Shirley Bassey

The Essential

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A reissue of the 1988 collection Diamonds: The Best of Shirley Bassey, The Essential succeeds on the mission inherent in the title, anthologizing nearly all of the hits connected to Bassey during her '60s and '70s prime: "Goldfinger," "Diamonds Are Forever," "Big Spender," and "Something." Compared to most of the dozens of Bassey compilations littering the shelves, this one tends more toward Bassey the ballad singer than brassy belter, with selections like "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Who Can I Turn To," and "What Now My Love."

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