CHRIS REA - Dancing With Strangers (1987) & The Road To Hell (1989) & "On the Beach" (1996) & "Auberge" (1991) [Expanded Editions, Remastered 2019]
With a career spanning over 40 years and over 30 million album sales, Chris Rea's distinctive husky-gravel vocal and incredible body of work has seen him become one of the most loved solo artists the UK have ever produced. In September 1987, 'Dancing With Strangers' was released and it became Rea's first major success in the UK, peaking at Number two. It went on to achieve Platinum selling status in the UK and was a huge global success. Singles from this album were 'Let's Dance', 'Loving You Again' 'Joys of Christmas' and 'Que Sera'. Disc 1 in each case contains the original album while Disc 2 offers a wide spread of non-album B-sides, remixes and remakes, outtakes and period rarities etc (a generous 17 in this case). Each offering has a small smattering of Previously Unreleased material too - but more importantly the whole shebang has been transferred and remastered by Nick Robbins of Ace Records fame and he's done a fabulous job. Robbins is an Audio Engineer with literally hundreds of reissues to his name across decades and a vast network of music – so its no surprise that the audio here in great a real improvement on what went before. The booklets contain all the lyrics (not the extras) and fresh interviews conducted with Rea by noted author and former Record Collector bigwig Peter Doggett. There's a lot to wade through, so finally and if you'll forgive the pun, let's dance...
"The Road To Hell" was released in October 1989 and is Rea's most successful studio album. It topped the UK album charts for three weeks and was certified six-times Platinum in the UK. The albums lead single 'The Road to Hell (pt 2)' is also Rea's most successful song and has become synonymous with the singer.
"On the Beach" was released and broke into the UK Top 20 at number 11. The album started building Rea's international reputation with top 10 chart positions across Europe. This album went on to Platinum sales status in the UK. The album title track was the only single taken from this album.
"Auberge" was released in February 1991 and it topped the UK chart going on to achieve double Platinum sales status. The title track also gave Rea one of his biggest chart hits, reaching number 16 in the UK. Other songs released as singles were 'Heaven', 'Looking for the Summer' and 'Winter Song'.
UK released Friday, 18 October 2019 - "Dancing With Strangers", "The Road To Hell", "On The Beach" & "Auberge" by Chris Rea on Magnet Records/Warner Music Group are an 'Expanded Edition' 2CD Reissues and Remasters that plays out as follows:
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