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Up until the release of Miss You Nights, most of Cliff's singles were original releases, not being taken from album cuts. With the trend in single releases changing in the s, most of Cliff's singles from Miss You Nights on were lifted from the albums cuts. Of course, there are occasional exceptions to this.
When the single was lifted from an album, EP or some other project, the singles were quite often alternate versions or edits. And some of these variations are quite rare, having been ignored by the record companies over the years.
And sometimes these variations did get release, but only by accident when the album compiler grabbed the wrong version of the song off the shelf for a given project. More often than not, the B-sides were unique releases and not album cuts.
Again, there are exceptions. Even when the trend changed to culling singles from albums, the B-sides often remained unique to the single; the purpose of this being in part to encourage sales of the single in order to give it a better chart placing.
And, of course, the whole concept of the "B-side" evolved from the days of the 7" single when a single had a primary side the A-side and the other side the B-side. With the evolution of the single to the one-sided CD and the no-sided download single, the concept of a B-side doesn't really exist anymore, but the term persists to now roughly mean "songs on a single other than the primary title.
For unknown reasons, the following two singles inSilvery Rain and Flying Machine were mono again. And with the release of October 's Sing A Song Of Freedom, all of Cliff's singles afterwards were in stereo except for those rare exceptions when an older song that may never have existed in stereo was put on the B-side, such as 's The Young Ones on the B-side of 's Never Let Go.
With the lack of any big successes for the Real As I Wanna Be singles, Cliff realized that EMI was no longer heavily interested in promoting him or his projects and he severed his ties with them.
Perhaps it is ironic that Cliff's very next project, the The Millenium Prayer single on Papillon Records, was a huge success, spending three consecutive weeks at the 1 spot. The Evolution of Formats: It can be interesting to observe the various formats of singles over the years.
Certainly the dominate format for most of Cliff's career is the 7" vinyl single with the very first single in August in this format straight through to the October release of Misunderstood Man.
That's 37 straight years of 7" vinyl releases. In the myriad of formats, there were some that came to be quite common during their era. Today, the CD single as a format is waning and the download only single is taking over as the most prominent form of single release, with some singles having no physical single at all.
In the early s, various collectible releases began hitting the market as a way to boost sales of a single.
The first of these is a 7" picture disc of Little Town in November This soon blossomed into a wide variety of collectible releases, including various shaped picture discs, poster covers, gatefold covers, etc.
This was common for many artists during the era with goal being to generate interest in the single as well as generate multiple sales to fans and boost the chart position of the song. This practice of multiple releases peaked in with the release of the From A Distance single in six different formats.
The practice still continues today with Cliff's latest single, Singing The Blues, having three different formats. Also of note, as the music retail market transformed from the dominant vinyl to CD, many record labels actually imported foreign made items and sold them as domestic releases.
Although the practice was somewhat common for many record companies during this era, it is thought that none of Cliff's EMI releases were handled this way. On the other hand, many UK retailers imported items many items manufactured in Europe during this era that were not UK releases, sometimes making it difficult to make a distiction.
A maxi-single is a single with more than the typical two tracks on it and several of Cliff's singles were released in this format. The first maxi-single release in February is The Joy Of Living, featuring the title song on the A-side and two tracks on the B-side. Sunny Honey Girl and Silvery Rain in were also of this same format of maxi-single.
However, by the time of the release of this single, the concept of releasing EPs was dead and this maxi-single was sold and marketed as a single rather than an EP. With the advent of the 12" and CD singles, which could easily hold more audio than a typical 7" single, maxi-singles became even more common with extended dance mixes and bonus tracks added to the mix.
With the waning of the 7" vinyl single, additional tracks on singles became more common and the term maxi-single also waned and today is no longer in use. An EP is an Extended Play vinyl record, typically 7" in size like a 7" vinyl single, but with typically two songs on each side rarely more or less and nearly always a nice picture cover.
Although at a glance they appear basically the same as a 7" single, they are different in how they are sold and marketed.
They were marketed toward a more sophisticated buyer, looking for something more than a hit song, but not an entire LP album.Get the latest music news, watch video clips from music shows, events, and exclusive performances from your favorite artists.
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Comments and Observations From August to September , Cliff Richard released singles on the UK market. of these charted on the now official UK Top 30/50/75 charts published in Music Week magazine, yielding an amassed total of weeks on the official charts.. A-sides and B-sides: Up until the release of Miss You Nights, most of Cliff's singles were original releases, not.
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