This album has been re-released completely digitally remastered on the 2 CD collection LIVE!.
Comments by the Press:
The Stage 'Nightbeat' column by Peter Hepple:
BRAVO BASSEY! There are few artists who are capable of hypnotizing a sophisticated night club audience. Usually the chatter of table companions and the clinking of champagne glasses are inevitable background noises to most cabaret acts.
SHIRLEY BASSEY, however, who opened on Sunday for an eight weeks' season at the Pigalle, is one of those artists who cuts through the fidgeting like a knife and compels attention...
She had her audience completely under her spell from the moment she opened her act singing Wonderful Day Like Today ... here was the late Edith Piaf, the fabulous Lena Horne, Garland, plus all the greats of yesterday rolled into one...
Singing in different moods, from the pathos of The Other Woman to the hip shaking Lady Is A Tramp she had the crowded Pigalle room screaming for more...
Musical Express, London by John Wells:
SHIRLEY SHINES ... Shirley shines in cabaret. I look forward to seeing if this time a record can do her justice.
Record Mirror, London by T. G.:
SHIRLEY'S TRIUMPH - Triumphant - that's the only word to describe Shirley Bassey's cabaret opening at the Pigalle, Piccadilly Circus, on Sunday...
Melody Maker, London by J. H.:
SHIRLEY ... For she was sensational. Today, she must be Britain's number one cabaret attraction. Her singing is more assured, her performance more polished, her delivery timed to perfection, her appearance - wow!
Evening Standard, London by R. K. W.:
BASSEY TURNS THE POWER ON ... Hers is a voice in the great tradition of song belters. Here in London this week is an artist of international class, willing and able to sing her heart out... Fingers snapping, arms thrust heavenwards, her whole body responding to the music like a dancer, she is now showing that in this line of country she has few equals either in Europe or America. Last night's Pigalle audience were lucky to catch her making a "live" LP record accompanied by a splendid orchestra directed by Alyn Ainsworth.
Variety, London by Myro:
... Miss Bassey's 45-minute solo performance is immaculately conceived and expertly executed. Fronting the Alyn Ainsworth orchestra on stage, she exudes personality and vivacity... Stunningly attired in a black sheath gown, she uses her voice and her hands to give maximum dramatic effect to her well chosen ballads...
...The massive Alyn Ainsworth orchestra gives Miss Bassey superb backing, handling the intricate arrangements with apparent ease.