Most of the time the original to any song is the one you prefer, even if its not the first version you heard? I say ‘most’ of the time because I’m sure there will be exceptions? For me, today is one of those!!
Shirley Bassey didn’t just cover Jezahel (or Jesahel as the original artist entitled it), she completely smashed it! Her voice transcends any other rendition I’ve ever heard! Originally written and released by the Italian prog-rock band Deliurm in 1972, Shirley Bassey also issued her euphoric rendition that same year. Featuring as the A-side to a single put out on the United Artists label, the song also appears on her album, And I Love You. Check it out above and listen to the wonderfully ‘flute’y’ original below.