In the light of his subsequent career, it’s often difficult to remember that when he started out, Cliff Richard was a bad-boy Rock’n’Roll singer whose slurred, semi-hiccuped vocals, lip-curling sneers and overtly sexy gyrations on TV’s Oh Boy! offended every adult within sight and/or earshot. Cliff was both sufficiently shrewd and ambitious to clean up his act early on, which is ultimately why he was able to grow and mature as an artist - and yet although his music has changed radically over the years, he’s always evinced an affection for his R&R roots and he still often features medleys of his early hits in his live set. And those early hits really were something else.
His very first disc, ‘Move It’, remains a benchmark UK R&R record, one of the cornerstone recordings of an otherwise fairly turgid home-grown scene, whilst subsequent hits like ‘Living Doll’, ‘Travelling Light’, ‘Fall In Love With You’, ‘Please Don’t Tease’, ‘Nine Times Out Of Ten’ and ‘Gee Whiz It’s You’ stand head and shoulders above most other British artists’ output of the era. This compilation presents the very best of Cliff’s recordings between 1958-60, when he reigned freely as the UK’s premier Rock & Roll heart-throb..