- Audio CD (October 22, 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Warner Bros UK
- ASIN: B00EXV213Q
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
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The Very Best of Cilla Black
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Cilla Black is without doubt one of Britain's most successful and best-loved entertainers. This career-spanning compilation features an assortment of classics and new remixes with a CD of her biggest chart hits and a DVD of a previously unreleased TV special recorded live at the Savoy Hotel in 1966.
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Cilla had 19 Top 40 hits in the UK, all of which are included on this CD. Though she was the only British Invasion artist, aside from The Beatles, Peter And Gordon, and, for two records, Freddie And The Dreamers ("I'm Telling You Now," originally issued on Capitol 5053 in 1963, and "You Were Made For Me" [Capitol 5137, issued in early 1964 - neither record charted]; "I'm Telling You Now" was later reissued in 1965 on Capitol's Tower Records subsidiary [named after the Capitol Tower, not the now-defunct record-store chain], where it became a Number One hit [Tower 125]), signed to Capitol Records in the States, she only had one U.S. hit, "You're My World," (Capitol 5196), a UK Number One that only managed to climb to Number 26 in America. That song, along with its B-side, "Suffer Now I Must," wound up on a 1964 Capitol various-artists album called The Big Hits From England & U.S.A. (Capitol (D)T-2125), which is prized by Beatles collectors because it was the only CAPITOL album to contain "Can't Buy Me Love" until the Apple Records Hey Jude LP was issued in 1970. (The A Hard Day's Night [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album was originally issued on United Artists Records.) Cilla's only Capitol LP, Is It Love?, featuring the title track that Cilla recorded for the Ferry Cross The Mersey soundtrack, was issued in 1965 ((S)T-2308), but did not chart. By the time that Cilla recorded Paul McCartney's "Step Inside Love," the theme song for her highly successful UK TV series, Capitol had long since dropped her, and she moved to the tiny indie label Bell Records, which later became industry giant Arista Records.
Why wasn't Cilla more successful in America, despite appearing on U.S. TV several times, including The Beatles' last appearance on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW (The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Beatles). Aside from a dislike of touring, she may have simply fallen through the cracks; her connections to The Beatles and her brassy style may have put off the easy listening stations of the day, while she did not rock hard enough for the Top 40 stations. In addition, many U.S. DJs probably said, "Who needs Cilla's versions of 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' and 'Alfie,' when we already have Dionne Warwick's versions?"
This 2013 Warner/Parlophone collection, reissued after her 2015 death, where it reached Number One on the UK charts, contains 26 songs, including all the hits, a remix of John Lennon's "Imagine," and such gems as "Love Of The Loved," her first single, originally recorded by The Beatles at their Decca audition, and Paul McCartney's beautiful "It's For You," a UK chart-topper that Capitol did not promote Stateside, but Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night loved that record; it later became one of The Dog's first hits (with a radically different handclapping arrangement).
The bonus DVD is an edited B&W kinescope version of Cilla's 1966 UK TV special, CILLA AT THE SAVOY. It is very entertaining, and shows Cilla's versatility as a singer and dancer. In later years, she would become one of Britain's most popular cabaret entertainers, and would also achieve acclaim as an actress. The DVD is in PAL format, but has no region code, which means that some U.S. DVD players will play it, depending on the model. I have an RCA portable player that plays PAL Region 0 discs; I just plugged it into my big Toshiba DVD/VCR combo recorder and enjoyed it on the big screen. 2017 UPDATE: My new Sony multi-region Blu-ray player plays this disc perfectly, so I no longer need to haul out the portable.
I chose this collection over the domestic Varèse Sarabande/Vintage release, The Hit Singles, which only has 18 tracks, and no DVD. Interestingly, except for the eight missing songs, the Varèse Sarabande/Vintage compilation has the same running order as the Warner/Parlophone CD. Ironically, Varèse Sarabande/Vintage is distributed by Universal Music; I'm surprised that Warner Music Group's U.S. reissue imprint, Rhino Records, didn't grab the rights to the UK collection, particularly after Cilla's death; I'm sure a Rhino issue would have contained all 26 songs, plus an NTSC (U.S. format) version of the DVD. But for some reason, Rhino passed.
A bit off topic, but Varèse Sarabande/Vintage also issued a new Billy J. Kramer With (not And) The Dakotas compilation, The Very Best Of Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas, When I saw the track listing on Amazon, I passed, because I already have all of the songs on the far superior 25-track EMI America collection from 1991, The Best of Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas: The Definitive Collection.
Anyway, R.I.P., dear Cilla. I hope this collection, and others, will lead to a new appreciation of your music.
just wants to believe she is with her husband of many years VALE Cilla.
i was lucky,i bought from amazon the double disc,1 cd,1 dvd.it was so enjoyable to watch
her perform them live,she just went from strength to strength with her music how did we manage
in the old days no video's to watch the performer perform just watch it in your mind.how the world
has changed.it is good to see the company's taking care of the stars well done a really great SHOW
many thanks the CUZ
This makes me think it is not original and has been cheaply copied and marketed as a genuine CD which it is not.