Cliff Richard - Yesterday Today Forever

Tuesday 1st December 1998
Cliff Richard - Yesterday Today Forever
Cliff Richard - Yesterday Today Forever

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Alliance 1901232
RRP: £14.98

Reviewed by Peter Dilley

Already flagged up in CR47, with masterful timing this one hit my doormat on 3rd October '98, as Sir Cliff celebrated 40 years in the charts. Released to mark that anniversary, the 30 songs here were selected by fans worldwide voting for their 'Favourite Cliff Christian Song'. Opening with Paul Field's apocalyptic "Thief In The Night", it's a mixed bag of studio and live recordings stretching right back to the '70s. No surprises at finding chart hits "From A Distance" and "Saviour's Day" here, though some might wonder if "The Only Way Out" blurs the selection criteria. Other goodies are Larry Norman classics "Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music" and "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" - longstanding stalwarts of Cliff's Christian repertoire, and songs from other writers include Judy Mackenzie's "Free" and "Better Than I Know Myself", Terry Britten's "Walking In The Light" and "Yes, He Lives" and Mal Pope's "Reunion Of The Heart". Seven tracks, including the title cut, are Sir Cliffs often underrated self-penned material. I didn't go much on this particular rendition of Kendrick's "Shine, Jesus, Shine", but otherwise I've got few complaints. Cynics can make up their own gag about the title.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Thief In The Night [Listen]
2. Reunion Of The Heart [Listen]
3. Where You Are [Listen]
4. The Water Is Wide [Listen]
5. You, Me And Jesus [Listen]
6. Such Is The Mystery [Listen]
7. Son Of Thunder [Listen]
8. Walking In The Light [Listen]
9. Yesterday, Today, Forever [Listen]
10. Under The Gun [Listen]
11. We Being Many (Duet With Helen Shapiro) [Listen]
12. The Only Way Out [Listen]
13. There's No Power In Pity [Listen]
14. There's More To Life [Listen]
15. Shine Jesus Shine [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Peter Grant in Australia @ 10:52 on Jun 30 2009

I would like to find out where I can obtain/purchase sheet music for Cliff's inspirational songs such as:
Where You Are; Reunion Of The Heart; We Being Many; Free; Discovering etc.

Can you help?

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