Cliff Richard had seen a dip in popularity in the early 1970s until his 1976 album I'm Nearly Famous gave him major success. This comeback kept Richard regularly in the charts until the mid-1980s. Of the albums released during this period, Green Light was the only one which failed to make the top 10. It proved to be a particular disappointment in only reaching No.25 in the album charts and failed to provide any high charting singles. The lead single, "Please Remember Me" failed to chart at all, as did the follow-up, "Can't Take the Hurt Anymore". This left Richard without a hit single in 1978, only the second year since 1958 that this had happened. A third and final release, the title track "Green Light" finally gave him a chart entry in early 1979, but only managed to creep up to No.57.
Despite this, the album was well received by critics. Allmusic stating that this was "Richard at his most commercial and appealing and deserved to be more widely heard - particularly in the US". Probably the most well-known song on the album however was "Count Me Out", which was later released as the B-side to Richard's 1979 single "We Don't Talk Anymore", which was the song that got his revival back on track by becoming the biggest selling single of his career.
Since his 1977 Every Face Tells a Story album, Richard had released two other albums - a Christian music album, Small Corners and a compilation album 40 Golden Greats, which had reached No.1 in November 1977. Soon after this, he also released a live album, Thank You Very Much, which celebrated 20 years of Cliff Richard in the music business.
Green Light was remastered and re-issued on Compact disc in July 2002.