and especially overly orchestrated pseudo swinging covers of pop hits. Shirley goes for the throat with a cover of the Beatle's "Something". Blood, Sweat, and Tear's "Spinning Wheel" gets the treatment next and is pretty transcendent with some sick horn stabs. Here cover of "Light My Fire" slows down the tempo and has a nice chugging rhythm propelled by bass and horns more than keyboards. Real nice. Mandatory cover of a song from Hair
Not a mandatory purchase but if you are a geek that loves odd covers a decent purchase for a buck or two. I got mine at an antique shop for $0.75
Is she the female equivalent of Tom Jones? Wale's best female singing export? Hard to say but she is a "Dame Commander of the British Empire" which is pretty fucking cool.

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