I remember my first job back when Steve Wright was the top DJ on radio 1 with his "Steve Wright in the afternoon" show, when a great little guitar part of a song caught my attention, i had just started to play the guitar seriously then and of course i wanted to play that little giutar part. When i got home I grabbed my guitar and went to sit in the garden with a glass of homemade lemonade and desperatly tryed to remember what i had heard, with the summer sun still pouring out its heat i managed to learn "On The Beach", I bought the album at the weekend when i had time to get to the record shop and I was blown away by just how good it was. There was not one song I did not like. "Giverny" is fantastic and my hair stands up when it speeds up at the end. The intro to "Little Blonde Plaits" sounds so sweet, but my favorite track from that album was "Auf Immer und Ewig".
If i had to say a fav Chris Rea album I would probably lean towards "The Road To Hell" BUT "On The Beach" holds a special place in my heart because thats where it all began.
As for a favorite Chris Rea song...hmmmm IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY...... "Auf Immer und Ewig" was played a lot by me from 1986 - 1989....BUT "Your Warm And Tender Love" from The Road To Hell has been played a lot by me from 1989 - 2011...
But to be quite honest there have been so many great tunes by Chris Rea that its hard for me to choose a favorite and i guess the one i select to put on the stereo is my favorite and that changes often, Fool (If You Think It's Over) is a little gem and it reminds me of when i was a child, "josephine" is another song that is just a pleasure to listen to. But the best thing is there is always something to listen to no matter what mood you are in.