Cliff Richard

We Don't Talk Anymore

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Written by longtime friend and guitarist Alan Tarney, "We Don't Talk Anymore" was Cliff Richard's second Top Ten hit on Billboard's singles chart and his first number one hit in 11 years in England. Once again with producer Bruce Welch's help, the song became Richard's biggest-selling single ever, while Rock & Roll Juvenile's sturdy pop sound put him firmly into the rock & roll mainstream for the very first time. Both Tarney and Welch convinced Richard to lean more toward a current rock & roll sound, especially after the disastrous results of 1978's Green Light album, which was an extremely docile and overly mellow affair. The album has Richard sounding solid both vocally and in his guitar playing, churning out a revitalized pop sound full of animated rhythms and inspirited lyrics. Even though it's a breakup song, "We Don't Talk Anymore" sports a wonderfully polished rhythm that's friendly and free-flowing, with Richard gliding his lyrics over some smooth organ riffs and an engaging melody. "We Don't Talk Anymore"'s sound may be laid back and unhurried, but it is a pop song, and it's a far cry from the insipid ballads that he had been sporting up until the mid-'70s. "Carrie," the second Top 40 hit from the album, brandished the same type of appeal, enabling Richard to break away from the complaisant love song while allowing his true rock and talent to finally flourish.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Rock'n'Roll Juvenile 1979 EMI Music Distribution 4:18
We Don't Talk Anymore 1979 EMI Music Distribution 4:12
Love Songs 1981 EMI 4:12
Private Collection: His Personal Best 1979-1988 1988 EMI Music Distribution 0:00
The Cliff Richard Collection (1976-1994) 1994 Razor & Tie 4:14
The Hit List 1995 EMI Music Distribution
Rock On: 1975-1979 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:16
40 Years of Hits in Holland 1998 EMI Music Distribution 4:14
Cliff Richard 40th Anniversary, Vol. 4: 1971-83 1998 EMI Music Distribution 4:14
En Gång Till! 1979 1998
Various Artists
Columbia 4:11
Rock On: From 1970 to 1979 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 4:16
The All Time Greatest Pop Album 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:15
40th Anniversary Complete 1999 EMI Music Distribution 4:14
Cliff in the 80's 2000 EMI Music Distribution 4:40
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Burning Hearts
The Singles Collection 2002 EMI Music Distribution 4:15
The Best of Cliff Richard [EMI America] 2002 EMI Music Distribution 4:15
30 Years of Hits 2003 Blue Powder / Powder Blue 4:14
Best of Cliff Richard [Japan Import] 2003 Toshiba EMI 4:15
The World Tour [DVD] 2004 DPTV Media
The Whole Story: His Greatest Hits 2004 EMI Music Distribution 4:13
The Platinum Collection 2005 EMI Music Distribution 4:15
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Playlist: 70's Pop 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 4:13
The 50th Anniversary Album 2008 EMI Music Distribution / EMD Int'l 4:13
Simply the Best Seventies Rock 2009
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music 4:17
75 at 75 2015 Rhino 4:11
Hard to Find 45s on CD, Vol. 15: 80's Essentials 2016
Various Artists
Eric 3:39
Story 2016 ZYX / ZYX Music 7:26
Stronger Through the Years 2017 Rhino / Warner Music 4:11
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 4:12
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 4:12