25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A must have album.,
This review is from: Blue Street (Five Guitars) (Audio CD)If you're any kind of chris rea fan you will have bought his 2002 release- Dancing down the stony road. This jazzy album wasn't to everyones taste, though some of the songs were good and you definately had to be in the mood for it. Blue Street is different. Yes- its that same modern jazz that suites Rea's guitar very well but nearly all the songs on here are instrumental and in my opinion more listenable.
The first tracks are all linked and without looking at your cd player its hard to hear when one ends and the other begins. Its great to chill out to, and there are refences to 2 famous tunes in Big C and 1st snow Mingus.
When the track " still going to a go go" starts you suddenly know why you like Chris Rea. The chords , the ever so true down to earth lyrics and great instrumentation make it a true classic. This segues nicely to Are you ready? , a lively, but short song.
Funk 48- as the other reveiws suggest , is one song you'll either love or hate , but its Rea modernising , and don't take it too seriously- its great stuff!
The other tracks to watch out for are the calming " Big C Big sea" and Hoffner break which is just a short haunting guitar passage.
if you're hesitating to buy this album, don't. You won't be disappointed . Plus the attractive packaging with a different style of sleeve, and Rea's own artwork and slightly weird narration make it all desirable. I'm not too sure why the lyrics to "Guitar street" a song that has appeared on 2 of his previous albums- King of the beach and Chris Rea- is in the sleeve notes, as it doesn't feature on the album at all.
Nethertheless get this album and Hoffner Blue Notes together to chill out to the jazzy guitars of one of the best living guitarists.