New release: Chris Rea – Era 1: Rarities 1978-1984 (3CD set, Rhino, 06.11.2020)

Chris Rea - Era 1: Rarities 1978-1984

ERA 1 (As, Bs and Rarities 1978-1984) is a new Chris Rea rarities compilation that brings together his early work in a triple-CD package.

The set provides a comprehensive look at Chris Rea’s progression as a solo artist, which started following spells in bands Magdalene and The Beautiful Losers. After securing a solo record deal with Magnet Records, Chris released his debut solo album ‘Whatever Happened to Benny Santini?’ in 1978.

Era 1 (As, Bs & Rarities 1978 – 1984) begins with an edited version of Chris Rea’s first big hit ‘Fool (If You Think It’s Over)’ which came from his debut album. The track became a big hit in the USA, earning him a 1979 Grammy nomination as Best New Artist.

Following on from this are a whole host of rarities, including B-sides, language variations and different mixes released throughout this period. During this time Chris Rea released six studio albums one of those being Wired To The Moon – of which this set’s cover artwork is adapted from. Inside contains a booklet which includes pictures of the various original singles artwork.

Chris Rea – Era 1: Rarities 1978-1984

Track listings

CD 1

1-Fool (If You Think It’s Over)
2-Midnight Love
3-Voy A Volverme Loco (Fool If You Think It’s Over) (Spanish Language Version)
4-Whatever Happened To Benny Santini?
5-Three Angels
6- Diamonds
7-Cleveland Calling
8-Raincoat And A Rose
9-No Qualifications
10-Tennis
11-If You Really Love Me
12-Dancing Girls
13-Friends Across The Water
14-Ya No Te Veo Nunca Mas (Since I Don’t See You Anymore)
(Spanish Language Version)
15-Loving You
16-Let Me Be The One
17- Diamonds (12” version)

CD 2

1-Do You Still Dream
(Original recording of song. First issued on ‘One Fine Day’ LP in 2019)
2-Loving You
(Original recording of song. First issued on ‘One Fine Day’ LP in 2019)
3-One Fine Day
(Original recording of the song (in 1981). First issued on Soft Top, Hard Shoulder single in 1993
4-One Sweet And Tender Touch
(Original recording of the song (in 1981). First issued on Que Sera single 1988
5-If I Ever Break Free
(Original recording of the song (in 1981). First issued on ‘One Fine Day’ LP in 2019.
6-Sierra Sierra
(Original recording of song (in 1981). First issued on ‘One Fine Day’ LP in 2019.
7-Members Only
(Original recording of song (in 1981). First issued on ‘One Fine Day’ LP in 2019.
8-Let Me Be The One
(Original recording of the song (in 1981). First issued on ‘One Fine Day’ LP in 2019.
9-One Night With You
(Original recording of the song (in 1981). First issued on ‘One Fine Day’ LP in 2019.
10-Every Beat Of My Heart
11-Don’t Look
12-Let It Loose
13-Urban Samurai
14- Let It Loose(special extended remix)
15-Sierra Sierra
16-I Can Hear Your Heartbeat
17-From Love To Love
18-I Can Hear Your Heartbeat (special extended mix)

CD 3

1-Love’s Strange Ways
2-Smile
3-I Don’t Know What It Is But I Love It
4-Mystery Man
5-I Don’t Know What It Is But I Love It
6-Bombollini (6.10)
7-True Love (3.40)
8- Touche D’Amour (special remix)
9-Ace Of Hearts (special remix)
10-Excerpts from ’I Can Hear Your Heartbeat’ recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival
11-Auf Immer Und Ewig
12- Bitter Sweet
13- Touche D’Amour (instrumental)
14-Touche d’amour (Special extended remix)
15-Ace Of Hearts (special remix)
16-Special Edition 12” Medley
(Let It Loose/I Can Hear Your Heartbeat/I Don’t Know What It Is But I Love It)