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1976 (Shirley Bassey sings her version of this wonderful song, The Way We Were at her 1976 Melbourne Concert, which was recorded for Television. Of course, everyone knows that this was a huge hit for Barbra Streisand from the movie of the same name starring herself and Robert Redford.
Please...no positive or negative comparisons intended...a classic song should be sung by many artists who bring their own style to the song arrangement, and this is a beautiful song, no matter who has recorded it. Streisand and Bassey are both 'easy listening' vocalists and have thus recorded many of the same songs over the years. Although they have differing vocal pitch, vibrato, timbre, and style, what they have in common is that they both are in the top tier when it comes to vocal abilities. Anyone who is familiar with and enjoys one of these artists will most likely enjoy the other artist if they take some unbiased time and have a listen to their music.
ABOUT the LP, Good, Bad But Beautiful:
Good, Bad but Beautiful is a 1975 album by Shirley Bassey. In the first half of the decade, Bassey recorded nine albums, with three making the top ten. In March 1975, Bassey released a compilation that became her highest-charting album to date, The Shirley Bassey Singles Album (#2), and reflects the momentum Bassey had maintained since her 1970 "comeback". Good, Bad but Beautiful, released in the autumn of 1975, spent seven weeks on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at #13. The album reflects the formula that brought Bassey back to the charts: a combination of contemporary songs combined with her forte of standards, show tunes, and torch songs, featuring arrangements aimed squarely at the adult contemporary, or middle-of-the-road, audience. This was also achieved by modifying her backup orchestra to include electric guitars, a string and brass section with a more contemporary sound, and drumming that is more soft rock-oriented than jazz-oriented, while side two's opener, "Feel Like Makin' Love" displays a smooth jazz style.
This was Bassey's seventh album of the 1970s to make the Billboard 200, peaking at #186. It also reached #54 on the US R&B chart. In the UK the album was awarded a silver disc six weeks after it was released. The original release was in stereo on vinyl and cassette. In 2005, BGO Records issued a remastered Good, Bad but Beautiful, together with the 1973 album Never Never Never, on a 2 CD set.
LYRICS - The Way We Were:
Memories, light the corners of my mind
Misty watercolor memories
of the way we were.
Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind
smiles we give to one another
for the way we were.
Can it be that it was all so simple then
or has time rewritten every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
tell me would we? Could we?
Memories, may be beautiful and yet
what's too painful to remember
we simply choose to forget
So it's the laughter we will remember
whenever we remember
the way we were.
the way we were.....
I've tried to clean up both the video & audio, but there is only so much that can be done with the original footage that I have to work with. There were several songs that were in too poor of shape for me to work with at all. With that said, Shirley always comes shining through; she looks amazing and her voice is in top shape.