The Getaway CD
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Sounds good, I am not familiar with the tracks yet and need to play it a few more times. I based my decision on reviews in Amazon and do not regret the purchase.Published 3 months ago by NHM
Simply great, good quality and fast delivery one of my favourite's.Published 6 months ago by Kathy of Bracknell
As a long time Chris De Burgh fan this was an easy purchase and it was as good as everPublished 14 months ago by tiger