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From the very first track her controversial debut single Burn My Candle (At Both Ends) , which was so raunchy that it was promptly banned by the BBC to the last, this compilation oozes class all the way, in much the same way as does Ms Bassey herself. Disc One comprises her nine singles issued on the Philips label between February 1956 and October 1958, and includes her earliest hits, The Banana Boat Song , Fire Down Below , You, You Romeo , the epic As I Love You (which topped the UK charts) and Kiss Me, Honey Honey, Kiss Me . Disc Two comprises two absolute rarities: the five-track Shirley Bassey At The Cafá De Paris live EP, which includes the highly-controversial Sex , plus the aforementioned 10 LP Born To Sing The Blues , a sublime collection of jazz and blues standards, of which only two tracks have ever previously been released on CD. About the Artist Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE, is probably the most famous, female pop singer ever to have emerged from the UK, an internationally-acclaimed performer who has accumulated more than 20 silver discs for sales in Britain, Europe and the Middle East, 50-plus gold discs for international record sales, and countless greatest-hits collections including one gold and two platinum. She is the only singer to have recorded more than one James Bond theme song, she sang the movie themes to Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979). Shirley emerged from the tough, working class dockland area of Tiger Bay in Cardiff, South Wales, in 1953, at the age of just 16, and within three years was topping bills at prestigious venues in London s West End. She registered her first hit records during 1957 and finally got her really big, career-changing break in December 1958 when she was asked to appear as a last-minute substitute on Sunday Night At The London Palladium , after another singer dropped out. Shirley decided to sing As I Love You , the B-side to Hands Across The Sea (a disc which had been dead in the water for some four months) and stole the show. A week later it entered the charts and, early in 1959, climbed all the way to No. 1. She nowadays enjoys venerable, iconic status she even stole the show at Glastonbury a couple of years back and has recently released an acclaimed new album, Get The Party Started .
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