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Moonfleet & Other Stories

Chris De Burgh Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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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 (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational, excellent CD 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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By lerusty
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Storyteller Supreme 29 Oct 2010
By CRG147
Format:Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good could be better so 2 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
I hoped this would be as good as the spanish trian album but it isn't it still good so i think chris has lost his spark of greatness from the mid 70's of been a story teller song writer that he once was. spainish trian part 2 may not be a bad idea so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Storyteller Supreme 29 Oct 2010
By CRG147
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Lorgasman
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris De Burgh usual wonderful way
Read the book as a child and this was portrayed well in the CD. Music was pleasant as well. Only problem was it arrived late but this has now been resolved, I hope!!!
Published 10 months ago by Freda
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Album from CdeB
Very good album from one of my favoritе musician Chris de Burgh. The album has two parts. First part is Moonfleet story and this part was done as a musical. Read more
Published 10 months ago by sleg
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for moonfleet section but only 3 stars for other stories
typical Chris Deburgh brilliance packed with the mundain ( of course by my taste) stil the brilliance again outways the other.
Published 12 months ago by S. Pearl
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Because it is a awesome C.D. I have enjoyed every song over & over again. Well done chris. Love it
Published 13 months ago by fiona lee riseley
5.0 out of 5 stars What a story
Chris at his best storytelling. One long story of pirates diamonds,storms,Blackbeard,Told in narrative and song.
Somewhat different to most other music,
Published 16 months ago by M. A. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Chris de Burgh ever
Saw Chris in Glasgow and had most of his CDs but he sang songs from this album and I couldn't wait to buy it. Love all the tracks
Published 17 months ago by fiona macleod
4.0 out of 5 stars CdeB Moonfleet
Not my favourite CdeB cd but having said that it is good, although you really must sit down and listen to the lyrics, story and narrations to fully appreciate.
Published 17 months ago by Kenneth J A Maitland
4.0 out of 5 stars An ambitious `concept album' that captures the essence of the novel
The notion of turning any novel into a `concept album' is ambitious. So much of the original book must, of necessity, be left out. `Moonfleet', J. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Stewart Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well produced Album.
Many hours of pleasurable listening. C de B is always nice to listen to. have most of his CD's and LP's
Published 18 months ago by Alan Roberts
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