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Cliff Richard: Fabulous Rock N Roll Songbook: his 100th album release – simply FANTASTIC and FABULOUS!!!
on 6 March 2016
Sir Cliff Richard is my all-time favourite living singer. (Elvis is of course always be the King!). He is the 73 year old “evergreen” singer from UK, still going strong after all these years. He still holds the record as the only artist in UK with at least one Number 1 song in FIVE different decades (50s-90s). Although Cliff is much less popular in US, in UK, he is tops, with an astonishing 136 charted singles! He has also sold more records (21.4 million in UK) than Elvis (21.0 million) and Beatles (20.8 million), according to the Virgin Book of British Hit Singles. Being a loyal Cliff fan and a completist, I am glad to say that I have every domestic release of Sir Cliff from 1958 to now!
This set is Cliff’s 100th album! This Fabulous Rock N Roll Songbook is Cliff’s way to pay tribute one of the greatest advances in musical history, but also the artists who took Rock N Roll to the top of the charts worldwide. Cliff (original name: Harry Webb) reminisces about his name, in part, was a tribute to Little Richard. Wow! Good Golly, Miss Molly!!
This set was not recorded in the famed Abbey Road, but in Nashville, Tennessee at the Blackbird Studio. He has recorded many recent albums in Nashville. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with names of original artists, and their chart positions in US and UK, and year), which is as follows:
01 Rip In Up (Little Richard, US 17/1956; UK 30/1956)*performed live in his Live in Sidney concert, prior to the recording of this CD
02 Wake Up Little Susie (Everly Brothers, US 1(4)/1956; UK 2/1957)*Vince Gill sang back-up
03 Poetry In Motion (Johnny Tillotson, US 2/1960; UK 1/1960)*performed live in his Live in Sidney concert
04 Sealed With A Kiss (Brian Hyland, US 3/1962; UK 3/1962)*performed live in his Live in Sidney concert
05 Stood Up (Ricky Nelson, US 2/1958; UK 27/1958)
06 Such A Night (Johnnie Ray, UK 1/1954)*personally, I still like Elvis’s version the best
07 School Days (Chuck Berry, US 3/1957; UK 24/1957)
08 Teddy Bear (Elvis Presley, US 1(7)/1957; UK 3/1957) & Too Much (Elvis Presley, US 1(3)/1957; UK 6/1957) Medley
09 Don’t Let Go (Roy Hamilton, US 13/1958)
10 Dream Lover (Bobby Darin, US 2/1959; UK 1/1959)*performed live in his Live in Sidney concert; I particular like the use of prologue to introduce the song
11 Stuck On You (Elvis Presley, US 1(4)/1960; UK 3/1960)
12 Fabulous (Charlie Gracie, US 16/1957; UK 8/1957)*performed live in his Live in Sidney concert; in the Rockabilly section
13 Rave On (Buddy Holly, US 37/1958; UK 5/1958)
14 Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry, US 8/1958)
15 One More Sunny Day (brand new song, but not released as a single)
Three songs performed in his concert that should have been included in this set: Reelin’ & Rockin’, I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine and Paralysed. The audio is very well recorded and remastered – simply great sound! It entered at No. 7 in the UK album chart this week (not too shabby).
This 100th album release by Sir Cliff is simply FABULOUS! Where else can you find Cliff sing Dream Lover, Sealed With A Kiss, Poetry in Motion, using his own typical Cliff Richard’s style. I played this CD repeated the whole day for my patients in the waiting room with great response! Naturally, by now, I know every song by heart. The entire set is thoroughly enjoyable. You can actually sing along with Cliff. In summary, Cliff’s music is simply Poetry In Motion. Naturally, this set is very highly recommended.
I have also reviewed his Live in Sidney Concert (blu ray). You should also get that too. One of the best concert releases this year!