Green Light

Cliff Richard

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Green Light Review

by Bruce Eder

Green Light is one of those "lost" late-'70s Cliff Richard albums, dating from the period in which he'd finally made his sound contemporary but no one was paying too much attention. Everything here is a dead match for "Devil Woman," every bit as appealing and memorable and even better produced, with rippling lead guitars, crisp acoustic rhythm guitars, and elegant piano as part of a high-energy band sound. There isn't a bad song on the album, though the highlights include the title track, "Free My Soul," "While She's Young," and "Please Remember Me," the latter sounding like nothing less than a lost Eagles number with its harmonies and guitar hooks. This is Richard at his most commercial and appealing, and was a record that deserved to be more widely heard, especially in the United States. Reissued on CD in 1992 paired off with the live album Thank You Very Much, and in 2002 with bonus tracks.

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