Japan Tour '74

Japan Tour '74

by Cliff Richard
     
 

Cliff Richard was on the brink of a most unexpected comeback when he arrived in Japan in October 1974. "(You Keep Me) Hangin' On" had proven a massive hit, as he finally put the last few years of MOR meanderings behind him, and looked instead towards securing a credible niche in the adult listening marketplace; and a band that boasted the likes of See more details below

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Cliff Richard was on the brink of a most unexpected comeback when he arrived in Japan in October 1974. "(You Keep Me) Hangin' On" had proven a massive hit, as he finally put the last few years of MOR meanderings behind him, and looked instead towards securing a credible niche in the adult listening marketplace; and a band that boasted the likes of Kevin Peek, Alan Tarney, Trevor Spencer, and Terry Britten was offering him the most sympathetic backing he'd had in years, at the same time as positively refusing to allow him to tread water any longer. If there was ever a great time to record a new live album, this was it. Japan Tour 1974 was Richard's third album to be recorded in that country (following on from 1968's Cliff in Japan and 1972's Live in Japan) and, like those earlier sets, it was recorded in Tokyo, this time at the Shinjuku Koseinenkin hall. Two nights were taped, and the vast majority of the performance made it onto record; indeed, only four songs went unreleased ("Living in Harmony," "Nothing to Remind Me," "The Next Time," and "Wind Me Up,") as Richard and his band turned in a phenomenal performance, sparking with energy and excitement at every turn. Much of the set comprised recent material -- "Hangin' On" is an early highlight, while even such lackluster 45s as "Power to All Our Friends" and "Sing a Song of Freedom" sound strong here. Richard's eye for great covers is sharp as well, as a pair of Walker Brothers oldies meet "Get Back," "Higher Ground," and a spine-tingling "You've Lost That Loving Feeling," while three medleys -- one devoted to hits, one to gospel, and one to old rock & roll numbers -- allow him to show off every side of his career. All in all, then, Japan Tour 1974 rates among Richard's finest-ever live albums -- which could only make his European and American fans curse ever louder. The set was initially released only in the Far East.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2009
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5099926843728
catalogNumber:
1483855

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Tracks

  1. Winning
  2. Do You Wanna Dance
  3. You Keep Me Hanging On
  4. Make It Easy On Yourself/the Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More
  5. Get Back
  6. Fireside Song
  7. Travellin' Light
  8. Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling
  9. Early In the Morning
  10. Take Me High
  11. Hit Medley: Congratulations/In the Country/Dancing Shoes/the Day I Met
  12. Constantly
  13. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
  14. Gospel Medley: Jesus/Amazing Grace/Jesus is My Kind of People
  15. Don't Talk To Him
  16. Bachelor Boy
  17. Rock Medley: His Latest Flame/Chantilly Lace/Bonie Maronie/Do You Wanna
  18. Higher Ground
  19. Sing a Song of Freedom
  20. Visions
  21. Power To All Our Friends

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cliff Richard   Primary Artist,Vocals
Barrie Guard   Electric Piano
Cliff Hall   Piano (Grand)
Kevin Peak   Classical Guitar
Trevor Spencer   Drums
Alan Tarney   Bass,Vocals
Bruce Welch   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Brian Lewis   Electric Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Elton John   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Barrie Guard   Musical Director
Brian Holland   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
J.P. Richardson   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Eddie Seago   Composer
Saverio Seracini   Composer
Traditional   Composer
T. Cole   Composer
C. Richard   Composer
Kipner   Composer
R. Bennett   Composer
Vincenzo D'Acquisto   Composer
B. Welch   Composer
B. Bennett   Composer
P. Coulter   Composer
M. Leander   Composer
G. Shury   Composer
D. Flett   Composer
B. Marvin   Composer
B. Guard   Arranger
B. Graham   Composer
B.E. Freeman   Composer
D. Mackay   Arranger
H. Marvin   Composer
G. Flett   Composer
G. Fletcher   Composer
M. Hamburger   Composer
P. Farris   Composer
P. Darjein   Composer
Weatherly   Composer
Rostill   Composer

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