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Title - 'Cilla All Mixed Up / Beginnings-Revisited'
Artist - Cilla Black

For those not in the know, Cilla Black was an much beloved English singer, television presenter, actress and author.

Championed by her friends the Beatles, she began her career as a singer in 1963, and her singles "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "You're My World" both reached number one in the UK in 1964. Black had eleven Top Ten hits on the British charts between then and 1971; and an additional 8 hits that made the top 40.

In May 2010, new research published by BBC Radio 2 showed that her version of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" was the UK's biggest-selling single by a female artist in the 1960s. "You're My World" was also a modest hit in the US, peaking at No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Along with a successful recording career in the 1960s and early 1970s, Black hosted her own variety show, Cilla, for the BBC between 1968 and 1976. After a brief time as a comedy actress in the mid-1970s, she became a prominent television presenter in the 1980s and 1990s, hosting hit entertainment shows such as Blind Date (1985–2003), The Moment of Truth (1998–2001) and Surprise Surprise (1984–2001).

In 2013, Black celebrated her 50 years in show business. British television network ITV honored this milestone with a one-off entertainment special which aired on 16 October 2013. The show, called The One & Only Cilla Black, featured Black herself and was hosted by Paul O'Grady.

Sadly, Cilla Black died on August 1st, 2015 after a fall in her villa in Estepona, Spain. The day after her funeral, the compilation album The Very Best of Cilla Black went to number one on the UK Albums Chart and the New Zealand Albums Chart; it was her first number one album.

Now digitally remastered, and releasing July 27th, 2018 via SFE / Cherry Red Records UK, Cilla All Mixed Up / Beginnings-Revisited is a magnificent 2CD set containing a pair of albums by the British vocalist.

Featuring Cilla's only dance remixes album, Cilla All Mixed Up and the 2009 edition of her Beginnings album, Cilla All Mixed Up is an upbeat compilation of club re-interpretations of Cilla Black songbook classics that span the breadth of her record-breaking recording career from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Indeed, the celebratory collection includes no less than four productions by the preeminent club remix team Almighty who were renowned for their work with Cher, Jennifer Lopez, Pink, Elton John, Whitney Houston and Kylie.

CD 1:
1. "Step Inside Love (Almighty Radio Edit)"
2. "Something Tells Me (Almighty Mix)"
3. "Anyone Who Had a Heart (Almighty Mix)"
4. "Baby We Can't Go Wrong (Almighty Radio Edit)"
5. "I Don't Know How to Love Him (David Lee Marks Radio Edit)"
6. "Beautiful Goodbye (Klubkidz Extended Mix)"
7. "Faded Images (Tommy Sandhu's Ram Mix)"
8. "Kiss You All Over (Tommy Sandhu's Big Bill Mix)"
9. "A Fool Am I (Marley M Remix)"
10. "Your Song (Pookadelic Remix)"
11. "Step Inside Love (DJ Ronstar - Step in Da Club Mix)"
12. "Something Tells Me (Dan Thomas Club Mix)"
13. "Black Paper Roses (2009 Chicken Feed Remix)"
14. "Imagine (Matt Pop Club Mix)"

Cilla All Mixed Up was Cilla Black's sixteenth and final solo album released worldwide on September 7th, 2009 by EMI to digital download.

The album was conceived to celebrate Cilla Black's 45th year in the music business and listening to it today, inclusive of the stunning bonus tracks, and I can honestly say it's a pure delight and unadulterated musical gem.

Featuring an array of original hit singles and album tracks once held at Abbey Road studios that were then given an interesting club makeover, alongside a few recent-at-the-time songs taken from Black's last studio album Beginnings, the project also featured contributions from production team Almighty as well as other club DJs from the UK, Middle East and Asia.

Kicking off with the always-brilliant-to-hear "Step Inside Love (Almighty Radio Edit)," the lead single for the album project, the Almighty mix of "Something Tells Me" is along next. The bombbastic "Anyone Who Had A Heart (Almighty Mix)" is easily one of the best versions of the wondrous song to have ever come out, and that's backed seamlessly by both "Baby We Can’t Go Wrong (Almighty Radio Edit)" and "I Don't Know How To Love Him (David Lee Marks Radio Edit)."

In truth, there's a lot of Cilla's songs that didn't need "messing with," and those that fall into that category include the stunning ballad "Beautiful Goodbye (Klubkidz Extended Mix)," "Faded Images (Tommy Sandhu's Ram Mix)," and even "Kiss You All Over (Tommy Sandhu's Big Bill Mix)." But then along comes "A Fool Am I (Marley M Remix)" and a brilliant, stand out "Your Song (Pookadelic Remix)" and all is forgiven.

The original album then rounds out with both another "Step Inside Love (DJ Ronstar - Step In Da Club Mix)" and another "Something Tells Me (Dan Thomas Club Mix)" (sadly, both unnecessary), with the two bonus tracks "Black Paper Roses (2009 Chicken Feed Remix)" and "Imagine (Matt Pop Club Mix)" worthy of their respective bonus status (a lot of so-called "bonus" tracks are usually boring 7" Versions and LP Versions, but not here.

CD 2:
1. "Kiss You All Over (2009 Mix)"
2. "Imagine (2009 Mix)" - with Cliff Richard
3. "Beautiful Goodbye (2009 Mix - Full Version)"
4. "Let There Be Love (2009 Mix)"
5. "Beginnings (2009 Mix)"
6. "This Kiss (2009 Mix - Extended Version)"
7. "My Man (You've Changed My Tune) (2009 Mix)"
8. "If You Could Read My Mind (2009 Mix)"
9. "I've Been Wrong Before (2009 Mix)"
10. "Photograph (2009 Mix)"
11. "Anyone Who Had a Heart (Late Night Version) (2009 Remix)"
12. "Step Inside Love (All Burnt Out Remix)"
13. "Kiss You All Over (2009 Acoustic Mix)"
14. "Imagine (2009 Acoustic Mix)"
15. "Beautiful Goodbye (Klubkidz Remix - Radio Edit)"
16. "Imagine (2009 Orchestral Mix)"
17. "My Man (You've Changed My Tune) (2009 Alternate Mix)"
18. "Beautiful Goodbye (2009 Stripped Down Mix)"

Beginnings: Revisited is the re-versioned 2009 re-issue of Cilla Black's 2003 album Beginnings ... (Greatest Hits and New Songs) that had marked Cilla's 40 years as a singer by augmenting a bouquet of all-new recordings with the best known of her back catalog hits.

All of these re-worked versions of Cilla's final recordings, alongside the alternate versions of these songs, have never before appeared on CD. Also included is Cilla's re-recording of her Lennon & McCartney hit "Step Inside Love".

The second disc is as good, nay great as the first, but also suffers from the aforementioned 'Why?' syndrome showcased on certain tracks on the first disc. That said, it kicks off in fine style with the effervescent trio of "Kiss You All Over (2009 Mix)," the chilling "Imagine (2009 Mix)" featuring our beloved Sir Cliff Richard, and a delightful "Beautiful Goodbye (2009 Mix - Full Version)."

Then we hit that 'Why?' phase of the disc for songs such as "Let There Be Love (2009 Mix)," the title track "Beginnings (2009 Mix)," and both "This Kiss (2009 Mix - Extended Version)," and "My Man (You've Changed My Tune) (2009 Mix)," before (in my humble opinion, setting sail back onto the high seas in fine style with the trio of "If You Could Read My Mind (2009 Mix)" and "I've Been Wrong Before (2009 Mix)," and "Photograph (2009 Mix)."

Personally, my favorite track on this second disc is the succulent, sultry "Anyone Who Had a Heart (Late Night Version) (2009 Remix)," and that's backed by both a rousing "Step Inside Love (All Burnt Out Remix)" and a weirdly interesting-to-take-in "Kiss You All Over (2009 Acoustic Mix)."

This second disc then continues on with a quite stunning "Imagine (2009 Acoustic Mix)," before a vibrant "Beautiful Goodbye (Klubkidz Remix - Radio Edit)" follows along behind. Another version of "Imagine (2009 Orchestral Mix)" is then backed by "My Man (You've Changed My Tune) (2009 Alternate Mix)," with the album rounding out perfectly with a delightfully rich "Beautiful Goodbye (2009 Stripped Down Mix)."

The two albums are issued with a 32 page booklet richly illustrated with photographs and including an interview with Cilla.

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