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Thread: The Album Club, October 2014: Chris Rea - 'The Road to Hell'

  1. #1
    Join Date: Feb 2013

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    I'm Curator.

    Default The Album Club, October 2014: Chris Rea - 'The Road to Hell'

    The Album Club choice for October is courtesy of Al (Audio Al). It may, or may not, have been a boot sale find for Al, but it is a popular album for many. Please listen to the album in full before you vote.

    The Road to Hell

    Musical Album by Chris Rea

    • The Road to Hell is the eleventh studio album by Chris Rea. It was released in 1989 and is one of Rea's most famous albums. The second part of the two-part title track, "The Road to Hell", is also one of Rea's most famous songs .

    • Release date: October 30, 1989

    • Artist: Chris Rea

    • Songs:

    1 The Road to Hell, Part 1
    2 The Road to Hell, Part 2
    3 You Must Be Evil
    4 Texas
    5 Looking for a Rainbow
    6 Your Warm and Tender Love
    7 Daytona
    8 That's What They Always Say
    9 Let's Dance
    10 I Just Wanna Be With You
    11 Tell Me There's a Heaven

    This is my favourite Chris Rea album, so many good tracks it’s hard to pick the best one

    Chris has a voice designed for vocals you can understand every word. Chris also plays guitar and keyboard.

    Other band members are
    Max Middleton (piano)
    Martin Ditchman (Drummer percussion)
    Robert Ahwai (Guitar)
    Eoghan O’Neil (Bass Guitar)
    Kevin Leach (Drummer)

    The band and Chris make some great tracks together, Fine lead guitar, bass and drums.

    Chris is not faint hearted, the last track "Tell me there’s a heaven" is done with a full string orchestra.

    Really pushed I would say Texas is my favourite track, or The Road to Hell, or is it?

    I could go on and on,

    Hope you enjoy it !

    Wikipedia link: and

    The sound quality on YouTube is poor. Better sound quality is to be found on Grooveshark:!/album/The+...o+Hell/2360654

  2. #2
    Join Date: Oct 2011

    Location: Charente, France

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    I'm Nodrog.


    Ronnie had this album and I added it to iTunes when digitising it for her. I find that I only ever listen to The Road to hell. The rest I find underwhelming. So only 3/10 for me.

  3. #3
    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: Essex, UK

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    I'm Andy.


    Great album- glad l introduced this to Al.
    System; Michell Gyrodec SE/ Orbe Clamp/ Gert Pedersen armboard mod/ HR PSU/ SME V / J7 Tonearm cable/Ortofon Cadenza Black// Jez Arkless Turbo nutter B------ /Trichord Dino+

    Amplification and loudspeaker set up is at the moment being split into two groups, comprising the following;

    1. Same sources as above; SONY TAF-770ES/SONY CDP761E/Cable Talk 3.1 loudspeakercable/ Harbeth Compact7ES2/ Stands

    2. Virtue Audio Sensation M451battery PSU, ClarityCaps upgrade/ Sensation M901/Russian PIO caps with Teflon bypass caps upgrade/ JT Dynamic PSU with various tweaks/ Connex Audio 5N Litz loudspeaker cable, Impulse H6 Loudspeakers.

    Me so horny- Impulse H6 Horny

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    Join Date: May 2012

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    I'm Allen.


    I think its a very good LP only let down by Road to Hell part 1 , Tanking about traffic jams , although I suppose its hell in traffic jams

    8 out of 10 from me

  5. #5
    Join Date: Nov 2010

    Location: Cheshire

    Posts: 1,180
    I'm Barry.


    I was very aware of this album but had never heard it bar the singles. I find his voice a bit boring although it fits well on the sentimental track "Tell me there's a heaven", the rest just washed over me.

  6. #6
    Join Date: May 2010

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    I'm Bernie.


    I love this album! This and On The Beach are my favourites from Chris. 8/10.

  7. #7
    Join Date: May 2013

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    I'm Martin.


    Listened to this album a couple of times and apart from a couple of tracks it was all a bit similar. 6/10

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    Join Date: Jan 2009

    Location: Essex

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    I'm openingabottleofwine.


    I have always had a problem with Chris Rea - I find him too derivative. However much to my surprise, I enjoyed this album (apart from the dire last track).

    It has to be played loud and it can sound a bit similar, one track to another, but 6/10 from me.

  9. #9
    Join Date: Jun 2012

    Location: Portsmouth, UK

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    I'm Steve.


    If ever I see a Chris Rea album going in my local record shop for less than a fiver, I just pick it up.

    I accept he is slightly derivative. It's Mark Knopfler's shirtails he follows. But brings his own insight.

    Slightly darker.

  10. #10
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: West Yorkshire

    Posts: 548
    I'm Andy.


    Always liked this album!
    Main system:

    Philips DCC 730
    Technics SL-PJ28A CD Player
    Michell Orbe with arm decoupling kit & Pete's Pylons. Acrylic replacement patter, SME V. Goldring Elite MC and BB3 Phono Amp
    Technic SP-10 in Obsidian plinth, 12 inch UniPivot Arm, A&R P77 cart through a Firebottle OTP phono amp
    Network Player.
    Raspberry PI plus R2-R DAC (also used as a CD player) plus Pi NAS Server
    Pure Sound A30
    Reiver Jenna floor standers
    Sennheiser HD545 Ref, HD600, HD477
    Headphone Amp
    Myryad Z40 (also used as a pre amp)
    Backup Speakers.
    TDL RTL2, Some home made concoction...
    Backup Amps
    Audiolab 8000a, Armstrong something or other, Amstrad Quadraphonic something or other, home built EL34 power amps.....

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