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Shirley Bassey ‎– The Magic Is You - 1978-Funk / Soul / Rhythm & Blues, (vinyl)

Shirley Bassey ‎– The Magic Is You - 1978-Funk / Soul / Rhythm & Blues, (vinyl)

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Shirley Bassey ‎– The Magic Is You - 1978-Funk / Soul / Rhythm & Blues, (vinyl)

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Following the UK top three success of her 25th Anniversary Album in late 1978, Bassey followed this up with an album of newly recorded tracks. The lead single (and opening track) from the album was a disco version of one of her signature songs, "This Is My Life (La Vita)". While this was a divergance from her normal output, the rest of the album continued in her more usual MOR style. The album was produced by American producer Nick DeCaro and arranged by DeCaro with Tom Saviano.[1] Cover versions featured on the album included "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "The Greatest Love of All" – the latter of which had been released by George Benson two years earlier but became a much bigger hit when covered by Whitney Houstonsome seven years later.

The album was released in the US in January 1979 and garnered a favourable review from Billboard Magazine stating: "In an era of female singers with whispery little-girl voices, it's a treat to hear a lady who can belt out a tune with conviction and dynamics. The songs here allow her to use this power."[2] The album also gained a 3-star review from Allmusic.[3] In the UK, the album was delayed by a further three months possibly to avoid close collision with her previous album, and charted at No.40 in the UK Albums Chart in May 1979.[4] The single "This Is My life (La Vita)" was released on 27 April 1979, but failed to chart.[5] Following this, Bassey recorded and released her third James Bond theme for the film Moonraker, which marked the end of her 1970s output and led to a three-year break from recording.

The Magic Is You was her final album for United Artists Records for which she had recorded throughout the decade. The album was remastered and re-released on CD in 2011 packaged with a 1976 compilation Thoughts of Love.[1] This version contained one bonus track – an extended 12" version of "This Is My Life".

United Artists Records ‎– 5C 062-62440
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 This Is My Life 4:53
A2 Better Off Alone 3:39
A3 You Never Done It Like That 3:09
A4 Don't Cry For Me Argentina 4:11
A5 As We Fall In Love Once More 4:10
B1 Night Moves 3:15
B2 Anyone Who Had A Heart 3:25
B3 The Magic Is You 3:46
B4 How Insensitive 3:00
B5 The Greatest Love Of All 4:50


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