Chris Rea - The Road To Hell "Part 1 & 2" (Birmingham Symphony Hall)




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Published on Apr 6, 2014

Chris Rea Live from 2006 - The Road To Hell And Back "The Farewell Tour".

The Road To Hell (Part 1 & 2) live at the Birmingham - Symphony hall

The Road To Hell And Back "The Farewell Tour" DVD
Filmed live at the Birmingham - Symphony hall • April 18th, 2006.

Τhe DVD captures a brilliant performance on Chris Rea's farewell tour set. To the the delight of fans present on the night, Rea delivers a balanced set of his greatest hits (Road to Hell parts 1 & 2, Stainsby Girls etc) along with selections from his more recent blues/jazz/roots orientated releases.

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 in the accompanying documentary DVD - 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.


Composed By, Liner Notes, Artwork By [Paintings], Vocals, Slide Guitar -- Chris Rea
Bass Guitar -- Sylvain Marc
Drums -- Martin Ditcham
Guitar -- Robert Ahwai
Keyboards -- Paul Hirsh
Liner Notes -- David Sinclair
Mastered By -- Simon Heyworth
Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes -- Simon Honywill
Art Direction, Design [@ Peacock] -- Jon Tricklebank


Stood still on a highway
I saw a woman
By the side of the road
With a face that I knew like my own
Reflected in my window
Well she walked up to my quarterlight
And she bent down real slow
A fearful pressure paralysed me in my shadow
She said 'son what are you doing here
My fear for you has turned me in my grave'
I said 'mama I come to the valley of the rich
Myself to sell'
She said 'son this is the road to hell'

On your journey cross the wilderness
From the desert to the well
You have strayed upon the motorway to hell

Well I'mstanding by the river
But the water doesn't flow
It boils with every poison you can think of
And I'm underneath the streetlight
But the light of joy I know
Scared beyond belief way down in the shadows
And the perverted fear of violence
Chokes the smile on every face
And common sense is ringing out the bell
This ain't no technological breakdown
Oh no, this is the road to hell

And all the roads jam up with credit
And there's nothing you can do
It's all just pieces of paper flying away from you
Oh look out world, take a good look
What comes down here
You must learn this lesson fast and learn it well
This ain't no upwardly mobile freeway
Oh no, this is the road
Said this is the road
This is the road to hell.
This video has been published with absolute respect and admiration to Chris Rea's music !


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