Although she scored only one Top 40 hit in the U.S. ("You're My World," 1964), Cilla Black was a major singing star in the U.K. in the mid-'60s. Hailing from Liverpool, she shared the Beatles' brain trust and even benefited from a few castoffs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. After more than four years of consistent chart success that had already included seven Top Ten hits with two number ones, she launched a career as a television hostess in January 1968 that gradually overtook her work as a singer. But she racked up a total of 19 Top 40 hits between 1963 and 1974, and all of them are on this compilation, in chronological order. They trace her development from a Beatles protégée ("Love of the Loved") to a singer capable of stealing a hit out from under Dionne Warwick ("Anyone Who Had a Heart") to an interpreter of Anglicized European pop ballads ("You're My World" [aka "Il Mio Mondo"], "A Fool Am I" [aka "Dimmelo Parlami"]). By the late '60s, her hits tended to be the theme songs for her successive TV series, starting with 1968's Lennon-and-McCartney-penned "Step Inside Love," and including 1971's "Something Tells Me (Something's Gonna Happen Tonight)," which is reminiscent of the sprightly pop/rock tunes Petula Clark hit with a little earlier, and 1974's "Baby, We Can't Go Wrong," an Olivia Newton-John soundalike. This foolproof collection is a no-frills package, but it does include an extra CD-ROM that contains a brief biography (in English, Dutch, French, and Spanish), a discography consisting of album titles and dates, and five photographs of Black.
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann