Cilla Black

The Best of the EMI Years

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Among the many recording artists who rode to fame on the Beatles' bandwagon, Cilla Black -- the singing hat-check girl at Liverpool's Cavern Club -- was truly one with enduring talent. It's hard to find anything more reminiscent of swinging '60s London than "Love of the Loved," a Paul McCartney tune and Cilla's debut single (1963). Two McCartney follow-ups, "It's for You" and "Step Inside Love," utilized Cilla's high-powered, slightly nasal delivery as the key element in a highly successful formula -- luring listeners with a softly bewitching intro, then knocking 'em dead with a full-tilt chorus. A generous selection of cabaret ballads appear on this release, many of which were big hits back in Britain. Among these are the Bacharach-David tunes "Alfie," "Make It Easy on Yourself," and "What the World Needs Now Is Love," though Cilla's renditions are somehow less convincing than Dionne Warwick's. Still, if you're a fan -- for completeness' sake anyway -- this is the Cilla CD to own.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:59 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:51 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:02 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:22 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:09 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:12 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:16 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:29 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:41 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:44 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:44 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:07 SpotifyAmazon
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2:47 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:57 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:27
16 3:09 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:48
18 2:22 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
20 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
21 4:09 SpotifyAmazon
22 2:34 SpotifyAmazon
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2:48 SpotifyAmazon
24 2:25 SpotifyAmazon
25
3:16 SpotifyAmazon
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3:01 SpotifyAmazon
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