- Audio CD (March 9 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import, CD, Audiobook
- Label: Universal I.S.
- ASIN: B000006Y1X
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
Getaway Import, CD, Audiobook
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|1. Don't Pay the Ferryman|
|2. Living on the Island|
|3. Crying and Laughing|
|4. I'm Counting on You|
|6. Ship to Shore|
|7. All the Love I Have Insid|
|9. Where Peaceful Waters Flo|
|11. Light a Fire|
1982 full length album from the British rocker, produced by Rupert Hine. Thanks to relentless touring with Supertramp at the time, de Burgh built up a fan base in the U.S. with the Top 40 success of the single "Don't Pay the Ferryman", a high energy tale that is among his best recordings.
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Serendipity had brought this beautiful, romantic, provocative album into my tape collection. I really enjoy the fact that these songs, for the most part, very well hold their own listened to individually, while at the same time fit together as a whole album very nicely. The songs are very well written, especially the romantic ones, which I suppose is a specialty of Chris DeBurgh (i.e., "Lady In Red"). In that vein, "All The Love I Have Inside" and "I'm Counting On You" are really pretty songs. The song "Where Peaceful Waters Flow" and the mini-song suite consisting of "Revolution", "Light A Fire" and "Liberty" beautifully evoke the poignancy of peaceful people being forced through oppression to military solution for freedom's sake. These songs are the heart of the album and part of what makes it so good...Oh, and there's the hit "Don't Pay The Ferryman" which is probably all most people remember from this album...It is a very good song, but not, by far, the best on the album. "Ship To Shore" is a really good song too.
I suppose the one drawback for this album is the fact that a couple of songs just do not do it for me personally - they are just rather ordinary...not necessarily bad songs, just unexciting...These are "Living On The Island" and "Crying and Laughing".
But otherwise, this is a really good album, one which at the same time takes you places and provokes thought. Almost every song is beautifully written and sung...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
DeBurgh tells stories with his music, and being an avid reader, it was easy to find an appreciation for his music. A romantic sap, it was also easy to relate to his ballads, which he writes with authority.
I'll go back to this CD from time to time, and I find the songs that I still listen to the most are: Ship to Shore and All the Love I Have Inside -- passing strange that the song that served as the hook (Don't Pay the Ferryman) doesn't elicit the same feelings now that it did then. Not that I don't still enjoy the song -- far from it! -- but those other two have passed the test of time.
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