On the Continent

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
On the Continent brings together every single track Cliff Richard recorded for exclusive European release -- that is, those he recorded in each of the four foreign languages deemed representative of his biggest non-English markets: German, French, Italian, and Spanish. And if the idea of hearing "Congratulations" rendered into any one or, in fact, all four of those tongues does not immediately strike you as compulsive entertainment, then you probably don't need to know that the collection does not end with released material. Outtakes and alternates also creep in, for a total of 102 tracks spread across four discs the fifth recalls an early-'60s interview with the German ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
On the Continent brings together every single track Cliff Richard recorded for exclusive European release -- that is, those he recorded in each of the four foreign languages deemed representative of his biggest non-English markets: German, French, Italian, and Spanish. And if the idea of hearing "Congratulations" rendered into any one or, in fact, all four of those tongues does not immediately strike you as compulsive entertainment, then you probably don't need to know that the collection does not end with released material. Outtakes and alternates also creep in, for a total of 102 tracks spread across four discs the fifth recalls an early-'60s interview with the German magazine Bravo. And there is also a beautifully designed 96-page hardback book, recounting the singer's European adventures in words, pictures, and record covers, plus a full sessionography covering the collection's contents. It was EMI's German office that first suggested, in December 1960, that Richard record a unique German language version of his latest hit, "Fall in Love With You," as a gift to his local fans; it was the immediate success of the venture that prompted a follow-up just three months later, "Theme for a Dream." Both of these singles, in their original form, have remained Holy Grails of a kind for collectors: "Fall in Love" for its totally rearranged backing track; "Theme" for its exclusive B-side, "Vrenelli." And both remained isolated offerings for another couple of years -- it would be 1963 before Richard again attempted a foreign language, when the unprecedented continental success of Summer Holiday demanded a slew of immediate follow-ups. Comprising a mixture of both new material and re-recordings of familiar hit songs, When in Spain was performed completely in Spanish, When in France in French, and When in Rome in Italian. All three sets are presented here in their entirety, each rounded out by a string of singles recorded and released in their respective territories toward the end of the 1960s: "Questions" French, a re-recording of "On the Beach" Italian, and the eternal "Congratulations" included. The performances are, generally, superb. Unlike such misbegotten renderings as the Beatles' "Sie Liebe Dicht," Bowie's Italian "Space Oddity," and sundry other well-intentioned continental concoctions, Richard usually sounds as assured and unflappable as ever, no matter what tongue he's performing in. It is also interesting to compare the backing tracks with the familiar English language releases. On many occasions, local session musicians would overdub a touch of regional flavor to the original tape, essentially creating a whole new recording. Although all of Richard's foreign language recordings were successful in their intended markets, Germany remained his strongest continental audience, and he constantly rewarded that loyalty in song. Between his return to language classes in 1963 and his career reinvention in 1974, the singer would record 54 songs in German, maintaining an average of two exclusive 45s a year through the 1960s, and topping this impressive record off with a series of German language sessions through 1967-1968. Versions of "Visions," "A Girl Like You," "What Would I Do," "All My Love," "London's Not Too Far," and "Twist and Shout" were all issued, the highlights of which emerge as an incredibly cohesive, and absurdly previously unavailable, album. Other peaks on the German discs, surprisingly, include great swaths of the early-'70s material hitherto overlooked by all but the most devoted fan; titles such as "Anabella Umbrella," "Sally Sunshine," "I'm Not Getting Married," and "Shoom Llama Boom Boom," after all, scarcely bode well for anyone awaiting the next "Move It" or "Dynamite," but Richard acquits himself well, and Norrie Paramor's production, of course, remains sterling. Richard's final foreign recording, appropriately enough, was a German rendering of "You Keep Me Hanging On" "Es Gehoren Zwei Zum Glucklichsein", in 1974. It was that song, after all, that announced his return from the directionless MOR that had plagued his early-'70s work; it was that song, too, that reminded him of another foreign market out there, which wouldn't need anywhere near as many language lessons. And one day, perhaps, somebody will compile all of Richard's American releases into one boxed set. Until then, On the Continent stands as the ultimate study of a musical arena into which too few performers ever dared venture...and from which even fewer emerged unscathed. Cliff Richard was one of those who did.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/21/1998
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127159038
  • Catalog Number: 15903
  • Sales rank: 213,016

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bin Verliebt (2:29)
  2. 2 Die Stimme der Liebe (2:15)
  3. 3 Schön Wie Ein Traum (2:05)
  4. 4 Vreneli (2:39)
  5. 5 Rote Lippen Soll Man Küssen (2:43)
  6. 6 Zuviel Allein (2:20)
  7. 7 Sag 'No' Zu Ihm (2:52)
  8. 8 Das Ist Die Frage Aller Fragen (2:59)
  9. 9 Nur Mit Dir (2:28)
  10. 10 Es War Keine So Wunderbar Wie Du (2:56)
  11. 11 Es Könnte Schon Morgen Sein (2:12)
  12. 12 Glaub' Nur Mir (2:42)
  13. 13 Nur Bei Dir Bin Ich Zu Haus (2:42)
  14. 14 Du Bist Mein Erster Gedanke (2:45)
  15. 15 Was Ist Dabei (3:00)
  16. 16 Das Glück Ist Rosarot (1:58)
  17. 17 Was Kann Ich Tun (2:28)
  18. 18 Ein Girl Wie Du (3:01)
  19. 19 Bilder on Dir (3:14)
  20. 20 Ein Sonngtag Mit Marie (2:21)
  21. 21 Es Ist Nicht Gut Allein Zu Sein (3:17)
  22. 22 Mrs. Emily Jones (2:16)
  23. 23 Ich Kann Treu Sein (2:27)
  24. 24 Sternengold (2:31)
  25. 25 London Ist Nicht Weit (3:05)
  26. 26 Man Gratuliert Mir (2:37)
  27. 27 Wonderful (2:25)
  28. 28 Marianne (3:24)
  29. 29 Geh Deinen Weg Nicht So Allein (2:43)
  30. 30 Twist and Shout (2:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mr. Neimand (2:46)
  2. 2 Die Liebe Ist Immer Nur Huete (3:04)
  3. 3 Fragen (1:50)
  4. 4 Stell Mich Deinen Eltern Vor (3:15)
  5. 5 Deine Augen Träumen, Mary (3:06)
  6. 6 Ooh la la (Sagte Cäsar Zu Cleopatra) (2:53)
  7. 7 Zärtliche Sekunden (2:59)
  8. 8 Shoom Llama Boom Boom (2:25)
  9. 9 Story Ohne Happy End (3:14)
  10. 10 Kein Zug Nach Gretna Green (3:26)
  11. 11 Du, du Gefällst Mir So (2:22)
  12. 12 Leiben Kann Man Einmal Nur (3:23)
  13. 13 Goobye Sam, das Ist Die Liebe (2:45)
  14. 14 Umbrella (3:08)
  15. 15 Lass Uns Schnell Vergessen (4:12)
  16. 16 Das Girl Von Nebenan (2:44)
  17. 17 Du Fragst Mich Immer Wieder (2:22)
  18. 18 Wenn du Lachst, Lacht das Glück (2:42)
  19. 19 Ein Spiel Ohne Grenzen (2:27)
  20. 20 Concerto (3:00)
  21. 21 Neben Dir Wird's Kein Geben (2:07)
  22. 22 Zum Heiraten Bin Ich Kein Typ (2:31)
  23. 23 Der Mann Neben Dir (3:43)
  24. 24 Ich Träume Deine Träume (2:53)
  25. 25 Kleine Taube (2:31)
  26. 26 Gut Dass Es Preunde Gibt (3:02)
  27. 27 Es Gehören Zwei Zum Glücklichsein (2:59)
  28. 28 Leibesleid (2:04)
Disc 3
  1. 1 O Mio Signore (3:37)
  2. 2 Come Prima (2:25)
  3. 3 Concerto d'Autumno (2:50)
  4. 4 Arriverderci Roma (3:03)
  5. 5 Legata Ad un Granello Di Sabbia (3:11)
  6. 6 Per un Bacio Mia Amore (2:43)
  7. 7 Che Cosa Farai Di Questo Mio Amore (2:30)
  8. 8 Carina (2:42)
  9. 9 Nel Blue Sipinto Di Blu (Volare) (2:24)
  10. 10 Dicitencello Vuie (2:54)
  11. 11 Casa Senza Finestre (2:44)
  12. 12 Maria Ninguem (2:04)
  13. 13 Non l'Ascoltar (Don't Talk to Him) (2:52)
  14. 14 Imagina un Giorno (2:17)
  15. 15 Oh, No, No (2:06)
  16. 16 Congratulations (2:36)
  17. 17 Chi Lo Sa (2:27)
  18. 18 Non Dimenticar Chi Ti Arna (2:44)
  19. 19 Chi Lo Sa (2:24)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Boum (1:53)
  2. 2 La Mer (4:16)
  3. 3 J'Attendrai (2:20)
  4. 4 C'Est Si Bon (2:05)
  5. 5 A Quelle Historie (2:36)
  6. 6 Releve Mon Defi (1:50)
  7. 7 Je Suis Formidable (2:44)
  8. 8 La Ballade de Baltimore (2:54)
  9. 9 L' Amandier Sauvage (2:54)
  10. 10 Il Faut Chanter la Vie (3:02)
  11. 11 Je' T'Aime Pour Toujours Ce Jour (3:03)
  12. 12 Perfidia (2:20)
  13. 13 Frenesi (2:11)
  14. 14 Tus Besos (2:49)
  15. 15 Amor, Amor, Amor (3:03)
  16. 16 Solamente Una Vez (2:21)
  17. 17 Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (2:29)
  18. 18 Cancion de Orfeo (3:52)
  19. 19 Quien Sera (2:03)
  20. 20 Te Quiero Dijeste (2:27)
  21. 21 Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You) (2:57)
  22. 22 Me Lo Dizo Adela (2:03)
  23. 23 Maria No Mas (2:07)
  24. 24 Que Buena Suerte (Felicidades) (2:36)
  25. 25 Todo el Poder a los Amigos (3:01)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Interview (2:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cliff Richard Primary Artist, Vocals
Brian Bennett Drums
Jet Harris Bass
Hank Marvin Guitar
Norrie Paramor Piano, Conductor
Tony Meehan Drums
Bruce Welch Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Fritz Kreisler Composer
Luiz Bonfá Composer
Cliff Richard Composer
Hank Marvin Composer
Norrie Paramor Producer
Phil Coulter Composer
Pablo Beltrán Ruiz Composer
Malcolm Addey Engineer
Peter Callander Composer
Guy Fletcher Composer
Phil McDonald Engineer
Roger Quested Engineer
Ian Samwell Composer
Geoff Stephens Composer
Peter Vince Engineer
Bruce Welch Composer
Keith Bessey Mastering, Tape Research
Doug Flett Composer
Bert Russell Composer
Vic Arduni Composer
Carlos Lyra Composer
Rob Finnis Essay
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Sylke Holtrop Artwork
Alberto Dominguez Composer
Gabriel Ruíz Composer
Albert Lasry Composer
Bill Marvin Composer
Otilio del Portal Composer
Leonard Whitcup Composer
Dino Oliveri Composer
Stefan Betke Composer
Ricardo Lopez Mendez Composer
Sandro Giovannini Composer
Pietro Garinei Composer
Renato Rascel Composer
Mitch Murray Composer
Gerd Zienke Illustrations
Buddy Pepper Composer
Inez James Composer
Louis Poterat Composer
Jürgen Brückner Illustrations
Manfred Günther Illustrations
James Collier Composer
Larry Russell Composer
Vincenzo di Paola Composer
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