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  • 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)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Schoolboy Crush - Bobby Helms
  2. I'll Try - Conway Twitty
  3. Razzle Dazzle - Bill Haley & His Comets
  4. Apron Strings - Billy The Kid
  5. Save My Soul - Jack Scott & The Chantones
  6. The Night Is So Lonely - Gene Vincent
  7. Pointed Toe Shoes - Carl Perkins
  8. Somebody Touched Me - Ruth Brown
  9. It'll Be Me - Jerry Lee Lewis
  10. We Have It Made - Pete Votrian
  11. Tough Enough - Johnny Otis And Orchestra (Vocal By The Jayos)
  12. The Snake And The Bookworm - Richard Barrett
  13. I'm Looking Out The Window - Peggy Lee
  14. D In Love - Curtis Lee
  15. Angel - Elvis Presley
  16. I'm Afraid To Go Home - Brian Hyland
  17. La La La La La - Little Stevie Wonder
  18. A Forever Kind Of Love - Bobby Vee
  19. Look In My Eyes Maria - Jay & The Americans
  20. The Minute You're Gone - Sonny James
  21. When Blue Turns To Grey - Dick & Dee Dee
  22. Hangin' On - The Gosdin Brothers
  23. I'll Come Running - Neil Diamond
  24. It's All Over - The Everly Brothers

Product Description

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.

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By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Feb. 2013
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`Ace' records come up trumps again (pardon the pun) with another instalment of their `Heard them here first' compilations. This time taking in 24 tracks that Cliff chose to cover, the tracks were originally recorded in between 1954 - 1967. I must congratulate Tony Rounce on a fine selection of tracks, a mixture of obscure, lesser known tracks and a couple of hits topping things off. Starting with the obscure - two great tracks are `Apron strings' by Billy the Kid, and the wonderful teen pop ballad `We have made it' by Pete Votrian on Rendezvous from 1959. As for the many lesser known tracks a couple of favourites would be `It's all over' by The Everly Brothers from the `In our image' LP and one of my all-time favourite Elvis tracks `Angel' from Follow That Dream. It's great to hear both in superb sound quality. There are many other good tracks on here such as 'The night is so lonely' by Gene Vincent, 'I'll come running' by Neil Diamond and the heartbreaking 'Hangin on' by the Gosdin Brothers, there's no filler, I liked them all (some to a lesser degree). This compilation (59mins running time) comes with a great 20 page colour booklet which has a break-down of each track. Overall a must buy, 4.5 stars really.

Ps. Now let's have a `Billy Fury heard them here first' compilation.
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This is just so good. I'm amazed by the sound quality of these old recordings of which I've only heard 2 or 3 before.(and I've heard quite a lot). The diversity and quality of the selections makes this an outstanding collection of rock'nroll/pop '57-'67.(Even without the CR connection).
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.
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INTRODUCTION

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.

CONTENT

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!
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A must for Cliff Richard fans . Some of the tracks I have never heard before , even by Cliff. Best track ,Im Looking Out The Window by Peggy Lee.
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The first single EMI selected to start Cliff Richard's career was typical of the mindset at the time-play safe with high school pop.
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
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