- Audio CD (12 Aug. 2002)
- Number of Discs: 6
- Format: Box set
- Label: EMI Music UK
- ASIN: B000069HG5
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,531 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Cliff Richard: The Singles Collection, All 127 Solo Singles Box set
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Top Customer Reviews
From the first track, which was flipped to give Cliff his first hit with "Move It", (It's amazing how many hits have started out as B-sides, such as "Girl Don't Come" by Sandie Shaw, "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart, "My Cherie Amour" by Stevie Wonder, and "Rock and Roll Part Two" by Gary Glitter. Do record industry people really know what they are doing? Don't answer that!) to the last, we see Cliff move through a series of cycles, going from Rock and Roll to Pop to "naff" and then back to Rock and Roll and to Pop again.
Initial highlights include most of disc 1 and up to track 17 on disc 2, "All My Love".
After this Cliff bobs up and down (mainly down), alternating many examples of the naff, such as "Congratulations", "Good Times" and "Flying Machine", with a few examples of the good, such as "Silvery Rain," and one or two examples of the profound, such as "With The Eyes Of A Child." This last track set a style that he has followed on occasions throughout his remaining career. Cliff also demonstrates an excellent affinity with Country and Western through "(You Keep Me) Hanging On" and "Honky Tonk Angel."
In 1976 Cliff's star rises dramatically with "Miss You Nights" and remains in the ascendant with a long string of strong rock, pop and ballads, which extends right up to the start of the new millennium with "The Millennium Prayer".Read more ›
This guy can sing:
- hard, beautiful, frenetic Rock & Roll
("Move It", "Living Loving Doll", "It'll Be Me".) He's been accused of being just another Elvis impersonator, I've heard many 60s singers who sound, I fear, like Elvis clones; mimicking that overused, irritating Elvis vibrato without the Elvis charm; but Cliff is nothing like that. Yes the influence is felt, particularly in "Dynamite" and "It'll Be Me" but his voice had its own unique texture; his higher notes had a tangy, fresh sweetness; his lower ones a haunting intensity; which comes out in most early recordings.
If you listen to this in its entirety you will only marvel; gape in awe; swoon at how effortlessly versatile Cliff adapts his great voice from genre to genre; how he can sing from bass to falsetto, hard or soft; how he can melt delicate vocals into a beautiful acoustic accompanies or belt out (melodically, mind), a full-throated blistering rock sound over harsh electric guitars or rich keyboard orchestrations; how he can soar to incredible heights with deep, heartfelt feeling in soul songs; how he can be fast, fun and funky in dance songs. He can outclass almost anyone in almost any genre.
In the late 60s and early 70s he went off-track; he produced chirpy but lightweight, throwaway pop ("Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha" and singalong oom-pah-pah gospel songs ("Good Times Better Times", "Big Ship".) Anyone could sing these songs. They couldn't bring out the magic of his voice. But there are some gems from that era too like "With The Eyes Of A Child". Cliff draws you in. The more songs you hear, the more you want.
All the classics are here (up to April 2002 - he's not finished yet) including his UK number ones from Living Doll (summer 1959) to The millenium prayer - actually Auld lang syne sung to the tune of The Lord's prayer (December 2000). Cliff adapted his sound through the years to keep abreast of changing fashions in pop music. Generally, I prefer his sixties music - this was his most successful period, but it's also my favorite decade as far as pop music is concerned. Your favorites will depend on which pop era you like best.
His most popular songs of the seventies are probably Devil woman, Miss you nights and We don't talk anymore - these are the ones normally used in various artists compilations - while the eighties are probably best remembered for Mistletoe and wine. Both of these decades (and the nineties) are well represented by these and many other songs.
This six-CD set shows what a remarkable career Cliff has already had (and you could fill another CD with the duets). The only sadness is that he never made it in America - but he didn't need to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A triumphant reminder of just how good Cliff used to be. Hit after hit after hit... a succession of fantastic singles, from the groundbreaking start, through the less-than-fabulous... Read morePublished 7 months ago by MCK
The reason I have given this C D boxset 3 stars is because, as box sets go, this is really poor; 6 cardboard sleeves in a cardboard C D size box. Read morePublished 10 months ago by silver fox
This is a must for all true fans of Cliff Richard. It contains nearly all the tracks recored by Cliff Richard. Moreover the re-mastering is superb. Read morePublished 19 months ago by JIM ON CHAU
This six CD collection is a csingles collection like no other, but why, oh, why, are Amazon selling this for £149.74? Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2014 by Derek Thorburn
A truly comprehensive collection from one of pop musical true al time greats. Pity the collaborations and duets are missing! That would be the icing on the cake!Published on 19 Jun. 2014 by Mike fuller