The Performance

The Performance

by Shirley BasseyShirley Bassey


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2010
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602527207803
catalogNumber: 5036141
Rank: 125084

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shirley Bassey   Primary Artist
Derek Watkins   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Tony Lewis   Celli
Nicholas Dodd   Conductor
David Arnold   Bass,Guitar,Percussion
John Barclay   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mark Berrow   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
Andrew Parker   Viola
David Fuest   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
David Daniels [cello]   Celli
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
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Paddy Lannigan   Double Bass
David Bishop   Baritone Saxophone
David Stewart   Bass Trombone
Owen Slade   Tuba,Cimbasso
Helen Paterson   Violin
Mike Lovatt   Trumpet
James Hayto   Flamenco Guitar
Richard Skinner   Bassoon
Andrew McCormack   Electric Piano
Toby Pitman   Guitar
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
John Bradbury   Violin
Ian Thomas   Drums

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
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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