Cilla Black

Completely Cilla: 1963-1973

  • AllMusic Rating
    8
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

Cilla Black wasn't a natural singer when the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, discovered her, and while she learned the ropes well enough and developed into a strong ballad singer, she was never a serious threat to Dusty Springfield in the talent department. But the pop world isn't really about pure talent as much as it is a matter of timing, luck, having the right look, and maybe most of all, good material and good production. Black had all of those things going for her in the early '60s, and since her producer throughout the decade was none other than George Martin, her signature body of work between 1963 and 1973, the period covered by this lavish box set (released in advance of Black's 50th anniversary as a performer in 2013), holds up pretty well all these years later. Not bad for a onetime hatcheck girl at the Cavern Club -- out of all Epstein's Liverpool acts, which also included Gerry & the Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, she trailed only the Beatles in total record sales. This six-disc box (five CDs and a DVD) collects all the A- and B-sides of her singles, her EPs, and her seven LPs in the order they were recorded, 139 songs in all, the majority of which were produced by Martin. The DVD is also a real treat, featuring 25 video clips drawn from her BBC shows and television appearances from the same time period. Throw in the 36-page booklet that accompanies things, and this set is the complete deal, the most complete presentation yet of Black's work from her peak commercial years.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:48 Amazon
2 02:04 Amazon
3 02:02 Amazon
4 02:49 Amazon
5 01:58 Amazon
6 02:58 Amazon
7 02:44
8 01:40 Amazon
9 02:22 Amazon
10 02:13 Amazon
11 02:54 Amazon
12 02:09 Amazon
13 03:18
14 02:27 Amazon
15 02:22
16 02:38
17 02:35 Amazon
18 02:46
19 02:24
20 03:06
21 03:09 Amazon
22 02:17 Amazon
23 02:27 Amazon
24 02:36
25 02:51 Amazon
26 02:11 Amazon
27 02:34 Amazon
28 02:50 Amazon
29 02:36
30 02:58 Amazon
31 02:44

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
02:25 Amazon
2 02:34 Amazon
3
02:57 Amazon
4
02:47 Amazon
5 02:28 Amazon
6 02:43 Amazon
7 03:04
8 02:17
9 02:19
10 03:06 Amazon
11 02:29
12 02:38 Amazon
13 02:46 Amazon
14 02:38 Amazon
15 02:14 Amazon
16 02:45
17 02:47
18 02:44 Amazon
19 02:50 Amazon
20 01:55 Amazon
21 02:14 Amazon
22 02:41 Amazon
23 02:26 Amazon
24 03:06 Amazon
25
02:24 Amazon
26 03:09 Amazon
27 02:57 Amazon
28 02:24
29 02:12 Amazon
30 01:53

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:10 Amazon
2 02:33 Amazon
3 02:55 Amazon
4 02:47 Amazon
5 02:40
6 01:51 Amazon
7 02:43 Amazon
8 02:18 Amazon
9 02:53 Amazon
10 02:30 Amazon
11 01:11 Amazon
12 03:58 Amazon
13 02:23
14 02:42
15 02:12 Amazon
16 03:02
17 02:35 Amazon
18 03:16
19 02:11 Amazon
20 02:56 Amazon
21 03:14 Amazon
22 02:26 Amazon
23 02:34
24 03:09
25 03:12 Amazon
26 02:39
27 02:14
28 03:22 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:02
2 04:10 Amazon
3 02:50 Amazon
4 02:50 Amazon
5 03:41 Amazon
6 03:02 Amazon
7 02:35 Amazon
8 02:50 Amazon
9 02:43 Amazon
10 01:10 Amazon
11 02:25 Amazon
12 02:50 Amazon
13 02:44 Amazon
14 02:17 Amazon
15 02:57
16 03:35 Amazon
17 02:29 Amazon
18 03:28 Amazon
19 03:56 Amazon
20 04:14 Amazon
21 03:05 Amazon
22 03:23 Amazon
23 03:15 Amazon
24 02:36 Amazon
25 02:23 Amazon
26 02:58 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:40 Amazon
2 03:25 Amazon
3 03:08 Amazon
4 04:04 Amazon
5 04:32 Amazon
6 03:24 Amazon
7 03:18 Amazon
8 02:45 Amazon
9 02:34 Amazon
10 02:28 Amazon
11 02:14 Amazon
12 02:46 Amazon
13 03:13 Amazon
14 02:46 Amazon
15 03:10 Amazon
16 04:09 Amazon
17 02:35 Amazon
18 02:49 Amazon
19 03:04 Amazon
20 03:16 Amazon
21 02:57 Amazon
22 03:43 Amazon
23 02:50 Amazon
24 02:10 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
2
3
4
5
6
7 Amazon
8
9
10 Amazon
11
12 Amazon
13 Amazon
14 Amazon
15 Amazon
16 Amazon
17 Amazon
18 Amazon
19 Amazon
20 Amazon
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29 Amazon
blue highlight denotes track pick