I was watching It Might Get Loud on the weekend: a documentary type film about technique and influence from The Edge, Jack White and Jimmy Page.

While chatting Jimmy Page mentions he was a studio musician when Shirley Bassey recorded Goldfinger.   It was done in a huge sound room with hundreds of musicians: she did the song in one take and then collapsed.  Wow.

Have a listen to the song and give this nugget some thought.