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Moonfleet & Other Stories


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  • Audio CD (22 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Starwatch
  • ASIN: B003YMV1HM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rick Gisslen on 13 Nov 2010
Format: Audio CD
Extremely beautiful CD and almost a chock and probably one of the most underestimated artists and composers of all time. This man can really create melodies and if you know Chris de Burgh just by his old hit "Lady In Red", this CD will show you a lot more and a wide talent! Backed up occasionally by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra he has made the CD of the year! It's difficult to mention one song before the others, this is filled with excellent ballads and pop songs, now and then with classical touch... Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CRG147 on 29 Oct 2010
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A remarkable thirty-six years after his first release, Chris de Burgh's sixteenth album of new material shows that he remains a master of his craft. In fact, arguably the imaginative "Moonfleet and Other Stories" is one of his strongest.

Based around J. Meade Falkner's tale of eighteenth-century Devon smugglers, de Burgh's eighteen track suite sounds made to be performed in a theatre. At first I felt at a slight disadvantage having not read the book, but repeated listens heighten understanding of the basis of the story. In the true tradition of a musical, "Moonfleet" features narration and several recurring tunes. Perhaps the least memorable part is the slightly rambling orchestral overture, while gentle ballad "Go Where Your Heart Believes" and the stirring track which succeeds it, "Escape", are probably the highlights.

Released on its own, "Moonfleet" would represent good value. However, a further six tracks follow. Two - "One Life, One Love" and "Pure Joy" - are rather mundane, the former too reminiscent of "Love Of The Heart Divine" (from 1999's "Quiet Revolution"). However, the other four are much stronger, "Why Mona Lisa Smiled" featuring a particularly gorgeous melody. "People Of The World" is a typically uplifting finalé, made all the more poignant given the real-life story that inspired it, mentioned by an earlier reviewer.

It is a pity that sales of such a terrific addition to the de Burgh canon will probably be small. At this late stage in his career he is still able to write memorable melodies and is still finding intriguing settings in which to present them.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By lerusty on 30 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
Chris has put a lot of effort into this album, his sixteenth (of new material, not counting a lot of compilations) in 36 years. Not a bad achievement to the man they love or hate who is now aged over 60. I've been buying his albums since the Eighties and I believe that his 2004 and 2006 albums (The Road to Freedom and The Storyman) are among his best work.

So what of this one? As you know, it's based on J. Meade Falkner's book of the same name. It's set in the village of Moonfleet in Dorset in the year 1758.

Can we call it a concept album? Does he believe that he is Fish? Gabriel? Waters? Well, not quite. It's an easily-followed story: the hero, 15 year old John, hunts for Blackbeard's treasure and gets caught up in the dangerous world of smuggling. Oh, and he falls for Grace from whom he is separated and eventually marries. It's so very Chris De Burgh doing what he probably does best, harking back to his notable album 'Spanish Train and Other Storys' from 1975: vintage Chris de Burgh before he made us all vomit about the lady wearing a particular garment of a particular colour in 1986. This would not work for Roger Waters, Fish or Peter Gabriel.
(If you haven't got the Spanish Train album, I thik you should invest in it.)

This album starts off with 'The Moonfleet Overture': a five-minute piece which builds on his tradition since The Road To Freedom album of starting off with an instrumental piece. This one would not sound out of place on Radio 3. It segues into the first of five brief narration passages which, in turn, segues into a brief re-working of 'Heart of Darkess' from the 'Power of Ten' album which was based on the same book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CRG147 on 29 Oct 2010
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A remarkable thirty-six years after his first release, Chris de Burgh's sixteenth album of new material shows that he remains a master of his craft. In fact, arguably the imaginative "Moonfleet and Other Stories" is one of his strongest.

Based around J. Meade Falkner's tale of eighteenth-century Devon smugglers, de Burgh's eighteen track suite sounds made to be performed in a theatre. At first I felt at a slight disadvantage having not read the book, but repeated listens heighten understanding of the basis of the story. In the true tradition of a musical, "Moonfleet" features narration and several recurring tunes. Perhaps the least memorable part is the slightly rambling orchestral overture, while gentle ballad "Go Where Your Heart Believes" and the stirring track which succeeds it, "Escape", are probably the highlights.

Released on its own, "Moonfleet" would represent good value. However, a further six tracks follow. Two - "One Life, One Love" and "Pure Joy" - are rather mundane, the former too reminiscent of "Love Of The Heart Divine" (from 1999's "Quiet Revolution"). However, the other four are much stronger, "Why Mona Lisa Smiled" featuring a particularly gorgeous melody. "People Of The World" is a typically uplifting finalé, made all the more poignant given the real-life story that inspired it, mentioned by an earlier reviewer.

It is a pity that sales of such a terrific addition to the de Burgh canon will probably be small. At this late stage in his career he is still able to write memorable melodies and is still finding intriguing settings in which to present them.
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