A brand new, previously unreleased love song recorded by Cilla Black during her heyday is to be released on Valentine’s Day. It will be available as a digital download single, with the opportunity to pre-order from January 17.
Cilla’s posthumous single, ‘You’re Sensational’, was recorded in the 1970s as a would-be follow up to her chart topping single ‘Something Tells Me (Something’s Gonna Happen Tonight)’, but the tapes disappeared without trace for decades until recently, when the original master multi-track session tape was discovered in an unmarked box in an archive storage unit.
The original ‘You’re Sensational’ session was produced by David Mackay, who Cilla also worked with on her albums ‘In My Life’ and ‘It Makes Me Feel Good’.
This version, released five years after Cilla’s sad passing, has been remixed by Dutch producer & remixer, Matt Pop. He said: “I was immediately excited. Now that Cilla is sadly not with us anymore, to have this surface like a time machine from the disco era was quite magical.
“There’s no two ways about it: it’s Disco. For my remix I essentially polished and enhanced what was already there… it’s a lush production with a full orchestra, it sounds fresh and uplifting with some fantastic vocals from Cilla.”
Cilla’s eldest son and former manager Robert Willis said: “I thought we had released everything there was to release! So it was a real joy to find a complete unreleased track by my mother from the early 1970s. “I think the fans will really enjoy hearing it for the first time as much as I did.”
Later this year Cilla will be remembered in a one-off ITV special featuring previously unseen footage. To tie in with this, a further four Cilla albums recorded during her celebrated singing career will be re-issued on deluxe CD sets by Cherry Red Records.