Cliff Richard - Still Reelin' And A-Rockin': Live In Sydney

Published Monday 27th January 2014
Cliff Richard - Still Reelin' And A-Rockin': Live In Sydney
Cliff Richard - Still Reelin' And A-Rockin': Live In Sydney

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Universal
FORMAT: DVD Music video

Reviewed by Stella Redburn

You have got to hand it to him - after 100 albums, over 50 years in the business and countless awards and accolades, Cliff is still on top form. I thought I might see a middle-aged Cliff and feel nostalgic watching this DVD, but on the contrary this is as full of life as any youngster's offering and he honestly doesn't put a foot wrong. We have over two hours of the Australian show, a high proportion of which was high energy rock and roll. He has pulled together a great team: three excellent backing vocalists, musical direction by Keith Hayman, sizzling guitar from Andy Jones and awesome lighting by Derek Jones. Even though Cliff is an amazing 73, he certainly doesn't look it or act it and his oh so recognizable vocals are still unimpaired. Some of the highlights are Chuck Berry's "Reelin' And Rockin'", "Willie And The Hand Jive" (faultless dance routine), his very first hit "Move It" (irresistible guitar riffs), "Suddenly", movingly duetted with Suzie Furlonger, "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" (the band suddenly goes bluegrass!), the vocally challenging ballad "Ocean Deep", his biggest hit ever "We Don't Talk Any More", and the encores, by which time the audience is all up on their feet and everyone is clearly having the time of their lives.

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