Sir Cliff Richard has announced the release of his first Christmas album in almost 20 years.
The 81-year-old singer will release a record titled Christmas With Cliffs on November 25th, featuring 13 songs consisting of Christmas classics and new celebratory songs.
Richard’s previous celebratory hits, including Mistletoe And Wine, Saviour’s Day, and The Millennium Prayer, came 19 years ago on his final Yuletide album, Cliff At Christmas, released in 2003, and over the years. It has become a Christmas staple.
“I recorded this album at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida – 4,427 miles from Abbey Road – and again I felt in my own world!
“I had two producers, Sam Hollander and Chris Walden, help me.
“They took us through the ‘well-known’ Christmas songs and let us sing freely.
“They took a different approach to the songs I asked them to produce, and they gave the album the dynamics I wanted.
“This album isn’t just for me, it’s for all of us who made it. I hope it adds something special to your Christmas season.”
According to The Official Charts Company, Richard had had previous UK chart success with his celebratory songs, with Mistletoe And Wine taking the coveted Christmas number one slot in 1988 and two years later in 1990. Saviour’s Day won the title in 2004.
In 1960, with his backing band The Shadows, the song I Love You was Christmas number one.
In Christmas With Cliff, It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Sleigh Ride, Joy To The World, When A Child Is Born, Jingle Bell Rock You can see him “summarizing the classic album” including songs such as and new songs. Christmas, 6 days after Christmas (Happy New Year), Heart of Christmas.