Dancing with Strangers

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Dancing With Strangers
Studio album by Chris Rea
Released 1987
Genre Album-oriented rock
Length 58:54
Label Motown
Magnet
Producer Chris Rea
Chris Rea chronology
On the Beach
(1986)
Dancing with Strangers
(1987)
New Light Through Old Windows
(1988)

Dancing with Strangers is the ninth studio album by Chris Rea, released in 1987. It became Rea's first major success in UK, peaking at #2, behind Michael Jackson's Bad, and spent 46 weeks in the charts, achieving Platinum accreditation.[1] It reached the Top 10 in six other countries, including New Zealand where it became a number one album.[2]

"Let's Dance" was released as the first single and, like the album, became a major hit for Rea in UK, peaking at #12. In tone with the success of the album, "Let's Dance" became a major hit in New Zealand as well, peaking at #2.[3] The other singles released from this album were "Loving You Again" (UK #47), "Joys of Christmas" (UK #67) and "Que Sera" (UK #73).

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Chris Rea.

  1. "Joys of Christmas" - 5:15
  2. "I Can't Dance to That" - 4:19
  3. "Windy Town" - 4:25
  4. "Gonna Buy a Hat" - 4:25
  5. "Curse of the Traveller" - 6:26
  6. "Let's Dance" - 4:07
  7. "Que Sera" - 5:23
  8. "Josie's Tune" - 2:19
  9. "Loving You Again" - 5:40
  10. "That Girl of Mine" - 3:41
  11. "September Blue" - 3:09
  12. "I Don't Care Any More" - 2:10
  13. "Donahue's Broken Wheel" - 3:02
  14. "Danielle's Breakfast" - 4:33

Tracks 12, 13, 14 are bonus tracks not available on the initial LP release.

Personnel[edit]

  • Chris Rea - vocals, guitar, keyboards, slide guitar, synthesizer, accordion, mixing, producer
  • Robert Ahwai - guitar
  • Jerry Donahue - guitar
  • Davy Spillane - guitar, uilleann pipes
  • Eoghan O'Neill - bass
  • Kevin Leach - piano, keyboards
  • Max Middleton - keyboards
  • Martin Ditcham - percussion, drums
  • Dave Mattacks - drums
  • Adrian Rea – drums
  • Stuart Ealses - engineer
  • Jean Jacques Lemoine - engineer
  • Justin Shirley-Smith - engineer
  • Jon Kelly - mixing
  • Willie Grimston - coordination
  • Mark Entwistle - cover illustration

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1987-09-26 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive, officialcharts.com, Retrieved July 9, 2013
  2. ^ Chris Rea - Dancing With Strangers, swisscharts.com, Retrieved July 9, 2013
  3. ^ Chris Rea - Let's Dance, swisscharts.com, Retrieved July 9, 2013