This album reached number 13 in the album charts.
This album has been re-released on CD in 2000 completely digitally remastered from EMI.
Review from the "Billboard" magazine for week ending March 11th, 1972:
Review from "HMV Choice", October 2000, about the re-issue on CD:
by Chris White, 2000
The release of Shirley Bassey's I Capricorn album on United Artists in February 1972 consolidated the musical mood of her two earlier albums of the fledgling decade, Something which had been released in 1970, and 1971's Something Else. This milestone album also benefited commercially by its inclusion of Shirley's hit single For All We Know, a UK Top 10 success in August 1971, and which had beaten the number l8 chart placing of the original Richard and Karen Carpenter recording.
I Capricorn was released at a time when Shirley's career was once again operating in full gear. The late Sixties had witnessed the Welsh diva taking a back seat to the more contemporary female singers of the era (not helped by the fact that for several years she lived abroad as a tax exile). Her 1970 'comeback' single Something had been her first British Top 10 success since I (Who Have Nothing) some seven years earlier.
The subsequent success of her Something album (a number 5 success and 28 weeks in the Top 50) had firmly restored her to the frontline. Shirley was once again back in favour, headlining at London's Talk Of The Town and the Royal Festival Hall, appearing on the Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium, and drawing capacity crowds at the legendary Batley Variety Club in the North of England.
She also appeared on all the top-rating TV light entertainment of the day, including This Is Your Life, Top Of The Pops and, of course, the legendary Morecambe & Wise show (and who could forget her hilarious rendition of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, supported by the antics of the legendary comedy duo?).
Shirley's international popularity also continued to grow rapidly. Australia and New Zealand had long been favourite destinations for frequent concert tours, and the United States had continued to demand live appearances, Including at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, and New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel, as well as the prestigious Carnegie Hall. The 'tigress from Tiger Bay' could do no wrong.
1972, the year of I Capricorn's release, witnessed even more international success. Shirley completed a 12-city U.S. tour in April of that year with a sell-out performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles (venue of the annual Academy Awards).
Other American cities on the, 1972 tour included Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York (where she packed out the Lincoln Center), Louisville, Toledo, Chicago, Dallas and Houston, as well as Toronto in Canada.
Several of Shirley's late-Sixties albums for United Artists had been recorded in the United States (mainly because of her tax exile status, preventing her recording in London). It was a situation that Ms Bassey did not find ideal but the situation had changed with the dawn of the new decade. Noel Rogers had been appointed executive producer of her recording career and he, in turn, had appointed Johnny Harris as arranger and producer for Shirley's studio sessions. The result had been a more contemporary musical approach, bringing Shirley's recordings to a much more diverse listening public than before. In essence, she became a song and pop stylist as opposed to the cabaret performer that many had previously perceived her as being.
In August 1971 Shirley's recording of For All We Know, from the film Lovers And Other Strangers, entered the British charts at number 46 but disappeared after just one week. It proved to be a false start however because the recording re-entered the Top 50, eventually nestling at number 6 and enjoying 23 weeks in the Top 50. For All We Know in fact proved to have, with the exception of 1960's As Long As He Needs Me (which spent 30 weeks in the Top 50), the longest chart duration of any of Shirley's many hit singles.
The single's runaway success paved the way for the I Capricorn album which hit the record shops just as For All We Know Was dropping out of the nation's pop charts. The 12-track album, which like its two immediate predecessors had been arranged, produced and conducted by Johnny Harris, swiftly sailed to number 13 and spent almost three months in the Music Week album chart.
I Capricorn featured a blend of contemporary pop songs and the show songs that Shirley Bassey has always performed so well.
The title track became a staple part of her live performances during the next 18 months -Shirley herself was born under the sign of Capricorn (January 8th) and thus the song took on a personal association. It also ideally showcased the dramatic Bassey singing style.
Three years earlier Shirley had recorded her first Hal David and Burt Bacharach song (I'll Never Fall In Love Again) and I Capricorn included two more Bassey interpretations of the prolific songwriting duo's work. The Look Of Love had first been recorded by another of Britain's legendary female singers, Dusty Springfield, in 1967, and originally featured in the spoof James Bond film Casino Royale. One Less Bell To Answer had been a major American success earlier for the harmony group 5th Dimension. Both were given the unique Bassey vocal treatment.
Shirley also renewed her earlier association with Lionel Bart's stage and (subsequent) film musical Oliver! (As Long As He Needs Me had given her a worldwide hit in 1960) with a tender reading of Where Is Love, another show-stopper from the show. Two other stage songs she chose to include on I Capricorn were Where Am I Going from Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields' Sweet Charity (the show which had previously given her a substantial hit, and perennial crowd-pleaser, with Big Spender), and Stephen Sondheim's Losing My Mind, from the Broadway hit, Follies.
The Greatest Performance Of My Life wasn't a show song but suggested that Shirley could herself have made a considerable impact had she ever starred in a dramatic stage musical. It was rumoured in the late Sixties that she was in line for the role of Nancy in the film version of Oliver! but, sadly, this never happened. The Greatest Performance Of My Life certainly suggests that it was an opportunity wasted.
Four contemporary ballads were also included on I Capricorn. Producer Johnny Harris and assistant producer John Bromley penned The Way A Woman Loves, while Shirley delved into the John Lennon catalogue of songs to record Love. Completing the track listing were I've Never Been A Woman Before and Lost And Lonely, given the full emotive Bassey treatment.
I Capricorn remains a remarkable album in a long recording career that has been studded by many successes and musical highlights, and is well worthy of re-issue almost three decades after it first wowed Shirley Bassey's legion of fans.