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BBC Sessions, Volume 2 1966-1972 (no label, 1CD]

As I explained with Volume 1, Cilla Black’s interesting music is generally the 1960s and early 1970s. That’s the same for many other British female singers of that era. For instance, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, and Lulu faded in the mid-1970s too. In Black’s case, she kept releasing records, but stopped having hits, and focused more on being an all-around TV entertainer.

By chance, unreleased BBC recordings stop around 1973, at the same time her hits stopped. Thanks to my musical associate Marley who was essential in finding most of the BBC recordings from 1969 and after.

All but one of the songs here are officially unreleased. That one is an oddity, because it’s actually a studio track that I snuck in there. That’s because one of my favorite songs by her is “Step Inside Love,” which was a big hit for her in 1968, but, strangely, it seems she didn’t perform it for the BBC or other TV or radio shows. It’s neat that the song was written by Paul McCartney (and even done as a lark by the Beatles during the “White Album” sessions), but it’s a darn good song regardless of who wrote it. Instead of including the hit version, I found a rare demo version with McCartney backing her on acoustic guitar, found on the album “The Abbey Road Decade, 1963-1973.”

During this time period, Black had a successful BBC TV show called “Cilla.” A few of the songs are from that, but only a few. I’ll bet there are many more songs from that show that would make interesting listening (including a version of “Step Inside Love,” I would imagine), but I couldn’t find that much, at least not at a reasonably high sound quality. So six of the songs here are from that, and the rest are from proper BBC studio sessions (not counting “Step Inside Love”).

With those BBC radio recordings, there was the usual problem of BBC DJs talking over the music. So I applied the usual solution of using the X-Minus audio editing program to wipe the talking while keeping the underlying music. The songs where I did that have “[Edit]” in their names.

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Track 01. The ‘In’ Crowd 2:31
Track 02. Alfie 2:35
Track 03. Don’t Answer Me 2:14
04. Step Inside Love (Demo, with Paul McCartney) - Omitted *
Track 05. Uptight [Everything’s Alright] 1:29
Track 06. Both Sides Now 2:16
Track 07. It Feels So Good 2:37
Track 08. The Look of Love/Walk On By (with Cliff Richard) 3:00
Track 09. Surround Yourself with Sorrow [Edit] 2:20
Track 10. Conversations 4:00
Track 11. If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind [Edit] 2:53
Track 12. [They Long to Be] Close to You 3:03
Track 13. Something Tells Me [Something’s Gonna Happen Tonight] 2:19
Track 14. Norwegian Wood (with Marvin, Welch & Farrar) 2:20
Track 15. Make It with You [Edit] 2:29
Track 16. The World I Wish for You 2:06
Track 17. You, You, You [Edit] 2:46
Track 18. Melting Pot (with Dusty Springfield) 3:49
45 mins

* Officially released.

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  1. 7 Responses to “CILLA BLACK - BBC SESSIONS VOL 2 [1966-1972]”

  2. Cilla don’t look black to me .

    By Derrick on Nov 29, 2022

  3. Your mother is, Derrick

    By HHH on Nov 29, 2022

  4. Rumor has it that this is a gal that might actually let me fuck her - she’s dead , so her vagina and anus smells like my mom’s does

    By U L E on Nov 30, 2022

  5. Some day Big O, please get rid of infantile morons like the ones above.

    By Mike on Nov 30, 2022

  6. Mike must be a liberial he against free speach and like to call names what a idiot

    By U L E on Nov 30, 2022

  7. For sure U L E you got that right . I hope triple reported him . We don’t want his kind around here

    By Derrick on Dec 1, 2022

  8. Thank you, Big O! Great to see the Cilla recordings.

    By peacenluvmaaan on Dec 24, 2022

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