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Bold As Brass
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Firstly, Cliff still sounds in good voice. You may notice here and there that it's lost a little something as age is catching up a little, but nothing to worry about really.

It seems strange that Cliff should go to Tennessee to record an album with brass instruments; after all, Britain is the spiritual home of brass bands and any of the leading British brass bands could have provided stellar support for Cliff. Nevertheless, the Americans who contributed to this album have also done a stellar job. The only brass instruments used are trumpets, trombones, clarinets, flutes and various saxophones, although these are augmented by guitars, piano, bass, drums and percussion.

All but one of the songs date back originally to the first half of the twentieth century, when jazz and swing dominated popular music. Three of the songs (I've got you under my skin, Let's fall in love, Night and day) are Cole Porter compositions, while two others (I didn't know what time it was, Bewitched bothered and bewildered) are by Rodgers and Hart. Other classics from the era include Lazy river (a Hoagy Carmichael co-composition), Accentuate the positive (made famous by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters), Love me or leave me (originally an American hit for Ruth Etting in the twenties, but later revived by Doris Day when the song was used as the title track of Ruth's biopic in which Doris starred), Don't get around much anymore (Duke Ellington) and They can't take that away from me (the only Gershwin song featured), which are all famous songs that have stood the test of time well. Of more recent vintage is Teach me tonight, which was a number two American hit for the DeCastro sisters in 1954, when a competing version by Jo Stafford also made the American top twenty.

This is a fine album that will please Cliff's fans, of whom I am one. I doubt that it will win him any new fans, but he has plenty already. If you are among them, I expect you will enjoy this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2012
Very good Cliff Richard CD featuring classic songs from the 40s/50s/Big Band Era. If you enjoy older classics, check out this CD and give a listen to Don't Get Around Much Anymore; Teach Me Tonight; I've Got You Under My Skin; etc. Very nice rendtions of music from a great era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2012
This is an awesome album if you like Standards. Cliff Richards does all the songs justice. There is a good variety of songs from fast to slow so you do not get bored. A great pick-me-up album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2013
Sounds great, priced well, I still wonder how so many Americans do not know about this outstanding talent! Wish he wouls tour in the Midwest here in the U.S.
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on July 22, 2014
Our favorite entertainer in the world. Cliff like Elvis can sing in any style. I disagree with other reviewer who says Cliff's voice has lost a little bit over the years. I have been a fan since1958 and if you listen to his earlier recordings they sound the same maybe better and I'm talking about live recordings. Have all his dvds and he never fails to give his all.We are Cliff's biggest American fans
And wish he would do a concert in New York.
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on July 24, 2014
Bold As Brass by Cliff Richard has him taking on the great songbook of standards, with a swinging big band. His aim for some diversity catches on after a few listens to the CD. Particular favorites are Love Me Or Leave Me, Let's Fall In Love, and Don't Get Around Much Anymore. Big band and Cliff Richard fans will like this the most.
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on October 19, 2013
Frankly, I don't like jazz, but I bought this album because it was by Cliff Richard, and I know his quality. I was pleased that some songs have a touch of the early '60s, but with Cliff's mature voice. Not overly jazzy, not one of his best albums, however, I do enjoy listening to it now and then.
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on April 29, 2014
Too much brass for my taste. I don't like the arrangements either. But if you like jazz and swing, you may like it.
Personally I don't think Cliff is at his best on this album.
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on February 20, 2015
great songs to hear again. Cliff Richard has a wonderful voice....
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2012
Sir Cliff Richard changes his singing style a few times in his long long career: 50+ years. There are two periods I like the most: (1) the late 50's and the entire 60's, when he sang with a more straight-forward voice with crystal-clear diction on both rock and ballad; (2) the early 70's, when he sang all the gospel-tinted pop songs with a more Americanized-accent. Then, after the 70's, he more or less sung everything in a style that was more rock-oriented: a leaner and raspier voice, with more vibratos on longer-held notes(machine or biological generated), a more staccato approach to phrasing, and a projected R&B inflection.

Having said all that, the present CD would be a great success if Sir Richard could wind the clock back and reemploy the singing style of the late 50's and early 60's. Of course, nobody could do that. However, I think he could at least try to sing all those quaint show-tunes and tin-pan alleys songs in this album with a more straight-forward style than sticking to that rock and R&B approach.
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