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Silver (Cliff Richard album)
Silver (Cliff Richard album)

Silver is a 1983 studio album by Cliff Richard, marking his 25th anniversary in music.[1] The North American version was titled Give a Little Bit More and had a revised track list.

A limited edition 2-LP box set of Silver was also released in the UK. The second LP, entitled Rock 'n' Roll Silver contained 9 new recordings of rock and roll classics, including Richard's debut single "Move It", and one new song "Makin' History".[2]

The album reached number 7 in the UK Albums Chart and earned Gold certification.[3][4]

Singles


The album spawned three UK hit singles. "Never Say Die (Give a Little Bit More)" was the lead single and reached number 15 in the UK Singles Chart. It was followed up by "Please Don't Fall in Love" which reached number 7. In early 1984 "Baby You're Dynamite" was released and reached number 27. However, while it was on the chart, fans pushed for the B-side, "Ocean Deep" to be released as an A-side and pressure mounted as disc-jockeys played the track too. But not until a fortnight after "Baby You're Dynamite" had finished its run on the chart was the single re-released with "Ocean Deep" as the A-side; it reached number 72 upon its re-entry to the chart.[3][5]

Extended versions of "Never Say Die (Give a Little Bit More)" and "Baby You're Dynamite" were released as vinyl 12" singles, but so far these have never been released on CD.

Album re-releases


The original 1983 CD release of Silver only included 9 tracks from the Silver LP and 7 from the Rock 'n' Roll Silver LP, in order to fit on a single disc.

In 1992 it was re-released on CD (paired with The Rock Connection in a twin-pack) with the same track-listing, but was curiously titled Rock 'n' Roll Silver.[6] In 2002, Silver was remastered and re-released on CD, excluding the Rock 'n' Roll Silver tracks, but including the B-sides of the singles as two bonus tracks.

Rock 'n' Roll Silver has not yet been released on CD in its original form, but Richard's 1984 album The Rock Connection[7] which originally contained 5 tracks from Rock 'n' Roll Silver, also included the remaining 5 tracks as bonus tracks when the remastered CD edition was released in 2004.

The album track "The Golden Days Are Over" was recorded by the pop group Bucks Fizz a year later and released as a single.

Track listing


Side one

Side two

CD Bonus tracks (2002)

Side one

Side two

Notes:

  • A ^ ^ ^ ^ Excluded from the original 1983 CD release of Silver and the 1992 twin-pack CD release.

Production


Give a Little Bit More


In the United States and Canada, the album was released by EMI America under the title Give A Little Bit More. It had a rearranged track list order and included a cover of the Ritchie Valens song "Donna" which replaced "Front Page". "Donna" was taken from the limited edition UK album Rock 'n' Roll Silver.

Side One

Side Two

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