Blue Guitars [11CD + DVD] Box set, Colour, PAL
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Includes bonus DVD.
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Following his illness he released the music he has always wanted to release. The first of which was Dancing Down The Stony Road. Now, this is the classic album of all time (Well, it is in my opinion anyway). If you like the sound of blues and you like the sound of Guitar you will love DDTSR. However, now we have a box set of 11 CD's to enjoy. What I don't understand is that someone can write enough songs for 11 CD's in 11 different styles - and still not write a bad song. The quality is amazing. He seems to have a style all of his own and it is a style better than anyone elses! Again, if you love the blues, Guitars and superb vocals, then you have to buy this. You will love it.
Incidentally, for those that didn't know, he does a lot of artwork as well. The artwork in this album is truly superb. I am not an art fan, but I love some of the pictures in this box set - so much so that I am going to buy some prints!
Add to all this the fact that this box set is immaculately presented, better than anything else I have ever seen from anybody before, then you will see that this is a true bargain. Buy it, you won't regret it.
The music is superb. If you haven't listened to Chris Rea before, it doesn't really matter as long as you like blues music and guitars. Start with disc one and just let it wash over you until you reach disc eleven. Almost every style of the blues are here, with some instrumental re-works of old tunes and about 120 new songs! Truly wonderful and if this really is Mr. Rea's Swan Song then what a way to go!
With eleven albums of all-new material, there are no dud tracks, and, begging to differ from the record executives, there are a number of hit tracks (in a number of styles, from ballad to rock, showing the range of Blues influence).
Blue Guitars is great! Buy it!
(But it is not for everybody: If you do not like the Blues, or if you do not like Chris Rea's voice, or if you do not have a CD player, do not buy!)
P.S. Oh yes, the DVD with Blue Guitars is a fascinating look at the recording of the double CD, Dancing Down the Stony Road, which is also a great album, and a harrowing glimpse into Chris Rea's health struggles. II think that that the 20 tracks on that album go together very well with the 137 tracks on Blue Guitars.
I had always liked his music and wanted a chance to see him perform live before he hung up his guitar.
What I got, I was not totally prepared for. His talent, technical ability, and pure love of what he does came off the stage like a life force.
During the following week I purchased "Blue Guitars".
If you know even a snippet about music, any music, you will not fail to see that this guy is more than just an exponent of what he calls "The Blues".
HE HAS NO EQUALLS ! At what he does, he is totally brilliant, I envy him for the happiness that he enjoys while practicing his art, infectious enthusiasm.....Love it Chris, I would love to meet you mate.
If this set had been issued by somebody new to the music scene, then all the usual pundits would be lauding him. For Chris Rea, it is his farewell and a very poignant farewell it is. If he had never issued anything else, then this would stand as a brilliant body of work. Taken together with all the albums issued over the last 25 years, then it is outstanding.
If you have never really listened to Chris Rea, then take this excellent opportunity to discern why he has had a faithful following over the years and why we have all looked forward eagerly to each new release.
Thanks for the music Chris - we will not forget the pleasure you have given us and look forward to any releases with your new band Fireflies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'll leave the music per se aside, because ultimately it all just boils down to personal taste. You can hear samples of the tracks and deside for yourself. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kekeris Georgios
There really are not enough ways of describing how fabulous this 'album' is to do it any kind of justice. I am so late in finding this I can't believe that it passed me by. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MkStevo
I don't particularly like the Blues and neither am a fan of Chris Rea
But this boxset is just amazing
I haven't been so 'into' an album for many many years... Read more
This collection of Chris Rea's CD's is absolutely brilliant so unlike any of Chris Rea's other music. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Denise L.