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Rare B-Sides 1963-1989
     

Rare B-Sides 1963-1989

by Cliff Richard
 
Like the Lost and Found collection of unreleased material that was released alongside it, Rare B-Sides comes as both a blessing and a curse to the Cliff Richard collector -- a blessing, because its 25 songs serve up a fine snapshot of his B-side activity between 1963 and 1973 (plus three flips from the '80s that do feel out of place); and a curse because

Overview

Like the Lost and Found collection of unreleased material that was released alongside it, Rare B-Sides comes as both a blessing and a curse to the Cliff Richard collector -- a blessing, because its 25 songs serve up a fine snapshot of his B-side activity between 1963 and 1973 (plus three flips from the '80s that do feel out of place); and a curse because anybody who bought the 50th anniversary box set on the strength of its quotient of rarities and unreleased material is probably feeling a little sore right now. This disc rounds up a lot of that box's most stellar discoveries. For those who held out against that pricey collection, however, Rare B-Sides ranks among the most intelligent Richard repackagings of recent years. The vast majority of its contents have never seen CD release before; a couple of tracks (1973's "I Only Know I Love You" and 1983's "Back in Vaudeville" were never even released in the U.K.), and the sheer strength of the bulk of the material does the rest. So many of Richard's '60s singles could have been released as double A-sides, had the marketing men only seen fit to do so, and it's a genuine pleasure to revisit the likes of "Say You're Mine," "Just Another Guy," "Just a Little Bit Too Late," and "Somebody Loses." Enjoyable, too, are some of the songs he buried away on his B-sides around the end of the decade, a period that many fans consider his weakest -- "Annabella Umbrella" may be a silly song, but it's also thoroughly enjoyable! A full survey of all Richard's B-sides, similar to the multi-disc package of his A-sides released in 2002, is probably too much for fans to hope for, which means there's still another few disc's worth of material awaiting rediscovery. But for now, this collection will do very nicely, indeed.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2009
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
5099921659423
catalogNumber:
2165942
Rank:
116805

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cliff Richard   Primary Artist
Brian Bennett   Conductor
Mike Vickers   Conductor
Mike Leander   Conductor
Alan Hawkshaw   Conductor
Nick Ingman   Conductor

Technical Credits

Neil Diamond   Composer
Don McLean   Composer
Brian Bennett   Arranger,Director
Raymond Froggatt   Composer
Hank Marvin   Composer
Mike Vickers   Arranger
Norrie Paramor   Producer
Mike Leander   Arranger
Lor Crane   Composer
Guy Fletcher   Composer
Alan Hawkshaw   Arranger
Nick Ingman   Arranger
Tony Meehan   Composer
Bob Morgan   Producer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Stock, Aitken & Waterman   Producer
Mike Stock   Composer
Alan Tarney   Composer,Producer
Pete Waterman   Composer
Bruce Welch   Composer,Producer
Aitken   Composer
Doug Flett   Composer
Tony Macaulay   Composer,Producer
Nigel Goodall   Liner Notes
Hacker   Composer
Robert MacGimsey   Composer
Richey   Composer
Martin   Composer
Mitch Murray   Composer
Peter Lewry   Liner Notes
Ugo Calise   Composer
Flett   Composer
Fletcher   Composer
Hank B. Marvin   Composer
Carlo Alberto Rossi   Composer
Campbell   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Bennett   Composer
Morrow   Composer
Hawker   Composer
John Rodgers   Composer
Avon   Composer
Arnold   Composer
Diamond   Composer
Heap   Composer
Wilfor   Composer
Tapper   Composer
Richard   Composer
Joan Kingsbury   Composer
Lordan   Composer
Spiro   Composer

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