Shirley Bassey Diamonds Are Forever: The Remix Album

Shirley Bassey is blessed with one of the most powerful voices in history, a big, booming epic instantly recognisable from her James Bond themes (Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever) and recently revived by Propellerheads on their "History Repeating" single. On this Bassey remix record, Propellerheads take on the crown jewel, "Goldfinger," slicing it with beats but leaving its spirit intact. Kenny "Dope" Gonzales (Masters At Work) keeps "Light My Fire" fairly straightforward while Groove Armada gives "Never Never Never" a nice tropical island feel. In fact, most producers here (including Nightmares On Wax, DJ Spinna, Moloko) wisely take a respectful hands-off approach to really fuckin' with Bassey, and the results demonstrate why - there's no need to. It does beg the question, though: when's Ethel Merman getting hers? (EMI)