Auberge

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Auberge
Studio album by Chris Rea
Released April 1991
Recorded 1990
Genre Album-oriented rock
Length 54:33 (59:15)
Label Atco
Producer Jon Kelly
Chris Rea chronology
The Road to Hell
(1989)
Auberge
(1991)
God's Great Banana Skin
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Auberge (a French word meaning "inn") is the twelfth studio album by Chris Rea, released in 1991. The album as well as the title song was mostly notable for the association of the Caterham Super Seven that he owned, in which he called it the "Blue Seven". That car appeared on the album cover, illustrated in oil by renowned motoring artist Alan Fearnley.[2] The album makes several references to the car over several tracks, as well on the video of the title song[3] and its cover illustration was used for its adverts. In 2005, Rea sold his car in an auction.[4] Auberge was a #1 album in the UK in 1991. The title track also gave Rea one of his biggest chart hits, reaching #16 in the UK charts. Other songs released as singles were "Heaven", "Looking For The Summer" and "Winter Song". Another song, "And You My Love", wasn't released as single, however also has become a great hit.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Chris Rea.

  1. "Auberge" 7:18
  2. "Gone Fishing" 4:41
  3. "You're Not A Number" 5:00
  4. "Heaven" 6:27
  5. "Set Me Free" 6:53
  6. "Winter Song" (see note below) 4:35
  7. "Red Shoes" 3:54
  8. "Sing A Song Of Love To Me" 3:34
  9. "Every Second Counts" 5:08
  10. "Looking For The Summer" 5:03
  11. "And You My Love" 5:28
  12. "The Mention Of Your Name" 3:17

"Winter Song" did not appear on the initial album release; released as a stand-alone single in November 1991, it was included on some subsequent CD issues.

Personnel[edit]

  • Chris Rea - guitar, slide guitar, classical guitar, Hammond organ, harmonica
  • Anthony Drennan - guitar, dobro
  • Robert Ahwai - bass
  • Max Middleton - piano, string arrangements
  • Tim Sanders - tenor sax
  • Simon Clarke - alto sax, baritone sax
  • J. Neil Sidwell - trombone
  • Rick Taylor - trombone
  • Roddy Lorimer - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Paul Spong - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Nick Hitchens - tuba
  • Martin Ditcham - percussion, drums
  • Carol Kenyon - backing vocals
  • Linda Taylor - backing vocals
  • Gavyn Wright - director
  • The Kick Horns - horn arrangements
  • Jon Kelly - producer
  • John Mackswith - engineer
  • Justin Shirley-Smith - engineer
  • Russell Shaw - engineer
  • Willie Grimston - production coordination
  • Alan Fearnley - paintings

References[edit]

Preceded by
Circle of One by Oleta Adams
UK number one album
9 March 1991 – 15 March 1991
Succeeded by
Spartacus by The Farm