This Is My Life (La vita)
|Studio album by Shirley Bassey|
|Producer||Norman Newell, Dave Pell|
|Shirley Bassey chronology|
Bassey had started living as a tax exile in 1968, and was not permitted to work in Britain for two years. In 1968 Bassey performed at the Sanremo Music Festival in Italy singing the song "La vita." This song was originally written by Bruno Canfora, with (Italian) lyrics by Antonio Amurri. For the song Bassey sang at the festival, the lyrics were partially rewritten in English by Norman Newell.
Side one of the album included only Italian songs with the exception of "La vita" which is the version with a mix of Italian and English lyrics. Side two is an edited version of the This Is My Life album that was released in Britain and the USA, with the addition of "To Give" which was only included in this album and on a single. Of the six songs recorded in Italian on this album only "La vita" has had a CD release. It appeared on the 1994 boxset Bassey - The EMI/UA Years 1959 - 1979. While in exile Bassey recorded several songs that were exclusively released in Italy and also performed frequently on Italian television.
In the next step in the evolution of "La vita," Newell wrote English lyrics for the remaining Italian parts and the result was "This Is My Life." This English-only version became one of Bassey's signature songs, often the final encore that she performs in concert.
This album was released in stereo and has identical front cover art to the 1968 UK This Is My Life but has "La vita" under "This Is My Life," and the different songlist.
- "La vita" (Bruno Canfora, Antonio Amurri, Norman Newell)
- "Pronto...sono io" (Vito Pallavicini, Memo Remigi)
- "Domani, domani" (Vito Pallavicini, Pino Donaggio)
- "Epirops" (Rossella Conz, Pino Massara)
- "Chi si vuol bene vome noi..." (Vito Pallavicini, Domenico Modugno)
- "E' giorno" (Cristiano Minellono, Tony De Vita)
- "Now You Want to Be Loved" (Pierre Barouh, Raymond Lesenechal)
- "A Time for Us" (Nino Rota, Larry Kusik, Eddie Snyder)
- "Softly as I Leave You" (Giorgio Calabrese, Tony De Vita, Hal Shaper))
- "To Give" (Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio)
- "The Joker" (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
- "I Must Know" (Neal Hefti, Lil Mattis)
Note: The capitalization of songs is different in Italian than in English.
- The Songs of Shirley Bassey website, See CD sleeve notes by Chris White, "Something" album
- it:Festival di Sanremo 1968 Festival di Sanremo 1968 on Italian Wikipedia[better source needed]
- The Songs of Shirley Bassey website, see pages for "La vita" and "This Is My Life"