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Rock 'n' Roll Years, 1958-1963

The Rock 'n' Roll Years, 1958-1963

by Cliff Richard
Such an unimaginative title for such a imaginative boxful. Across four discs and 105 songs, Cliff Richard's earliest catalog comes in for precisely the kind of treatment every rock & roll star should have: an all-encompassing study of his most important period. Even more impressively, though the song titles all sound familiar, the performances rarely are. Thirty-seven


Such an unimaginative title for such a imaginative boxful. Across four discs and 105 songs, Cliff Richard's earliest catalog comes in for precisely the kind of treatment every rock & roll star should have: an all-encompassing study of his most important period. Even more impressively, though the song titles all sound familiar, the performances rarely are. Thirty-seven tracks are bona fide unreleased (South African 78s notwithstanding), but several dozen more are culled from scarce EP-only mixes, rarely resurfacing B-sides, and unusual mixes. One cut, an undubbed take of "Willie and the Hand Jive," was hitherto available only on a mid-'80s budget-priced single disc, covering much the same period as this. It wasn't aimed at collectors, it wasn't heavily advertised, and it probably didn't sell many copies. Of such things do completists dream, but when you have a beakful of hen's teeth to sort through, do such things really matter? Discs one through three are the conventional ones. Running in strict chronology through Richard's first eight albums, 20-plus EPs, and 23 singles, highlights are sorted, then sorted again. Where a rare version exists, that's what is offered here, be it an alternate version of "It's All in the Game," an unreleased rehearsal of "Do You Wanna Dance," or the original stereo mix for the album take of "Twenty Flight Rock." Disc one is the hottest. The swagger of "Move It," the dynamics of "Dynamite," all the things that sent the New Musical Express running home to hide in 1958/1959 (screaming, "must we fling this filth at our pop kids?") are here. From this side of the ocean, the best-known tracks are the American covers, and there's a fair swathe of them to be sure. But the killers, the stompers, the real bees' knees, are the homegrown monsters that simply ripped up the form book and rewrote rocking basics. Just like the guy who sang them, in fact. Disc two, covering 1959-1961, keeps up the pace for as long as it can, but rock & roll itself was starting to flag, and Richard's energy level flags with it. By disc three, 1962-1963, Richard's post-Beatles role of mainstream pop balladeer was already in his grasp, and though he could still kick out the jams when he wanted (a soulful "Blueberry Hill," a raunchy "Reelin' and Rockin'"), it's the ballads that stick out the most -- "It's All in the Game" and "I'm Looking Out the Window." And then there's "The Next Time," stripped down to its unorchestrated basics, and still one of Richard's most impressive performances. Until you reach disc four, of course. Subtitled "Rare'n'Rockin' 1958-63," this is the album that completely rewrites history. It opens with the first recording Richard (then still laboring under his distinctly nondescript given name of Harry Webb) ever made: He rips through raucous, raw renderings of "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and "Breathless," cuts to a 1958 live show, and hacks through broadcast tapes and unreleased acetates. And every one is a gem. His Elvis Presley covers are especially remarkable. America's rock & roll revolution, of course, was matched blow for blow by skiffle in the U.K. -- even Richard's Shadows cut their teeth in that movement, as members of Wally Whyton's Vipers. Where Richard triumphed over the rest of the pack was in the way he blended the two forms together; where "Rare'n'Rockin'" triumphs is by revealing just how seamless that blending could be. And "Jailhouse Rock" and "Heartbreak Hotel" are the apogee of his art. Suddenly it's no surprise that, for every new British band from the Beatles on down, it was Richard and the Shadows who pointed the way, not Elvis, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, or Gene Pitney, and certainly none of the names who sprang up in Britain in Richard's wake. Richard did more than create a hybrid. He invented a truly British way of rocking. And from the Beatles to Blur, the Rolling Stones to the Stone Roses, that method remains fundamental to British rock.

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Release Date:
Emi Import


Disc 1

  1. Schoolboy Crush
  2. High Class Baby
  3. My Feet Hit the Ground
  4. Don't Bug Me Baby
  5. King Creole
  6. TV Hop
  7. Rockin' Robin
  8. I'll Try
  9. High School-Confidential
  10. Early in the Morning
  11. Somebody Touched Me
  12. Livin' Lovin' Doll
  13. Mean Streak
  14. Never Mind
  15. Steady with You
  16. My Babe
  17. Move It
  18. That'll Be the Day
  19. Danny
  20. Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On
  21. One Night
  22. Apron Strings
  23. Dynamite
  24. I Gotta Know
  25. The Snake and the Bookworm [V
  26. Here Comes Summer
  27. Twenty Flight Rock
  28. Blue Suede Shoes

Disc 2

  1. Mean Woman Blues
  2. Pointed Toe Shoes
  3. I'm Walkin'
  4. Don't Be Mad at Me
  5. Willie and the Hand Jive
  6. Nine Times out of Ten
  7. Thinking of Our Love
  8. Evergreen Tree
  9. She's Gone
  10. Tell Me
  11. Where is My Heart?
  12. Lamp of Love
  13. I'm Gonna Get You
  14. I Cannot Find a True Love
  15. Working After School
  16. You and I
  17. I'm Willing to Learn
  18. We Have It Made
  19. Choppin' 'N' Changin'
  20. It's You
  21. I Love You
  22. 'D' in Love
  23. Catch Me
  24. Now's the Time to Fall in Love
  25. True Love Will Come to You
  26. First Lesson in Love
  27. I Want You to Know
  28. Blue Moon

Disc 3

  1. Tough Enough
  2. Mumblin' Mosie
  3. Fifty Tears for Every Kiss
  4. Unchained Melody
  5. What'd I Say
  6. Forty Days
  7. Without You
  8. Shame on You
  9. Spanish Harlem
  10. Do You Remember
  11. I'm Looking Out the Window
  12. You Don't Know
  13. Take Special Care
  14. Do You Wanna Dance
  15. Do You Wanna Dance
  16. Do You Wanna Dance
  17. Do You Wanna Dance
  18. Since I Lost You
  19. Dim, Dim the Lights
  20. Save My Soul
  21. I'm Walkin' the Blues
  22. Summer Holiday
  23. The Next Time
  24. Blueberry Hill
  25. A Forever Kind of Love
  26. Razzle Dazzle
  27. Reelin' and Rockin'
  28. It's All In the Game

Disc 4

  1. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  2. Breathless
  3. Twenty Flight Rock
  4. Jailhouse Rock
  5. Money Honey
  6. Heartbreak Hotel
  7. Turn Me Loose
  8. Who's Gonna Take You Home
  9. Let's Stick Together
  10. What'd I Say
  11. Forty Days
  12. Got a Funny Feeling
  13. Rosalie (Come Back to Me)
  14. Me and My Shadows
  15. Lessons in Love
  16. We Say Yeah
  17. Hang Up Your Rock and Roll Shoes
  18. Dancing Shoes
  19. It'll Be Me
  20. Summer Holiday Advertising EP
  21. Cliff's Personal Message to You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cliff Richard   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
Eddie Cochran   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Tony Hoffman   Contributor
John Friesen   Contributor
Paul Gambaccini   Liner Notes,Introduction
Ken Jones   Memorabilia
Pam Taylor   Memorabilia
Hy Zaret   Composer
Keith Bessey   Remixing,Tape Research
Jon Savage   Liner Notes
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Ray Williams   Memorabilia
Graham Kirk   Memorabilia
Nigel Goodall   Engineer,Tape Research
Ned Fairchild   Composer
Jane Evans   Memorabilia
John Foster   Contributor
Billy Sloan   Liner Notes
Stan Edwards   Contributor
William Hooper   Memorabilia
Peter Lewry   Engineer,Tape Research
Barbara Marshall   Memorabilia
Susie Wright   Memorabilia
John Heron   Contributor
Hargrave   Composer
Mrs. Christine Brown   Memorabilia
Samwell   Composer
Gormley   Composer
Tepper   Composer
Audrey Wilson   Memorabilia
Ann Chadwick   Memorabilia
Jane Elliott   Memorabilia
Iris Daniel   Memorabilia
Harry De Louw   Contributor
Enid Ferguson   Memorabilia
Diana Emery   Memorabilia
David Kasey   Memorabilia
David Hancock   Memorabilia
Dave Bailey   Memorabilia
Colette Williams   Memorabilia
Carol Merrick   Memorabilia
Carol Foster   Contributor
Carol Clackson   Memorabilia
Phyllis Sweetman   Memorabilia
Patsy Grey   Memorabilia
Patricia Oliver   Memorabilia
Pat Wall   Memorabilia
Mrs. P. Amey   Memorabilia
Mrs. M. Willsher   Memorabilia
Mrs. M. Ford   Memorabilia
Mrs. J. Philips   Memorabilia
Mrs. J. Norcross   Memorabilia
Mrs. P.M. Firth   Memorabilia
Mrs. M. Furniss   Memorabilia
Mrs. M. Ehringer   Memorabilia
Mrs. Lyn Light   Memorabilia
Mrs. L. Hawkes   Memorabilia
Mrs. Janet Burton   Memorabilia
Mrs. J.M. Heard   Memorabilia
Mrs G. McCue   Memorabilia
Mrs E.a. North   Memorabilia
Mrs. C. Gregory   Memorabilia
P.W. Carroll   Memorabilia
D. Matthews   Memorabilia
T. Kennerley   Memorabilia
Mike Wilson   Memorabilia
Marie Barnish   Memorabilia
Margaret Tipple   Memorabilia
Margaret Greenberry   Memorabilia
Lorrain Kelly   Memorabilia
Kath Coleran   Memorabilia
Janice Tyler   Memorabilia
Dave Herbert   Contributor
Wendy Ashby   Memorabilia
Vina Cooke   Memorabilia
Valerie Dodds   Memorabilia
Thelma Thompson   Memorabilia
Simon Norman Stiles   Memorabilia
Shirley Morgan   Memorabilia
Sheilagh Middleton   Memorabilia
Sheila Liversidge   Memorabilia

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