Well I may be a bit behind but I thought that this topic could do with some new input....
I've had Auberge and Dancing with Strangers since their release on Vinyl and then when they came out on CD I purchased those but didn't pay much mind to CR for years. Don't get me wrong, I love those two albums but it wasn't until 2008 that I picked up a copy of RTH&B on DVD. I played it, loved it and put it with the rest of my DVDs. I've since took it out a few times...played it again and THEN.... a few weeks ago, one of the Pay TV channels aired an episode of 'Soundtrack To My Life'. I always record this but the episode that got my attention was the one with Mr. Rea himself!
So after watching that, I pulled my DVD out and watched that again and ...as they say.... the rest is history, lol. I had NO idea that C.R. had done so much more since 2000. I started at eBay and then went to Amazon... or should that be 'Evil-Bay' and 'Amazonnatakeyourmoney' lol. I then thought I'd go and get at least one CR cd from my local outlet but was not going to even contemplate paying the ridiculous prices for many of his other releases. For instance ... Road To Hell Part 2 - $52.99 AUD. And it's just a regular copy! I got 'Still So Far To Go' for only $12. Reasonable price and it momentarily quenched my thirst for some CR tunes.
From there on, I was on a mission! Which leads me back to the topic at hand... "What did you recently buy from Chris?" so far in the last week and a half, I’ve bought (from Evil-bay)...
Still So Far To Go.... (Standard edition)
Blue Jukebox (Jazzee Blue release)
The Ultimate Collection (Crimson3 release)
And am waiting on...
Blue guitars (Jazzee Blue release - complete w/book)
Te Return Of The Fabulous Hofner Blue Notes (Jazzee Blue release - complete w/book and Vinyl)
Blue Cafe (Atlantic UK release)
Original Album Series (Warner Bros UK release)
The last 4 I managed to only pay $120 AUD including shipping and all are new, not used! I'm so pleased!!!
I just received Blue Jukebox and The Ultimate Collection 2 days ago and they have been playing non stop. And coming from a die hard KISS and heavy rock fan like myself, it shows that having a varied taste pays off. Ok, so I’m getting older and wiser but as I mentioned, I’ve always liked CR but can’t believe the great music he's been releasing since 2000!
My next step is to find a new or like new copy of '...Benny Santini' that isn’t $149 USD at Amazon. That’s just unbelievable! I also want, I mean NEED, to get... Dancing Down The Stony Road, Blue Street (Five Guitars) and Hofner Blue Notes. Those are proving to be harder to find in new condition, original releases and at a price that isn't half my house mortgage, lol
I've even got my 21yo twin boys listening to the ones I’ve bought and getting right into the music too! I love sharing with my kids and as they play guitar and bass, they can appreciate CR's ability and talent.
So folks, that's my Chris Rea rediscovering journey so far. If anyone can help in my quest, I would be most thankful. I look forward to talking with you all at some stage and no doubt I’ll have more questions and more posts when I get my babies in the mail.
Till then, cheers and good listening....to Chris Rea, of course!
As I mentioned to Jim before, there's so many different releases of different CDs and am wading carefully into the CR pool. I don’t want to get stung with inferior releases. DDTSR, Blue Street and the Hofner Bluenotes are my next mission. Really hard to come by though.
"There's only one place left to go.... Auberge"