Tag: Chris Rea

Tuesday 3/30/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Chris Rea – The Road To Hell (1989)

The Road to Hell is the tenth studio album by British singer-songwriter Chris Rea, released October 2, 1989. Coming on the back of several strongly performing releases, it is Rea’s most successful studio album, and topped the UK Albums Chart for three weeks. It was certified 6x Platinum by BPI in 2004. The album demonstrates a thematic cohesion previously absent from Rea’s work, with the majority of the tracks containing strong elements of social commentary, particularly concerning alienation and violence, and contains lyrics which reference an ongoing search for escape/redemption. The second part of the two-part title track, “The Road to Hell (Pt. 2)”, is one of Rea’s most famous songs, and his only single to reach the UK Top 10. Geffen Records released the album in the US, adding the 1988 re-recording of Let’s Dance. Allmusic describes the album as a “modern masterpiece”

“The Road to Hell (Part 1)” – 4:52
“The Road to Hell (Part 2)” – 4:30
“You Must Be Evil” – 4:20
“Texas” – 5:09
“Looking for a Rainbow” – 8:00
“Your Warm and Tender Love” – 4:32
“Daytona” – 5:04
“That’s What They Always Say” – 4:27
“I Just Wanna Be with You” – 3:39
“Tell Me There’s a Heaven” – 6:00
(The 1989 US Geffen CD issue also includes the 1988 re-recording of “Let’s Dance” slotted between tracks 8 and 9 listed above).

Chris Rea – lead and backing vocals, keyboards, guitars
Kevin Leach – keyboards,
Max Middleton – acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, string arrangements
Robert Ahwai – guitars
Eoghan O’Neill – bass
Martin Ditcham – drums, percussion
Gavyn Wright – concertmaster and conductor
Karen Boddington – additional backing vocals
Carol Kenyon – additional backing vocals
Linda Taylor – additional backing vocals

Wednesday 2/24/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Chris Rea – New Light Through Old Windows (1988)

New Light Through Old Windows is the first compilation album by British singer-songwriter Chris Rea, released in 1988. The album consists primarily of re-recordings of songs from earlier albums, as well as the new track “Working on It”, which peaked at No. 73 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was Rea’s only No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. “On the Beach” peaked No. 9 on the US Adult Contemporary singles chart, and No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart. The album reached number five on the UK Albums Chart, charted for over a year, and was certified 3x Platinum by BPI until 1992. It charted in the Top 10 in New Zealand, Australia and West Germany.

“Let’s Dance” – 4:14
“Working on It” – 4:24
“Ace of Hearts” – 4:52
“Josephine” – 4:33
“Candles” – 4:44
“On the Beach” – 6:51
“Fool (If You Think It’s Over)” – 4:03
“I Can Hear Your Heartbeat” – 3:23
“Shamrock Diaries” – 4:12
“Stainsby Girls” – 4:06
“Windy Town” – 4:05
“Driving Home for Christmas” – 3:58
“Steel River” – 6:48

Chris Rea – vocals, guitar, producer
Robert Ahwai – guitar
Eoghan O’Neill – bass
Max Middleton – keyboards
Martin Ditcham – drums

Wednesday 4pm ET: Feature Artist – Chris Rea

Christopher Anton Rea (born March 4, 1951) is an English rock and blues singer-songwriter and guitarist. Born and raised in Middlesbrough, he is of Italian and Irish descent. He is known for his distinctive, husky-gravel voice and slide guitar playing, and the Guinness Rockopedia described him as a “gravel-voiced guitar stalwart”.

British Hit Singles & Albums stated that Rea was “one of the most popular UK singer-songwriters of the late 1980s” and “already a major European star by the time he finally cracked the UK Top 10 with the release of the single ‘The Road to Hell (Part 2)'”, which was his 18th chart entry. Two of his studio albums, The Road to Hell and Auberge, topped the UK Albums Chart. Rea was nominated three times for the Brit Award for Best British Male Artist: in 1988, 1989 and 1990. His other hit songs include “I Can Hear Your Heartbeat”, “Stainsby Girls”, “Josephine”, “On the Beach”, “Let’s Dance”, “Driving Home for Christmas”, “Working on It”, “Tell Me There’s a Heaven”, “Auberge”, “Looking for the Summer”, “Winter Song”, “Nothing to Fear”, “Julia”, and “If You Were Me”, a duet with Elton John.

In the United States he is best known for the 1978 song “Fool (If You Think It’s Over)”, which reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. This success earned him a Grammy nomination as Best New Artist in 1979. As of 2009, he had sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

In the words of the Jamies, “It’s Summertime, Summertime, Sum-Sum-Summertime!” At 6:07 AM eastern time this past Thursday, Summer 2018 officially began, so on “Great Soul Performances” this evening, all songs will be about “Summer” from artists like: War, Kool & the Gang, Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer, James Brown, Sarah Vaughan, the Chantels, Richard Barrett, Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Sly & the Family Stone, Nat “King” Cole, Miles Davis, Johnny Mathis (live) and others. The “Summer” music begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Then it will be time for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where you’ll hear: The Trammps, Chris Rea, Barry White, Olivia Newton-John, the Four Tops, Kashif, Grandmaster Flash, Minnie Riperton & Peabo Bryson, Phil Collins & Phillip Bailey, Anita Baker, the Gap Band and more. That show starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT. I think it’s gonna be a fun evening of music with “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” later on RadioMaxMusic.Com.