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Richard, Cliff - 1978 Green Light

ARTIST: Richard, Cliff
ALBUM: Green Light
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 2002, EMI, 5383692-0


LINEUP: Cliff Richard - vocals * numerous guests

TRACK LISTING: 01 Green Light * 02 Under Lock And Key * 03 She's A Gypsy * 04 Count Me Out * 05 Please Remember Me * 06 Never Even Thought * 07 Free My Soul * 08 Start All Over Again * 09 While She's Young * 10 Can't Take The Hurt Anymore * 11 Ease Along


Considered to be the British Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard first popped on the scene in the late 50's with a string of hit singles as a solo artist and wild popularity. To be honest, not much he released in the 50's and 60's will be of much interest to melodic rock fans which should be of little surprise. My first exposure to Cliff Richard was in 1974 and the excellent single 'The Love I Lost' which was filled with syrupy strings and disco beat, but it was so damn catchy it was and still is hard to resist. 'Devil Woman' from 1976 was a massive international hit for Richard and noticeably he was moving into the pop rock/AOR scene releasing a string of excellent albums well into the early 80's. 'Green Light' in my opinion is his best from this period.

The Songs
This is just a great pop record. The songs recorded entirely at Abbey Road, run the gamut from mid-tempo rockers to light ballads as you would expect knowing his background. The title track received quite a lot of air play on FM radio back in the day, at least in the US more than likely due to its unusual song structure. It was adeptly written by Alan Tarney who some of you might remember from the Tarney-Spencer Band and was a member of Richard's early back up band The Shadows. 'She's a Gypsy' has an Orleans country pop flavour and 'Never Even Thought' with its harpsichord intro and heavy orchestration is one of the better ballads I have heard Richard sing. Very nicely done and I am not usually a big fan of this type of thing, but here it works. For my money, 'While She's Young' is the best song on the album with a haunting melody and lilting guitar work ala George Harrison. Incredibly was not released as a single and is another fine example of a record company missing the mark.

In Summary
Cliff Richard was a pop force to be reckoned with in the late 70's and early 80's, scoring a smash hit single 'Suddenly' with Olivia Newton-John from the film 'Xanadu' as well as releasing a few Christian albums. If you are late to his AOR albums, there's no better place to start than with 'Green Light' which has recently been remastered with a brace a bonus tracks and is great value for money.

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#1 | JuniorNB on December 16 2008 14:58:29
Man, I was always a sucker for Richard's late-70's/early-80's singles. Dreamin, We Don't Talk Anymore, and A Little in Love are three great songs.
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