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Cliff and the Shadows

The Final Reunion: Live From the 02 Arena in London DVD

Review by Gary Hill

The “Cliff” mentioned here is, of course, Cliff Richard. If you are a fan of his solo career and want to find that music, you’ll need to look elsewhere. This concert focuses, as it should, on the music that this group recorded. I’ve got to say, and it probably runs against the general consensus, I like the band’s instrumentals better than the actual songs. That’s not to say that Cliff Richard is not a great singer and entertainer, he is. It’s just because their instrumentals tend to be based on surf music and I’ve always been a sucker for that kind of music. Fans of this outfit will certainly be blown away by this DVD. It’s well shot and the concert is quite strong. The video quality and sound are both great and I’d recommend this both to long-time fans and those looking for a view of what type of music this band did in their heyday. I do have to say, though, this DVD is entitled “The Final Reunion,” but the group are back together again and going to be doing some shows in 2010.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2010  Volume 1 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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