EMI’s latest “Cilla Black” release is out on the 23 April 2012 – it is a prelude to the star’s 50th anniversary in 2013. The multiple disc set was compiled over a 6 month period with the personal involvement of Cilla and her management. It contains 139 digitally remastered recordings on five CDs as well as a bonus DVD of “previously unavailable” material from BBC TV’s film archive.
‘Completely Cilla’ is the first “Cilla Black” compilation to present, in original session date order, Cilla’s complete works with her music producer George Martin (The Beatles). The audio CDs comprise A&B-side singles, album tracks and rarities – 9 of the album songs debut in the UK on CD format. By special request of Cilla’s management, EMI include a bonus DVD of material from the BBC’s film archive. This contains 22 previously unavailable music performances. Many of these rare video clips are of Cilla’s hit singles and other EMI album songs – most clips originate from the star’s hit TV variety series of the 1960s and ’70s. Highlights on the DVD include stunning duets with Sir Cliff Richard (“Passing Strangers”) and Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and John Farrar (Lennon/McCartney’s “Norwegian Wood”). Also featured inside the set is a 36 page booklet.
Lead vocals by Cilla Black
All CD recordings produced by George Martin