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Shamrock Diaries [CD]

Chris Rea Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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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 (18 July 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B000007382
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Steel River
2. Stainsby Girls
3. Chisel Hill
4. Josephine
5. One Golden Rule
6. All Summer Long
7. Stone
8. Shamrock Diaries
9. Love Turns To Lies
10. Hired Gun

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic early Rea 7 Jan 2003
By Mitch
Format:Audio CD
This was actually one of the last Chris rea albums i got round to hearing but that doesn't make abit of difference. These songs are excellent. Stainsby girls , josephine and steel river are all on the new compilation of reas music if you're unsure.
Steel river is good- it gets better towards the end, and the piano part towards the jazzy bit at the end, is great!
Stainsby girls is another classic, and being a single from the album of course its good.
Chisel hill bears a certain relationship to Heaven from Auberge.
It grows on you.
Josephine and the title track are good , the opening of the latter sounding vaguely like a bon jovi song. The opening of josephine is fantastic.
All summer long ( nothing like the song of the same name on king of the beach )is particularly moving. Stone is good.
Hired gun is also poignant but at the same time inspiring. One golden rule, with its almost gospel backing vocals is good too.
Which juat leaves my favourite- Love turns to lies. This is one of reas best ever songs the saxophone part being really haunting, and the line ' whats that you say- you were going to
leave me anyway' is so moving.
Yes- buy this album!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The making of Chris Rea as we know him today 23 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Chris Rea album that many people heard. Apart from Diamonds in the 70's he had gone unnoticed by many until the Springsteenesque Stainsby Girls entered the charts in the 80s. Shamrock diaries was a real development for Chris Rea, forming the basis of the style and structure which he has developed with such huge success over the past 2 decades. This album is a real forgotten gem, with absolutely no fillers whatsoever. You sense a relaxed nostalgia from the opening bars of Steel River to the powerful trademark guitar crescendo of hired gun. The gravelly voice, perfectly complemented by strong guitar chords are totally involving throughout. Apart from Stainsby Girl, standouts are Josephine, All Summer Long, Stone, and the title track itself. If you like Chris Rea, you will love this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality - a Top 3 Rea album.... 8 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
Superb, each tracks evokes much emotion and heartache about his "old" town and life.
The classic's "Steel River" & "Stainsby girls" are the highlights but the whole album is top notch and even these tracks are best heard as part of whole album.
A quality CD, buy it - You will not be let down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Chris Rea album you should own ! 22 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
A friend was looking through my C.D's, stopped and laughs because I had a Chris Rea Album ! ... So I challenged him to listen to it !
... After a week listening to it in his car he bought it !!! ... This is an excellent album from an era before commercialism got to Mr. Rea and all the Road to Hell rubbish !
Some great mellow songs, `Stone' being my favourite. Musically excellent and great on a good music system, difficult to compare to anything but I guess a bit Alan Parsons Project-ish in places ... So even if you hate Chris Rea, like my friend, this C.D. should deffinately be in your collection (and it's up to you if you buy any of his other C.D's ! ... I never have !)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful collection of songs 26 Aug 2014
By N. Butt
Format:Audio CD
Yes, this was my first Chris Rea album, and although I bought many more I never found one that held together in the same way. Every song is a beautifully crafted example of what a songwriter at the top of his game can achieve. The album sounds as fresh now as on its release, there is a depth of emotion, tunes that hook you and lyrics that dig deep. Yes, you can have it on in the background but listen to it and the quality of the songs makes this stand out as an exceptional album. The cd is also very well mastered so that it has a clarity and presence that is also impressive. This is in my top 5 albums, bought on a whim, and enjoyed more times than I care to remember.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Rea at his best 24 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the only CD I own that I enjoy every track! This was a demo recording which the record company refused to finance for a 'proper' recording - so the demo went out. It is perfect.
Chris Rea is not just a pop artist he is a poet - the lyrics of his songs are so poignant and evocative, e.g. "Sunburnt feet on a dusty track" you can see the whole picture from those few words.
Some of the instrumentalisation (is there such a word?) may seem dated today, but he still can't be beaten.
If you like guitars and poetry buy this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
very good
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chris Rea and his Diary 26 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For those who like and love his music of the modern age, this shows where the original talent came from. Enjoy but do not compare.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 day ago by mr robert howes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by Michael
3.0 out of 5 stars Joshepine
To be honest, I bought this album for the original version of "Josephine ", This song has been re-recorded several times. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. G. Herdes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, great service
Bought the vinyl version, took a risk not sure of the quality of the product but was surprised how good this second hand product was. Great service and very happy
Published 11 months ago by Glyndwr
5.0 out of 5 stars One Golden Rule
This was the album that introduced me to the work of Chris Rea and is still one of my all-time favourites. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mister D
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Rea Rocks On!
1985 saw the release of what, for me, is still one of Chris Rea's best ever albums, `Shamrock Diaries'. Read more
Published 19 months ago by rea-list
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic. So good to hear again
This is one of the classic albums from the master of rock from the 80's. Like listening to it for the first time but CD is better quality than the old cassette.
Published on 25 Aug 2012 by Euan Livingston
4.0 out of 5 stars Shamrock Diaries
This album - possibly as much as On The Beach - provides the atmosphere for wandering along the coast from Saltburn to Teesmouth and in to Middlesbrough, Chris's theme for Steel... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2012 by Alan Robert Lancaster
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Chris Rea.
To me, Shamrock Diaries was the pinnacle of Chris Reas career. Many casual listeners will already know Stainsby Girls and Josephine from the multitude of "Best of" collections but... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by Snaggletooth
5.0 out of 5 stars Shamrock vs Brothers
i always remember this album coming out around the same time as Dire Straits Brothers In Arms and time has not changed my opinion in that Shamrock is a far better album than Arms. Read more
Published on 21 July 2011 by The Wolf
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