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Dame Shirley Bassey - Get The Party Started

Dame Shirley Bassey, Get The Party Started

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

YOU just can’t keep a good Dame down, it seems… Dame Shirley Bassey is celebrating her 70th year in style, with a headline slot at Glastonbury (complete with mud and rain) and the release of her first new full album for almost a decade – Get The Party Started.

And the most amazing thing is – she sounds as young (and contemporary) as ever. Whether blasting out a cover version of Pink’s Get The Party Started or reverting to the classics such as Kiss Me Honey Honey, Dame Shirley is clearly having a blast – and the vibe is infectious.

The album combines new recordings and new vocals with remixes of classic tracks including Big Spender and I Will Survive and the new single The Living Tree.

The remixes and reworkings have also been assembled by some of today’s most contemporary producers, including Chuck Norman and Bob Kraushaar – aka NorthxNorthwest – whose remixes include Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams and Peter Gabriel.

In addition, there’s a cracking remix of the Grace Jones’ classic Slave To The Rhythm from The Glimmers (which forms one of the album’s highlights).

Also to be found on the album is a new version of What Now My Love, from uber cool remix collective Bugz In the Attic, as well as Brazilian remix supreme Bruno-e’s version of Where Is The Love, Restless Soul’s new remix of Kiss Me Honey, Mungolian Jet Set’s re-working of Can I Touch You There and former Nomad Soul/Soul II Soul producer Dobie’s complete transformation of Lionel Ritchie’s worldwide smash hit Hello.

Needless to say, not all of this works. Hello, for instance, is an honourable failure that’s not really suited to Bassey’s larger than life style, while the Bruno R remix of Where Is The Love is a little too disco and cheesy.

But there’s no denying the fun of hearing Bassey re-do Pink (as previously heard as part of the Marks & Spencer advertising campaign), lending great heart to This Is My Life and giving it her all on brilliant recent single The Living Tree, complete with inspired guitar solos.

It’s a surprisingly classy package from one of the music industry’s most enigmatic performers that can genuinely appeal to listeners young and old. At 70, Dame Shirley still has what it takes to get the party started…

Download picks: Get The Party Started, The Living Tree, Slave To The Rhythm, This Is My Life, Kiss Me Honey, You Only Live Twice

Track listing:

  1. Get The Party Started
  2. The Living Tree
  3. Big Spender [North By Northwest Production]
  4. I Who Have Nothing [North By Northwest Remix]
  5. This Is My Life [Cagedbaby]
  6. Slave To The Rhythm [The Glimmers Remix]
  7. Can I Touch You There [Mungolian Jet Set /Molvaer Remix]
  8. What Now My Love [Bugz In The Attic Remix]
  9. Kiss Me Honey [Restless Soul Remix]
  10. Hello [Dobie Remix]
  11. You Only Live Twice [Mark De Clive-Lowe Remix]
  12. Where Is The Love [Bruno E Remix]
  13. I Will Survive [North By Northwest Remix]

  1. Good

    Magdy Helmy    Jun 29    #
  2. Go Shirley go…...straight to no. 1!

    Lee Eng Kong    Jul 3    #