"The Rhythm Divine" by Yello with Shirley Bassey is divine.
I "discovered" Shirley Bassey a couple of years ago and just flipped for her. Not only is she a great singer and performer, but she also oozes sex appeal from every pore of her body.
I could kick myslef for not discovering her earlier as I live in NYC and she played here a lot in the past, but she seems to have retired from touring, only making occasional appearances at charity or other special events where she'll sing three songs in about ten minutes, the 2009 Electric Proms being her only full concert since 2006, I think. (And a 45 minute set at Glastonbury in 2007.) I saw her for the 1st time at Sting's rainforest benefit at Carnegie Hall a few months ago. You really hear that opera singer power in her voice. But I'm glad she became a popular singer instead! The Bassey Blog is great for all things Bassey: http://shirleybassey.wordpress.com/ and there is a link on the left for a message board. I wonder how one of the world's greatest singers and performers can seem obscure at the same time. I love her! She seems to have become something of a gay icon, but I am a straight guy. It seems almost embarrassing to admit that I love her.
1970 marked a transition for Bassey from traditional pop (standards, show tunes, torch songs) to more contemporary pop. My favorite albums are probably the first four of these, 'Something', 'Something Else', 'I Capricorn', and 'And I Love You So'.
The above clips may make some think she is just a belter, but she really does have a gorgeous voice, check out her studio work.
It's quite ironic that I don't have the albums where she appears as a "Belter", but I do have some of those you mentioned.
While I am not an "Analoger", meaning I will take Shirley any way I can get her; she seems to sound sweeter on vinyl. I have discovered all of those albums are available as LP's and I will be ordering.
In regard to John Barry and James Bond music, did Shirley Bassey make John Barry famous. When you hear "Gooldfinger" do you think of John Barry or Shirley Bassy? When you hear "Diamonds are Forever", do you think of Shirley Bassey or John Barry? One thing is for certain, they made a very good match.