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Spanish Train And Other Stories
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Album: Spanish Train And Other Stories
# Song Title   Time
1)    Spanish Train More Info... 5:03
2)    Lonely Sky More Info... 3:55
3)    This Song For You More Info... 4:16
4)    Patricia The Stripper More Info... 3:30
5)    A Spaceman Came Travelling More Info... 5:12
6)    I'm Going Home More Info... 3:34
7)    The Painter More Info... 4:20
8)    Old Friend More Info... 3:42
9)    The Tower More Info... 5:23
10)    Just Another Poor Boy More Info... 4:49
 

Album: Spanish Train And Other Stories
# Song Title   Time
1)    Spanish Train More Info... 5:03
2)    Lonely Sky More Info... 3:55
3)    This Song For You More Info... 4:16
4)    Patricia The Stripper More Info... 3:30
5)    A Spaceman Came Travelling More Info... 5:12
6)    I'm Going Home More Info... 3:34
7)    The Painter More Info... 4:20
8)    Old Friend More Info... 3:42
9)    The Tower More Info... 5:23
10)    Just Another Poor Boy More Info... 4:49
 
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  • Personnel: Chris de Burgh (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, background vocals); Ray Glynn (guitar, electric guitar); Ian Bairnson (guitar); Chris Mercer, Mark Eves, Mick Eve (saxophone); Phillip Goodhand-Tait (harmonium, keyboards); Tony Hymas (keyboards); Ken Freeman (synthesizer, string synthesizer); David Hentschel, Ken Kreeman (synthesizer); Barry DeSouza (drums); Lennox Laington (percussion).
  • Recording information: Ramport Studio; Ramport Studios; Scorpio Studio; Scorpio Studios.
  • Photographer: Clive Arrowsmith.
  • Arrangers: Richard Hewson; Robert Kirby.
  • Chris de Burgh's storytelling prowess comes into fruition on Spanish Train and Other Stories as he carefully grasps the listener's attention with his soft-spoken candor. With songs that are reminiscent of tales told to a young child by his bedside, de Burgh captivates his audience with his serene anecdotes that are enhanced by the music that envelops him. The opening "Spanish Train" is a mysterious yarn about a poker game between God and the Devil, where the victor inherits the soul of a dying train engineer. de Burgh's vocal escalation from serene to flamboyant makes this one of his best songs, as does the marvelous twist at the end of the story. "A Spaceman Came Travelling" has de Burgh blanketing his wispy voice in a tale about the birth of Jesus, only his version substitutes the Star of Bethlehem for an alien visitor who has arrived to reveal a startling message. With "Patricia the Stripper," de Burgh proves that his sense of humor has not escaped him, as the baroque melody and playful banter make this tune one of his most spirited. Both musically appealing and lyrically thought-provoking, it is this style of narrative that causes Spanish Train to be one of his best albums. Even the forlorn tone of the piano in "Lonely Sky" invokes sadness and melancholy with perfection, coupled with de Burgh's vacant air. All the songs on Spanish Train capture de Burgh's flair for singing elegant pieces that are sincerely attractive, all the while illustrating his pliable vocal stylishness. ~ Mike DeGagne
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