Cliff Heard Them Here First

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2013
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667053327
  • Catalog Number: 6705332
  • Sales rank: 272,677

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Schoolboy Crush - Bobby Helms (2:27)
  2. 2 I'll Try - Conway Twitty (2:17)
  3. 3 Razzle Dazzle - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:43)
  4. 4 Apron Strings - Billy The Kid (2:14)
  5. 5 Save My Soul - Jack Scott (1:51)
  6. 6 The Night is So Lonely - Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps (2:30)
  7. 7 Pointed Toe Shoes - Carl Perkins (2:01)
  8. 8 Somebody Touched Me - Ruth Brown (2:26)
  9. 9 It'll Be Me - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:15)
  10. 10 We Have It Made - Pete Votrian (2:14)
  11. 11 Tough Enough - Johnny Otis Orchestra (2:29)
  12. 12 The Snake and the Bookworm - Richard Barrett (1:54)
  13. 13 I'm Looking Out the Window - Peggy Lee (2:52)
  14. 14 D In Love - Curtis Lee (2:12)
  15. 15 Angel - Elvis Presley (2:43)
  16. 16 I'm Afraid To Go Home - Brian Hyland (2:44)
  17. 17 La La La La La - Stevie Wonder (2:18)
  18. 18 A Forever Kind of Love - Bobby Vee (2:48)
  19. 19 Look In My Eyes Maria - Jay & the Americans (2:23)
  20. 20 The Minute You're Gone - Sonny James (2:33)
  21. 21 When Blue Turns To Grey - Dick & Dee Dee (2:41)
  22. 22 Hangin' On - Gosdin Brothers (2:52)
  23. 23 I'll Come Running - Neil Diamond (3:02)
  24. 24 It's All Over - The Everly Brothers (2:20)
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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
Duncan Cowell Mastering
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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