Shirley Bassey – On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1973 TV Special)

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1973 (Shirley’s powerful cover of this song from the musical, ‘On A Clear DAy You Can See Forever’ – All About Shirley TV Special)
Shirley recorded and released this song on her 1967 LP titled, ‘Shirley Bassey – And We Were Lovers’
ABOUT this song:
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever is a musical with music by Burton Lane and a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner based loosely on Berkeley Square, written in 1929 by John L. Balderston. It concerns a woman who has ESP and has been reincarnated. The musical received three Tony Award nominations. A 1970 film adaptation directed by Vincente Minnelli starred Barbra Streisand and Yves Montand.

LYRICS:
On a clear day
Rise and look around you
And you’ll see who you are
On a clear day
How it will astound you
That the glow of your being
Outshines every star
You’ll feel part of every mountain sea and shore
You can hear
From far and near
A word you’ve never, never heard before…
And on a clear day…On a clear day…
You can see forever…
And ever…
And ever…
And ever more.

ABOUT the LP, And We Were Lovers:
And We Were Lovers is a 1967 album by Shirley Bassey. It didn’t chart, and reflected the beginning of something of a cold streak for Bassey in terms of record sales. From 1961 to 1965 Bassey had five albums enter the top 15 of the UK Albums Chart. 1966’s I’ve Got a Song for You spent only one week on the UK chart, and from there until 1970, Bassey would have only two albums enter the charts, one of those a compilation. Bassey was stuck in a style that had brought her great success, but was pehaps becoming a bit stale (to be sure, it was the formula that was becoming dated, not Bassey’s impressive interpretations). And We Were Lovers reflects the formula, a traditional pop mix of show tunes and popular songs. The album is especially notable as the first appearance by her of Big Spender, and the single that was issued hit #21 on the charts. This song would become one of Bassey’s signature songs; when the album was re-issued in 1971, it was re-titled Big Spender and entered the top 30.

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