Cliff Richard with The Shadows – Wonderful Live (OST) (1964)

OriginalFrontCover1Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is a British singer, musician, performer, actor and philanthropist. Richard has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. He has total sales of over 21 million singles in the United Kingdom and is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Richard was originally marketed as a rebellious rock and roll singer in the style of Elvis Presley and Little Richard.[3] With his backing group, the Shadows, Richard dominated the British popular music scene in the pre-Beatles period of the late 1950s to early 1960s.[4] His 1958 hit single “Move It” is often described as Britain’s first authentic rock and roll song; in the opinion of John Lennon of the Beatles, “before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music”. Increased focus on his Christianity and subsequent softening of his music led to a more middle-of-the-road image and he sometimes ventured into contemporary Christian music.

Over a career spanning 60 years, Richard has amassed many gold and platinum discs and awards, including two Ivor Novello Awards and three Brit Awards. More than 130 of his singles, albums and EPs have reached the UK Top 20, more than any other artist. Richard has had 67 UK top ten singles, the second highest total for an artist behind Elvis.

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Richard holds the record (with Elvis) as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950s–2000s). He has achieved 14 UK number-one singles, and is the only singer to have had a number-one single in the UK in five consecutive decades.

Richard has never achieved the same popularity in the United States despite eight US Top 40 singles, including the million-selling “Devil Woman” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore”. In Canada, he had a successful period in the early 1960s, and again in the late 1970s and early 1980s with some releases certified gold and platinum. He has remained a popular music, film, and television personality in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Northern Europe and Asia, and retains a following in other countries. Richard has been a resident in the United Kingdom for most of his life, though in 2010, he confirmed that he had become a citizen of Barbados. When not touring, he divides his time between Barbados and Portugal. In 2019, he relocated to the United States.


Wonderful Life is a soundtrack album by Cliff Richard with The Shadows to the 1964 film Wonderful Life. It is their third film soundtrack album and Richard’s eleventh album overall. The album reached number 2 in the UK Albums Chart, spending 8 weeks in the top 3 and 23 weeks on in the top 20, but was a marked decline from their previous soundtrack album Summer Holiday that had spent 14 weeks at number 1.

The album had two lead singles, the first being the instrumental “Theme for Young Lovers” from the Shadows, followed by “On the Beach” with Richard being backed by the Shadows.

Curiously, some of the recordings on the album are not those used on the actual film soundtrack, including the title song. The vocal takes are different and in some cases the orchestrations are also altered slightly. The recordings on the album are generally more polished than the soundtrack ones. The Shadows recording line-up included Brian Locking on bass guitar although by the time filming commenced John Rostill had replaced him.


The vinyl LP released on the Columbia label in the UK featured an inner sleeve with a storyline outlining the plot and the position of each of the musical numbers, illustrated with stills from the film.

Released in the US with the title Swingers Paradise the album did not chart. (by wikipedia)


Cliff Richard’s first post-Beatles movie, Swingers Paradise (Wonderful Life in the U.K.) maintained business as usual for the team — another fun-packed romp in foreign climes, it was again peppered with naggingly familiar songs, absurd and adorable in more or less equal doses, and accompanied, of course, by a soundtrack which squeezed every last ounce of effervescence from the plot. The formula was, by then, firmly entrenched. The Michael Sammes Singers twitter, Norrie Paramor produces, and the Associated British Studio Orchestra lavish everything beneath monstrous slabs of sweet strings and winds. Meanwhile, the Shadows rattle along as both an understated backing band and, when the mood hits, frontmen in their own right, throwing two characteristic guitar-led instrumentals into the brew — “Walkin'” and “Theme for Young Lovers.” Equally predictably, the hits flew from the album — “Theme for Young Lovers” reached number 12 in the U.K., Richard’s understatedly grand “On the Beach” made number seven, and both the title track and “Do You Remember” remained favorites long after the movie slipped off the screens. But that, unfortunately, is where comparisons with past soundtracks end. The others were fun because they were so ridiculously enjoyable. This one’s no fun at all. It is, however, contrived, condescending, and, for the most part, utterly overblown. It does have a few great moments — “Wonderful Life” comes over like something from a Broadway spectacular, all racing orchestration, broad backing vocals, and imbibed with the same timeless bravado which one normally associates with the classics of the ’40s and ’50s.


But that, too, is a damning confession. The hit singles aside, there is no denying the audience which Swingers Paradise was gunning for — the mums and dads (and beyond) who still had time for pop, but maybe found the latest crop of superstars a little too outlandish for their tastes. All that long hair, all those suggestive lyrics, all that hand-holding and yeah, yeah, yeah-ing. No such dangers here. The frothy over-excitement of “Home,” the stirring big-band buoyancy of “A Little Imagination,” the string-driven simplicity of “In the Stars,” everything harks back to an earlier age, a more innocent time. In fact, in the brutally blunt parlance of the time, Cliff Richard was by then so well-rounded an entertainer that he was turning positively square. And Swingers Paradise doesn’t swing quite so impressively after all. (by Dave Thompson)


Brian Bennett (drums)
Brian Locking (bass)
Hank Marvin (lead guitar)
Cliff Richard (vocals)
Bruce Welch (guitar)
The Associated British Studio Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black
The Norrie Paramor Strings
The Mike Sammes Singers

01. Cliff Richard & The A.B.S. Orchestra: Wonderful Life (Bennett/Welch) 2.28
02. Cliff Richard & The A.B.S. Orchestra: A Girl In Every Port (Myers/Cass) 2.49
03. The Shadows: Walkin’ (Marvin/Welch) 2.46
04. Cliff Richard & The A.B.S. Orchestra: A Little Imagination (Myers/Cass) 3.54
05. Cliff Richard & The A.B.S. Orchestra: Home (Myers/Cass) 3.31
06. Cliff Richard & The Shadows: On The Beach (Marvin/Richard/Welch) 2.29
07. Cliff Richard & The A.B.S. Orchestra: In The Stars (Myers/Cass) 4.00
08. Cliff Richard & The A.B.S. Orchestra: We Love A Movie (Myers/Cass) 3.22
09. Cliff Richard, The Shadows & The Norrie Paramor Strings: Do You Remember (Marvin/Welch) 2.50
10. Cliff Richard & The Shadows: What’ve I Gotta Do (Marvin/Welch) 2.33
11. The Shadows: Theme For Young Lovers (Welch) 2.40
12. Cliff Richard & The A.B.S. Orchestra: All Kinds Of People (Myers/Cass) 3.15
13. Cliff Richard, The Shadows & The Norrie Paramor Strings: A Matter Of Moments  (Welch) 2.58
14. Cliff Richard & The A.B.S. Orchestra: Youth And Experience (Myers/Cass) 3.36
15. Cliff Richard & The Shadows: Look Don’t Touch (Ifield) 1.44
16. Cliff Richard, The Shadows & The Norrie Paramor Strings: Do You Remember (alternate take) (Marvin/Welch) 2.57
17. Cliff Richard, The Shadows & The Norrie Paramor Strings: Wonderful Life (Bennett/Welch) 2.22
18. Cliff Richard: Angel (Non-Album Import A-Side) (Tepper/Bennett) 2.19




Cliff Richard – Stronger (1989)

FrontCover1.jpgStronger is the twenty-sixth studio album by British singer Cliff Richard, released in October 1989. The album was produced by Alan Tarney and includes the singles “The Best of Me”(UK #2), “I Just Don’t Have the Heart” (UK #3), “Lean On You” (UK #17) and “Stronger Than That” (UK #14). The album reached Platinum,[3] peaking at number 7 in the UK Albums Chart. (by wikipedia)

The 30th anniversary of Cliff Richard’s entry into the music industry was marked in 1988, and the year fittingly found him experiencing one of his most successful spells ever. “Mistletoe and Ivory” became the biggest-selling single of the year, while the follow-up, the number two hit “The Best of Me,” established him as the first British artist to release 100 singles. The Private Collection 1979-1988, a compilation of a decade’s worth of hits, topped the chart, and Stronger, the first new album of his fourth decade, was to spin off no less than four hit singles, including “Just Don’t Have the Heart,” a dynamic collaboration with producers Stock, Aitken & Waterman. The album itself represents one of the most eclectic of Richard’s entire career, a fact signposted by his union with British reggae band Aswad for the wonderful “Share a Dream.”


The aforementioned “The Best of Me” stands as one of the loveliest ballads he’d cut in years, and if Stronger has any serious shortcomings, it’s the reliance on machines, not men, for the drum sounds. Even at his weakest, Richard’s records had rarely lacked for emotion, but the robotic percussion saps the soul from far too much of the music. Indeed, if the selection of songs had been any weaker, Stronger might well have collapsed altogether. Instead, the likes of “Everybody Knows,” “Better Day,” and “Lean on You” conspire to raise it so high that many fans regard Stronger as one of the strongest of all Richard’s post-Shadows albums. (Dave Thompson)

Okay … But now … I need something that really rocks !


John Clark (guitar)
Mark Griffiths (bass)
Paul Moessl (synthesizer on 17., drum programming)
Cliff Richard (vocals)
Alan Tarney (guitar, keyboards, drums)
Keith Bessey (drum programming on 03., 08. + 13.)
Dave Bishop (saxophone)
Steve Laurie (guitar on 17.)
Alan Park (piano on 17.)
Henry Spinetti (drums on 17.)
Mike Stock (keyboards, drum programming on 07. + 14.)
background vocals:
Keith Murrell – Mae McKenna – Mick Mullins – Miriam Stockley – Peter Howarth – Sonia Morgan
Aswas (all instruments on 12.)


01. Stronger Than That (Tarney) 4.42
02. Who’s In Love (Tarney) 4.32
03. The Best Of Me (Foster/Lubbock/Marx) 4.11
04. Clear Blue Skies (Cooke/Turner) 2.54
05. Lean On You (Tarney) 5.00
06. Keep Me Warm (Tarney) 4.26
07. I Just Don’t Have The Heart (Stock/Aitken/Waterman) 3.27
08. Joanna (Eaton) 3.53
09. Everybody Knows (Tarney) 3.47
10. Forever You Will Be Mine (Tarney) 4.22
11. Better Day (Tarney) 4.50
12. Share A Dream (Trott/Sweet/Osborne) 4.30
13. Wide Open Space (Walmesley/Abbot) 4.38
14. I Just Don’t Have the Heart (instrumental version) (Stock/Aitken/Waterman) 4.01
15. Hey Mister (Tarney) 3.56
16. Lindsay Jane (Richard) 4.44
17. Marmaduke (Spencer/Tarney) 5.28



Cliff Richard & The Shadows – Me And My Shadows (1960)

FrontCover1Me and My Shadows is the third album by singer Cliff Richard. Recorded with The Shadows, it was released in October 1960 and reached No. 2 in the UK album chart.

No singles were to be officially released in the UK from the album. A pairing of album tracks “Gee Whiz It’s You” and “I Cannot Find a True Love” was pressed as an export single intended for continental Europe but high demand in the UK meant it charted in March 1961 and eventually reached #4 in the UK singles chart. Although very popular for an import, this single broke what would have been a run of 15 consecutive top 3 singles in the UK, although it helped give Richard a record 16 back to back top 5 hits.

This album is the 2nd of only 5 albums [Cliff, Me & my Shadows, 21 Today, Finders Keepers, Established 1958] recorded by Richard with exclusive backing by the Shadows during the 1960s. All the others the backing duties are shared between The Shadows and the Norrie Paramor Orchestra.

This album was then re-marketed on the EP format into 3 EPs: Me and my Shadows no.1 (mono) Me and my Shadows no.2 (mono) Me and my Shadows no.3 (mono). (by wikipedia)


This is Cliff and the Shadows-The beat combo long before the Beatles. Just listen to “I’m gonna get you”, “I cannot find a true love”, “She’s gone”, “Choppin’n’changin'”, “Gee whiz it’s you”, “Lamp of love”…excellent. The Ian Samwell songs keep the album fresh even now. Some songs are pure early 60’s pop-“Evergreen tree”, “You’re just the one to do it”, “We have it made” and “Working after school” show the sultry ballad style. ‘Gee whiz’ was a No.4 hit and in 1960 every schoolboy wanted to be Cliff, every schoolgirl wanted to be with Cliff. You constantly had to comb that Cliff quiff and those winkle-pickers hurt, but when Cliff went into “Choppin’n’changin'” it all came into place. Elvis who? Never heard of him…this was CLIFF-MANIA. Cliff was King. This album represents those fabulous early years before the movies. Cliff was it! (by a anazon customer) … and I agree !


Jet Harris (bass)
Hank B. Marvin (guitar)
Tony Meehan (drums)
Cliff Richard (vocals)
Bruce Welch (guitar)

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01. I’m Gonna Get You (Harris/Marvin/Samwell) 1.56
02. You and I (Welch/Marvin) 1.58
03. I Cannot Find A True Love” (Samwell) 2.41
04, Evergreen Tree (Schroeder/Gold) 2.44
05. She’s Gone (Marvin/Harris) 2.38
06. Left Out Again (Chester) 3.03
07. You’re Just The One To Do It (Blackwell) 2.25
10. Lamp Of Love (Tepper/Bennett) 1.51
11. Choppin’ ‘n’ Changin’ (ISamwell) 2.31
12. We Have It Made (Sugar/Hall) 2.15
13. Tell Me (Chester/Welch) 2.49
14. Gee Whiz It’s You (Chester/Marvin) 2.03
15. I Love You So (Samwell/Harris/Richard) 3.08
16. I’m Willing To Learn (Wise/Wiseman) 2.01
17. I Don’t Know (Samwell) 2.11
18. Working After School (Abrams/Medley) 2.0