Cliff Richard - 21st Century Christmas/Move It (ftg Brian May & Brian Bennett)

Published Friday 15th December 2006
Cliff Richard - 21st Century Christmas/Move It (ftg Brian May & Brian Bennett)
Cliff Richard - 21st Century Christmas/Move It (ftg Brian May & Brian Bennett)

RATING Not Rated
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 21660-12127
LABEL: 3799312
RRP: £1.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Ahead of the immanent release of his new duets album, Cliff Richard returns to the business of delivering a Christmas single. He has, of course, an unparalleled track record in this department and though many people try to dismiss the veteran, Cliff remains Britain's most successful pop artist ever, having had singles in six different decades but still no number 1 hit in the noughties. I'd love for Cliff's fans to head off to the shops this week en masse and take this to the top! "21st Century Christmas" is the perfect glossy pop that Cliff does so well, with a very clever lyric packed with contemporary cultural references marrying all the Santa stuff with the happenings of Bethlehem 2000 years ago. And I love the production, stacked vocals and catchiness of the song. A palpable hit! And when you're stuffed full of turkey, you can flip "21st Century Christmas" and play the updated version of "Move It", his very first hit single from 1958. This version comes augmented by the guitar work of Queen's Brian May and an appearance by original Shadow, Brian Bennett. It's a slowed down swampy version with updated lyrics and deserves to be heard again.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Trevor in Stoke-on-Trent @ 16:46 on Dec 15 2006

'Immanent' in my dictionary means 'naturally part of something; inherent; integral; restricted to the mind; subjective'. Don't you mean 'imminent', in other words, 'it's coming soon'? Actually, I bought a copy of Cliff's 'Two's Company' over a month ago ....

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