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(2012/ROLLERCOASTER) 86 tracks (incl. introductions). Digipac with 44 page booklet. Previously... more

Cliff Richard: Let Me Tell You Baby, It's Called R&R (2-CD)

(2012/ROLLERCOASTER) 86 tracks (incl. introductions). Digipac with 44 page booklet.

Previously Unissued On CD, These Historic Recordings were Originally Broadcast On The Light Programme's Saturday Club In The 1950s And 60s. Backed By The As Yet Untamed Drifters, This Is Cliff Richard As A Primal Rocker. We Are Fortunate The Masters Have Survived, Enabling Us To Enjoy The First Bursts Of Kinetic Rock By A Kid With A Very Bright Future.

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  • Interpret: Cliff Richard

  • Album titlle: Let Me Tell You Baby, It's Called R&R (2-CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Year of publication 2012
  • Label ROLLERCOASTER

  • Price code VCD6
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5012814030512

  • weight in Kg 0.12
Richard, Cliff - Let Me Tell You Baby, It's Called R&R (2-CD) CD 1
01 Dynamite!
02 I'm In Love Again
03 Guitar Boogie
04 Dream Lover
05 Mean Streak
06 Driftin'
07 Rip It Up
08 Jet Black
09 Living Doll
10 C'mon Everybody
11 Steady With You
12 Ready Teddy
13 Apron Strings
14 Never Mind
15 Danny
16 Don't Bug Me Baby
17 I'm In Love Again
18 Gee Whiz, It's You
19 You're Just The One To Do It
20 Apache
21 What'd I Say
22 Where Is My Heart?
23 Quatermassters Stores
24 Please Don't Tease
25 Hang Up My Rock 'N' Roll Shoes
26 Move It!
27 My Babe
28 Baby I Don't Care
29 High Class Baby
30 Baby I Don't Care
31 Down The Line
32 Danny
33 Summertime Blues
34 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
Richard, Cliff - Let Me Tell You Baby, It's Called R&R (2-CD) CD 2
01 Saturday Jump
02 C'mon Everybody
03 Cliff Reads A Request
04 Steady With You
05 Brian Matthew Introduction
06 Ready Teddy
07 Cliff Reads A Request
08 Apron Strings
09 Brian Matthew Introduction
10 Never Mind
11 Cliff Introduction
12 Danny
13 Brian Matthew Introduction
14 Don't Bug Me Baby
15 Saturday Jump
16 Saturday Jump
17 Mean Steak
18 Cliff Introduction
19 Dream Lover
20 Brian Matthew Reads A Request
21 I'm In Love Again
22 Cliff Introduces The Drifters And A Request
23 Driftin'
24 Rip It Up
25 Jet Black
26 Living Doll
27 Dynamite!
28 I'm In Love Again
29 Guitar Boogie
30 Gee Whiz, It's You
31 You're Just The One To Do It
32 Apache
33 What'd I Say
34 Where Is My Heart
35 Quatermassters Stores
36 Please Don't Tease
37 Hang Up Ma Rock 'N' Roll Shoes
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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Tracklist
Richard, Cliff - Let Me Tell You Baby, It's Called R&R (2-CD) CD 1
01 Dynamite!
02 I'm In Love Again
03 Guitar Boogie
04 Dream Lover
05 Mean Streak
06 Driftin'
07 Rip It Up
08 Jet Black
09 Living Doll
10 C'mon Everybody
11 Steady With You
12 Ready Teddy
13 Apron Strings
14 Never Mind
15 Danny
16 Don't Bug Me Baby
17 I'm In Love Again
18 Gee Whiz, It's You
19 You're Just The One To Do It
20 Apache
21 What'd I Say
22 Where Is My Heart?
23 Quatermassters Stores
24 Please Don't Tease
25 Hang Up My Rock 'N' Roll Shoes
26 Move It!
27 My Babe
28 Baby I Don't Care
29 High Class Baby
30 Baby I Don't Care
31 Down The Line
32 Danny
33 Summertime Blues
34 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
Richard, Cliff - Let Me Tell You Baby, It's Called R&R (2-CD) CD 2
01 Saturday Jump
02 C'mon Everybody
03 Cliff Reads A Request
04 Steady With You
05 Brian Matthew Introduction
06 Ready Teddy
07 Cliff Reads A Request
08 Apron Strings
09 Brian Matthew Introduction
10 Never Mind
11 Cliff Introduction
12 Danny
13 Brian Matthew Introduction
14 Don't Bug Me Baby
15 Saturday Jump
16 Saturday Jump
17 Mean Steak
18 Cliff Introduction
19 Dream Lover
20 Brian Matthew Reads A Request
21 I'm In Love Again
22 Cliff Introduces The Drifters And A Request
23 Driftin'
24 Rip It Up
25 Jet Black
26 Living Doll
27 Dynamite!
28 I'm In Love Again
29 Guitar Boogie
30 Gee Whiz, It's You
31 You're Just The One To Do It
32 Apache
33 What'd I Say
34 Where Is My Heart
35 Quatermassters Stores
36 Please Don't Tease
37 Hang Up Ma Rock 'N' Roll Shoes