The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1958-1963

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/2010
  • Label: Emi Import
  • EAN: 5099963393125
  • Catalog Number: 6339312

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Schoolboy Crush (2:32)
  2. 2 High Class Baby (2:09)
  3. 3 My Feet Hit the Ground (1:59)
  4. 4 Don't Bug Me Baby (2:14)
  5. 5 King Creole (0:52)
  6. 6 TV Hop (0:47)
  7. 7 Rockin' Robin (1:01)
  8. 8 I'll Try (1:59)
  9. 9 High School-Confidential (1:52)
  10. 10 Early in the Morning (1:48)
  11. 11 Somebody Touched Me (1:37)
  12. 12 Livin' Lovin' Doll (2:08)
  13. 13 Mean Streak (2:00)
  14. 14 Never Mind (2:01)
  15. 15 Steady with You (2:21)
  16. 16 My Babe (2:25)
  17. 17 Move It (2:07)
  18. 18 That'll Be the Day (2:10)
  19. 19 Danny (2:53)
  20. 20 Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On (3:00)
  21. 21 One Night (2:32)
  22. 22 Apron Strings (2:47)
  23. 23 Dynamite (1:56)
  24. 24 I Gotta Know (2:27)
  25. 25 The Snake and the Bookworm [V (2:11)
  26. 26 Here Comes Summer (2:18)
  27. 27 Twenty Flight Rock (1:44)
  28. 28 Blue Suede Shoes (1:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mean Woman Blues (2:29)
  2. 2 Pointed Toe Shoes (1:52)
  3. 3 I'm Walkin' (1:50)
  4. 4 Don't Be Mad at Me (2:08)
  5. 5 Willie and the Hand Jive (2:59)
  6. 6 Nine Times out of Ten (2:53)
  7. 7 Thinking of Our Love (2:43)
  8. 8 Evergreen Tree (2:41)
  9. 9 She's Gone (2:34)
  10. 10 Tell Me (2:46)
  11. 11 Where is My Heart? (2:12)
  12. 12 Lamp of Love (1:49)
  13. 13 I'm Gonna Get You (1:53)
  14. 14 I Cannot Find a True Love (2:38)
  15. 15 Working After School (2:07)
  16. 16 You and I (1:56)
  17. 17 I'm Willing to Learn (1:58)
  18. 18 We Have It Made (2:12)
  19. 19 Choppin' 'N' Changin' (2:29)
  20. 20 It's You (3:23)
  21. 21 I Love You (2:29)
  22. 22 'D' in Love (2:37)
  23. 23 Catch Me (2:32)
  24. 24 Now's the Time to Fall in Love (2:31)
  25. 25 True Love Will Come to You (2:58)
  26. 26 First Lesson in Love (1:56)
  27. 27 I Want You to Know (2:25)
  28. 28 Blue Moon (3:35)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Tough Enough (2:16)
  2. 2 Mumblin' Mosie (2:17)
  3. 3 Fifty Tears for Every Kiss (2:31)
  4. 4 Unchained Melody (3:30)
  5. 5 What'd I Say (3:02)
  6. 6 Forty Days (2:46)
  7. 7 Without You (2:07)
  8. 8 Shame on You (2:10)
  9. 9 Spanish Harlem (3:04)
  10. 10 Do You Remember (2:55)
  11. 11 I'm Looking Out the Window (2:46)
  12. 12 You Don't Know (2:48)
  13. 13 Take Special Care (2:10)
  14. 14 Do You Wanna Dance (2:22)
  15. 15 Do You Wanna Dance (2:31)
  16. 16 Do You Wanna Dance (2:40)
  17. 17 Do You Wanna Dance (2:16)
  18. 18 Since I Lost You (3:11)
  19. 19 Dim, Dim the Lights (1:40)
  20. 20 Save My Soul (2:18)
  21. 21 I'm Walkin' the Blues (2:03)
  22. 22 Summer Holiday (2:29)
  23. 23 The Next Time (3:03)
  24. 24 Blueberry Hill (2:44)
  25. 25 A Forever Kind of Love (2:30)
  26. 26 Razzle Dazzle (2:06)
  27. 27 Reelin' and Rockin' (2:10)
  28. 28 It's All In the Game (3:31)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Lawdy Miss Clawdy (2:01)
  2. 2 Breathless (2:09)
  3. 3 Twenty Flight Rock (1:58)
  4. 4 Jailhouse Rock (2:31)
  5. 5 Money Honey (2:20)
  6. 6 Heartbreak Hotel (2:40)
  7. 7 Turn Me Loose (1:17)
  8. 8 Who's Gonna Take You Home (1:49)
  9. 9 Let's Stick Together (1:29)
  10. 10 What'd I Say (3:03)
  11. 11 Forty Days (2:46)
  12. 12 Got a Funny Feeling (2:55)
  13. 13 Rosalie (Come Back to Me) (1:49)
  14. 14 Me and My Shadows (1:09)
  15. 15 Lessons in Love (1:59)
  16. 16 We Say Yeah (1:42)
  17. 17 Hang Up Your Rock and Roll Shoes (2:38)
  18. 18 Dancing Shoes (2:04)
  19. 19 It'll Be Me (2:05)
  20. 20 Summer Holiday Advertising EP (4:41)
  21. 21 Cliff's Personal Message to You (2:44)
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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
Mr. P.W. Carroll Memorabilia
Mr. D. Matthews Memorabilia
Mr. 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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