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Shirley Bassey - The Rose (1995 Recording)

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Published on Jul 21, 2012

1995 (Veteran vocalist/entertainer Shirley Bassey recorded a wonderful cover of the song, 'The Rose' from the movie loosely about Janis Joplin's life, starring Bette Midler. Shirley recorded and released this song on her 1995 CD titled, 'Shirley Bassey Sings The Movies.' And, all throughout her career Bassey has definately recorded a ton of songs from both the movie industry and the musical broadway genre.

ABOUT the CD, 'Shirley Bassey Sings The Movies':
Sings the Movies is a studio album from Shirley Bassey released in 1995.

In 1995 Shirley Bassey signed a deal with the PolyGram TV label, she recorded and released two albums with the label. The first was a themed album of movie songs. The songs were personally selected by Bassey for the album, and are a diverse range of ballads and pop classics, some were originally composed for original soundtracks, but several were classic songs that appeared in successful movies. One re-recording was made of the classic James Bond theme "Goldfinger", this is the fourth studio recording of the song by Shirley Bassey. No singles were issued from this album. Several TV performances were made by Bassey to promote this album and British television broadcast a successful commercial campaign. The album sold well across Europe and entered the UK Albums Chart, for a run of nine weeks, on November 11, 1995 and peaked at number 24.

ABOUT the movie, 'The Rose':
The Rose is a 1979 American musical drama film which tells the story of a self-destructive 1960s rock star who struggles to cope with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager. The film stars Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton, Barry Primus, and David Keith.

The story is loosely based on the life of singer Janis Joplin. Originally titled Pearl, after Joplin's nickname, and the title of her last album, it was fictionalized after her family declined to allow the producers the rights to her story. It was written by Bill Kerby, and Bo Goldman from a story by Bill Kerby, and directed by Mark Rydell.

The Rose was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Frederic Forrest), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Bette Midler, in her screen debut), Best Film Editing and Best Sound.

Midler performed the soundtrack album for the film, and the title track became one of her biggest hit singles in 1980.

LYRICS:
Some say love, it is a river
That drowns the tender reed
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed
Some say love, it is a hunger
An endless aching need
I say love, it is a flower
And you, it's only seed
It's the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance
It's the dream afraid of waking
That never takes the chance
It's the one who won't be taken
Who can not seem to give
And the soul afraid of dying
That never learns to live

When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long
And you think, that love is only
For the lucky and the strong
Just remember, in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed
That with the sun's love
In the spring becomes the rose

Special Thanks to Pieter and Astrid from the Shirley Bassey blog and all those who have provided wonderful pictures of Shirley!

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