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Let Me Tell You Baby - It's Called Rock'n'Roll Import

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Available at last, this 2 CD set is an extended version of the much-praised ten inch LP of the same title, released by Rollercoaster last year. These recordings are previously unissued on CD. Broadcast on the Light Programme s Saturday Club in the 50s and 60s, we are fortunate that these masters of Cliff as a primal rocker have survived, enabling us to hear the early days of a kid with a very big future. Two CDs and a 44-page booklet are included. Rock n Roll has become a generic term these days ... it is even used in the USA to describe current recordings by artists that make genuine Rock n Roll fans cringe. Real Rock n Roll comes from the 50s and early 60s, and no matter how much they are imitated by tribute bands and the like, the originals remain the best. Cliff Richard soon hung up his Rock n Roll shoes (despite what he says on the last track of CD2 in this collection) as he became an all-round entertainer . But before Cliff slipped into a smart suit and tie and clipped his hair, there was a brief period when TV s 'Oh Boy' and radio s 'Saturday Club' featured just enough wild rockers to keep us watching and listening to them ... after all, those shows were all there was. Cliff and the Drifters were stars of both programmes and, thanks to their almost instant baptism via live shows in theatres following the chart success of Move It , they were soon belting out quality Rock n Roll on the airwaves. Many of the recordings seem superior to the released records for energy and sheer enthusiasm. Cliff was lucky to have a great band from the start of his professional career ... a driving rhythm section that soon became stars in their own right. A detailed booklet with notes by respected journalist and historian Rob Finnis tells the story of Cliff s Rock n Roll years and is illustrated with rare photographs and memorabilia from the era. For historic reasons we have created two CDs containing tracks from 'Saturday Club': CD 1 features musical content from high-quality recordings plus some tracks of historical interest that were taped off-air (and are therefore of a lesser quality); these have been gathered at the end of CD1 and do not appear on CD 2. On CD 2 we have included the music together with the introductions and interviews just as they were heard in the original broadcasts. Words alone cannot describe the music that captivated many teenagers in the 1950s and turned them into fans for the rest of their lives, but Cliff came pretty close when he sang, Let me tell you baby, it s called Rock n Roll . For more proof, listen to this album.


5 out of 5 stars cliff richard and the drifters/shadows - live at the BBC 58-60.2CD, 8 Nov 2012 Definitive proof that that the UK had its own brand of rock music which could rival and better the then current American imports in that all too regretably brief period of contemporary pop music history. Given the historical significance of these recordings the sound quality is astonishingly high (near FM broadcast quality and in mono) throughout on both CDs. Brilliant sleeve notes from Rob Finnis in a well packaged with just a hint of 'retro' about it as a bonus. And... The Shads perform live versions of Apache, Quartermassters Stores, Driftin and Jet Black too. Compulsory purchase for both Cliff and Shads fans alike. --A M Hardwick, Amazon UK

Historical meets fantastic entertainment, 25 Nov 2012 This Rollercoaster CD of these early works of Cliff Richard and his band have been on many wish-lists of collectors of good rock and roll and the thousands of Cliff and Shadows fans from the early days for years. These are not some bunch of out-takes. They are not from 'any-old-record company' who is jumping on the dwindling 50 year out-of-copyright clause to make a few bucks. NO. This is the REAL DEAL. If the late Terence Harris ( Jet ) could have lived long enough to have clutched on to a copy of this set of recordings - that would have made many of his fans really happy people. So without duplicating the good things that have been said by other reviewers here lets sum up just this. :-These recordings - they are not 'hi-tech' as if E.M.I engineers had run the session But really - that's it ! The musical content and ability is really all there from the five, enjoying being in the rawness of a session, just like they ran them in 50's American independent studios for the blues and rockabilly cats there. So buy it and listen. Harris proves here he was the finest electric bass player in this country, playing straight-down-the-line rock and roll. He was string bass taught by Sammy Stokes and his switch to an electric instrument was sensational. These sessions also highlight the unsung great rhythm second guitar playing of Bruce Welch. Meehen like Harris, was well ahead of the game - these recordings show that they surely were the best rhythm section pair this side of the Atlantic in this genre. Of Hank and Cliff's rock and roll pedigree ? - well it's been praised by thousands - but, my-my-my you have really got to hear this bunch of recordings. The first 'Cliff' album back in 1959 set me back big bucks. This double CD set has got to be the sensational Christmas present of 2012 for any seasoned fan of authentic rock and roll and Cliff and Shadows fans world wide. - For the price it is fantastic. --Moodsville (Amazon UK)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dynamite!
  2. I'm In Love Again
  3. Guitar Boogie (The Drifters)
  4. Dream Lover
  5. Mean Streak
  6. Driftin' (The Drifters)
  7. Rip It Up
  8. Jet Black (The Drifters)
  9. 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 (The Shadows)
  21. What'd I Say
  22. Where Is My Heart?
  23. Quatermassters Stores (The Shadows)
  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

Disc: 2

  1. Saturday Jump (Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band). Brian Matthew Introduces Saturday Club 13th April
  2. C mon Everybody
  3. Cliff Reads A Request
  4. Steady With You
  5. Brian Matthew Introduction
  6. Ready Teddy
  7. Cliff Reads A Request
  8. Apron Strings
  9. Brian Matthew Introduction
  10. Never Mind
  11. Cliff Introduction
  12. Danny
  13. Brian Matthew Introduction
  14. Don't Bug Me Baby
  15. Saturday Jump (Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band) - Brian Matthew: Programme Ending
  16. Saturday Jump (Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band) - Brian Matthew Introduces Saturday Club 20th June 1959
  17. Mean Streak
  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 (The Drifters)
  24. Brian Matthew Reads A Request
  25. Rip It Up
  26. Cliff Reads A Request & Introduces The Drifters
  27. Jet Black (The Drifters)
  28. Brian Matthew Talks About Jet Harris
  29. Brian Matthew Reads Requests
  30. Living Doll
  31. Saturday Jump (Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band) - Brian Matthew: Programme Ending
  32. Time Signal, Cliff & Jim Dale Introduce Saturday Club In London & Saturday Jump (Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band)
  33. Dynamite!
  34. Cliff & Jim Dale Introduction
  35. I m In Love Again
  36. Guitar Boogie (The Drifters)
  37. Time Signal & Brian Matthew Introduces Saturday Club 6th August 1960 & Saturday Jump (Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band)
  38. Gee Whiz, It s You
  39. Brian Matthew Introduction
  40. You re just the one to do it
  41. Cliff Introduces The Shadows And Reads Requests
  42. Apache (The Shadows)
  43. Brian Matthew & Cliff Introduction and Request
  44. What'd I Say
  45. Cliff Reads A Request
  46. Where Is My Heart?
  47. Brian Matthew & Cliff Discuss Photographs And Requests For The Shadows
  48. Quatermassters Stores (The Shadows)
  49. Brian Matthew Introduction & Cliff Reads Requests
  50. Please Don't Tease
  51. Brian Matthew Reads Request, And Programme Ending Saturday Jump (Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band)
  52. Hang Up My Rock n roll Shoes

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 4, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rollercoaster UK
  • ASIN: B009XG63NK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,561 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By D. M. Farmbrough on May 4, 2016
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These are songs recorded during the BBC sessions for Saturday Club with Brian Matthew, much the same as the old 'Beatles At The Beeb' radio show broadcast by the BBC in the 1980s. For some reason they didn't attempt anything similar with Cliff and the Shadows, and the recordings languished in the vaults until now....that is some did. Others were junked (probably recorded over) and lost forever, while a few have been saved by the good fortune of fans having made off-air recordings. The recording quality is so good that I couldn't tell which were which recordings on my first listen so I think a good job has been made of the mastering.

The album is presented as two discs, the first being just songs, and the second having excerpts from the radio shows themselves.

What must be borne in mind is that these tracks were recorded between 1958 and 1960. On the earliest recordings, Cliff Richard is just eighteen years old and Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch of the Shadows were just sixteen years old! And yet they are playing authentic, technically good rock and roll. Although you can tell that their talents are still emerging at this point, the group was remarkably technically accomplished. Cliff's voice is by no means as honed as it would later be, but it makes up for that in the raw enthusiasm.

Many of the tracks here have been recorded by the group for release on albums. but these are more immediate, and thankfully, the Norrie Paramor strings are nowhere to be seen! One of my favorite tracks is the cover of Chuck Willis's "Hang Up My Rock 'N' Roll Shoes" which could easily have been a number one single had Cliff and the boys released it in 1960.

This is highly recommended for Cliff fans, Shadows fans, and anyone who likes Rock 'N' Roll at its raunchiest.
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I'm not a huge Cliff Richard's fan as he always seemed to be just a little bit too cocky,but I'm a solid one,no less because of his great band,The Shadows.And he could really sing,having a great voice and,very often,showing an understanding for his material as deep as Elvis did.These 2 cds give us all that was great about him and The Shadows, the kicker being it's LIVE and from BACK IN THE DAY when it was all starting for him and his group.You feel the hunger in the music,and the passion that was brought to it.Some may complain about multiple versions of the same songs,but that's nit-picking to me,as this is an historical document.Along with the EMI box set put out many years ago,Cliff and his contribution is represented right.The booklet is BEAUTIFUL,as is the entire package.This is a must.
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Well, ain't this a treasure trove of great early rock and roll! Here we have two discs of raw and rocking' Cliff & The Shadows/Drifters live on the BBC. The real gem here is disc two which presents the group's portions of several Saturday Club appearances, including banter with host Brian Matthews (although substitute host Jim Dale seems to have a better rapport with Cliff than Matthews). Disc one is just the songs (from disc two) with a few bonus tracks crudely recorded by eager fans off their radios. To be honest, there's really no need for disc one at all, unless you JUST want to hear the songs minus the banter. For me, I'd rather hear the full shows on disc 2 because they capture an era that's sadly long gone. The packaging is out of this world! There's a booklet packed with information about these appearances (and the early days of touring) and some great photos. This really should be a 5 star review but I have to dock this collection a star because both CD's seem to be mastered at a lower volume than usual, so you really need to crank them up to get the full effect.
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All of the songs on this CD are alternate studio versions of Cliff's very early songs. Most Cliff fans love hearing alternate versions, especially when they didn't know they even existed. I really love this CD. And it's good to listen to when you're toolin' down the highway.
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Excellent Anthology of 1958-1960 BBC Radio's Saturday Club performances and as an extra bonus: an entire second CD with 3 full episodes. Very great gem. :)
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