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Cliff Richard: Dynamite - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.10 (CD)

1 CD with 36 page booklet, 34 tracks. Total playing time approx. 78 min.

  • Long overdue: a CD compilation featuring Cliff Richard's early rockers in 'The Brits Are Rocking' series on Bear Family Records®.
  • Cliff Richard and The Shadows were the most successful rock 'n' roll  combo in Britain until ... Beatlemania swept the country.
  • This album presents 34 of his most rocking songs from 1958 to 1962, including Move It!, High Class Baby, Dynamite, Choppin' 'n' Changin', and Livin' Lovin' Doll, as well as numerous cover versions of popular U.S. rock 'n' roll hits.
  • Extensive, enjoyable liner notes by expert on British beat and rock 'n' roll, Ashley Wood, in the illustrated booklet with discographical details and many photos. 
  • Carefully remastered recordings from the best possible sources by one of the greats of pop history!

Before the Fab Four released their recipe for mania in 1963, Britain’s top selling beat group was unquestionably Cliff Richard and The Shadows. Starting out as The Drifters, the group pushed Cliff into the spotlight and opened their recording account with Move It!- one of the best and most important British pop records of the 20th century. 

By the time the group released their follow-up single High Class Baby, Cliff had been voted the best newcomer in a readers pop poll and the New Musical Express was soon railing against "The most crude exhibitionism ever seen on British TV" and asking "Is Cliff too sexy?".

Before the following year was out, Cliff had toned down his 45 releases with Living Doll and Travellin’ Light but he still found time along the way to detonate a few explosive tracks and it is those up-tempo numbers such as Dynamite and Choppin' 'n' Changin' that feature on the latest CD in Bear Family's ‘The Brits Are Rocking’ series.

There are no Summer Holidays, no Bachelor Boys, no Mistletoe and Wine and definitely no Living Dolls. Well, there is a Livin' Lovin' Doll but don't panic, she's mean and nasty and bopping at the hop.  Let's face it, Cliff, Hank, Bruce, Jet and Tony should have been in the ‘Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame’ decades ago. Here's the proof....

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  • Interpret: Cliff Richard

  • Album titlle: Dynamite - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.10 (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Preiscode AH
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127177292

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Richard, Cliff - Dynamite - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.10 (CD) CD 1
01 Nine Times Out Of Ten Cliff Richard
02 Never Mind Cliff Richard
03 My Feet Hit The Ground Cliff Richard
04 Pointed Toe Shoes Cliff Richard
05 Don't Bug Me Baby Cliff Richard
06 Blue Suede Shoes Cliff Richard
07 Mumblin' Mosie Cliff Richard
08 I Cannot Find A True Love Cliff Richard
09 Move It Cliff Richard
10 Tough Enough Cliff Richard
11 Got A Funny Feeling Cliff Richard
12 High Class Baby Cliff Richard
13 Gee Whiz It's You Cliff Richard
14 Choppin' 'n' Changin' Cliff Richard
15 Livin' Lovin' Doll Cliff Richard
16 Ready Teddy Cliff Richard
17 Mean Streak Cliff Richard
18 She's Gone Cliff Richard
19 What'd I Say Cliff Richard
20 Apron Strings Cliff Richard
21 Down The Line Cliff Richard
22 Twenty Flight Rock Cliff Richard
23 Dynamite Cliff Richard
24 Baby I Don't Care Cliff Richard
25 Mad About You Cliff Richard
26 We Say Yeah Cliff Richard
27 Please Don't Tease Cliff Richard
28 Mean Woman Blues Cliff Richard
29 Whole Lotta Shaking Goin' On Cliff Richard
30 The Snake And The Bookworm Cliff Richard
31 Forty Days Cliff Richard
32 Do You Wanna Dance Cliff Richard
33 My Babe Cliff Richard
34 No Turning Back Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard Since Cliff Richard made his chart debut with Move It in September 1958,... more
"Cliff Richard"

Cliff Richard

Since Cliff Richard made his chart debut with Move It in September 1958, popular music has changed beyond recognition. The record industry has progressed to such an extent that modern rock is almost entirely removed from the music of the Fifties in all but spirit. And Cliff Richard is probably the only British artist whose career has successfully embraced the numerous sociological, cultural and musical changes which have shaped the course of what is now a multi-million pound industry.

Born Harry Rodger Webb in Lucknow, India, in October 1940, the future Cliff Richard's upbringing was unremarkable. When India was thrust into political turmoil in the late Forties his parents, Rodger and Dorothy Webb, decided to sell their belongings and sail to England on a passenger steamer from Bombay. Neither of Cliff's parents had ever lived in Britain and by emigrating they sacrificed comparative wealth for a virtually penniless new existence. On arrival they were driven from Tilbury Docks to Carshalton in Surrey where Cliff's maternal grandmother provided temporary refuge until her next-door neighbour lent the homeless family a spare room.

Rodger Webb eventually found employment and the family moved to another room in an aunt's house in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire. A neighbour was so appalled at the Webb family's cramped living conditions that she asked a local council official to intervene, and in 1954 the six-strong family were moved to a council house on a quiet estate in Cheshunt.

It was at Cheshunt that Cliff first became interested in music. When his father had a small win on the pools, Dorothy Webb persuaded him to buy a record-player and Cliff was able to play guitar to the popular records of the period. He also excelled in athletics and played football for his school and for the county of Hertfordshire. But the rock 'n' roll music of Bill Haley and especially of Elvis Presley interested him more and would eventually change his life. He began to develop a vocal style by mimicking the popular singers of the day, and he later formed a school vocal group of two boys and three girls called the Quintones, which performed versions of current hits.

"I wanted to be a singer but I don't think I was too serious about it", he recalled in 1972. "It was my mother who always thought I would be a singer, from quite early on when I used to mess around and sing to the records we had. She would say, 'You're as good as all these others.' My Dad put a restraining hand on it all. It balanced my mother's enthusiasm, which was a good thing."

After leaving school at the age of 16, Cliff became a filing clerk at the Thorn electrical factory where his father worked in nearby Enfield. His first move in music was to join a local skiffle group as vocalist but soon left to form his own rock group, the Drifters, with drummer Terry Smart.

But the scene was already over-subscribed with well-intentioned amateurs, and the going was hard. By the spring of 1958, Harry Webb and the Drifters were still playing such local venues as the 'Five Horseshoes' in Hoddesdon and the 'Flamstead End Community Centre'.

Despite the limitations placed upon him by his backing group, Cliff showed distinct promise as a vocalist. His big break came in a talent show, a thing of the past today, but still hugely popular in the Fifties when a public weaned on Hollywood's celluloid glamour could be party to the birth of a potential star. In the summer of 1958, Cliff Richard and the Drifters appeared twice within a month at the 'Gaumont Theatre' in Shepherd's Bush, London.

Although the audience was comprised of local school-children who were prepared to scream at anything, the theatre provided an excellent showcase and John Foster, a young fan acting as Cliff's manager at the time, persuaded a veteran theatrical agent named George Ganjou to come along and see the show. Impressed more by Cliff's good looks and the audience response than by the music he heard, Ganjou arranged for a demo record to be made by the group. This he submitted to one of EMI's house-producers, Norrie Paramor, who was sufficiently impressed to audition the group in his office in the original EMI building in Great Castle Street, London.

In common with most of his middle-aged contemporaries, the 45 year-old Paramor originally felt alienated by rock 'n' roll, although it was his professional duty to respond to it. He had made a few token attempts to exploit it back in 1956 when he recorded Britain's first rock 'n' roll combo, Tony Crombie's Rockets, who were modelled on Bill Haley's Comets. Paramor ignored rock 'n' roll after that but in 1958 he produced a couple of consecutive Top Ten hits Lollipop and Book Of Love, for a semi-rock trio, the Mudlarks.

These successes had awakened Paramor's interest in rock, and it was at this opportune moment that the Drifters' demo came to his attention. At a time when British rock was a mere parody of US product, Paramor had a refreshingly realistic attitude: "It's an American phenomenon", he explained to 'Melody Maker', "and they do it best." Ironically, Paramor's first record with Cliff was to go some way to redressing the balance.

Paramor's original intention was to dispense with the Drifters and record Cliff with the Ken Jones Orchestra, the ensemble that had already provided the accompaniment for several Paramor hits including Michael Holliday's Story Of My Life and the Mudlarks' Lollipop. Had this been the case the result would have been a typically uninspired British Fifties pop record. But Cliff insisted on retaining the Drifters, and a compromise was reached: Cliff was placed under contract, but the Drifters - Terry Smart on drums and Ian Samwell on guitar - would merely be paid a session fee for their services.

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Customer evaluation for "Dynamite - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.10 (CD)"
13 Nov 2023

A great addition to 'The Brits Are Rocking' series

Fantastic compilation about his rocking times! Y'all can throw those cheapo Jasmine and Not Now compilations away! This is REAL QUALITY!

10 Nov 2023

nice early recordings

good series to follow

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Tracklist
Richard, Cliff - Dynamite - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.10 (CD) CD 1
01 Nine Times Out Of Ten
02 Never Mind
03 My Feet Hit The Ground
04 Pointed Toe Shoes
05 Don't Bug Me Baby
06 Blue Suede Shoes
07 Mumblin' Mosie
08 I Cannot Find A True Love
09 Move It
10 Tough Enough
11 Got A Funny Feeling
12 High Class Baby
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14 Choppin' 'n' Changin'
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16 Ready Teddy
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20 Apron Strings
21 Down The Line
22 Twenty Flight Rock
23 Dynamite
24 Baby I Don't Care
25 Mad About You
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