Much More Than This - Chris de Burgh - Chris De Burgh
Label: AMIGA - 8 56 172 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: German Democratic Republic (GDR) • Genre: Rock • Style: Soft Rock, Pop Rock
Three CDs, plus a fourth stuffed with rarities, sum up a career that both deserves far greater critical acclaim than it has ever been granted, and which has gone out of its way to discourage that from ever happening. An admittedly well-loved cult throughout his first decade of recording, Chris De Burgh exploded worldwide following the success of "The Lady in Red" and that, unfortunately, remains most peoples' sole perception of him; "unfortunately" because, at his best which is more often than notDe Burgh both writes and performs with an extraordinary passion, and a musical ambition that travels way beyond that one song's parameters.
It's a fair enough assessment, allowing all the expected glories to shine within, while also bringing new context Much More Than This - Chris de Burgh - Chris De Burgh verve to a handful of numbers that might otherwise have been overlooked. Of course there are omissions -- the epic title track to Crusaderstill one of the most important songs in his canon, is the most unforgivable, while the short shrift given to his Far Beyond These Castle Walls debut just two songs seems myopic, to say the least.
But half-a-dozen cuts from Spanish Trainand healthy chunks of Eastern Wind and The Getaway are no less than they deserve and, if the later '80s and '90s material does tend to drag a little, then that only vindicates the decision to eschew chronology. For most die-hard fans, it's the fourth disc that promises the most surprises, a collection of demos, alternate versions, and live cuts that have never before seen release.
Sadly, it's also the most disappointing -- there's little in the way of genuinely unheard songs unless you count a clutch of live coversand there's little in the way of variety either, as we learn that De Burgh 's demos are more or less identical to the finished articles. Still, a good packaging job and a very healthy song selection render Much More Than This as enjoyable as any career-spanning box set can be, while the accompanying booklet tells its story in smartly matter-of-fact style. Buy it for your next cocktail party.
I'm Counting on You. Chris de Burgh. In a Country Churchyard. Just Another Much More Than This - Chris de Burgh - Chris De Burgh Boy. Spaceman Came Travelling.
Risen Lord. Up Here in Heaven. Peter's Gate. Brother John. Snows of New York. Spanish Train. This Song for You. Light a Fire. Say Goodbye to It All. Transmission Ends. Patricia the Stripper. Last Night. Ship to Shore.
Man on Seni Geri Laikai - Jad Rec - 1234 (Dj Swix Edition) Line. I'm Going Home. Save Me. Ecstasy Осень В Филадельфии - Игорь Крутой - Песни Композитора Игоря Крутого Flight.
Spirit of Man. Eastern Wind. Don't Pay the Ferryman. High on Emotion. One Word. This Weight on Me. Bal Masque. This Silent World. Making the Perfect Man. Lonely Sky. Girl with April in Her Eyes. Turning Around. I'm Not Scared Any More. Lebanese Night. Sailing Away. Where We Will Be Going. Fire on the Water. Lady in Red. Missing You. Much More Than This. Love Is My Decision. She Means Everything to Me. Satin Green Shutters. Where Peaceful Waters Flow. Just Missing Youll Be My Lover - Various - AIE - Americans In Europe Volume 1 - 1933/1938. Heaven's a Long Way from Here.
I'm Going Home Out-Take. In a Country Churchyard Alternatate Take. Lonely Sky Alternate Take. Because I Love You. Counting on You Alternate Take. Girl with April Eyes Alternate Take. Bring the Boy Back. Spanish Train Out-Take. Nights in White Satin. American Pie. Hey Jude. Pretty Woman.
Brahms*, Hallé Orchestra , Conductor James Loughran - Symphony No.2 In D Major, Jacinthe - Paul Murphy Trio - Shadow Intersections West, Το Ράδιο - Κώστας Καρουσάκης - Θα Κάνω Πάρτυ, Give Up The Gold Or Give Up Your Life - Nels Cline - Dirty Baby