Cliff Richard - Carols & Christmas Songs

Friday 1st December 1995
Cliff Richard - Carols & Christmas Songs
Cliff Richard - Carols & Christmas Songs

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Alliance ALD025
RRP: £10.20

Reviewed by Tony May

Well, really, what can you say? Some of Cliff's Christmas hits, eg, "Saviour's Day" and "Little Town" mixed with traditional carols. Most of the carols are thankfully given straight forward treatment, with simple guitar or Kings Singers-styled male vocal group in tow. If ever a melody was so stunningly beautiful as to abhor any mucking about with, it's got to be "Silent Night". My initial reaction was soon calmed though, by a pleasing, sensitive arrangement. Most tracks are from 60's and 70's albums and display how much the voice has improved. Some items sound a bit anaemic, probably due to being placed after the newer stuff on the CD, possibly not a good idea. Speaking of older stuff, "Can It Be True?" pops up here, that'll take some of you back to "attempting-to-be-trendy" 60's youth groups. Then came Larry Norman, but that's another story. This is a warm, glowing, cosy Christmas collection in Cliff's inimitable style.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Saviour's Day [Listen]
2. Silent Night [Listen]
3. Little Town [Listen]
4. In The Bleak Mid Winter [Listen]
5. Sweet Little Jesus Boy [Listen]
6. While Shepherds Watched [Listen]
7. Mary, What Ya Gonna Name That Pretty Little Baby [Listen]
8. Joseph [Listen]
9. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen [Listen]
10. Unto Us A Child Is Born [Listen]
11. Can It Be True [Listen]
12. O Little Town Of Bethlehem [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by maricor c. pilapil in philippines @ 02:26 on Oct 21 2007

thank you for having the opportunity of giving my comments regarding cliff richard im really an avid fan of cliff since im in grade one and that 7 years old can you imagine iwas so amazed of his heavenly voice as if his voice is coming from heaven so cold until now when i was one of the crowd who mobbed in his latest cncert here

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