- Audio CD (28 Jan. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Ace Records
- ASIN: B00AHW22HU
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Cliff Heard Them Here First
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After the success of Ace s best-selling Elvis Heard Them Here First compilation, it was logical that Ace should turn its attention to recordings that inspired the man once regarded as the British Elvis the Great British National Treasure that is Sir Cliff Richard. Like Elvis, Cliff began his recording career with a cover version and he s been picking great songs to cover ever since. The original versions of those songs featured here span the first 10 years of Cliff s recording career. Ace have deliberately shied away from familiar songs that Cliff and many other young up-and-comers covered. Ace have also narrowed our brief to featuring only songs that Cliff recorded, although he sang others in concert and on radio and TV broadcasts that he didn t cut for release. Cliff showed great taste in choosing to record covers of these originals several of which were unissued in the UK at the time. Many gave him hit singles, while others were standout tracks on EPs and albums. All but two tracks are new to Ace CD, while those by Richard Barrett, Dick and Dee Dee and Pete Votrian have never been legally reissued before. All self-respecting fans of Sir Cliff will be delighted to buy this exceptional collection of songs that inspired their hero enough to want to cut his own versions of them.
Top Customer Reviews
Ps. Now let's have a `Billy Fury heard them here first' compilation.
The highligts are for me Carl Perkins' version of 'Pointed Toe Shoes' (How did that one elude me?) and 'Apron Strings' by the mysterious Billy the Kid. Both rock the socks off the Cliff versions. Especially the backing on 'Apron strings' is textbook-stuff. In all fairness it has to be added that Cliff recorded these two songs before his own style was developed. In several other cases Cliff's versions compare favourably to the originals. Tony Rounce has written informative and thorough notes on each track. He even admits to speeding up Elvis - which has to be a historic first. A nice touch is selecting the rarer(LP)version of Jerry Lee Lewis' 'It'll be me' instead of the commonly known single-version. So there.
Sir Cliff Richard is my favourite living male singer. He still holds the record of having a Number 1 hit in each of the five decades (50s to 90s). It is still a puzzle why he was not more popular in North America.
This CD by Ace contains 24 songs of the original artists, later made popular by Cliff. Cliff showed great taste when it came to cutting songs first recorded by other artists. The following are the 24 originals he was savvy enough to cover on the way to superstardom.
The song listing (with chart and year, and Cliff’s chart performance) is as follows:
01 Schoolboy Crush – Bobby Helms (b-side to Borrowed Dreams, 1958)(Cliff Richard: b-side to his first hit, Move It, 1958)
02 I’ll Try – Conway Twitty (b-side to his No. 1 hit, It’s Only Make Believe, 1958) (Cliff Richard: sang live in Oh Boy! LP, 1958)
03 Razzle Dazzle – Bill Haley & His Comets (15/1955) (Cliff Richard: b-side to Angel, 1965)
04 Apron Strings – Billy the Kid (1959) (Cliff Richard: b-side to his first No. 1 hit, Living Doll, 1959)
05 Save My Soul – Jack Scott (73/1958) (Cliff Richard: sang live in LP Live at ABC Kingston, 1962)
06 The Night Is So Lonely – Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps (1959) (Cliff Richard: album track in 21 Today, 1961)
07 Pointed Toe Shoes – Carl Perkins (93/1959)*rare gem (Cliff Richard: album track in Cliff Sings, 1959)
08 Somebody Touched Me – Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers (1954) (Cliff Richard: sang live in LP Oh Boy!Read more ›
Jack Good was having none of it as he was no fan of high school so had enough influence as to have it reversed.So Cliff kicked off with a string of original rockers.
Cliff would return to high school from 1959 well into the 60s but a question no interviewer ever asked him was where did some of the American songs come from-how did he find them.
The answer to what is if it wasn't from what he heard on Radio Luxemburg then it was from demos sent to Denmark Street.
Which accounts for songs like D In Love and Apron Strings-a song which has seen many versions but not a hit apart from it being the B side of Living Doll
Cliff was being supplied by American writers Kaye & Springer and Tepper & Bennett who offered him the song The Young Ones which has just been recorded by Pixie Girl CATHY CARROLL but not yet released.By the time the Cliff version was issued in the States the Cathy Carroll one came out and both were reviewed at the same time when the film was retitled It's Great To Be Young
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's fascinating to hear the songs that inspired Cliff's agent (or management) to get him to record them. Any Cliff fan would feel the same way, I'm reasonably certain.Published on 25 Jun. 2014 by Steve Mann
A wonderfull collection of songs that sir cliff did after hearing these songs,,, so glad that
i bought the cd,,
Happy with the cd and I love it there will b more cd to order at later date just love itPublished on 7 May 2013 by P. Joannou
It's a great collection of songs and the booklet has obviously been lovingly prepared; it's a fascinating and informative read. Read morePublished on 19 April 2013 by Which Tyler