September 30, 2009 – 4:03 am

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Wonderful Cliff [Fremus, 1CD]

Rarities compilation, including tracks from Cliff’s Cliff Richard Show 1969-1971. Excellent SBD stereo.

At some point, assuming the tapes weren’t wiped long ago, a DVD collection of the original Cliff Richard TV show… Summer Holiday (1970), It’s Cliff Richard (1970-71), Getaway With Cliff (1971)… will hurtle down the pike and remind us all what a terrific show it was.

Until then, Wonderful Cliff claims to round up no less than 22 songs from these programs, a skillful blend of recent recordings, one-off favorites and classic hits, pounded out with the kind of electrifying accompaniment that hallmarked his work a full decade earlier.

Except… The Snake And The Bookworm, Twenty Flight Rock, Mean Woman Blues - excuse me for being just a little suspicious, but aren’t these the same recordings that appeared a few years ago on EMI’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Years box set?

Well, yes they are. In fact, the entire disc has a lot more in common with that set, and sundry other archive scrapings, than anything going on at the dawn of the 1970s, and that includes the presence of the Shadows as Cliff’s accompaniment. In other words, ignore what it says on the label. This is classic rock ‘n’ roll, but collectors will be seriously disappointed. - Dave Thompson

Note: Veteran music writer Dave Thompson is the author of many well reviewed rock biographies, including the recent I Hate New Music and Electric Gypsy: An Unauthorised Biography Of Doctor Who; Virgin Books’ Red Hot Chili Peppers biography, and works on The Cure and Kurt Cobain. He also wrote Cream: The World’s First Supergroup. In the past, Dave has written for Live! Music Review and he is also a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q magazines. Click here to buy Dave’s books.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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01. I Gotta Know (omitted)
02. The Snake And The Bookworm (omitted)
03. Twenty Flight Rock (omitted)
04. Mean Woman Blues (omitted)
05. Choppin’ ‘n’ Chargin’ (omitted)
06. We Have It Made (omitted)
07. Tell Me (omitted)
08. I Love You (omitted)
09. I’m Willing To Learn (omitted)
Track 10. Gee Whizz It’s You (2.8MB)
Track 11. True Love Will Come To You (4.0MB)
12. I Want You To Know (omitted)
Track 13. I Only Live to Love You (3.3MB)
Track 14. True True Lovin’ (3.0MB)
Track 15. I Wonder (3.8MB)
Track 16. Now It’s The Time To Fall In Love (2.9MB)
Track 17. Boum (2.6MB)
Track 18. I Only Know I Love You (3.5MB)
Track 19. Feelin’ Groovy* (3.3MB)
Track 20. Dance With The Guitar Man* (2.6MB)
Track 21. Wake Up Little Susie* (3.2MB)
Track 22. Bye Bye Love* (3.3MB)

*Live on the Cliff Richard Show, 1969-1971
Tracks 1-9, 12 can be found on Rock ‘n’ Roll Years 1958-1963.

Click here to order Cliff Richard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Years 1958-1963.

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