Dressed For The Occasion (Remastered)

Dressed For The Occasion (Remastered)

by Cliff Richard


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Dressed For The Occasion (Remastered)

Cliff Richard's sixth live album, originally released in 1983 (and coinciding with his 25th anniversary in music), is also his most ambitious, avoiding his early repertoire entirely and focusing on his career from the mid-'70s up through the early '80s, and offering the accompaniment of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, 60 pieces strong. Recorded live at Royal Albert Hall, it offered the Cliff Richard of "Green Light," "We Don't Talk Anymore," and "Devil Woman" in a bigger-than-life musical setting, his core band of the period -- including Mark Griffiths (bass), Dave Cooke (synthesizers), and Graham Jarvis (drums) -- augmented by more than two-dozen string players and the rest of the LPO, all conducted by Beatles/Paul McCartney veteran conductor/arranger Richard Hewson. The results are the most impressive of all of Richard's concert albums, at least as far as the sheer power of the singing and playing -- "We Don't Talk Anymore" as performed here could easily be in the running for the best recording ever done by Richard, and "Green Light" isn't far behind. His version of "True Love Ways" is also rather overpowering, his intonation and exquisite nuances, coupled with the most elegant accompaniment the song ever had (and remember that Buddy Holly also did it with an orchestra), making it one of the more finely realized renditions ever. Even numbers that were never that impressive before, such as "Galadriel (Spirit of Starlight)," offer a freshness and impact here that is memorable and, in the case of the latter song, ultimately quite haunting. The only flaw in the original LP was the pressing, which seemed to be a bit noisier than one was accustomed to getting from EMI, and also the relatively low volume utilized, partly due to the length of the LP.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/19/2004
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0724358338928
catalogNumber: 5833892

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cliff Richard   Primary Artist
Dave Cooke   Synthesizer
Steve Gray   Piano
Mark Griffiths   Bass
Richard Hewson   Conductor
Graham Jarvis   Drums
London Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Buddy Holly   Composer
Cliff Richard   Composer,Producer
John Farrar   Composer
Karel Fialka   Composer
Hank Marvin   Composer
Clifford T. Ward   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Chris Eaton   Composer
Terry Britten   Composer
Richard Hewson   Producer
John Kurlander   Engineer
Sue Shifrin   Composer
Alan Tarney   Composer
David Townsend   Composer
Hodgson   Composer
Joe Shapiro   Composer
Dean Klevatt   Composer
William Miller   Composer
Nigel Goodall   Liner Notes
Hal Shaper   Composer
James Sheppard   Composer
Giorgio Calabrese   Composer
Antonio de Vita   Composer
Paul Field   Composer
Peter Lewry   Liner Notes
Macleod Robertson   Composer

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