Together With Cliff Richard

Together With Cliff Richard

by Cliff Richard

CD(German Import)

Overview

Having hit the U.K. chart with a suitably themed single every Christmas for the past three years, Cliff Richard celebrated the 1991 festivities with his second album dedicated wholly to carols and the like, but his first through EMI -- 1988's Carols, of course, appeared on the specialist Christian label Word. Two of those recent hits, the chart-topping "Mistletoe and Wine" and "Saviour's Day," were included (the exception, "Whenever God Shines His Light," was a duet with Van Morrison, released under the latter's name), alongside the 1982 hit "Little Town (Of Bethlehem)," reprised from Carols. Two further tracks from this album, "We Should Be Together" and "This New Year" would soon be racing up the listings in their own right. The remainder of the set is divided between original material and traditional favorites, ruthlessly rearranged for modern listening fashions and not necessarily successfully so -- not unless you really need to hear "Silent Night" masquerading as an Ultravox-y electro-wash burble, or "Venite (O Come All Ye Faithful)" transformed into a tribal-lite Toto outtake. But "White Christmas" is rendered pleasantly faithfully, while "Mistletoe and Wine" is surely set to prove as inescapable for future festive revelers as Irving Berlin's greatest hit is today. So, Together With Cliff Richard is not an essential album, even for confirmed Christmas lovers. But with a few eggnogs inside you, and a warm glow emanating to the furthest extremities, it's certainly an improvement on whatever seasonal stuffings the latest teenybopper sensation has in store for you and, who knows, if you've been especially good this year, Santa might bring you another Cliff Richard record this Christmas as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2004
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0077779797424
catalogNumber: 797974

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cliff Richard   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Derek Watkins   Cornet,Brass
Mae McKenna   Vocals
Dave Bishop   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Brass
Graham Jarvis   Percussion,Drums
Paul Moessl   Conductor,Keyboards
Sonia Jones Morgan   Vocals
Mick Mullins   Vocals
Keith Murrell   Vocals
Tessa Niles   Vocals,Background Vocals
Nigel Perrin   Vocals,Voices
Craig Pruess   Keyboards
Frank Ricotti   Percussion,Drums
Miriam Stockley   Vocals
Steve Stroud   Bass
James Rainbird   Choir, Chorus
Mickey Clark   Background Vocals
Andrew Greasly   Strings,Violin
Anthony "Packrat" Thompson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter May   Percussion,Drums
Tony Rivers & the Castaways   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Campbell Griffiths   Bass
Paul Dunne   Guitar
John Clark   Guitar

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Cliff Richard   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Mel Tormé   Composer
Bruce Roberts   Composer
Chris Eaton   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Gerry Kitchingham   Engineer,Remixing
Hugh Martin   Composer
Paul Moessl   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Jeremy Paul   Composer
Craig Pruess   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Ben Robbins   Engineer,Remixing
Robert Wells   Composer
Keith Bessey   Engineer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Keith Strachan   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Tony Rivers & the Castaways   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Traditional   Composer
Leslie Stewart   Composer

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