New Light Through Old Windows

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New Light Through Old Windows
Compilation album by Chris Rea
Released October 17, 1988
Genre Album-oriented rock
Length 60:13
Label Geffen (US)
Magnet (Rest of world)
Producer Chris Rea
Chris Rea chronology
Dancing with Strangers
(1987)
New Light Through Old Windows
(1988)
The Road to Hell
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

New Light Through Old Windows is the first compilation album by Chris Rea, released in 1988. The album consists primarily of re-recordings of songs released on earlier Rea albums, as well as two new songs, "Working on It" (which gave him a rare U.S. chart single, peaking at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100, and giving him his only #1 single on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart) and "Driving Home for Christmas.", also the re-recording of "On the Beach" gave him another rare US hit, it peaked #9 on the US AC chart in 1988 and #12 in the UK chart.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Chris Rea.

  1. "Let's Dance" - 4:14
  2. "Working on It" - 4:24
  3. "Ace of Hearts" - 4:52
  4. "Josephine" - 4:33
  5. "Candles" - 4:44
  6. "On the Beach" - 6:51
  7. "Fool (If You Think It's Over)" - 4:03
  8. "I Can Hear Your Heartbeat" - 3:23
  9. "Shamrock Diaries" - 4:12
  10. "Stainsby Girls" - 4:06
  11. "Windy Town" - 4:05
  12. "Driving Home for Christmas" - 3:58
  13. "Steel River" - 6:48

The tracks on the CD (Geffen Records, copyright 1989) are:

  1. "Let's Dance" - 4:16
  2. "Working On It" - 4:25
  3. "I Can Hear Your Heartbeat" - 3:24
  4. "Windy Town" - 4:06
  5. "On the Beach" - 6:53
  6. "Steel River" - 6:48
  7. "Stainsby Girls" - 4:08
  8. "Ace of Hearts" - 4:52
  9. "Josephine" - 4:17
  10. "Candles" - 4:42

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[2] Gold 25,000x
France (SNEP)[3] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[4] Platinum 500,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[5] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] 3× Platinum 900,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

  • Chris Rea - vocals, guitar, produce
  • Robert Ahwai - guitar
  • Eoghan O'Neill - bass
  • Max Middleton - keyboards
  • Martin Ditcham - drums

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r16249
  2. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Chris Rea – New Light - Best Of" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Chris Rea in the field Interpret. Enter New Light - Best Of in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  3. ^ http://www.infodisc.fr/CD_Certif.php
  4. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Chris Rea; 'New Light Through Old Windows')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  5. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Chris Rea; 'New Light Best Of')". Hung Medien. 
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Chris Rea – New Light Through Old Windows". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter New Light Through Old Windows in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search