Green Light (Cliff Richard album)

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Green Light
Studio album by Cliff Richard
Released 29 September 1978
Recorded July 1977, January - April 1978 [1]
Genre Pop, MOR, Rock
Label EMI, RCA
Producer Bruce Welch
Cliff Richard chronology
Small Corners
Green Light
Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Green Light is a 1978 album by Cliff Richard. It was his 31st studio album.


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.[3] 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.[4]

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".[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8][9]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Green Light"   Alan Tarney 4:05
2. "Under Lock and Key"   Terry Britten 3:34
3. "She's a Gipsy"   Bryant, Dempsey 4:14
4. "Count Me Out"   Terry Britten, Bruce Welch 4:15
5. "Please Remember Me"   Dave Loggins, Woodley 3:20
6. "Never Even Thought"   Murray Head 4:16
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Free My Soul"   Terry Britten 3:56
2. "Start All Over Again"   Terry Britten, B.A. Robertson 4:02
3. "While She's Young"   Terry Britten 2:50
4. "Can't Take the Hurt Anymore"   Laurie Andrew 3:52
5. "Ease Along"   Trevor Spencer, Alan Tarney 4:29
Bonus tracks (2002 re-issue)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Please Don't Tease"   Peter Chester, Bruce Welch 4:47
13. "Needing a Friend"   Cliff Richard, Gary Isherwood 2:57
14. "Imagine Love"   Jerry Lordan, Alan Tarney 4:20

Chart history[edit]

Release date Single title UK Chart peak
28 July 1978 "Please Remember Me" -
3 November 1978 "Can't Take the Hurt Anymore" -
16 February 1979 "Green Light" 57
Release date Album title UK Chart peak
29 September 1978 Green Light 25