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Let's hope the re-release of "The Road..." will be just the beginning!
Hello Tobias,tobi777 wrote: ↑22 Jul 2018, 10:10I hope so, but in the past the record companies haven't been too interested in Chris' back catalogue - to put it politely. There were many Best-Ofs - but no Box etc. which puzzles me because many lesser known artists released something like that. So, why should they release an album that never really existed in the first place - and no one (except us die-hard fans) even knows of? The songs that have emerged over the years don't really have the potential of becoming radio hits and the whole album won't be in the same league as commercially successful ones like RTH or Auberge. As much as I wish the work to be published, I have my doubts.
The same with professional live recordings to be released as retrospective althology box-sets (BBC sessions, Montreux and other festivals) - the copyrights have just to be bought from a broadcasting company, not a label, which is far easier in my opinion, since there was no official release (at least of a whole record), only a broadcast by agreement with CR label and management.ann268 wrote: ↑22 Jul 2018, 17:40I think we can only hope these tapes becomes available one way or the other. I would like more "Live" performances on DVD and Blu Ray. The man is the one who decides on that I'm afraid. But he made an album, old style, so we shouldn't be to negative and keep our hopes up! I have the feeling he might suprise us.
There is at least one more similar unreleased full album record, so called Lost Tape from 1980/81 studio sessions, part of which was released on latter singles (Que Sera, Soft Top) and several songs were re-recorded for Chris Rea 1981/82 album and 1982/83 singles, and also - quite unexpectedly - for Blue Guitars CD3 Louisisana & New Orleans (after this tape was passed onto John Knowles the manager). Unlike Smile, a copy of its master tapes has been circulating among the die-hard fans but still very little known on this record, though its master tapes are most likely available since they were used for B-sides in 80-90s. There must be unreleased demo versions stored somewhere, but very little known on CR songs demos apart from what he says in the interviews. Very early demos from mid 70s are available, but their source and story are beyond me, regrettably.ace of hearts wrote: ↑22 Jul 2018, 23:04This is brilliant, and I'm sure there are more tapes elsewhere (or from the same source) as Chris himself has said many times he records far more songs than make it to an actual album released. Perhaps the archives will be opened up and a box set of lost recordings can be released. How about ideas for a working title for fun? I'd say 'Songs from the Attic'.
Hello Elangelo, nice to see you back here!
Hope this helps understanding what we can expect from an expanded reissues project.
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