Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes
Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
As a musician and avid li...
The problem with AOR as a...
Thanks Jose. However, man...
I would have voted "no" a...
Interesting responses fro...
Well personally, I won't ...
No no, don't cancel Moder...
Fair Play to you Jeff. I ...
I listened to a fair amou...
This is an album I really...
I've somehow stayed off t...
Very nice album. I enjoye...
I was very concerned abou...
I am still in the process...
I love the Steven Wilson ...
Just give the song "downt...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

Explorer
17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

gdazegod
17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

gdazegod
17-01-2018 01:56
There is a three-part article coming up for E.L.O (Eldorado, A New World Record and Out Of The Blue). Look out for it soon.

Explorer
16-01-2018 08:52
Stoke fans have my commiserations.Und
er Lambert the Villa played some of the most boring, unimaginative football I`ve ever had the misfortune to witness.Relegation
?,yes I`d say so.

gdazegod
16-01-2018 00:59
Stoke City condemned 2 relegation. Who is the new manager? Paul Lambert.

englandashes
15-01-2018 22:09
Agreed Reyno about Clyde Best, further back is the story of Walter Tull which is quite heartbreaking, links to Northampton and lived in Rushden.

englandashes
15-01-2018 22:05
Big loss is Cyrille, only short time at Wolves, but I was at the Peterborough game where he scored the last minute winner, Cyrille and Laurie C, what a team.

reyno-roxx
15-01-2018 22:05
I think many people forget guys like West Ham's Clyde Best whenever the subject of the impact of black footballers in the English game crops up. He was just as good as the West Brom trio years b4

Explorer
15-01-2018 19:13
Cyrille was part of the ground breaking so called 'three degrees' who did so much to break down racial barriers in Football back in the late 70's.R.I.P

gdazegod
15-01-2018 18:50
R.I.P the great Cyrille Regis. West Brom legend, plus Coventry, Wolves and Villa too. Aged 59.

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1980 Articles » Rea, Chris - 1980 Tennis
 
Rea, Chris - 1980 Tennis



ARTIST: Rea, Chris
ALBUM: Tennis
LABEL: Magnet
SERIAL: 2473 904
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 1986, Magnet (Japan), VDP-1145 * 1988, East West, 2292-42370-2

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Chris Rea - vocals, guitar, slide guitar, keyboards, piano, synth * Robert Ahwry, Dave Burton - guitar * Kevin Leach, Max Middleton - keyboards * Pete Wingfield - keyboards, backing vocals * Graham Watson - accordion, keyboards, synth * Geoff Driscoll, Raphael Ravenscroft - saxophone * Lee Thornberg - trumpet * Raoul Gonzales - trombone, bass trombone * Martin Ditcham, Mark Rea - percussion * Mick Hutchinson, Eoghan O'Neill, Bruce Lynch - bass * Norman Nosebait, Dave Mattacks - drums * George Chandler, Stuart Epps, Jimmy Chambers - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tennis * 02 Sweet Kiss * 03 Since I Don't See You Anymore * 04 Dancing Girls * 05 No Work Today * 06 Everytime I See You Smile * 07 For Ever And Ever * 08 Good News * 09 Friends Across The Water * 10 Distant Summers * 11 Only With You * 12 Stick It

WEBLINKS: www.chrisrea.com


Background
My first exposure to the music of Chris Rea was in 1978 and the hit single 'Fool (if you think it's over)' from his debut 'Whatever Happened to Benny Santini?' The song was perfect summer fare and a welcome change from the disco onslaught that was starting to plague the U.S airwaves at the time. With a Grammy nomination for 'Fool..', (losing out to Billy Joel) it appeared Rea had a bright future although his follow-up album 'Deltics' failed to do much aside from minor chart success with the single 'Diamonds' and it seemed at least to the general public Chris Rea had lost his momentum. Perhaps this is why 'Tennis', his third album failed to generate much attention and quickly disappeared. I only remember seeing it once or twice in the local shops after securing my copy and have come across the LP just a handful of times in the years since. Fortunately, 'Tennis' is now available on CD giving everyone a chance to hear this lost classic once again.


The Songs
The album's title track was the first single and it's one of Rea's finest songs with its socio-political lyrics and a hook that draws the listener in over repeated plays. Rea has a great rock voice in the style of Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Night) and Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits in a smokey blues style. 'Dancing Girls' and 'Only with You' are quintessential Chris Rea, again offering a summery feel much like his aforementioned very first single a couple years earlier and both songs should have been big hits in a perfect world. The Dire Straits comparisons crop up again on the two instrumentals 'No Work Today' and 'Friends across the Water', the later with a distinct reggae vibe and with this influence and the dreamy 'Distant Summers' I am reminded of 10cc's masterwork 'Bloody Tourists'. Both albums are like musical bookends, progressive artiness and pure pop song craft blended in a tasty musical cocktail!


In Summary
Rea would find his greatest success in the late 80's and early 90's with 'The Road To Hell' and 'Auberge' albums but for this listener, the early work from this under-appreciated artist stands out as his best. A battle with cancer a few years ago prompted Rea to return to his roots in the blues, but I hold out hope that one day he will come back to pop music where his classy style is sorely needed.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
Comments
#1 | sabace on December 25 2007 19:56:50
you're having a laugh, right ?, RIGHT ?
#2 | jeffduran on January 28 2008 03:11:20
NO LAUGHING HERE! This is an absolute classic. 'Dancing Girls' is amazing as is the title track. Check out his 1981 self titled release too.Yes
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
Prototype - 1983 Prototype, Zeabra - 1981 Makin' Tracks (1981), Place Vendome - 2009 Streets Of Fire, Emmett, Rik - 1992 Ipso Facto, Kiss - 1977 Love Gun, Bush, Kate - 1993 The Red Shoes, Damsel Fly - 2006 What Lies Beneath, Talisman - 2003 Cats & Dogs, Myles, Alannah - 1989 Alannah Myles, 8084 - 2003 Interview with Randy Smith, Led Zeppelin - 2012 Celebration Day, K.K Wilde - 1991 Rock n Roll, Strange Advance - 1982 Worlds Away, Mormino, Brad - 2002 Interview, FM (UK) - 2013 Rockville II
Tags©
Max Webster Metallica The Korgis Allen Collins Band Urban Tale King Of Hearts (France) F.R David Savage Grace Detroit Dwayne Ford Rock Candy Records Strangeways The Hollies Allan Clarke Spirit Pat Travers Band Mick Jones Foreigner Supreme Majesty Hounds Pell Mell Mox Nix Best Of 2009 Femme Fatale Various Artists Soundtrack Legacy Charlie Baal Julian Angel 10:01 Granmax Bow Wow Vow Wow Kyoji Yamamoto Rock Candy Records Survivor Fergie Frederiksen Frederiksen-Denander Bad Boy
All Tags
Search DDG