Auberge (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1991
RecordedStudio Miraval
GenreBlues rock, soft rock
Length54:33 (59:15)
LabelEast West, Atco
ProducerJon Kelly
Chris Rea chronology
The Road to Hell
God's Great Banana Skin
Music video
"Auberge (1991)" on YouTube
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Auberge (a French word meaning "inn") is the eleventh studio album by British singer-songwriter 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 the 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", although not released as a single, has become a firm favourite among his fans and is regularly performed at live concerts.

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" 4:13
  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.


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[5] Gold 25,000*
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[6] Gold 36,000[6]
France (SNEP)[7] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[8] Platinum 500,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[9] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[10] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] 2× Platinum 600,000^

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


  • 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 saxophone
  • Simon Clarke - alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
  • 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


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Grand Prix Sportique Archived August 24, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Halfbakery: Painting Product Placement
  4. ^ Coys[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Chris Rea – Auberge" (in German). IFPI Austria.
  6. ^ a b "Chris Rea" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 1, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Chris Rea; 'Auberge')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  9. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Chris Rea – Auberge" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 6 December 2018. Enter Auberge in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  10. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Chris Rea; 'Auberge')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "British album certifications – Chris Rea – Auberge". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Auberge in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.