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40 Golden Greats

Album: 40 Golden Greats
# Song Title   Time
1)    Move It
2)    Livin' Doll
3)    Travellin' Light
4)    Fall in Love With You
5)    Please Don't Tease Me
6)    Nine Times Out of Ten
7)    Theme From a Dream
8)    Gee Whizz It's You
9)    When the Girl in Your Arm
10)    Girl Like You, A
11)    Young Ones
12)    Do You Want to Dance?
13)    I'm Lookin' Out the Windo
14)    It'll Be Me
15)    Bachelor Boy
16)    Next Time
17)    Summer Holiday
18)    Lucky Lips
19)    It's All in the Game
20)    Don't Talk to Him
21)    Constantly
22)    On the Beach
23)    I Could Easily Fall (In L
24)    Minute You're Gone
25)    Wind Me up (Let Me Go)
26)    Vision
27)    Blue Turns to Grey
28)    In the Country
29)    Day I Met Marie
30)    All My Love
31)    Congratulations
32)    Throw Down a Line
33)    Goodbye Sam, Hello Samant
34)    Sing a Song of Freedom
35)    Power to All Our Friends
36)    (You Keep Me) Hangin' On
37)    Miss You Nights
38)    Devil Woman
39)    I Can't Ask For Anymore T
40)    My Kinda Life
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Performer Notes
  • This best-of features two decades' worth of the popular British singer's hits.
  • Following on from four past single disc collections of hits collections, Cliff Richard's first ever U.K. double album offered a straightforward recounting of, not necessarily his 40 greatest hits, but certainly his 40 best known. No statistical ground rules set out its contents. Rather, the compilers went by instinct and, perhaps, a well-developed sense of the mystic point where musical immortality departs from commercial superiority. Of the artist's eight number ones to date, one, 1960s "I Love You," was absent. Of 12 Top Ten hits scored between 1966-79, three were replaced by lower ranking, but infinitely more memorable efforts. It seems incredible that such mid-1970s gems as "Miss You Nights" and "My Kinda Life" were outperformed by the likes of "Big Ship" and "It's All Over," but that's the mystery of the pop charts for you. The bulk of the album, of course, is concentrated on the years when Richard didn't simply dominate British rock, he epitomized it. The whole of the first album (the first disc on the CD reissue) is dedicated to the 1958-63 period; the remainder of the 1960s consume more than half the rest of the record -- 1970s "Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha," famously celebrated at the time as the artist's 50th single, doesn't arrive until the 33rd track, while the five years which divided that from his "Devil Woman"-led rebirth are summed up in just three songs. And that is precisely how it should have been. 40 Golden Greats slammed to the top of the U.K. chart in November 1977, his first number one since 1963's Summer Holiday, and was it mere chance -- or wry fate -- which decreed that when it was dislodged from that lofty peak, it was the Sex Pistols who did it. Twenty years earlier, after all, Richard himself had been Public Enemy #1, with "Move It," a blast of brutal punk rock as potently shocking to listeners of the time as all of Johnny Rotten's patent outrage. The difference is, in 1977, "Move It" still bristled with all its original passion. One could not help but wonder whether the Pistols would prove so enduring. ~ Dave Thompson
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