Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Shirley Bassey 

Diamonds Are Forever -- The Remix Album (Nettwerk)

39030.0.jpeg
Beat diggers and sample addicts have been grafting Miss Shirley Bassey's sly grooves and blustery orchestrations to their electronic productions for several years now. The Tigress from Tiger Bay nurtured beats and harmonies that fueled jazz pop into a new transcendence of panache in the '60s and '70s, redefining glamour pop with massive arrangements, crafty urban rhythms, and deep vocals that embedded quivers in the spinal fluids of listeners -- and conceiving a musical wellspring for the future of DJ designs, including this remix compilation Diamonds Are Forever.

The Propellerheads used Bassey's booming libretto three years ago with "History Repeating," a track featured on the There's Something About Mary soundtrack. So it made sense when Propellerhead Alex Gifford selected the diva's most notorious score -- the James Bond number "Goldfinger," in which a devious funk guitar sample and beat laid the groundwork for John Barry's mammoth horn arrangement and Bassey's golden bravado -- as the track he would remix. AwayTeam kicks off the album appropriately with "Where Do I Begin," the theme from Love Story -- on it, a heavy bassline is dropped on a Tony Bennett-style swing chorus. Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez, of Masters at Work, remixes "Light My Fire" into a downtempo drum assault before Twelftree brings big beat mania to the same track on the "Lady's Mix." Nightmares on Wax's George Evelyn lays down a minimal hip-hop beat and key sample on "Easy Thing to Do," giving Bassey's voice free range to paint the perfect chilled jazz fantasy. Even Groove Armada's "Never Never Never" and DJ Skymoo's trance anthem "If You Go Away," both of which sound routine, can't harm this rebirth of style. Diamonds re-ignites Bassey's stellar reputation, resurrecting her career for the next century with a momentous reworking.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Keith Gribbins

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 26, 2022

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Michael Kosta @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Fri., Jan. 28
  • Albert Lee/The Cryers @ The Kent Stage

    • Fri., Jan. 28
  • Ali Siddiq @ Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant

    • Fri., Jan. 28

© 2022 Cleveland Scene: PO Box 1028, Willoughby, OH 44096-1028, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation