Friday, 1 February 2013

Cliff Richard & The Shadows - Evergreen Tree (Rare Stereo Mix)




Another super rarity that I dug out from deep within my music vault. A rare stereo version of 'Evergreen Tree' sung by Cliff Richard and backed by the legendary Shadows. Released in 1960, it was taken from the LP 'Me and My Shadows'. 
It was never released as a 45 rpm single. 
This song caught on big in East Asia and South East Asia, and remains a firm favourite amongst many Malaysians and Singaporeans.

 Me and My Shadows is the third album by singer Cliff Richard. Recorded with The Shadows, it was released in October 1960 and reached No. 2 in the UK album chart.

No singles were to be officially released in the UK from the album. A pairing of album tracks "Gee Whiz It's You" and "I Cannot Find a True Love" was pressed as an export single intended for continental Europe but high demand in the UK meant it charted in March 1961 and eventually reached #4 in the UK singles chart. Although very popular for an import, this single broke what would have been a run of 15 consecutive top 3 singles in the UK, although it helped give Richard a record 16 back to back top 5 hits.

This album is the 2nd of only 5 albums [Cliff, Me & my Shadows, 21 Today, Finders Keepers, Established 1958] recorded by Richard with exclusive backing by the Shadows during the 1960s. All the others the backing duties are shared between The Shadows and the Norrie Paramor Orchestra.

This album was then re-marketed on the EP format into 3 EPs: Me and my Shadows no.1 (mono) Me and my Shadows no.2 (mono) Me and my Shadows no.3 (mono).
Track listing

Side one

    "I'm Gonna Get You" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
    "You and I" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
    "I Cannot Find a True Love" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
    "Evergreen Tree" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
    "She's Gone" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
    "Left Out Again" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
    "You're Just The One To Do It" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
    "Lamp of Love" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows

Side two

    "Choppin' 'n' Changin'" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows*
    "We Have It Made" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
    "Tell Me" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
    "Gee Whiz It's You" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
    "I Love You So" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
    "I'm Willing to Learn" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
    "I Don't Know" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
    "Working After School" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows

Some tracks have different mono and stereo versions.

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