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  • Audio CD (11 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Music
  • ASIN: B003CF9ZM4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Vinyl |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,408 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Love Me Or Leave Me
  2. Lazy River
  3. I've Got You Under My Skin
  4. I Just Want To Make Love To You
  5. They Can't Take That Away From Me
  6. Let's Fall In Love
  7. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  8. Accentuate The Positive
  9. Teach Me Tonight
  10. Don't Get Around Much Any More
  11. Night And Day
  12. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered

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To celebrate his 70th birthday in 2010, Sir Cliff Richard has recorded Bold As Brass, an album of jazz and swing standards.

Featuring classics such as "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "Let's Fall In Love" and "I've Got You Under My Skin", Bold As Brass showcases Cliff's voice in a spectacular and unique way.

As Cliff explains, "With the incredible creative input of seasoned American producer Michael Omartian, and the live sound of Nashville's best swing musicians, Bold as Brass is an album I've planned and dreamt about for years. It's been a long time coming, but what better way to mark my 7Oth birthday than to celebrate a genre of music which is both timeless and sheer class."

BBC Review

Bold as Brass realises Cliff Richard’s lifelong ambition to record a selection of timeless classics from the Great American Songbook with a band of Nashville’s best swing musicians, a crew of collaborators that the Rat Pack themselves would have loved.

As an opener, Love Me or Love Me is an ambitious, vocally tricky choice. It’s a demanding song, with its descending octave in the second bar; arguably, it sounds better as an instrumental. And under the microscope Richard’s limitations are revealed: a catch of the breath here, a clipped phrase there. These tend to make for a somewhat jumpy delivery. Sometimes at the end of a number, Night and Day for instance, he strives too hard to sell the song.

But Richard’s vocal timbre, so identifiable from songs like The Young Ones, still shines on in this collection; one can imagine that it’s been something of a learning curve to acquire the knack of performing these numbers. It’s good to hear him reviving the likes of Teach Me Tonight, a hit for the DeCastro Sisters back in 1954 but seldom sung today.

Let’s Fall in Love, with a genuinely poetic verse, is a carefree interpretation with a light accompaniment that goes very well. Sinatra previously sang Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered but it was written originally for a woman to sing and, in translation, the lyric loses some of its impact. Also susceptible to criticism is the running order of this collection. Duke Ellington’s Don’t Get Around Much Anymore has been programmed at track 10, though it’s one of Richard’s most stylish interpretations. He’s excellent too in catching the mood of the bluesy I Just Want to Make Love to You.

The band shines throughout, leaving their mark on I Didn’t Know What Time It Was, where the arrangement, with cabaret piano introduction, switches from Latin to swing. There’s a welcome change of pace for They Can’t Take That Away From Me, which arrives after four swing numbers, and an all-male vocal group joins Richard for the gospel-intoned Accentuate the Positive, where one can envisage them as southern Baptist preachers. On Lazy River, another song rooted in the American south, Richard’s vocal recalls Bobby Darin’s much-loved interpretation.

In retrospect it seems a shame that Sir Cliff has waited so long to record this. He clearly loves these songs and his interpretations, endearing if not enduring, will pleasantly surprise those who might not have expected him to take up the challenge.

--Adrian Edwards

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