Five essential Cliff Richard CDs

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Five essential Cliff Richard CDs

Postby GoogaMooga » 04 May 2021, 06:24

Often the scorn of BCB, the ever reliable rocker and pop singer Cliff Richard has a few essential CD's that ought to soften even the most hard-hearted. They are CDs that showcase the early rocking sides that made him the first credible rock and roll singer in the UK. We all know "Move It", but there are plenty others of that caliber. Then on to those early singles with Britain's best guitar group, The Shadows. Culminating with the OST of the youth musical, "Summer Holiday", in 1963. In just five intense years, 1958 - 1963, Cliff set the standard.

EMI's budget line of MFP comps are some of the best-sounding on the market, and their MFP of Cliff Richard covers his rock and roll years well.
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"Rock'n'roll Years" from 1997 is all from the 4 CD box set and should be enough.
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Then there is an excellent Parlophone comp, "The Early Years", with rarities, B-sides, and alternate takes, released in 2010.
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The 1996 2CD set, "At the Movies", covers all the best soundtrack work and is a better option than "Summer Holiday".
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And here's one that I don't have yet, "Cliff Sings" from 1959, in mono & stereo. This is the best original album Cliff Richard ever recorded.
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Re: Five essential Cliff Richard CDs

Postby Muskrat » 04 May 2021, 06:44

The first album -- live in front of a studio audience, is pretty damned good; more than any American act had done at the time. Another album, issued much later.

Released in 2007 but recorded in 1962, Live at the ABC Kingston includes the complete show (purportedly) including an opening set by the Shadows. everybody's on fire.

I also like Cliff is 21 and When in Spain (not rocking at all, but very nice). Pick another at random.
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Re: Five essential Cliff Richard CDs

Postby GoogaMooga » 04 May 2021, 07:04

I've got the "live" album from '59 on mono CD, but don't like the audience overdubs. Still kept it for history's sake.
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Re: Five essential Cliff Richard CDs

Postby Positive Passion » 04 May 2021, 19:07

Summer Holiday soundtrack and I'm nearly famous are essential

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Re: Five essential Cliff Richard CDs

Postby robertff » 04 May 2021, 19:28

Sorry Googa, none of Cliff’s music is essential to me, never been a fan, even in his real glory days.



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