First post, so I suppose some background is in order! I first got into Chris's music in 1989 with Road to Hell, fell in love with the superb guitar work, remained a fan through the early 90s, eventually seeing him live in 1993 on the great banana skin tour, after that.... my interest waned some what.
That was until I stumbled across Blue Guitars. I was blown away, an amazing set, and a pleasure to dive in and out of over the course of a year... encouraged me to see the man on tour again in 2006.
I've remained a fan, although its been the law of diminishing returns ever since, Return of the Hofner Blue Notes was ok, one cd of rather good blues, one not so good, and a cd of instrumental shadows-esqe music. This brings me onto my point. It was the same with Santo spirito, one cd of decent blues, and 2 cds of instrumental music. And now we have La Passione, which I bought last week.Musically what have we? 1 cd with 34mins of decent music, and another cd filled with orchestral film score music. My question is what do you do with these discs? How many times do you listen to the bull fighting soundtrack? La Passione is therefore an expensive disappointment.
Yes, its beautifully presented, and yes the music is good, but as a package, its poor value, esp when compared to Blue Guitars. It would have been better with one cd of music, mixing both instrumental and sung tracks, I find it a frustrating listen.
Don't get me wrong, I admire Rea's work, and there is quality here, but for £29.99uk I would argue this is a poor deal