Chris Rea - Road Songs For Lovers

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Road Songs For Lovers is the twenty-fourth studio album by British guitarist and singer-songwriter Chris Rea, released in September 2017 via BMG and Jazzee Blue.

Chris Rea had a serious medical setback in 2016, suffering a stroke that impacted his sense of balance and movement in his fingers. He gave up smoking and as part of his recovery process, continued to write songs and record demos in his little home studio set up.

The inspiration for a lot of these songs came from him travelling the roads to and from London. He would observe people in cars and lorries, many times sitting in traffic jams, and the imagining what their personal and love stories would be. Soon he had a collection of material that, he at first thought, would not be heard by the general public. However he regrouped his core touring band to record the songs. This brings Rea back together with Robert Ahwai on guitars, James Ahwai on bass, Martin Ditcham on drums and Neil Drinkwater on keyboards.

The resulting album Road Songs For Lovers has emerged from those sessions. According to Rea, most of the songs are about a boy-girl relationship in the car. He has stated that his favourite song is "Last Train", the lyrics of which are not about the typical meaning of the last train which goes home, but taking the last train in a desperate situation without knowing anything about its direction.

The Road Ahead” was released as the lead single from the album and he embarked on a European tour in support for the new album, however sadly he was taken to hospital nearing the end of the tour and was unable to complete the last couple of dates.

The album is a beautiful example of Rea’s ability to write memorable songs with the blues very much at the heart of the material. His slide guitar playing is still distinctive and strong, despite the physical set backs from the stroke. His gravelly voice adds the unique character to his music. All in all this is another quality, unassuming album from Chris Rea.

Check out the tracks:  Last Train”; “Nothing Left Behind”; “Road Songs For Lovers”; and “Beautiful”; and “Chris Rea Talks About the Album”.

This double album 2LP record set is on black vinyl at 45 RPM housed in a gatefold sleeve with digital download code, pressed in the UK.

(4050538290844)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Happy On The Road

3:46

A2

Nothing Left Behind

5:29

A3

Road Songs For Lovers

4:13

B1

Money

5:57

B2

Two Lost Souls

4:46

B3

Rock My Soul

4:07

C1

Moving On

5:10

C2

The Road Ahead

4:16

C3

Last Train

6:33

D1

Angel Of Love

4:29

D2

Breaking Point

5:53

D3

Beautiful

3:40

SKU 4050538290844
Record Label Jazzee Blue
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 538290481
Country UK - United Kingdom
Release Date (Year) 29 September 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 29 September 2017
Barcode # 4050538290844
Shipping Weight 0.5450kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, 45 RPM, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Genre Blues
Format VINYL LP

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