Shirley Bassey

Diamonds Are Forever

Composed by Don Black / John Barry

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Two minutes and forty seconds are all it takes for Shirley Bassey to return to the Bond franchise which made her a house-hold name in America with "Goldfinger". "Diamonds Are Forever" is much more subtle as John Barry gives her additional precious material to sing about, from gold to glittering stones. That she starts off disc 1 of her 1973 Shirley Bassey Live At Carnegie Hall with "Goldfinger" and disc 2 with ""Diamonds Are Forever" indicates how in the States the Spy film vehicle was a calling card for the diva. "What good will love do me" she convincingly tells us because "diamonds won't lie to me". Where "Goldfinger" was a tour de force, the piano and orchestration work behind Shirley's voice in this epic changing the obsession. Where the villain in the previous Bond film title she sang loves only gold she is the one who gets to keep the diamonds here. They are, after all, a girls best friend, and though it didn't break the American Top 40 who else deserved to sing this sequel tune?

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Live at Carnegie Hall 1973 Beat Goes On 2:30
Magic Is You 1978 BR Music 2:42
The Best of Shirley Bassey [Capitol] 1981 Capitol
The Singles 1988 EMI Music Distribution / Parlophone 2:41
No Image 1989
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Best of James Bond: 30th Anniversary [2 Disc Set] 1992
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:40
The  Best of Shirley Bassey 1993 Parlophone 2:41
Diamonds Are Forever: 20 More Great Songs 1993 Personality 2:41
Hits from the 70's [Fat Boy] 1995
Various Artists
Fat Boy 4:27
Her Greatest Hits 1995 Nettwerk 3:13
The Best Crooners Album in the World...Ever! 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Birthday Concert 1998 Disky
Sings the Movies 1998 Disky 2:42
Best of Shirley Bassey [EMI-Capitol Special Markets] 1999 EMI-Capitol Special Markets 2:44
The Best of James Bond 1999
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 2:41
Four Decades of Song 1999 EMI
40 Great Songs 2000 Import 2:43
The EMI/UA Years 1959-1979 2000 Parlophone 2:41
The Greatest Hits: This Is My Life 2000 Parlophone 2:40
Greatest Hits 2001 Parlophone 2:40
Back to Back Hits 2001 EMI Music Distribution 2:40
Twenty of the Best 2001 EMI
No Image 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Diamonds Are Forever 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:40
Bassey Sings Bond 2002 Classic Artists 4:27
The Best of Bond [First Budget] 2002
Various Artists
First Budget
The Ultimate Shirley Bassey 2003 Parlophone 2:40
The Essential 2003 EMI Music Distribution
Best of Shirley Bassey [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 2:44
Thank You for the Years 2004 Sony Music Distribution
Beste Van 2004 Capitol
Finest Collection 2004 EMI Music Distribution 2:41
Simply the Best 2005 Disky 2:41
Platinum Collection 2005 Prime Sound 2:41
Best and Friends in the World Ever, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Top of the Pops: 1972 2007
Various Artists
EMI 2:41
Top of the Pops Collection [43 CD] 2008
Various Artists
This Is 1972 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:40
Live in Japan 2008 Beat Goes On 2:54
Unforgettable [Universal #2] 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:40
The Ultimate Seventies Hits 2010
Various Artists
EMI 2:42
Best of Bond... James Bond 2012
Various Artists
Universal 2:40
The Diamond Collection 2013 Music Club Deluxe 2:42
The Essential Collection 2013 Metro Sound+Vision
Playlist: The Best of Shirley Bassey 2016 Rhino 2:41
No Image Parlophone 2:41
20 of the Best [EMI] Parlophone 2:41
Absolute Unforgettable Classics, Vol. 2
Various Artists
All the Best EMI / EMI Gold 2:41
All-Time Favourites, Vol. 2
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 2:40
The Best of Shirley Bassey [Dino] Dino Entertainment
The Singles/The Remix Album: Diamonds Are Forever EMI / EMI Gold 2:41
No Image EMI Music Distribution 2:41
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