Cliff at Christmas

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Cliff at Christmas
Cliff-at-christmas.jpg
Studio album by Cliff Richard
Released 17 November 2003 (2003-11-17)
Genre Christmas, Pop/Rock
Length 71:03
Label EMI
Cliff Richard chronology
Live at the ABC Kingston, 1962
(2002)
Cliff at Christmas
(2003)
Something's Goin' On
(2004)
Singles from Cliff at Christmas
  1. "Santa's List"
    Released: December 2003

Cliff at Christmas is the 2003 Christmas album of Cliff Richard containing 17 songs, with some of his biggest earlier Christmas singles in addition to eight new recordings not interpreted earlier by him. The release was successful selling 300,000 copies and going platinum in the United Kingdom having reached #9 in the UK Albums Chart, although it was most successful in Denmark where it reached #6. The album marked a brief return to record label EMI with whom he had previously been signed for 41 years. One single was released from the album, entitled "Santa's List", which reached a peak position of #5 in the UK charts over the festive period.[1]

Background[edit]

Cliff Richard was signed to EMI Records since his single "Move It", released in 1958. In 1999, he left the label due to a dispute over the release of "The Millennium Prayer", with the single subsequently being released on the Chrysalis Group owned Papillon Records label and becoming his first number one single in nine years. He returned to EMI in 2003 to release his single "Santa's List" and the album Cliff at Christmas.[2]

Richard had previous success with singles at Christmas,[3] and is closely associated with the season having had number ones over the period in 1999 with the aforementioned "The Millennium Prayer",[3][4] in 1988 with "Mistletoe and Wine" and in 1990 with "Saviour's Day". It was with this album and the single "Santa's List" that he was aiming to achieve another Christmas number one record. However bookmakers Ladbrokes placed his chance this happening for the third time at fifty to one.[3] "Santa's List" was written by Chris Eaton (the same songwriter who wrote "Saviour's Day") and Nick Trevisick.[5]

Promotion[edit]

To coincide with a number of other 2004 Christmas releases, including a number of "best of" albums, EMI re-released Cliff at Christmas in 2004 with a £150,000 advertising campaign.[6] This promotion of the previous year's album was announced two weeks after Richard left the label to join Decca Records.[2]

Reception[edit]

In the UK Albums Chart, Cliff at Christmas entered the charts at number 38 on 29 November 2003. Over the course of the following three weeks it climbed the charts until it peaked at number 9 on 20 December. It dropped slightly during the Christmas week to number 14 and then exited the chart in January. When re-released in late 2004 it entered the chart at 66 on 11 December, before climbing to 60 the following week and then left the charts for the final time.[1]

The 2003 release of the album went platinum in the UK charts, selling over 300,000 copies. It was Richard's first album to go platinum since the release of The Whole Story: His Greatest Hits in 2000.[7]

Track list[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" 4:17
2. "Mistletoe and Wine" 4:06
3. "Walking in the Air" 4:20
4. "Little Town" 4:08
5. "Mary's Boy Child" 3:39
6. "Christmas is Quiet" 4:20
7. "Let it Snow" 3:33
8. "Saviour's Day" 4:54
9. "White Christmas" 3:16
10. "Silent Night (Stille Nacht, helige Nacht)" 5:29
11. "Santa's List" 4:39
12. "When a Child is Born" 3:36
13. "Come to Us" 4:34
14. "The Christmas Song" 4:12
15. "We Should Be Together" 4:26
16. "Winter Wonderland" 2:53
17. "The Millennium Prayer" 4:41

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
(based on certifications)
UK
[1]
BE
[8]
DK
[9]
NZ
[10]
SE
[11]
2003 Cliff at Christmas 9 43 6 41 59
  • UK: Platinum[7]
  • UK: 300,000

Singles[edit]

Year Single details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
(based on certifications)
UK
[1]
IR
[12]
2003 "Santa's List" 5 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Cliff Richard - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Sir Cliff signs to Decca 45 years after original rejection". Music Week. 3 September 2004. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Christmas number one contenders". BBC News. 24 November 2003. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  4. ^ O'Hanlon, Ardal (14 December 2003). "Ardal O'Hanlon meets Sir Cliff Richard". The Observer. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Santa's List at AllMusic. Retrieved 08-09-2015.
  6. ^ "EMI gears up for the best of times; first Robbie Williams retrospective set to be an early Christmas number one favourite". Music Week. 18 September 2004. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "UK certification Database". BPI. Archived from the original on 24 September 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Cliff Richard - Cliff at Christmas". ultratop.be. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Cliff Richard - Cliff at Christmas". danishcharts.com. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Cliff Richard - Cliff at Christmas". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Cliff Richard - Cliff at Christmas". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts - Search the Charts". IrishCharts.ie. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2011.