This cd is overall very good and i'd recommend it to anyone who even remotely likes Cliff Richard. I'm not a fan by any means but there is good quality music to be found here, albeit an eclectic mix. This cd was oringinally part of the 50th year in music box set in 2008. The music ranges from the bizarre (the so called disney tracks) to the sublime with tracks like 'For you, for me', 'Your eyes tell on you', 'I wonder' and my favourite the Burt Bacharach written 'It's wonderful to be young' - all early to mid sixtites tracks. Cliff Richard takes alot of knocks but i'd say in a time we seem to be searching for artists with the 'X' factor - cliffs very unique voice and style has it in abundance. This cd is good stuff, you won't like it all but there are many gems waiting to be found.
As the title suggest this is a mix of Cliff's eps. It is a good showcase of his Ballad singing. I think it would appeal to his many fans who are not too familiar with his early work. My particular favourites are the first two tracks from 'Dream', Cliff in a particularly melodic voice with hints of jazz guitar in the background they're well, dreamy!
I like this CD very much as it covers Cliff Richard at his peak. The curious thing is, however, that this collection is really the companion set to 'The EP collection, Ballads & Love Songs', issued by the long gone 'See for Miles' label years ago. To get hold of a copy of 'Ballads & Love Songs' in this day and age, alas, has become a costly and troublesome venture. And there are still quite a few EP tracks awaiting CD release. So - EMI - when are you going to release 'the complete EP collection' by Cliff Richard ? It is long overdue.
I bought this for my wife who considers Cliff to be slightly better than sliced bread. She loved the album, lots of new (!!) material that she had not heard before. In my opinion, its better than a bunch of flowers.
Cliff Richard changes his singing style a few times in his long long career: 50+ years. There are two periods I like the most: (1) the late 50's and the entire 60's, when he sang with a more straight-forward voice with crystal-clear diction on both rock and ballad; and (2) the early 70's, when he sang all the gospel-tinted pop songs with a more Americanized-accent.
As the title of this CD suggests, it collects a whole bunch of really rare EP tracks. I also think the digital remastering on most of the tracks is decent. Therefore, I highly recommend this album to fans or non-fans of Cliff Richard.
For those who don't remember the EP format, the booklet provides a potted history. Suffice to say here that they only retained their popularity for a few years, and that while a lot of EP's were made up of tracks available on singles or albums, Cliff recorded tracks that appeared on EP's but not on LP's or singles. Some of those EP-only tracks may have been released previously on CD, but everything here is appearing on CD for the first time.
The first 20 tracks appeared on EP's that were released in the sixties. Those EP's sometimes included tracks that were released as singles or have otherwise appeared on CD, so are excluded from this collection. Overall, they are typical of Cliff's style back then, exactly as expected.
The notes appear to contradict themselves by first saying that there are 6 previously unreleased tracks, but later seem to say that one of them (It`s wonderful to be young) was released - or is it a different version? I'm confused, although I`m not that bothered. It`s a great song that I haven`t heard before. The remaining five previously unreleased tracks include a Christmas track recorded at the same session as the two other Christmas tracks featured here, and which eventually appeared on EP in 1991. The other four previously unreleased tracks are the Disney songs. The writer of the notes thinks they may have been intended for an EP that was never released. Could the writer not have checked with the man himself? No matter, it's difficult to believe that they were recorded with any other format in mind.
There are plenty of great songs here that I hadn't heard before. They more than compensate for the occasional weaker song, Nobody should buy this as a starting point for Cliff`s music, but for those who have Cliff's famous sixties hits and want to explore his music from that era further, this is definitely worth investigating..