Cliff Richard - Back from the Wilderness Singles and Albums 1975 - 1995

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Jarleboy, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. Anthony Holland

    Anthony Holland Forum Resident

    Location:
    Cheshire
    In it's 7th week, Cliff's 'Stronger Thru' The Years' drops just three places in the Chart to number 36.

    (14 - 25 - 39 - 40 - 31 - 33 - 36)
     
    mark ab, Jarleboy and RonBaker like this.
  2. Jarleboy

    Jarleboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Norway
    "75 AT 75" peaked at No. 4, and stayed on the charts for 14 weeks. So far, "STHRONGER THRU THE YEARS" has stayed in the Top 40 for seven weeks. I think that is pretty impressive, especially when you consider that "75 AT 75" was wall to wall hits, whereas the new compilation is a more... How should I put it? A beast of mixed breeding? Perhaps not...

    All I can say is - if a mediocre compilation like this can show such impressive chart data, how well would a really thourough, deep cut based compilation do? I really don´t know - perhaps the hits managed to pull in the punters once again, or perhaps people wanted something old that was new? I guess we´ll never know.
     
    Anthony Holland, mark ab and RonBaker like this.
  3. Jarleboy

    Jarleboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Norway
    A belated Happy New Year to all readers and contributors to this thread! :pineapple:

    As I mentioned, 2018 will be the 60th anniversary of Cliff´s career, which started in the summer of 1958. It was an overnight success story, more or less, that has continued to this day. Cliff himself was 17 when he recorded those first demos, and who would have guessed that his first single would reach No. 2, and that he would record, with or without The Drifters/The Shadows, for at least another sixty years?

    And this year Cliff will turn 78. Just like an old-time record.

    What are our hopes and dreams for this year? His 40th and 50th anniversary were both celebrated with releases aplenty, and the 2008 box set "... AND THEY SAID IT WOULDN´T LAST" in particular brought many unreleased and exciting recordings to the table.

    Cliff´s career is at a lower ebb now than it was in 1998 and 2008, and he hasn´t had a hit single for years. He did have the somewhat compromised but well-received compilation "STRONGER THRU THE YEARS", which wasn´t a big hit, but a steady seller for at least seven weeks. I expect little of interest to be released, though there have been rumours - on this thread, as well - about a new album of original songs. The rock´n´roll songbook albums were OK for what they were, but I am hoping for a new impressive album reminiscent of "I´M NEARLY FAMOUS" or "SOMETHING´S GOING ON" in terms of freshness - even an Alan Tarney reboot would be welcome. (I always liked those fluffy albums... That is, until "WANTED".)

    Whatever they have to offer us devoted fans, I hope Cliff comes out of this year with another comeback on his hands - if that is what he wants. At 77 and soon 78, he´s allowed to rest on his laurels for as long as he likes.

    We´ll be delving into the early years of his career very soon, and follow him through the years when he was the most exciting thing in the UK pop firmament. Scholars will argue how long this lasted - some say he was an "all-round entertainer" less than a year after his first official release, but we´ll get to that. There´ll be singles, EPs, albums, stage shows and even movies to cover.

    And I promise that there will be some gems along the way. Most of the songs from his early years don´t connect with me in the same way that the songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s do, but there are some fantastic recordings to be found.

    I may be forced to trot out the B-side of "THE TWELFTH OF NEVER" for a fourth time. You can´t have too much of a good thing. Or if you can, I don´t care.

    So let´s hope for some exciting new or old releases to see the light of day in 2018, but expect nothing. We have enough good music to listen to already. :righton:
     
  4. Anthony Holland

    Anthony Holland Forum Resident

    Location:
    Cheshire
    I'd love for a new album of the style of the 'Bruce Welch Trilogy', or 'Something's Goin' On', but as fans, we perhaps ask too much - your reminding us that Cliff will be promoting a new album at the age of 78 puts it into context. There again I never expected an album as good as 'Something's Goin' On' 45 years into his career.

    As we know, there's no one else quite like Cliff, so, if he's up for something fresh and exciting, there's no one better in the business to do it!

    As you say at the end though, 'hope for some exciting new or old releases to see the light of day in 2018, but expect nothing' is the best way to go through this new year. I will look forward to looking back through those first 10 years, and re-discovering some forgotten classics, maybe like I'M AFRAID TO GO HOME, which I believe is hidden on some 'B' side somewhere...

    Happy New Year to everyone!
     
    Jarleboy and mark ab like this.
  5. Jarleboy

    Jarleboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Norway
    "The Bruce Welch Trilogy" - yeah, that´s a good name for three albums almost in a row. They were great! (I would also include the self-produced "SMALL CORNERS" album, and I think "ROCK´N´ROLL JUVENILE" topped them all.) But it was a great time to be a Cliff fan, and the albums that followed were also good.

    Cliff has surprised us before, and he can do it again! (Though I do think it´s less likely now.) But, as you say, if anyone can do it, it´s Cliff.

    He, he... "I´M AFRAID TO GO HOME" will definitely be rearing it´s lovely head when we get to 1964. I´m not trying that hard to avoid it... :angel:

    I am looking forward to start writing again. I have missed it.
     
    Anthony Holland and mark ab like this.
  6. Phil_Rocks

    Phil_Rocks Well-Known Member

    Location:
    UK
    Happy New Year everyone hope everyone had a great Christmas. It looks to be an exciting Cliff year, i bought a magazine in December that had a new Cliff interview in it mostly about his plans for Christmas but this was the last question that got me excited

    ''Are you going to make any New Year’s resolutions?''

    ''No, but I have so much to look forward to in 2018. I want to make a new Christmas album next year, as well as an album of brand-new material. My really big date is in October, where I will celebrate my birthday performing at the Royal Albert Hall – and then I go on tour''

    Also in an interview in the summer on kiss FM he mentioned a best of package to commemorate 60 years, so that's 3 releases scheduled :) happy days. I never really think much on Cliff's age but when he said he would be 78 this year it kinda shocked me, his constant energy and how he looks it's hard to imagine he his nearly 80 and one starts to think how much longer we'll have him around but he seems in good health and feel very lucky to have him still around and as ambitious as ever, hopefully another 20 years :) and i hope he has one big comeback at least and it is about time he's revered in a big way for what he has achieved and with his big anniversary this year i am hoping it is THE YEAR OF CLIFF and people look/listen with fresh eyes/ears.

    I like the idea of The Bruce Welch Trilogy i'd but it in an instant and i also echo what you guys have said about remastered albums with extra tracks and such it seems a shame not for this to happen when you see all the time artists releasing anniversary albums and 4 disc versions etc and it always crosses my mind ''i wish Cliff had something like this''.
     
  7. Jarleboy

    Jarleboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Norway
    Thanks for all the exciting information- and just as much for your enthusiastic delivery! We need some positive energy around Cliff and what he does!

    Personally, another Cliff Christmas album is on my wish list, just below an album of him interpreting traditional Norwegian folk songs. :sigh: (Come to think of it, that might actually be interesting.) Another Best Ofcompilation is clearly not needed. These utterances by Cliff almost makes it sound like 2015 - the Royal Albert Hall performance, another hits compilation with "75 At 75"... The really exciting news is another album of originals. That I shall be looking forward to!

    Thanks for the info, Phil! :righton:
     
    Anthony Holland and mark ab like this.
  8. Anthony Holland

    Anthony Holland Forum Resident

    Location:
    Cheshire
    In it's 8th week, Cliff's 'Stronger Thru' The Years' drops twelve places in the Chart to number 48.

    (14 - 25 - 39 - 40 - 31 - 33 - 36 - 48)

    In the 'sales only' chart, the album climbs one place to 31.
    In the 'physical sales only' the album climbs five places to 25.
     
    Jarleboy and mark ab like this.
  9. StephenB

    StephenB Forum Resident

    Location:
    UK
    We don’t need another Best Of compilation to celebrate Cliffs 60th Anniversary UNLESS it is along the lines of the THE COLLECTION CD released a few years back that concentrated mainly on album tracks. There are plenty of album only songs that would have made great singles so maybe an ALTERNATIVE BEST OF would be more appealing?
     
    Jarleboy and mark ab like this.
  10. Jarleboy

    Jarleboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Norway
    Still "Hangin´ On", I see. I have run out of words, but I am still impressed.
     
    Anthony Holland and mark ab like this.
  11. Jarleboy

    Jarleboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Norway
    "THE COLLECTION" was a good concept, and highlighted many of his lesser known classic tracks. An alternative Best Of along those lines could be fun. If any of you want to suggest a track list, please go ahead! I´d be interested to see what you think constitutes a classic album track. (Include B-sides, singles and EP tracks, if you want to.)

    I think a compilation covering the somewhat "lost" mid 80s tracks would raise awareness of many forgotten tracks. (And I throw in one early 90s tracks, as well.)

    Perhaps along these lines...:

    1. MAKIN´ HISTORY
    2. SHE MEANS NOTHING TO ME (Duet with Phil Everly)
    3. NEVER SAY DIE (GIVE A LITTLE BIT MORE) (Extended 12" mix)
    4. DRIFTING (Duet with Sheila Walh)
    5. BORN TO ROCK´N´ROLL (Special Extended Mix)
    6. HEART USER
    7. OCEAN DEEP
    8. LOVE STEALER
    9. BABY, YOU´RE DYNAMITE
    10. LEARNING HOW TO ROCK´N´ROLL
    11. MOVE IT (1983 version)
    12. PLEASE DON´T FALL IN LOVE
    13. SHOOTING FROM THE HEART
    14. MY KINDA LIFE (1992 remix)
     
    Tim Cooper, Chris Lane and mark ab like this.
  12. Chris Lane

    Chris Lane Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sunny Devon
    And this I would buy. I know it has a lot of songs I have already have, but it includes three songs from the yet to be released on CD (Never Say Die, Born To Rock and Drifting. I know, I know Drifting is on a blooming rare CD)
     
    Jarleboy and mark ab like this.
  13. Tim Cooper

    Tim Cooper Forum Resident

    Location:
    Southampton UK
    I agree with Chris, here too.
    I would also buy this cd, a good mix of songs.
    I need to check out the 1983 version of "Move It", unless you could remind me please!
     
    mark ab and Jarleboy like this.
  14. Tim Cooper

    Tim Cooper Forum Resident

    Location:
    Southampton UK
    Chris can you remind me what the Rare CD "Drifting" is on please.
     
    Chris Lane, mark ab and Jarleboy like this.
  15. Jarleboy

    Jarleboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Norway
    I do think Cliff´s mid-80s are better suited for a compilation. Not all the songs released during this period were classics, but I like all of the ones on that list. "DRIFTING" is on two CDs, as far as I know. One is called "ROMANTIC HITS FOR LOVERS", released in the Netherlands - and very rare it is, indeed. I did come across the track on another compilation. I don´t have it with me right now, but it´s called "TOGETHER..." (I can´t remember the last bit.) Sound quality is nice on this last one.
     
    Chris Lane and mark ab like this.
  16. Jarleboy

    Jarleboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Norway
    The 1983 "MOVE IT" is the one from "ROCK´N´ROLL SILVER", featuring a call-and-repeat a cappella part in the middle. Many of you don´t like this version. I do.
     
    Chris Lane and mark ab like this.
  17. Tim Cooper

    Tim Cooper Forum Resident

    Location:
    Southampton UK
    Thanks for clarification.
    I'm afraid I'm on the "don't like" for this version!
    But, as you have said before, it makes this thread interesting how we all have our different fav and not fave Cliff songs.
     
    mark ab and Jarleboy like this.
  18. Tim Cooper

    Tim Cooper Forum Resident

    Location:
    Southampton UK
    Thanks, I will have to start a "wanted" list for myself.
     
    mark ab and Jarleboy like this.
  19. Jarleboy

    Jarleboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Norway
    Yes, I remember that quite a few disliked that version. But, as you say, that´s part of the exciting diversity in the thread. If I were you. I would exchange that version of "MOVE IT!" with another song from the period. I thought including the 1984 version of "WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE", but that song has its fair share of detractors as well.
     
    Tim Cooper and mark ab like this.
  20. Jarleboy

    Jarleboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Norway
    I hope that means that you actually like the song. I happen to think it´s a gem, but I realise that both the arrangement and Sheila Walsh´ voice can be an acquired taste... that some never acquire. I understandand respect that, but I happen to love the song. (The album is uneven and inconsistent, and very muchbrought down a few pegs because of the very 80s production, but it does have many highlights, one being the reggae version of Tery Britten´s "YES, HE LIVES", which had been an unsuccessful single for Cliff in 1978.
     
    Tim Cooper and mark ab like this.
  21. Tim Cooper

    Tim Cooper Forum Resident

    Location:
    Southampton UK
    Apologies, this is one of the few songs I didn't like the first time round, and defiantly the second time round!
     
    Jarleboy and mark ab like this.
  22. Tim Cooper

    Tim Cooper Forum Resident

    Location:
    Southampton UK
    We agree here.
    I love the duet "Drifting" and wish it was a hit, it deserved to be.
    Along with Cliff's "Yes He Lives", I do like Shelia's version too. In fact I do like most of the Shelia songs, guess could be a bit biast there though for obvious reasons!
    I might have mentioned this earlier, but on one of "The Rock Gospel" shows, Cliff sings "Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music", with Shelia joining him towards the end. This is a great live version of the song, very rocky and has an extended ending to the normal version.
     
    Jarleboy and mark ab like this.
  23. Jarleboy

    Jarleboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Norway
    He, he. I quite like the Johnny Otis songs. No need to apologise - we all like different aspects of Cliff´s catalog.
     
    mark ab likes this.
  24. Jarleboy

    Jarleboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Norway
    Glad to know that we can see eye to eye on this one! (Or "these ones" is probably the word. (And not "grease".) I love it, but I do see why other people might not like it.

    There are two Sheila Walsh albums I really like, and some I like a few tracks on. "DRIFTING" has many great songs, and I think "TRIUMPH IN THE AIR" is another gem, especially the lyrically superb "NO ALIBI". (Also produced by Cliff.) I know it´s a bit weird for an atheist to love Christian music, but good music is good music - at least to my ears. And I don´t mind religiously themed lyrics - at least not when they are as perfectly written as "I WISH WE´D ALL BEEN READY" and "TURN, TURN, TURN". I´m not that fond of overly simplistic lyrics that seem to be on a missionary quest, like "JESUS IS THE ANSWER". Not for me, it isn´t. (Love the song, not so much the lyrics.)

    I hadn´t heard of the live version of "WHY SHOULD THE DEVIL HAVE ALL THE GOOD MUSIC" where Sheila joins Cliff. That sounds like an interesting one!

    And yes, I had high hopes for "DRIFTING" as a single, but I understand that I am in the minority here. Good that you agree! :edthumbs:
     
  25. Jarleboy

    Jarleboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Norway
    Sorry the 1958 posts have been delayed yet again. The start of school term has been exciting and fun, but very busy. I´ll be back as soon as I´m able.

    I won´t leave you "Breathless"...
     
    Anthony Holland and mark ab like this.

Share This Page