Cliff Heard Them Here First

Cliff Heard Them Here First


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Like his idol Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard was never much of a songwriter, so Ace's task with their 2013 compilation Cliff Heard Them Here First isn't necessarily tough: they round up 24 tracks that were later popularized by Cliff. Richard has one of the longest-running careers in rock & roll, but compiler Tony Rounce smartly focuses only on the early years, bypassing rock & roll standards that Cliff sang in favor of songs that he either brought to the charts or sang during his pre-Beatles prime. A few cuts date from a little later -- the last four are from the mid-'60s, including Dick & Dee Dee covering the Rolling Stones' "When Blue Turns to Grey," along with the Gosdin Brothers crossover country-pop "Hangin' On," the Brill Building styles of Neil Diamond, and the Baroque psychedelia of the Everly Brothers' "It's All Over" -- but for the most part, this compilation concentrates on the days prior to British Invasion and Merseybeat, which means it's heavy on sock-hop pop, novelties, country balladeering, and light R&B, with a bit of big-band crooning and just a dose of rock & roll. Collectively, it all feels a little old-fashioned, but there are individual moments that spark, usually arriving via such trusty rockers as Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley, and Elvis himself (some early Little Stevie Wonder is also fun). But this isn't really designed for listening as a compilation outside of the context of Cliff Richard: this is the blueprint for his years as a hitmaker, capturing his persona and sensibility. You can hear Richard between the lines of these 24 songs, but oddly enough, when compared to Richard's covers, the music here often seems livelier.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2013
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667053327
catalogNumber: 6705332
Rank: 84317


  1. Schoolboy Crush
  2. I'll Try
  3. Razzle Dazzle
  4. Apron Strings
  5. Save My Soul
  6. The Night is So Lonely
  7. Pointed Toe Shoes
  8. Somebody Touched Me
  9. It'll Be Me
  10. We Have It Made
  11. Tough Enough
  12. The Snake and the Bookworm
  13. I'm Looking Out the Window
  14. D In Love
  15. Angel
  16. I'm Afraid To Go Home
  17. La La La La La
  18. A Forever Kind of Love
  19. Look In My Eyes Maria
  20. The Minute You're Gone
  21. When Blue Turns To Grey
  22. Hangin' On
  23. I'll Come Running
  24. It's All Over

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rene Hall   Conductor
Robert Mersey   Conductor
Garry Sherman   Conductor
Jayos   Vocals

Technical Credits

Johnny Otis   Composer,Producer
Chet Atkins   Producer
Conway Twitty   Composer
John Jacob Niles   Arranger
Neil Diamond   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Jack Scott   Composer
Gene Vincent   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Producer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Don Everly   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Producer
Norrie Paramor   Producer
Jeff Barry   Producer
Roy Bennett   Composer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Jack Clement   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer,Producer
Dick Glasser   Producer
Rene Hall   Arranger
Jack Keller   Composer
Don Law   Producer
Robert Mersey   Arranger
Jack Nance   Composer
Ken Nelson   Producer
Andrew Loog Oldham   Arranger,Producer
Clarence Paul   Composer,Producer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Don Raye   Adaptation
Keith Richards   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Garry Sherman   Arranger
Mike Stoller   Producer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Peter Udell   Composer
Jim Vienneau   Producer
George David Weiss   Composer
Lee Gillette   Producer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Sam Phillips   Producer
Gary Geld   Composer
Ira Allen   Composer
Traditional   Composer
David Hess   Producer
Buddy Mize   Composer
Jimmy Gately   Composer
Gary Paxton   Producer
Charles Calhoun   Composer
Sharon Silbert   Composer
Gertrude Hall   Composer
Clifton Simmons   Composer

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