January 08, 2008
Rec. of Substance
Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic, Album Rock

Album Review

This well-sequenced three-disc set on the Record of Substance imprint from Universal offers a compelling showcase of songwriter Chris de Burgh's wildly eclectic career. From country to blues to syrupy '70s ballads to power rockers, de Burgh recorded it all, and stayed on the charts in the U.K. throughout the 1980s and into the '90s. There are a total of 42 cuts here. The first two discs plus half of the third offer an array of album tracks and singles -- including the hit cover of Burt Bacharach's "Love Is My Desire" (the theme from Arthur 2: On the Rocks). The remainder of disc three features seven extended live tracks, including versions of "The Lady in Red" and "Patricia the Stripper" (whose studio incarnations are also included).
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Windy Night
  2. Watching the World
  3. Spanish Train
  4. A Spaceman Came Travelling
  5. Broken Wings
  6. In a Country Churchyard
  7. Crusader
  8. The Girl with April in Her Eyes
  9. Sailor
  10. Shadows and Lights
  11. Don't Pay the Ferryman
  12. Livnig on the Island
  13. I'm Counting on You
  14. High on Emotion
  15. The Head and the Heart
  16. The Lady in Red
  17. Fatal Hesitation
  18. Say Goodbye to It All
  19. Missing You
  20. Tender Hands
  21. Sailing Away
  22. This Waiting Heart
  23. Blonde Hair, Blue Jeans
  24. The Snows of New York
  25. Separate Tables
  26. A Woman's Heart
  27. When I Think of You
  28. Love of the Heart Divine
  29. Two Sides to Every Story
  30. Guilty Secret
  31. The Spirit of Man [*]
  32. The Simple Truth (A Child Is Born) [*]
  33. Love Is My Decision [Theme from Arthur 2: On the Rocks]
  34. The Ballroom of Romance [Live][*]
  35. Strangers on a Train [*]
  36. Do What You Do [*]
  37. The Lady in Red [Live][*]
  38. Patricia the Stripper [Live][*]
  39. The Risen Lord [Live][*]
  40. Spanish Train [Live][*]
  41. A Spaceman Came Travelling [Live][*]
  42. The Head and the Heart [Live][*]