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Chris Rea The Road to Hell and Back
Recorded at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, this concert film captures a brilliant performance on Chris Rea’s farewell tour set. To the the delight of fans present on the night, Rea delivered a balanced set of his greatest hits (Road to Hell parts 1 & 2, Stainsby Girls, Josephine etc) along with selections from his more recent blues/jazz/roots orientated recordings. The hits work because they are presented in a stripped back, simplified way that represents more closely how they were original conceived and written – as Rea says himself, all his songs start out as blues songs. The recent cuts benefit from the live renditions, delivered as they are by a collection of rather excellent musicians who have worked with Rea for quite a long time.
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