The Rock Connection

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The Rock Connection
The Rock Connection.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 7, 1984
Recorded1983-1984 at Strawberry Studios South; 1984 at Gallery Studios (London)[1]; 1982 at Eden Studios; 1980 at Riverside Recordings (London)
Genre
LabelEMI
Producer
Cliff Richard chronology
Silver
(1983)
The Rock Connection
(1984)
Always Guaranteed
(1987)
Singles from The Rock Connection
  1. "Shooting from the Heart"
    Released: October 1984
  2. "Heart User"
    Released: January 1985
Alternative cover
Cover for the Australian release
Cover for the Australian release

The Rock Connection is the twenty-seventh solo studio album by Cliff Richard. Released in November 1984 on EMI, the album is a part studio, part compilation album. It includes seven studio tracks recorded exclusively for the album, five tracks from the previous year's limited release album Rock 'n' Roll Silver, one previously released single, and one B-side from 1980.

The album reached number 43 on the UK Albums Chart. Two singles were released to promote the album. "Shooting from the Heart" was released in October 1984 and only reached number 51 on the UK Singles Chart. "Heart User" was released in January 1985 and only reached number 46. Most notably, although released almost two years prior, the hit single "She Means Nothing to Me" - a duet with Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers featuring Mark Knopfler - was included. Originally released in January 1983 and lifted from Phil Everly's self-titled solo album, "She Means Nothing to Me" made it to number 9 on the UK Singles Chart.[2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing for AllMusic, critic Bruce Eder wrote of the album "The resulting album was decidedly uneven -- much of it came off as a loud, lean, crisp mix of rock & roll and power pop, Richard's voice surrounded by (and often immersed beneath) in-your-face electric guitars and synthesizers."[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Heart User" (Terry Britten, Sue Shifrin) - 3:40
  2. "Willie and the Hand Jive" (Johnny Otis) - 3:52
  3. "Lovers and Friends" (Jon Sweet, Rod Trott) - 4:32
  4. "Never Be Anyone Else But You" (Baker Knight) - 4:03
  5. "La Gonave" (Cliff Richard) - 3:57
  6. "Over You" (Dave Cooke, Richard) - 3:11
  7. "Shooting from the Heart" (Roger Greenaway) - 3:09
  8. "Learning How to Rock and Roll" (Zoe McCulloch) - 3:12
  9. "Lucille" (Albert Collins, Little Richard) - 3:37
  10. "Be-Bop-A-Lula" (Gene Vincent, Donald Graves, Bill "Sheriff Tex" Davis) - 3:15
  11. "Donna" (Ritchie Valens) - 4:21
  12. "Dynamite" (Ian Samwell) - 3:11
  13. "She Means Nothing to Me" (John David) - 3:34
  14. "Makin' History" (Graham Lyle) - 3:47
Additional tracks

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Position
Australia Albums (Kent Music Report)[5] 30
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[6] 21
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 43

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Silver 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cliff Richard Song Database - 1980s Songs".
  2. ^ "The Rock Connection" (2004 Digitally Remastered Edition) (Media notes). Cliff Richard. EMI. 1984.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Cliff Richard on UK Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
  4. ^ AllMusic review for The Rock Connection
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 978-0-646-11917-5.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – Cliff Richard – The Rock Connection". Hung Medien.
  7. ^ "Cliff Richard | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  8. ^ "British album certifications – Cliff Richard – The Rock Connection". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type The Rock Connection in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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