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There And Back

Chris Norman Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Solo Sound Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Gypsy Queen 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Nobody's Fool 5:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wish You Well 6:270.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Whisky & Water 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Love's Such a Strange Thing 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lovers and Friends 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hard Road to Cross 5:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hounddog Blues 4:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Did the Monkeys Take Over the Zoo 4:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Hot Love 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Northern Star 1:240.99  Buy MP3 

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Featuring thirteen fresh and original tracks, ‘There And Back’ sees Chris Norman draw on the experience and songwriting panache that have seen him notch up over 20 million albums sales globally. As well as his own hits, Chris has worked with the likes of of ABBA’s Agnetha, Donovan, Heavy Metal Kids, Cynthia Lennon, and duetted with Suzi Quattro on the hit ‘Stumblin’ In’. He even created the England football team’s World Cup ’82 hit ‘This Time’. ‘There And Back’ is all about Chris though. This is a collection of dynamic songs and, of course, that wonderful voice is employed to full effect. With an ongoing full diary of live dates across the world, the former Smokie vocalist is in fantastic form with this release which sees him making a whole-hearted return to what he does best.

Chris explains, “There’s no doubt that ‘There And Back’ came about because I wanted to get back to the roots of my career, back to recording in the way I used to when I started back in the 60s and 70s. I wrote most of the album myself, but some are co-writes with the musicians that I work with on the road, and that was important. My live band and I went into the studio to record the tracks together, capturing the edge and energy that we get in front of a crowd. We worked together as a unit and really enjoyed the process, which is how we used to do it. This album is all about reconnecting with everything that has gone before in my career, pulling it all together and then driving it forward. My voice has never sounded better, I’m so proud of ‘There And Back’”.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Norman's Best Solo Album To Date? 5 Oct 2013
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Having been a Smokie fan since the 70s I have not always found Chris Norman's solo albums to be of a consistent standard since he left the group. There are usually 3 or 4 excellent songs on Chris' albums, but the rest, although well produced and enjoyable, aren't as memorable as when he was writing and performing with Smokie.

Maybe I'm being too harsh, and maybe Chris Norman didn't and doesn't want to re-create the "Smokie sound" too much on his solo material, although who am I to judge as Chris has carved out a remarkable,consistent and successful solo career throughout Europe.

Moving on to his latest offering, "There and Back", I do have to say that this his probably his best solo album to date. Chris' voice still sounds superb, the production is excellent and the songs have an incredible energy driven by a great set of musicians. Ok, some songs are derivative of other styles and artists, but that doesn't distract from what is a great hard pop with a little bit of rock album (very difficult to define the actual style, which isn't a bad thing!)

The more I've played this album, the more I've enjoyed it and some of the songs like "Did The Monkeys Take Over The Zoo", "My Jenny", "Whisky And Water" have all been buzzing round my head.

Although "There And Back" will be enjoyed by hardcore Smokie fans it is definitely in Chris' style rather than his former band's. About five years ago Alan Silson (Smokie's original lead guitarist) released an excellent solo album "Solitary Bird" which is truer to Smokie's original sound and style which you may prefer. However, "There And Back" is a great album from one of the distinctive (and under-rated) voices of rock and pop.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD 13 Nov 2013
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Always good to hear Chris once again, as well as in new songs.
Recommended especialy for Chris Norman fans, but also others can enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year 24 Oct 2013
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I buy lots albums and this is the best of the year (Chuck Prophet "Temple Beautiful" is close). Chris Norman has high standards and he is peaking here, his voice is as good as ever. "Gypsy Queen" would be a massive hit if the music business wasn't so rigged. "Whisky and Water" is the stuff Status Quo used to write. Great Guitar from Geoff Carline, though the band is top notch. Can't really fault this album, take a bow Chris and come to Scotland for some gigs please. Just buy it folks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Norman gets better and better 21 Oct 2013
By Poached
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This album is a complete joy from start to finish.You can in places hear the influence of other artists that Chris likes.All I want now is a UK tour this album is a must have
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent album from a quality singer. 16 April 2014
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Chris has delivered another truly memorable album. His work is absolutely amazing and all these songs are really very wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cd 12 April 2014
By moz
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I was very pleased with this Chris Norman CD. It is the second one I have bought and it is every bit as good as the first. Great guy. Great songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Perfection 18 Mar 2014
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Simply a brilliant artist from my era,i enjoyed the musical talent of this man during his time with Smokie,and still like his material today.

I might be getting old but still enjoy the music of Chris Norman and indeed the Music of Smokie and as a Keyboard player myself still prefer this kind of Music to some of todays other artists.

Everybody has their own taste in music but I think Chris has still got the voice to captivate a listener with a good musical ear.

I never understand the musical industry in the uk when their are good bands out there with listening quality and we have to settle for the rubbish they are churning out now!! Bring back some Sanity
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4.0 out of 5 stars great around album 1 Mar 2014
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I've always been a smokie fan and I've been aware that Chris has had solo efforts in the past. Listened to this because it's recent and I'm glad I did. Simply superb great mix if styles and tunes. Voice is just as fresh sounding as it was in the smokie years, song writing even better.
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