"Best known for her association with the Beatles, Cilla Black was a coat check girl in Liverpool's hipper clubs in the early 1960s before she was discovered by the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein and signed to EMI
by the Beatles' producer George Martin. Black's first album, titled simply Cilla
, is filled with the blue-eyed British soul for which she's known. That debut is paired here in a two-fer with Black's third album, Cilla Sings a Rainbow
. Black suggests, especially on these early sides, a less confident Dusty Springfield, but her Swinging London take on tunes by Burt Bacharach, Kern-Hammerstein, and Lennon & McCartney make for a fun time capsule as well as an enjoyable listen."