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Blue Guitars [11CD + DVD] [Box set, Colour, PAL]

Chris Rea Audio CD
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Release date: SEPTEMBER 5TH 2011

Following his sell-out UK & European tour in 2010 and 2009’s UK Top Ten album Still So Far To Go - The Best Of Chris Rea, one of the UK’s foremost singers and songwriters returns with his first new material in over 10 years.

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  • Audio CD (9 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 12
  • Format: Box set, Colour, PAL
  • Label: Jazzee blue
  • ASIN: 3937406328
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Includes bonus DVD.

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137 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris is quite simply a genius 18 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have been a Chris Rea fan ever since I listened to "Road To Hell" on my paper round. Ever since that album Chris has simply got better and better. I thought he had hit is peak with "The Blue Cafe" CD. However, as I am sure anyone taking a look at his box set knows, he got ill, badly ill.
Following his illness he released the music he has always wanted to release. The first of which was Dancing Down The Stony Road. Now, this is the classic album of all time (Well, it is in my opinion anyway). If you like the sound of blues and you like the sound of Guitar you will love DDTSR. However, now we have a box set of 11 CD's to enjoy. What I don't understand is that someone can write enough songs for 11 CD's in 11 different styles - and still not write a bad song. The quality is amazing. He seems to have a style all of his own and it is a style better than anyone elses! Again, if you love the blues, Guitars and superb vocals, then you have to buy this. You will love it.
Incidentally, for those that didn't know, he does a lot of artwork as well. The artwork in this album is truly superb. I am not an art fan, but I love some of the pictures in this box set - so much so that I am going to buy some prints!
Add to all this the fact that this box set is immaculately presented, better than anything else I have ever seen from anybody before, then you will see that this is a true bargain. Buy it, you won't regret it.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Guitars 21 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
I went to this man's farwell tour gig at The Birmingham Symphony Hall.

I had always liked his music and wanted a chance to see him perform live before he hung up his guitar.

What I got, I was not totally prepared for. His talent, technical ability, and pure love of what he does came off the stage like a life force.

During the following week I purchased "Blue Guitars".

If you know even a snippet about music, any music, you will not fail to see that this guy is more than just an exponent of what he calls "The Blues".

HE HAS NO EQUALLS ! At what he does, he is totally brilliant, I envy him for the happiness that he enjoys while practicing his art, infectious enthusiasm.....Love it Chris, I would love to meet you mate.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Guitars- A "Must Have" 28 May 2006
By S. King
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What can I say that hasn't already been said about this remarkable collection of music? Mr. Rea, whilst recovering from a serious illness said that he did not want to die before he wrote a blues album. Blue Guitars was the result- except the one album became ELEVEN wonderful albums set in a beautiful presentation book!

The music is superb. If you haven't listened to Chris Rea before, it doesn't really matter as long as you like blues music and guitars. Start with disc one and just let it wash over you until you reach disc eleven. Almost every style of the blues are here, with some instrumental re-works of old tunes and about 120 new songs! Truly wonderful and if this really is Mr. Rea's Swan Song then what a way to go!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I do not write reviews. Normally. But this is such an amazing set, at such an amazing price ( I got it cheaper through Amazon.co.uk, than buying it locally - including airmail speed and perfect packaging), that I had to write something. I have never seen or heard anything like this before: The mix of quantity and quality is astonishing.
With eleven albums of all-new material, there are no dud tracks, and, begging to differ from the record executives, there are a number of hit tracks (in a number of styles, from ballad to rock, showing the range of Blues influence).
Blue Guitars is great! Buy it!
(But it is not for everybody: If you do not like the Blues, or if you do not like Chris Rea's voice, or if you do not have a CD player, do not buy!)
P.S. Oh yes, the DVD with Blue Guitars is a fascinating look at the recording of the double CD, Dancing Down the Stony Road, which is also a great album, and a harrowing glimpse into Chris Rea's health struggles. II think that that the 20 tracks on that album go together very well with the 137 tracks on Blue Guitars.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Lord, Tell me it won't be long... 24 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
....it will be long. 137 tracks and 10.2 hours long. Not to mention the DVD. I only really became a fan of Chris Rea with his 'King of the Beach' release and from there purchased several of his other works. Then he released Dancing Down The Stoney Road. I was sceptical at first. I have never been a fan of the blues, but I was blown away. Chris Rea wasted himself on pop/rock. He was born to write and sing the blues. Since DDTSR there have been Blue Street (Five Guitars) & Hofner Blue Notes, of which both instrumentals. Then there was his last release The Blue Jukebox.
And now Blue Guitars. I couldn't quite believe my eyes when I saw this appear on Amazon. 11 CD's conjures up the thought of years of work. 11 CD's could even be an artists entire repitoire. The music itself is varied and takes you on a journey of the blues. The song writing, music and Rea's voice are typically on the ball. The book itself that contains the CD's is awesome. Fantastic artwork, interview, all the lyrics and all for quite an astonishing price.
If you want to know why Rea is singing the blues, I suggest you pick a copy of Dancing Down The Stony Road. For me it still stands out above this, because it is more personal. Thats not to de-value this, Blue Guitars is Awesome, but it is more of a story of the blues rather than a story about Chris Rea.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The music is fantastic, the research and detail beyond belief
This is an immense effort from Chris Rea. The quality of the package is beyond words. In this day of "cheapness", Chris stands head and shoulders as a beacon for what can... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Chopping
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An amazing collectioon of Blues work
Published 1 month ago by Rob wallbank
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise Purchase
This is a guide into different forms of blues. It's super to listen to Country Blues, Texas Blues, Chicago Blues and so on, separated on each CD. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bo Jacobsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
This is all I expected and more from the genius that is Chris Rea. I have been listening to him since the seventies and like a good wine he is getting better as he gets older!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Tallon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product.
Bought as a present and was very well received. They loved it and still listen to it today (reviewing in 2014)

Very recommended for any fan.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL WHAT MORE CAN I SAY
It's wonderful, how they produce an item of this quality at this price I don't know, I'm enjoying every minute.
Published 4 months ago by Kenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling Blue?
Most definitely not. One of his best albums ever. Whether you're a fan or not, I would highly recommend it to any one of my friends. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ms. D. Maher
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is very impressive and an astonishing achievement. Highly Recommended. Rea is a very talented blues player (and composer). You won't be sorry.
Published 6 months ago by Mark Norrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Blue Guitars, Chris Rea
I absolutely love it. The presentation is priceless. I would recommend it to anyone. The price was reasonable especially when one thinks of the stunning artwork included.
Published 7 months ago by Steffi Stockton
5.0 out of 5 stars Woow
I didn't expect...

I don't know what I expected but this album is just totally....UNREAL!

Great! Great! Great!

Nothing else...
Published 7 months ago by Matthew
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