The original version of Cilla’s ‘Especially For You’ album was released in August 1980. It was Cilla’s first project after she left the EMI group with whom she had launched her pop career in 1963. The album achieved Silver status from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales reaching 60,000 units in the UK.
In 2019, engineer Ted Carfrae “revisited” the original studio multi-track sessions in order to create brand new mixes of each song which now offer listeners a fresh, contemporary take on this classic album. Of particular interest to Cilla’s fans will be a previously unaired interview with her by former BBC DJ Peter Powell that was recorded to promote this album. There’s also the extended versions of ‘When I Need You’ and ‘Do That To Me One More Time’ which both feature previously unheard vocals by Cilla.
Produced by Bruce Welch