Title - 'Cilla / In My Life - 2CD Expanded Edition'
Artist - Cilla Black
For those not in the know, Cilla Black was an much beloved English singer, television presenter, actress and author.
Championed by her friends the Beatles, she began her career as a singer in 1963, and her singles 'Anyone Who Had a Heart' and 'You're My World' both reached number one in the UK in 1964. Black had eleven Top Ten hits on the British charts between then and 1971; and an additional 8 hits that made the top 40.
In May 2010, new research published by BBC Radio 2 showed that her version of 'Anyone Who Had a Heart' was the UK's biggest-selling single by a female artist in the 1960s. 'You're My World' was also a modest hit in the US, peaking at No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Along with a successful recording career in the 1960s and early 1970s, Black hosted her own variety show, Cilla, for the BBC between 1968 and 1976. After a brief time as a comedy actress in the mid-1970s, she became a prominent television presenter in the 1980s and 1990s, hosting hit entertainment shows such as Blind Date (1985–2003), The Moment of Truth (1998–2001) and Surprise Surprise (1984–2001).
In 2013, Black celebrated her 50 years in show business. British television network ITV honored this milestone with a one-off entertainment special which aired on 16 October 2013. The show, called The One & Only Cilla Black, featured Black herself and was hosted by Paul O'Grady.
Sadly, Cilla Black died on August 1st, 2015 after a fall in her villa in Estepona, Spain. The day after her funeral, the compilation album The Very Best of Cilla Black went to number one on the UK Albums Chart and the New Zealand Albums Chart; it was her first number one album.
This deluxe double CD set is the third release in a brand new series of re-issues of the legendary Cilla Black’s original albums.
In this package, Cilla’s ‘Top 5’ hit debut album from 1965, Cilla, featuring a wide array of song material and musical styles, is paired with her 1974 soft rock album In My Life, which is released for the very first time on CD.
Both albums contain a wealth of bonus tracks with an incredible 26 bonus tracks in total across the package; including the whole of the Cilla album in its variant mono version.
1. 'Goin' Out of My Head'
2. 'Every Little Bit Hurts'
3. 'Baby It's You'
4. 'Dancing in the Street'
5. 'Come to Me'
6. 'Ol' Man River'
7. 'One Little Voice'
8. 'I'm Not Alone Anymore'
9. 'What'cha Gonna Do 'Bout It'
10. 'Love Letters'
11. 'This Empty Place'
12. 'You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To'
13. 'A Shot of Rhythm and Blues (Take 2)'
15. 'You're My World (Alternate Take)'
16. '(Love Is Like a) Heatwave'
17. 'Some Things You Never Get Used To'
18. 'Goin' Out of My Head (Mono)'
19. 'Every Little Bit Hurts (Mono)'
20. 'Baby It's You (Mono)'
21. 'Dancing In The Street (Mono)'
22. 'Come To Me (Mono)'
23. 'Ol' Man River (Mono)'
24. 'One Little Voice (Mono)'
25. 'I'm Not Alone Anymore [Mono]'
26. 'What'cha Gonna Do 'Bout It (Mono)'
27. 'Love Letters [Mono]'
28. 'This Empty Place (Mono)'
29. 'You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (Mono)'
30. 'Anyone Who Had a Heart (Mono)'
The first disc contains her debut album Cilla which showcases her diverse vocal range through an array of jazz, pop and soul tunes.
These include Cole Porter’s standard ‘You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To’, Marvin Gaye & Mickey Williamson’s soul classic ‘Dancing In The Street’ and Burt Bacharach & Hal David’s pop hit ‘Baby It’s You’.
Additionally, there are the power ballads such as ‘One Little Voice’ and ‘Come To Me’, the second of which was written especially by George Martin and Cilla’s future husband Bobby Willis.
The album peaked at #5 during an 11 week run on the UK album chart. This re-release notably includes amongst its bonus tracks ‘(Love Is Like A) Heatwave’, a session outtake originally only included in the repackaged US edition of this album, as well as ‘A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues’ from Cilla’s first ever recording session at Abbey Road Studios in July 1963.
Also included is the mono version of her breakout #1 smash hit single from January 1964, ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’, which complements Cilla’s other smash hit #1 single from 1964, ‘You’re My World’, which is also featured as a bonus track in an interesting rare ‘Alternate Take’.
A delightful album that introduced the world to the balladeering side of Cilla, the 12 tracks are definitely softer than you would expect from a grown Cilla, but all work in harmony, nonetheless.
Inclusive of the aforementioned covers and some new material a little bit of trivia here for you us that the album was originally going to be called CILLA'n'SOFIE'n'ADA after her board dogs! Indeed, she still put a nice photo of all three of them on the back of the original vinyl LP sleeve.
2. 'I'll Have to Say I Love You, In A Song'
3. 'Everything I Own'
4. 'Baby We Can't Go Wrong'
7. 'In My Life'
8. 'Never Run Out (Of You)'
9. 'Let Him in'
10. 'The Air That I Breathe'
11. 'Like a Song'
12. 'I Believed It All'
14. 'From the Inside'
15. 'Alfie Darling'
16. 'I'll Still Love You (When Every Song Is Sung)'
17. 'Baby We Can't Go Wrong (2009 Orchestral Mix)'
18. 'He Was a Writer'
19. 'Anything That You Might Say'
20. 'Little Bit of Understanding'
21. 'Baby We Can't Go Wrong (Almighty Definitive Mix)'
The second disc contains In My Life, which was Cilla’s first album not to be produced by Sir George Martin.
This new chapter in her recording career was headed up by producer David Mackay who’d had recent success with both Cliff Richard and The New Seekers.
Mackay led Cilla in a new soft-rock in their initial sessions, Cilla recorded the album’s lead single ‘Baby We Can’t Go Wrong’ which became the opening theme for the 7th series of her BBC TV variety show Cilla and a Top 40 hit.
Cilla, with husband and manager Bobby Willis and producer David Mackay, selected a diverse body of songs for In My Life that included covering many hits of the day such as Paul Anka’s ‘Flashback’, Bread’s ‘Everything I Own’, The Hollies’ ‘The Air That I Breathe’, Jim Croce’s ‘I’ll Have To Say I Love You, In A Song’ and The Beatles’ ‘In My Life’ - which deservedly became the title song of the album.
This re-release features many of Cilla’s rare and much sought after singles of the seventies as bonus tracks as well as Cilla’s tender rendition of ‘I’ll Still Love You (When Every Song Is Sung)’ which was penned by her friend George Harrison.
In truth, Mackay's remit for the project was to develop a new sound for Cilla which would keep her music in tune with the current pop market.
He wanted to move away from her trademark power-ballad orchestrations and produce a soft rock record in the vein of "Step Inside Love" which he considered to be her finest work.
Opening track 'Flashback' is a disco proud standard, with tracks such as the delicate 'I'll Have to Say I Love You, In A Song,' the powerful 'Everything I Own,' and both the lead single 'Baby We Can't Go Wrong' (which only reached #36 on the UK Singles Chart) and summer's day hipsway of 'Daydreamer' true musical gems, one and all.
It was noted as being a busy time for Cilla around the release of this album and as much as the chart-topping hits had (mysteriously) dried up, she still put as much gusto and verve into each and every track.
Perhaps none more so than the Bonus Tracks now wonderfully included such as the guitar-heavy rocker that she wrote with George Harrison, 'I'll Still Love You (When Every Song Is Sung)' and Alan Price's lush 'Alfie Darling' (which was featured in the film of the same name).
As for that Cilla and George-written gem, well, word has it that Cilla originally recorded this song in 1972 with George producing but it remained unfinished so she tried it again in 1975; and this is the version that we know and love today.
The album’s eye-catching sleeve was inspired by the work of Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha whose work Cilla adored.
This release, along with all the others in this Cilla Original Album Series is endorsed by its Executive Producer, Cilla’s son Robert Willis and comes with a 32 page booklet including extracts from a 2009 interview with Cilla, introductory essays about both albums and contemporaneous photographs from both the record company archives and the Cilla Black Estate.
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