In Australia this record had been released slightly different. Two more songs, but not by Shirley Bassey including the official 1999 Australian Rugby Union theme song: Decca / Universal Australia 1999, 466 893–2 (0 028946 689325).
Being Welsh and singing choral music undoubtedly go hand in hand - it is the genre of music most widely associated with Wales.
The Welsh choral tradition derives from the industrial society generated when communities where thrown together - from the slate and quarry workers in North Wales to the miners in the South Wales coalfields. Concequently the Eisteddfod and the non-conformist tradition quickly developed, and choral tradition, in particularly the male voice choir, became as popular in Wales as any form of sport, even rugby!
Male voice choirs are still an integral part of Welsh society and culture, and surely it is safe to say that the long and strong Welsh choral tradition is as alive today on the brink of the Millennium as it has ever been.
Note about Bryn Terfel
Born on a farm in Pant Glas in North Wales, Bryn Terfel's first musical memories are of his parents singing Welsh folksongs. Today he is the world's leading bass-baritone, singing in major opera houses around the globe. A keen rugby fan, he only gave up playing the sport himself after breaking his nose for the seventh time!
Note about Shirley Bassey
"First Lady" of Wales, Shirley Bassey's legendary career has spanned more than four decades of unwavering popularity, from her first hit Banana Boat Song to her classic hits for the James Bond movies. In 1998 she smashed her own record in London for the longest run by a solo artist at the Royal Festival Hall with ten sold-out shows.
Note about Michael Ball
Britain's leading musical star and The Variety Club Best Recording artist for 1998, Michael Ball has starred on Broadway and dominated the programmes of most of the top London west End shows for more than a decade. His platinum selling albums make him one of the biggest selling male recording artists.