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Shirley Bassey

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I Am What I Am (Studio Version)

Firstly ignore the iTunes description which is for another album, NOT this one! The first 15 tracks were originally released as the album "I Am What I Am" in 1984 (Charted # 25) and feature the London Symphony Orchestra and Dame Shirley singing her greatest hits plus her new song at the time "I Am What I Am". Track 16, " If You Don't Understand" was released as a European single in the mid 80's. The rest of this collection features tracks from the albums "All By Myself/Love Songs" from 1982 (Charted # 48) and "Keep The Music Playing" from 1991 (Charted # 25). Oddly "Diamonds Are Forever" is the original version from 1972. There are some great versions of Bassey's own hits and her cover versions of great songs of the period, but it will be to personal taste which you prefer.

Biography

Born: 08 January 1937 in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Known to Americans most for her belting rendition of the theme to Goldfinger, the 1964 edition in the James Bond series (as well as 1971's Diamonds Are Forever and 1979's Moonraker), Shirley Bassey was one of the most popular female vocalists in Britain during the last half of the 20th century. Known as Bassey the Belter and also the Tigress of Tiger Bay, her early career in touring shows and cabaret brought her a recording contract with Philips by the late '50s. After reaching the top of the British...
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