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  • Audio CD (5 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B005DZMNHA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Following his sell-out UK and European tour in 2010, and 2009's UK top ten album Still So Far To Go - The Best Of Chris Rea, one of the UK’s foremost singer-songwriters returns with his first new material in over ten years. This brand new studio album features "Dancing My Blues Away", "Never Tie Me Down", "The Chance Of Love", "Rock & Roll Tonight", "Electric Guitar" and "The Last Open Road".

BBC Review

Always beware the senior rock musician who becomes too fascinated with the intricacies of his craft. Chris Rea has already released one album devoted to a guitar, 2008 'comeback' album The Return of the Fabulous Hofner Bluenotes, along with the whopping 137-track Blues Guitars collection that appeared in 2005 following his battle with pancreatitis.

Santo Spirito Blues, then, follows a similar trusty, hoary old path. The cover art, a painting of a blue guitar that you might find in a Spanish art gallery aimed at English tourists, points to this, as do track titles that are straight out of the canon - Rock and Roll Tonight, The Last Open Road, Electric Guitar, and so on.

As a straightforward homage to blues traditionalism, Santo Spirito Blues can't really be faulted. Rea's playing is exemplary, his songwriting accomplished, the boxes ticked. Yet it's hard not to feel that there's something missing from the endeavour.

Money starts with atmospheric jazz, complete with added vinyl scratches, but becomes lost in bombast, lyrics that run "it's all about the money!" feeling a little too close to the bone. Electric Guitar is in the tradition of songs devoted to the six string, strangely male, and doing a merry dance with lyrical clich�: "Got me a box with a speaker / Gonna make that angel sing", "Every song about a railway track / Every song about not going back", and so on. With the master of modernising the blues, Tom Waits, about to return with a new album, Rea unfortunately strays too far into pastiche.

What's frustrating is that there is one standout track here that shows just what Rea is capable of when he's not overly focussed on playing, and eulogising, the guitar. Alright, so The Chance of Love is remarkably similar to Dire Straits' Sultans of Swing, but it's a pacy, heady track reminiscent of Rea at his 80s best. Crucially, the simple guitar lines and sax allow his greatest asset, that gravelly voice, to breathe. It's a shame that, elsewhere in this album, it so struggles to be heard.

--Luke Turner

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I've got to say that I don't usually do reviews, but being a huge Chris Rea fan from the beginning I thought I would give it a go after receiving his latest album The Santo Spirito Blues this morning (Thanks Amazon).
This is Mr Rea's best album for ages. I do think he lost his way a bit after his near fatal illness and his music reflected this. He seams to have got this off his chest now and this latest offering puts him back at the top of his game. There's not a weak track on it. Buy it, it won't disappoint.
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Chris Rea - The BBC reviewer thinks this album has something missing? I don't. If you've followed Chris over the years you'll know his first love is the blues, he even said at one point he wouldn't play his old stuff, like "road to hell" again at his concerts. Well he changed his mind and last year I watched a master of his craft doing his thing at the Newcastle City Hall. This album is Chris at his best and the track "chance of love" is being compared to a Dire Straits track...make up your own mind, and I have no doubt Chris would be not be offended by that comparison?
All I have to say is this is Chris Rea doing what Chris Rea does best. He might not agree?
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Santo Spirito Blues is the twenty-third studio album by Chris Rea, released in 2011.

1."Dancing My Blues Away" - 4:13
2."Rock and Roll Tonight" - 3:42
3."Never Tie Me Down" - 4:35
4."The Chance of Love" - 4:15
5."The Last Open Road" - 4:20
6."Electric Guitar" - 4:21
7."Money" - 6:47
8."The Way She Moves" - 5:55
9."Dance with Me All Night Long" - 6:03
10."Think Like a Woman" - 4:19
11."You Got Lucky" - 3:55
12."Lose My Heart in You" - 4:55
13."I Will Go On" - 3:00
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By DavyG TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Dec. 2014
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My initial reaction to "Santo Spirito Blues" was a sense of deja vu. Some of the tracks had been released (in different takes) on "Blue Guitars", and I reckon that any song on this set could have found its way into that epic collection.
I don't mean to imply, however, that I have any feeling of "been there, done that" about "Santo Spirito Blues"; on the contrary, the music is absolutely excellent, as it almost always is where Chris Rea is concerned. The man has been producing top quality music for half my lifetime. During all those years he has barely made a false step, and he doesn't make one here. This is another real treat for admirers of this master craftsman's work. Keep on rockin', Chris.
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By R. Muir TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2011
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"...I'll do happy blues... up-tempo, lots of off-the-wall guitar, to try and shake off the blues."

The above comment is the very definition of Spirito Blues, the latest album from Chris Rea.

And the quote comes from the acclaimed singer songwriter himself, who also happens to be a great six-stringer and one of the finest slide blues guitarists in the business.

Santo Spirito Blues follows the form of most of Chris Rea's releases over the last decade. It's an album rooted in the blues, a road the musician purposely found himself travelling at the start of the Millennium after he recovered from serious illness and an operation with a predicted 50% chance of survival.

The album and its up-beat tempo is typified by tracks such as `Rock and Roll Tonight' with its Stones-esque rhythm and riffing and `Never Tie me Down,' a song for the young man with his life still ahead of him.
It's not a one dimensional album, however, and Rea does deliver a tune or three in amongst the thirteen tracks that's more laid back or slow blues.
The two lightest pieces on Santo Spirito Blues close out proceedings - the smoky blues of `Lose My Heart in You' and the country-blues tinged ballad `I Will Go On.'

The album comes in two flavours.
There's the standard album release reviewed here and a multi-disc set.
The box-set edition is a five disc release featuring three CD's and two DVD's.
The DVD's are two films written and directed by Rea.
One is what is described as "a raw and brutally honest" film on bullfighting, while the other is about a man's journey on a search for the truth in the city of Florence.
The soundtracks to both films are featured on two of the CD's while the other CD is the Santo Spirito Blues album.
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I love Chris Rea's music but this time, after listening the disc 5 or 6 times, the over all impression is a certain sense of laziness. There's nothing new here. It's Chris Rea using all the old and tried tropes. He's doing it very well mind you, but unfortunately all this is also marred by my feeling that he thought that he had to up-tempo everything to simulate what is finally a false sense of energy. I came out of listening to the whole album feeling that he was bored and was eager to get over with all the songs. It's too bad because some of them, The Chance of Love for example, given more breathing space, could have been right up there with his Auberge's production.
Not as bad as The Road to Hell Part 2 (1/5 star in my book) but far from his better outings.
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Ordered the CD from Amazon as soon as it came out and being a fan of Chris Rea, I was not let down this is a really good album a return to the blues of 'Dancing down the street', a good mixture of blues tracks, I won,t go through all the tracks as this has been done by other reviewers, there are a couple of slower tracks that take a few listens to get into, and the title track is being played a lot on the radio.
Overall a really strong album by a great song writer and guitarist so do yourself a favour and order a copy from Amazon.
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