Nov 04

CLIFF RICHARD – “The Next Time”

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#144, 15th January 1963

Cliff is generally most effective when he’s most gentle, and this sleepy ballad does its job with smoochy aplomb. Cliff’s considerate tones aren’t really what makes a forgettable tune work, though – the lovely, echo-cushioned piano should take most of the credit.



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    rosie on 27 Jul 2008 #

    Double A-side, surely, with Bachelor Boy (which some felt to be apt)

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    mike on 1 Oct 2009 #

    A lovely song, which deserves more than one comment! I saw Cliff perform this last night in Nottingham with the Shadows, and thought it his best vocal performance of the night. It was certainly his most keenly felt performance, in emotional terms.

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    garax on 11 Feb 2010 #

    This is Cliff on hia ‘A’ game – anyone who likes music ought really to be able to find 10 or so – so basically an album’s worth of tracks – by Cliff to love – its almost just law of averages really – but melodically this hits the spot.

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    wichita lineman on 9 Aug 2011 #


    Danny Baker (2011)

    I’m very fond of it too, the cushioned piano sounding like a very Anglo, Meek-compressed take on Nashville. The creaminess of Cliff’s vocal is really well suited to this material, a precursor to his A-grade 70s singles (Miss You Nights, When Two Worlds Drift Apart).

    As Rosie says, it was a double A and Bachelor Boy has become the more familiar side over the years.

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    lonepilgrim on 23 Jan 2015 #

    Bachelor Boy feels like it’s been part of my musical consciousness since before I can remember but this is unfamiliar and fresher sounding as a result. The piano adds a subtle sense of dissonance to the song that helps to sustain the moping mood.

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    […] The Next Time / Bachelor Boy […]

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    Gareth Parker on 8 Jun 2021 #

    Not going to quibble with Tom’s 5/10 here.

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