Auberge (song)

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"Auberge"
Chris Rea Auberge 1991 single cover.jpg
Single by Chris Rea
from the album Auberge
B-side"Hudson's Dream"
Released1991
Format7", 12", cassette, CD
Length4:40 (single version)
7:18 (album version)
LabelEast West
Songwriter(s)Chris Rea
Producer(s)Jon Kelly
Chris Rea singles chronology
"Texas"
(1990)
"Auberge"
(1991)
"Heaven"
(1991)

"Auberge" is a song by British singer-songwriter Chris Rea, released in 1991 as the lead single from his eleventh studio album Auberge. It was written by Rea and produced by Jon Kelly.[1] "Auberge" reached No. 16 in the United Kingdom and remained on the UK Singles Chart for six weeks. A music video was filmed to promote the single. It was directed by Nigel Dick and shot at Bray Studios, Berkshire.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, Music & Media wrote: "Rea at his best: the perfect combination of Dire Straits-framed vocals and Ry Cooder-styled slide guitar. The type of song to play loud during driving. Traffic will be much nicer the next weeks."[3] Billboard described the song as a "dreamy blues-induced rocker", with "dark, Morrison-esque vocal delivery, "rockabilly guitar backdrop", "psychedelic organ vibes" and "lighthearted horn riffs".[4]

In a review of the album of the same name, Johnny Loftus of AllMusic wrote: "The rousing title track and its accompanying set piece "Set Me Free" move from searching, tentative guitar noodlings into full-blown epics, with bluesy bottom end, blustering horns, backup singers, and Rea's own grainy vocal rumble."[1]

Track listings[edit]

7" single

  1. "Auberge" – 4:40
  2. "Hudson's Dream" – 3:57

12" single

  1. "Auberge (In Its Entirety)" – 7:18
  2. "Hudson's Dream" – 3:57
  3. "Every Second Counts" – 5:05

Cassette single

  1. "Auberge" – 4:40
  2. "Hudson's Dream" – 3:57

CD single

  1. "Auberge" – 4:44
  2. "Let's Dance (7" Version)" – 4:16
  3. "On the Beach (7" Version)" – 6:50
  4. "The Road to Hell (Part II)" – 3:58

Personnel[edit]

Production

  • Jon Kelly - producer
  • Justin Shirley-Smith - engineer
  • Russell Shaw - assistant engineer

Other

  • Alan Fearnley - illustration

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 29
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 31
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 86
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[8] 34
France (SNEP)[9] 46
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 20
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 45
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus. "Auberge - Chris Rea | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  2. ^ "PRODUCTIONS 1991 - Nigel Dick - Director". Nigel Dick. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  3. ^ "New releases: Singles". Music & Media. 23 February 1991.
  4. ^ "Single reviews". Billboard. 4 May 1991.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Chris Rea – Auberge" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Chris Rea – Auberge" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1504." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 1487." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Lescharts.com – Chris Rea – Auberge" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Chris Rea – Auberge". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Auberge". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Chris Rea – Auberge" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 July 2019.