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The standard of musicianship is high: Dave Mattacks played drums on the Joan Armatrading album, and Max Middleton did the keyboards on the very heavy 'Blow by Blow' of Jeff Beck. Rea himself has a catarrhal voice which, while not quite possessing the gravelly nature of Tom Waits's, often sounds as if he is just recovering from something seriously bronchial.
Many of the tunes here are great. The only ones that seem possibly out of place are the upbeat ones which disturb the mellow sunbathing mood. Rea has always been wielding a guitar whenever I've seen him on TV, but with many of the tunes,I cannot tell whether they were originally written on guitar or keyboard. Rea has himself re-recorded the track 'On the Beach' several times, but the version on this album -- the first -- is by far the best and much more subtle.
I get drawn into this album more and more with each subsequent listen. The only song I don't really care for is "Crack that mould", but apart from that it is a winner. A very atmospheric and relaxing album to my ears. I enjoy listening to this one on the way to work in the morning too. A solid and consistent release that rates close to the top of Rea output! If you have any Chris Rea, you should add this to your collection.
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The title track is hauntingly beautiful and sets the tone for the album. I think this and " Dancing With Strangers " are tough to chose from as his best so take your pick... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Celtic Gareth
Anything, and I mean, Anything by Chris Rea gets 5 stars from me. With some musical artists, it's not the song as much as it is the voice.Published 7 months ago by Emmett1909
Very smooth jazzy music. I agree with another reviewer that stated this is a timeless CD.Published 8 months ago by LS
Wore our the vinyl, wore out the cassette, might as well buy the cd. Each was worth it.Published 10 months ago by A voice from the wilds