If you enjoy Chris Rea's work or just like quality, mature, rock music, this collection offers tremendous value for money.
The packaging is plain and simple - with 5 albums in carboard sleeves inside a cardboard outer box. But, so what? This package delivers a great deal of terrific music at a very reasonable price. To start with, it includes 2 absolutely Great albums (On the beach and Road to hell). You only have to look at what other reviewers have to say about those individual albums to know that they are top notch. A huge commercial sucess, and very polished, there's not much more to be said about Road to Hell. While On the Beach is a favourite album of many Chris Rea fans. The other albums all include some stand-out tracks and have a style of their own. Water Sign has a stripped-down sound, while Shamrock diaries features some nice Saxaphone work and has almost a Bruce Springsteen feel to it. For me, the Expresso Logic album was an unexpected treasure. Full of melodic guitar work, and also featuring mandolins, it includes a nice mix of upbeat songs (such as the hit single 'Julia') and more gentle crooners - the beautiful 'Summer love', the bluesy 'stop', and the poignant 'she closed her eyes'. This album has quickly grown to be a favourite of mine. Buy and enjoy.