Chris de Burgh – The Getaway (1982)

FrontCover1Christopher John Davison (born 15 October 1948), known professionally as Chris de Burgh, is a British-Irish singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. He started out as an art rock performer but subsequently started writing more pop-oriented material. He has had several top 40 hits in the UK and two in the US, but he is more popular in other countries, particularly Norway and Brazil. His 1986 love song “The Lady in Red” reached number one in several countries. De Burgh has sold over 45 million albums worldwide

The Getaway is singer Chris de Burgh’s sixth original album, released on A&M Records in 1982. It was the first studio album of de Burgh’s to chart in the UK, following the compilation Best Moves a year earlier. The album peaked at number 30 in the UK and spent 16 weeks on the chart. In the week beginning 7 February 1983, the album went to the top of the album charts in the then West Germany.

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The album was spearheaded by the U.S. top 40 hit, “Don’t Pay the Ferryman”, an upbeat, mythology-tinged pop rock song that evokes images of the Grim Reaper, which also became his first UK hit single, reaching number 48.

Another song from the album which has become a de Burgh fan-favourite is “Borderline”, the story of a conscientious objector who chooses to flee with his lover than be drafted for military service. A staple of de Burgh’s live act, the song’s story was continued in 1986’s “Say Goodbye to It All” from the later album Into the Light.

Drums on the album were played by Steve Negus of the Canadian progressive rock band Saga.

Some of the guest vocalists were Anthony Head, Diane Davison (Chris de Burgh´s wife) and Miriam Stockley (who also collaborated with Mike Oldfield on the album “The Millennium Bell” (1999). (wikipedia)


The Getaway gave Chris de Burgh his first charted single with “Don’t Pay the Ferryman,” which peaked at number 34 in 1983. A feverishly fast-paced tune, it contained vibrant keyboards and had de Burgh powerfully barking out the chorus in one of his most intense offerings. As his most spirited single up to that point, it proved that he could easily dish out a charging rock song that still harbored his enchanting brand of lyrics and mystery. Other songs carry this surging flow as well, like the flighty tempo of “The Getaway,” kept together by its pop/rock stride, or the determination aching from de Burgh’s voice throughout “Ship to Shore,” which proves he can muster up some energy with barely any effort. de Burgh creates a tropical ambience with the calming flow of “Living in the Island” and returns to his charming form with “Crying and Laughing.” The Getaway is made up of mostly edgier tunes from de Burgh this time around, which is a delightful transition from his usually mellow offerings. Although the odd love song creeps up here and there, they don’t seem to tarnish the admirable course of the album. (by Mike DeGagne)


Chris de Burgh (vocals, guitar, piano on 08.)
John Giblin (bass)
Rupert Hine (synthesizer, percussion, background vocals
Phil Palmer (guitar)
Steve Negus (drums)
Stephen W. Tayler (saxophone, woodwinds)
Anthony Thistlethwaite (saxophone)
David Caddick (piano on 04.)
Nigel Warren-Green (cello on 04.)
Anthony Head (voice on 01.)
Tim Wynveen (guitar on 02., 03., 11. + 12., background vocals) (2, 3, 11, 12)
background vocals:
Diane Davison – Miriam Stockley – Sue Wilkinson


01. Don’t Pay The Ferryman 3.47
02. Living On The Island 3.28
03. Crying And Laughing 4.24
04. I’m Counting On You 4.23
05. The Getaway 3.43
06. Ship To Shore 3.3
07. All The Love I Have Inside 3.12
08. Borderline 4.35
09. Where Peaceful Waters Flow 3.54
10. The Revolution / Light A Fire 3.56
10. Liberty 4.43

All songs written by Chris de Burgh



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Woody Herman & Tito Puente – Herman’s Heat & Puente’s Beat (1958)

FrontCover1A summit with two real fine musicians:

Woodrow Charles Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987), known as Woody Herman was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called “The Herd”, Herman came to prominence in the late 1930s and was active until his death in 1987. His bands often played music that was cutting edge and experimental for its time; they received numerous Grammy nominations and awards.

Ernesto Antonio “Tito” Puente, Jr. (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000), known as Tito Puente was an American musician, songwriter, record producer and bandleader. The son of Ernest and Felicia Puente, native Puerto Ricans living in New York City’s Spanish Harlem, Puente is often credited as “The Musical Pope”, “El Rey de los Timbales” (The King of the Timbales) and “The King of Latin Music”. He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that endured over a 50-year career. He and his music appear in many films such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba’s Calle 54. He guest-starred on several television shows, including Sesame Street and The Simpsons two-part episode “Who Shot Mr. Burns?”. His most famous song is “Oye Como Va”. (wikipedia)


In 1958 Woody & Tito agreed to combine forces and produce this outstanding abum, recorded in New York.

Listen and enjoy the fun of music !


Ray Barretto (percussion)
Al Belletto (saxophone)
Jimmy Campbell (drums)

Woody Herman (clarinet, saxophone)
Major Holley (bass)
Gilbert Lopez (percussion)
Al Planck (piano)
Tito Puente (timbales)

Ray Rodriguez (percussion)
Robert Rodriguez (bass)
Al Forte – Bobby Clark – Danny Stiles – Ernie Royal – Hal Posey – Marky Markowitz – Nick Travis – Steve Lipkins – Willie Thomas

Bill Elton – Billy Byers – Frank Rehak – Jimmy Guinn – Roger DeLilio – Willie Dennis

Jay Migliore – Joe Romano (2) – Marty Flax

Al Cohn – Danny Bank – Paul Quinichette – Pete Mondello – Sam Marowitz

Alternate front + backcover:

01. Latin Flight (Puente) 2.03.
02. New Cha-Cha (Puente) 3.03
03. Mambo Herd (Puente) 2.40
04. Tito Meets Woody (Puente) 2.39
05. Cha-Cha Chick (Puente) 3.02
06. Blue Gardenia (Puente) 3.11
07. Prelude A La Cha Cha (Puente) 4.05
08. It’s Coolin’ Time (Cohn/Harris) 4.20
09. Black Orchids (Geller) 2.34
10. Original No. 2 (unknown) 3.09
11. Sinbad The Sailor (Mandel) 4.03
12. Mambo Bambo (unknown) 3.19
13. Fire Island (Burns) 3.16




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