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Few artists can lay claim to international success spanning three decades but, beginning with his very first release, Chris de Burgh has achieved precisely that.
The foundations for a remarkable and durable career were laid back in 1975 with the release of Chris’s debut album, ‘Far Beyond These Castle Walls’, featuring the single, ‘Flying’, which spent 17 weeks ... Read more in Amazon's Chris De Burgh Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ferryman
  • ASIN: B00080CJ6K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. When Winter Comes
2. The Road to Freedom
3. Snow Is Falling
4. The Words 'I Love You'
5. Songbird
6. Five Past Dreams
7. Here for You
8. What You Mean to Me
9. Rose of England
10. The Journey
11. Read My Name

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "christiancraughwell" on 4 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
On the the surface "The Road to Freedom" is an extremely well written album. It contains varied styles and subject matter ranging from a dark ballad about a mass grave "Snow is Falling" to the tender love song "Five Past Dreams" which contains both musical and lyrical references to De Burghs biggest hit "The Lady In Red"
Generally the album has very little smaltz and it very much a return to form for De Burgh, this record will in parts remind older fans of albums like "Crusader" and "At The End Of A Perfect Day" . "Rose Of England" is the strongest evidence of that, written in a style that De Burgh hasn't approached since his "Spanish Train" days in the mid seventies.
Other themes this album touches on include religious intolerance "The Words I Love You" an up tempo pop orientated track. The after life "The Journey" a strong track with a good percussion drive and a divine guitar riff provided by Phil Palmer.
So all and all this album is a goodie, however it has one major flaw. Although at times the production is excellent, three tracks on this album contain a full orchestra. The production on the quieter more acoustic numbers like "Songbird" and ode to Eva Cassidy is dogged by unrelenting keyboard dirges. Similarly some of the other tracks suffer from overuse of electronic programmed sounds rather than real instruments. This in contrast with the orchestral numbers make them sound downright cheap. A real shame because the writing is some of the most solid and interesting De Burgh has done in a long time.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By lerusty on 17 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Chris's previous album, 'Timing Is Everything' (2002), did not really push the boat out. 'The Road To Freedom' was released in spring 2004 and from the opening notes of the opening track, the instrumental 'When Winter Comes', you know that you're in for a very special 43 minutes with this album. 'When Winter Comes' starts off with a haunting piano solo before it develops into an orchestral piece with quite a sad feel to it. This track leads seamlessly into the title track, which, for me, is one of Chris' best. After a barren start, it quickly develops into a powerful lament for peace in his land with mentions of his son whom Chris seems concerned about in this and in the fourth track 'The Words I Love You' which was the first single off the album and which appears to suggest a strained relationship between him and his son. The third track, 'Snow Is Falling', is set against an orchestral back drop with other hints that all is not happy on the domestic front as well as, I think, a lament for those who have fallen in their quest for peace. The song reaches a crescendo and, by the end, I can't help feeling for Chris having listened to what I believe to be twelve minutes of his most emotional, personal music ever. 'Songbird' is for Eva Cassidy and 'Five Past Dreams' follows on from his most well-known hit from 1986; clearly, him and the wife are okay which is good to hear after the emotion of the early tracks. Darkness creeps in again with 'Here For You' which reflects on the time which has flown past since, I think, Rosanna was young. It is a poignant song. 'Rose Of England' is a very interesting return to his historical storytelling of old; this track could be from the earliest years of his career and it's brilliant.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This latest album contains some of the best songs Chris de Burgh has ever written. The songs "The Road to Freedom" and "Snow is Falling" are incredibly poignant and emotional, particularly in these times of war and death. Having been disappointed by the last album, I was glad to see that this CD shows Chris de Burgh returning to what he does best: make use of his fantastic songwriting talent and great voice to present the listener with songs worth listening to, songs worth hearing every word he has written. There are enough so-called singers out there who have trouble carrying a tune, let alone produce a song that has something to say. I hope that Chris de Burgh will continue writing such beautiful songs, both in music and content, for a long, long time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By film fan VINE VOICE on 20 May 2007
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This album was released back in 2004 and is a wonderful return to his storytelling status which he started way back in 1974 with "Far Beyond These Castle Walls". I think that all the tracks on here are really exceptional and of a high standard. This is Chris De Burgh at the top of his game.

"When Winter Comes" is a haunting and beautiful instrumental which blends seamlessly into the title track "The Road To Freedom", a song about hope. There are other favourites on this album. "Here For You", a follow-up song to 1986's "For Rosanna" about his daughter and how much she has grown up over the years. It's a very poignant track I think and it also features Rosanna on backing vocals towards the end of the song which is a lovely idea. Also there's "Read My Name" and "Five Past Dreams" which is about his wife.

This is a terrific follow-up album to his previous "Timing Is Everything" and a great album. I hope Chris De Burgh makes more albums like this and his follow-up "The Storyman". This is a gem.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Brittlebank on 2 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of Chris de Burgh's finest albums, except of course for Quiet Revolution. I am a huge de Burgh fan and I was a little dissapointed at the last album (Timing is Everything) because it seemed to me that Chris was trying to be to poppy and up-to-date. But I can let that rest as the new album is here. On "The Road To Freedom", Chris has suceeded in trying to be up-to-date, especially on the track 'The Words "I Love You"' (which was the first single from the album). Other tracks include part 2 of Lady In Red (Five Past Dreams) and "Read My Name".
This album is definently worth buying as there is such a mix of genres on the album. I now can't wait until the concert to hear all these great songs live!
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