13 Songs, 57 Minutes


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4 Ratings

oldies76 ,

Not the original

This version of "Fool (If You Think It's Over) is not the original 1978 version.

Semi-Old Timer ,

Interesting re-workings

As implied in the title, Chris Rea re-worked some of his songs from his 8 albums up until that point, some more drastically than others, to varying effect, depending on how you felt about the original. Thinking about it now, it's both natural yet curious how the vast majority of the songs were of more recent vintage. On the one hand, it's kind of a test bed for "alternate mixes" that were just starting to become in vouge at the time, plus it was music that his newfound audience in Europe were more familiar with, yet on the other hand, given how he was not particularly happy with the production of his first albums (Benny Santini and Deltics in particular), those would seem riper for re-interpretation the way he would have preferred to do them. In fact, only his big hit from those first albums (Fool If You Think It's Over) is included here, and for me at least, the version of "Fool" here (and remakes to follow) lose a lot in translation (even though it has become the de facto version for newer Rea fans). The rest of the songs are at least interesting "what-if" versions and some I like better than the originals. Working On It was the obligatory new (as in not previously released) song and did get some airplay on rock stations in its day.

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