Cliff Richard

Carrie

Song Review by

Songwriters Terry Britten and BA Robertson's "Carrie" is one of the most electrifying of all Cliff Richard's recordings. Cut for his U.S. We Don't Talk Anymore album (the British Rock'n'Roll Juvenile), it's a deliberately sinister and enthrallingly atmospheric number, revolving around the search for a mysteriously missing friend ("Carrie had a date with her own kind of fate"), further strengthened by Martin Dobson's haunting saxophone, Peter Skellern's eerie mellotron, and a growling Richard vocal which doesn't simply live the lyric, it lives in it.

In other hands, such lines as "you're just another message on a payphone wall" and "the young wear their freedom like cheap perfume" could sound trite. Richard imbibes them with both pertinence and importance, while the emotion in his voice colors even the title.

His first single of 1980, released that February, "Carrie" took Richard to number four in the U.K. and number 34 in the U.S.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1977 EMI Music Distribution 3:54
We Don't Talk Anymore 1979 EMI Music Distribution 3:42
Love Songs 1981 EMI Music Distribution / Parlophone 3:27
Dressed for the Occasion 1983 EMI Music Distribution
Private Collection: His Personal Best 1979-1988 1988 EMI 3:42
Some People 1989 EMI Music Distribution 3:40
The Cliff Richard Collection (1976-1994) 1994 Razor & Tie 3:41
Cliff Richard 40th Anniversary, Vol. 4: 1971-83 1998 EMI Music Distribution 3:44
40th Anniversary Complete 1999 EMI Music Distribution 3:44
The Singles Collection 2002 Parlophone 3:43
30 Years of Hits 2003 Blue Powder / Powder Blue 3:39
Remember Me 2004 3:43
The  Whole Story: His Greatest Hits 2004 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Music
The Platinum Collection 2005 EMI Music Distribution
I Luv Mum: For the Best Mum in the World Ever [2007] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:42
The 50th Anniversary Album 2008 EMI Music Distribution / EMD Int'l 3:44
101 Greatest Housework Songs 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Virgin 3:44
100 Hits: Ladies Night 2011
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group 3:44
75 at 75 2015 Parlophone 3:40
100 Hits: 80s Chartbusters
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group / DMG 100 3:29
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