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Best of Cilla in the Sixties
Although she is now thought of a TV host of shows such as "Blind Date" and "Surprise Surprise", there was a time when Cilla was a pop star and a hell of a great voice.
The 60s was Cil's music heyday and saw her hit the no.1 spot twice in the UK charts with "Anyone Who Had A Heart" and "You're My World" both in 1964. She had a further 15 top 40 hits, 8 of them were top 10 smashes.
This great Cilla compilation includes both of Cilla's chart toppers and 4 more hits, the rest of the album is made up with album highlights and a bonus track of Cilla singing a recently unearthed Italian language version of "Surround Yourself With Sorrow". The highlights are taken from the 4 albums she released in the 60s, all huge best sellers at the time and top 10 entires, "Cilla", "Cilla Sings A Rainbow", "Sheroo" and "Surround Yourself With Cilla". Ms Black without doubt was the greatest, most successful female singer of the 60s decade.
The standout album highlights for me are "One Little Voice", "A Lover's Concerto", "Follow The Path Of The Stars" and "On A Street Called Hope", just listen to her voice, outstanding!
This is Cilla at her belting best, don't let this release pass you by, treat yourself and if you've not heard Cilla sing before then you may be in for a pleasant surprise, i certainly was.
The story of Cilla Black is best known in America because of her connection with the Beatles. Originally one of the Cavern's staff under her real name of Priscilla White, she was discovered by Brian Epstein and cut her first single, Lennon and (mostly) McCartney's 'Love Of The Loved' towards the end of 1963. It crept into the bottom of the British singles chart, but her next release, a cover of the Bacharach/Dionne Warwick recording of 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' shot to number one. She followed it up with 'You're My World' and then, for the next ten years, had a string of British hits. She came across well on TV as a warm, cheerful and modest personality and soon had her own show. When her hit recording days were over, she became a full-time TV presenter of family-oriented game shows. It's arguable that no single individual from the British pop boom of the 1960s has been as successful an all-round entertainer as Cilla.
She never became well-known in the US, partly because her early UK hits were covers of US hits for other artists. By the time she was releasing originals, the British Invasion had faded. If you didn't previously know her, you might enjoy discovering her mixture of power and sweetness; she almost has two distinct voices and the songs which bring that out are her most successful.
This album is, I think, the best single-disc compilation of her work during the 1960s and early 1970s. All the biggest and best-known hits are here, with some of the other songs with which she is associated. The only slight quibble I would make is with the running order- her first three singles, for example, are in reverse order and there's no rhyme nor reason to the order of the rest of the songs. However, that's a minor matter. Unless you want a much more comprehensive overview of Cilla's recording career, this is the CD to get.
Cilla Black outsold all other female recording artists in Britain during the 1960s and was the second most successful act after The Beatles to emerge out of the Liverpool Merseybeat boom. She has to date released 15 studio albums and 36 singles (many of which charted world-wide). She went on to become Britain's most popular TV entertainer and host two of the longest-running Saturday evening entertainment shows of the 1980s and 1990s - Blind Date (1985-2003) and Surprise, Surprise (1984-2001).
This set includes all of Cilla's 19 Top Forty hits (including her two number one singles, 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' & 'You're My World') plus classic covers and other essential Cilla tracks - also included are 5 songs which debut on CD format and 6 previously unreleased tracks. The DVD contains over 20 performances, many taken from her hugely successful BBC TV series simply entitled `Cilla' - this popular TV series ran from 1968 to 1976 reaching, at its peak, over 18 million viewers each episode!
Cilla Black OBE (born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on 27 May 1943) is an English singer, actress and television performer who has been successful as an entertainer from 1963 through the present day. She is most famous worldwide for her successful singles "Anyone Who Had A Heart", "You're My World", and "Alfie". After a successful recording career and a brief time as a comedy actress, she became the best paid female presenter in British television history. In September 2009, Cilla's 45 years in show-business is celebrated by EMI (the record label which launched her career) with the release of this CD/DVD set alongside a series of other digital download releases which include a remixed single, a remixes album and re-issues of all of Cilla's original EMI studio albums.
Cilla Black's autobiography, What's It All About, named after her signature Burt Bacharach hit, is fascinating for many reasons. One of these is the fact that, hard as it is to believe today, she was once considered to be a cutting-edge musical talent. She shared manager Brian Epstein with the Beatles and the boys even wrote several of her hits, including Love of the Loved. This early part of her career is particularly well evoked here and we are given a very vivid picture of growing up in a bomb-torn Liverpool of the late 40s.
The details of the rigidly Catholic background which the singer ultimately broke away from make a very interesting backdrop to the story of Cilla's success, which was achieved against all the odds. As she would be first to admit, it was her ability that had to take her places: she was by no means conventionally pretty. It was the steadily growing stage presence and (most of all) that memorable voice that marked her out from her contemporaries. After the Mersey explosion, which happened as Cilla reached the age of 20, there was a notable lull until she was able to reinvent her career as host to such long-running shows as the sometimes cloying Surprise, Surprise and Blind Date (from which she famously resigned on air). And while these shows, like Cilla herself, have as many detractors as supporters, there's no denying her sheer professionalism and thorough understanding of her audience.
Her life, famously, has been blighted by several personal tragedies, and they are dealt with frankly here. What's It All About won't necessarily win Cilla any new friends, but it's a frank and unvarnished account of a remarkable life in show business. --Barry Forshaw
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