Green Light (Cliff Richard album)

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Green Light
Green Light (Cliff Richard album).jpg
Studio album by
Released29 September 1978
RecordedJuly 1977, January - April 1978 [1]
GenrePop, rock
LabelEMI, RCA, Columbia USA
ProducerBruce Welch
Cliff Richard chronology
Small Corners
(1978)
Green Light
(1978)
Thank You Very Much
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

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

Background[edit]

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.[3]

Despite the albums lack of commercial success, Green Light 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".[4] 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.[5] Another ballad, the striking "Never Even Thought" with intense lyrics and heavy orchestration building to a dramatic crescendo, was first released by Murray Head in 1975 on his album Say It Ain't So and also covered by Colin Blunstone in 1978. Richard later remixed his original version of the track and added new instrumentation for his remix album My Kinda Life in 1992.

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.[3] Soon after this, he also released a live album, Thank You Very Much, which celebrated 20 years of Cliff Richard and The Shadows in the music business.

The title track was covered in 1979 by Yvonne Elliman on her album Yvonne.

Green Light was remastered and re-issued on Compact disc in July 2002.[6][7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Green Light"Alan Tarney4:05
2."Under Lock and Key"Terry Britten3:34
3."She's a Gypsy"John D. Bryant, Dempsey4:14
4."Count Me Out"Terry Britten, Bruce Welch4:15
5."Please Remember Me"Dave Loggins, Bruce Woodley3:20
6."Never Even Thought"Murray Head4:16
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Free My Soul"Terry Britten3:56
2."Start All Over Again"Terry Britten, B.A. Robertson4:02
3."While She's Young"Terry Britten2:50
4."Can't Take the Hurt Anymore"Laurie Andrew3:52
5."Ease Along"Trevor Spencer, Alan Tarney4:29
Bonus tracks (2002 re-issue)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Please Don't Tease"Peter Chester, Bruce Welch4:47
13."Needing a Friend"Cliff Richard, Gary Isherwood2:57
14."Imagine Love"Jerry Lordan, Alan Tarney4:20

Personnel[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cliff Richard songs.com - Recording dates
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ a b c "Cliff Richard - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  4. ^ Allmusic.com - Album review
  5. ^ Cliff Richard songs.com - "Count Me Out"
  6. ^ CD Universe.com - Re-issue information
  7. ^ Sir Cliff.com - 2002 Re-releases

External links[edit]

"Review of Green Light album - Cliff Richard, 1978". glorydazemusic.com. Retrieved 26 June 2017.