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The Getaway CD

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  • Audio CD (30 April 1984)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B000006Y1X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Don't Pay the Ferryman
  2. Living On The Island
  3. Crying And Laughing
  4. I'm Counting On You
  5. The Getaway
  6. Ship to Shore
  7. All The Love I Have Inside
  8. Borderline
  9. Where Peaceful Waters Flow
  10. The Revolution
  11. Light A Fire
  12. Liberty

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I've been listening to Chris De Burgh for about 15 years now, and Don't Pay The Ferryman is still one of my all time favourite tracks. When you then combine that with softer ballads like Borderline and I'm Counting On You, the power of Getaway and add on the end the trio Revolution, Light A Fire and Liberty, it all adds up to an excellent album. If you like his 1980's style then this album is well worth adding to your collection.
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The early 1980s saw Chris de Burgh in a musical transition: away from the acoustic-led, folky sound of his early albums to a flirtation with electronica and rock. "The Getaway" was released in 1982, somewhere in the mid-point of the transition, and benefits from both de Burgh's gifts as an epic storyteller and his ear for a powerful sound. It also, and perhaps less happily, contains the first hints of his flirtation with heart-on-sleeve love ballads, which were to lead to 1986's mega-selling "Lady in Red" and his subsequent confinement to easy-listening purgatory.
Happily, the album opener (the eerie, thunderous "Don't Pay the Ferryman", also something new for de Burgh as it was his first single release) contains no such portents, instead captivating the listener instantly with a world of half-myth, all crashing keyboard and half-crazed vocals. This is de Burgh at his best. The next few tracks soften the mood without seeming self-conscious or slushy, and in many ways de Burgh reached his peak as a balladeer with "I'm Counting on You", a lullaby for his new-born baby daughter (who subsequently went on to become Miss World...) and, at the same time, a bittersweet rant about the state of the world.
The middle section of the album has more of a "pop" feel to it, with keyboard dominating. "The Getaway" manages to be a defiant protest song at the same time, but "Ship to Shore" is almost Stock/Aitken/Waterman. "Borderline" - the story of a refugee fleeing a country at war to be with his lover far away - is de Burgh at his tragic best, while "Where Peaceful Waters Flow" offers a prayer and a hope for something better. The theme of war is revisited for the epic song-cycle which closes the album - at times a nod in the direction of prog rock.
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I've been listening to Chris De Burgh since I was 14 years old and I've been a huge fan since then too. I originally had this excellent album on LP until a couple of years ago when I decided to own it on cd. I really love the mixture he puts in on this album. Fusing the rockier elements with the power ballads works wonders.

The opening "Don't Pay The Ferryman" is a rousing and haunting track about a guy who hears voices telling him not to sell his soul to the devil. And the closing of the album is a trio of songs about the revolution. The songs in between are also great tracks especially the beautiful lament "Borderline" about a refugee in a war-torn country wanting to be with his sweetheart. This is Chris De Burgh on top form.

Rupert Hine, the keyboard player, uses an array of synthesizers and keyboards to great effect. Check out the sounds on "Crying And Laughing" of the aeroplane taking off and the footprints on the tarmac. An excellent album from a great storyteller.
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Some of the most beautiful songs of Chris De Burgh are on this album which is lyrically brilliant and musically from stunning to soft and satisfying. The Gateway has enough spectacular songs on it for us to live with them for a couple of months by picking one song a week and letting it spread its spiritual high upon us.

Borderline must be one of the most amazing songs he has ever written but I can't decide if I can place it above Liberty as my most favorite song of this album and by Chris De Burgh in general. Borderline is a piano accompanied song with the lyric telling two stories at once in a way which most likely leaves many listeners with a single tale of their own. Liberty on the other hand is a guitar accompanied song and it is a truly progressive song. It is simply stunning musically, emotionally and spiritually. Counting On You is another spiritual jewel of this album. It is a song written to his daughter and it is the most beautiful song addressed to a child I've ever heard. Counting On You should be played not only by millions of Irish parents to their children. Musically, it is a piano accompanied song with added string section as the song progresses. Crying And Laughing would be my fourth favorite song of The Gateway. With 'go now, but go in love, for it's the only way' Chris says goodbye to his most likely fictional lover. Where Peaceful Waters Flow is another great song, musically simply but spiritually complex showering us with wisdom again. The Revolution and Light A Fire are both really good songs as well and if we add Don't Pay The Ferryman to this list (although this one is most likely more controversial) that takes us to 8 songs which in my view makes The Gateway a great album. Perhaps I should add song The Gateway to my list. It is definitely not one of my favorite songs of this album but apparently it must have meant a lot to Chris De Burgh since he used it to name the album.
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My personal fave C De B album. Very beautiful collection of songs, 'Ship to shore' is so rousing and 'Living on the island 'so relaxing. U can't go wrong with this. Give it a try- this is pre 'Lady in red' and before his sudden fame. Real fans always knew his real worth. Man on the line is also worth checking out, particularly for 'I love the night (The ecstasy of flight') and 'High on emotion'. Would also recommend 'Spanish Train & other stories album - for me this is his trump card! No pun intended... 'Lonely Sky', Patricia the stripper', Spaceman came travelling', and Spanish Train, the ultimate good vs evil song....... hear for yourself..
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