Chris de Burgh discography

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Chris de Burgh discography
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De Burgh performing in Düsseldorf, Germany
Studio albums 21
Live albums 5
Compilation albums 9
Video albums 8
Singles 59
Box sets 1

The discography of British-Irish musician Chris de Burgh consists of 21 studio albums, 9 compilation albums, 5 live albums and 59 singles, along with 8 videos and DVDs and one box set. His 21 studio albums consist of 17 of completely new material, 2 albums of cover versions, 1 album featuring a mix of new songs, cover versions and re-recordings and 1 consisting of acoustic versions of previously released tracks. His debut album, Far Beyond These Castle Walls, released in 1974, was number 1 in the Brazilian charts, but failed to chart in any other countries.

De Burgh's first album to chart in the UK Albums Chart was The Getaway, released in 1982, charting at number 30. His earlier albums, Spanish Train and Other Stories and Crusader charted after this success. De Burgh's first album to chart at number one in the UK Albums Chart was his album Flying Colours released in 1988, but it was also his second album to chart in the Top 10, following his 1986 album Into the Light.

De Burgh announced during his Live in Concert 2013 tour, that he had completed work on his 20th studio album, entitled "The Hands of Man". Briefly describing the title, Chris explained that "hands can perform miracles, they can save lives and end lives". The forthcoming album uses this concept as a basis for the themes of the album's tracks. Following this introduction, Chris went on to play the unreleased "Fields of Agincourt" from the then upcoming album, a song which takes inspiration from the 15th century Battle of Agincourt, between the English & French. The album was released on 26 September 2014 in mainland Europe.[1]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certification
UK US CAN GER BRA NOR IRE SWI NL AUT BEL DEN POL SWE
1974 Far Beyond These Castle Walls 1
1975 Spanish Train and Other Stories
  • Released: 1975
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
37 35
1977 At the End of a Perfect Day
  • Released: 1977
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
1979 Crusader
  • Released: 1979
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
72
1980 Eastern Wind
  • Released: 1980
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
1
1982 The Getaway
  • Released: 1982
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
30 43 1 1 3
  • GE: Platinum
1984 Man on the Line
  • Released: May 1984
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
11 69 1 6 1 46 9
  • GE: Platinum
1986 Into the Light
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
2 25 2 1 1 2 9 19
  • UK: 2× Multi-Platinum
  • GE: Platinum
  • US: Gold
1988 Flying Colours
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
1 1 10 1 2 16
  • UK: Platinum
  • GE: Platinum
1992 Power of Ten
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
3 1 7 3 38 29
  • UK: Gold
  • GE: Platinum
1994 This Way Up
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
5 4 5 28 37
  • UK: Silver
  • GE: Platinum
1995 Beautiful Dreams
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
33 29 5 24 57
  • UK: Gold
  • GE: Gold
1999 Quiet Revolution
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
23 6 10 45
2002 Timing Is Everything
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, LP
41 12 18 76
2004 The Road to Freedom
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Edel
  • Format: CD, LP
75 5 22 22 18 42 42 42
2006 The Storyman
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Edel
  • Format: CD, LP
38 8 28 18
  • GE: Gold
2008 Footsteps[2]
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Edel
  • Format: CD, LP
4 9 22 22 38 12 40 55
  • UK: Gold
  • GE: Gold
2010 Moonfleet & Other Stories[3] 25 100 3 33 31 42 12
  • GE: Gold
2011 Footsteps 2
  • Released: 14 October 2011
  • Label: Ferryman Productions
  • Format: CD, LP
38 10 3 44
2012 Home
  • Released: 12 October 2012
  • Label: Ferryman Productions
  • Format: CD, LP
92 15 19 48 12
2014 The Hands of Man
  • Released: 26 September 2014 [4]
  • Label: Ferryman Productions
  • Format: CD, LP
71 8
2016 A Better World
  • Released: 23 September 2016
  • Label: Rockware
  • Format: CD, LP
60 7 17 78 49 137

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Details Peak chart positions Certification
UK GER NOR
1981 Best Moves 65 5 4
1984 The Very Best of Chris de Burgh 6
1989 Spark to a Flame: The Very Best of Chris de Burgh
  • Released: 24 October 1989
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
4 2
  • UK: 2× Platinum
1997 The Love Songs
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
8 51
  • UK: Gold
2000 The Lady In Red (The Very Best Of Chris De Burgh)
  • Released; 25 January 2000
  • Label: Ark 21
  • Format: CD, LP
2000 The Ultimate Collection
  • Released; 27 November 2000
  • Label: Eagle
  • Format: CD, LP
2001 Notes from Planet Earth - The Ultimate Collection
  • Released: 19 March 2001
  • Label: Mercury
  • Format: CD, LP
19 14
2007 Gold
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, LP
2008 Now and Then
  • Released: 21 April 2008
  • Label: Universal TV
  • Format: CD, LP
12

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Details Peak chart positions Certification
UK GER
1990 High on Emotion: Live from Dublin
  • Released: 11 September 1990
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
15 8 UK: 2× Platinum
1997 Live in South Africa
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
2004 The River Sessions
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: MCA
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
2005 Live in Dortmund
  • Released: May 2005
  • Label: MCA
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
39

Videos and DVDs[edit]

  • Chris de Burgh - The Video (1983)
  • The Munich Concert (1985)
  • High on Emotion: Live from Dublin (1990)
  • Beautiful Dreams (1995)
  • Benefit for Volendam (2001)
  • The Road to Freedom - Live in Concert (2005)
  • The Words I Love You (2008)
  • Footsteps - Live in Concert (2010) - accompanied by backing band

Box sets[edit]

  • Much More Than This (2006)

Non-album tracks[edit]

In addition to the catalogue of songs featured on his studio albums, Chris has also recorded (or recording exist of) over 30 songs not included on the original editions of the studio albums. These include new songs featured on compilation albums, soundtracks, live albums, B-Sides to singles, stand alone singles, songs featured on special edition releases of studio albums and songs performed live on TV. The songs featured in the table below have either been released officially, and/or have high quality recordings (video or audio) of them are accessible on public access sites such as YouTube.

Title First Appearance Other Appearances
Every Drop of Rain Best Moves Compilation Album
Waiting for the Hurricane Best Moves Compilation Album The Ultimate Collection (original version), Home (acoustic re-recording 2012)
This Waiting Heart Spark to a Flame: The Very Best of Chris de Burgh
Diamond in the Dark Spark to a Flame: The Very Best of Chris de Burgh ‘Diamond in the Dark’ Single
Forevermore The Love Songs Compilation Album
It’s Me (and I’m Ready to Go) The Love Songs Compilation Album
So Beautiful The Love Songs Compilation Album
Do What You Do The Ultimate Collection
Live for the Day (with Tina Yamout) Now and Then Compilation Album
There’s a New Star in Heaven Tonight (Lady Diana Tribute) Now and Then Compilation Album
Two Sides to Every Story (with Shelley Nelson) Notes from Planet Earth - The Ultimate Collection
Because I Love You Much More Than This – CD Boxset
Bring the Boy Back Much More Than This – CD Boxset
Heaven's a Long Way From Here Much More Than This – CD Boxset
Nights in White Satin (Moody Blues Cover) Much More Than This - CD Boxset
Riding on a Rainbow Live in South Africa Album ‘Riding on a Rainbow’ Single
That’s What Friends are For Children’s TV Theme ‘Riding on a Rainbow’ Single
Day After Day B-Side to ‘One World’ Single
Strangers on a Train B-side to ‘Blonde Hair, Blue Jeans’ Single
Love is My Decision Arthur 2: On the Rocks Soundtrack Much More Than This - CD Boxset
The Ballad of Thunder Gulch Limited Edition Single
When I See You Tonight B-Side to ‘This Silent World’ Single
The Seduction of Lady Jane Seymour B-Side to ‘Raging Storm’ Single
Desperado (Live) (Eagles Cover) Live in Bangkok Performance 1997
Here Come the Sun (Live) (Beatles Cover) BBC Radio Performance 1975
Hey Jude (Live) (Beatles Cover) Benefit for Volendam DVD Much More Than This - CD Boxset
Ticket to Ride (Live) (Beatles Cover) Benefit for Volendam DVD Much More Than This - CD Boxset
Yesterday (Live) (Beatles Cover) Benefit for Volendam DVD Much More Than This - CD Boxset
Pretty Woman (Live) (Roy Orbison Cover) Benefit for Volendam DVD Much More Than This - CD Boxset
Even Now The Road to Freedom – Special Edition Only
Little Angel The Road to Freedom – Special Edition Only
Kiss Me From A Distance The Road to Freedom – Special Edition Only
Once Upon a Time The Road to Freedom – Special Edition Only Live in Dortmund CD
The Bells of Christmas Footsteps – Special Edition Only 'The Bells of Christmas' Single
You’ll Never Walk Alone (Rodgers and Hammerstein Cover) Footsteps – Special Edition Only B-Side to 'The Bells of Christmas' Single
Catch the Wind Footsteps 2 – Special Edition Only
Moonshadow Footsteps 2 – Special Edition Only
66 (Live) (Cover of 'Mit 66 Jahren' by Udo Jurgens with new lyrics) Mitten im Leben (Udo Jurgens Tribute Album) 'Life of Udo Jurgens' German TV Concert – October 2014

Singles[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
IRE
1974 "Hold On" Far Beyond These Castle Walls
1975 "Turning Around"
"A Spaceman Came Travelling" 1 Spanish Train and Other Stories
"Just Another Poor Boy"
1979 "The Devil's Eye" Crusader

1980s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUS CAN IRE GER NED
[5]
NOR SUI UK US
1980 "The Traveller" 106 Eastern Wind
"Sailor" 16
1981 "Waiting for the Hurricane" Non-Album Single
1982 "Don't Pay the Ferryman" 5 32 9 24 48 34 The Getaway
"The Getaway" - 24 8
"Ship to Shore" 75 69 71
"Where Peaceful Waters Flow" 17 52
"Borderline" 12
1983 "High on Emotion" 91 11 5 12 5 44 44 Man on the Line
1984 "Ecstasy of Flight (I Love the Night)" 20 49 29 80
"Sight and Touch"
1986 "Fire on the Water" 100 19 46 16 88 Into the Light
"Say Goodbye To It All" 59
"The Lady in Red" 2 1 1 5 4 1 18 1 3
"Fatal Hesitation" 7 44
"A Spaceman Came Travelling Re-Mix"/"The Ballroom Of Romance" 15 40  ?
"One Word (Straight to the Heart)" 60 Into the Light
1987 "The Simple Truth (A Child Is Born)" 10 31 55 Later included on Flying Colours
1988 "Love Is My Decision" 59 Non-Album Single
"Missing You" 45 1 29 37 20 3 Flying Colours
1989 "Tender Hands" 18 43
"Sailing Away" 56 45 78
"This Waiting Heart" 15 36 27 59 Spark to a Flame
"Diamond in the Dark" 14 95

1990s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
CAN IRE GER NED
[5]
SUI UK
1990 "Don't Pay the Ferryman Live Re-Mix" 84 High on Emotion: Live from Dublin
1991 "The Simple Truth Re-Mix" 50 36 Non-Album Single
1992 "Separate Tables" 39 14 39 25 30 Power of Ten
"Where We Will Be Going"
"Making the Perfect Man"
"By My Side" 15 61
1993 "Shine On"
"Talk To Me" 86
1994 "Blonde Hair Blue Jeans" 80 27 56 51 This Way Up
"This Silent World" 52
"This Is Love" 55
"Here Is Your Paradise"
1995 "The Snows of New York" 60 Beautiful Dreams
1996 "I'm Not Crying Over You" 78
"Always On My Mind"
"Riding on a Rainbow" Non-Album Single
1997 "So Beautiful" 29 The Love Songs
1998 "Forevermore"
"In A Country Churchyard"
1999 "When I Think of You" 75 59 Quiet Revolution
"A Woman's Heart" 96
"The Same Sun"

2000s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
IRE GER UK
2001 "Two Sides to Every Story" 172 Non-Album Single
2002 "Lebanese Night"
(with Elissa)
Timing Is Everything
"Guilty Secret" 121
2004 "Five Past Dreams" The Road to Freedom
2005 "Patricia the Stripper" 3 Live in Dortmund
2006 "One World" 99 The Storyman
2007 "A Spaceman Came Travelling Re-Mix" 151 Footsteps
2008 "The Bells of Christmas/You'll Never Walk Alone"
2010 "Everywhere I Go" Moonfleet & Other Stories
"A Spaceman Came Travelling Re-Issue" 187
"Lonely Sky" (with Ben & James Hazelby) 36
2011 "Go Where Your Heart Believes" Footsteps 2
"S.O.S."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hands of Man". Chris de Burgh. 
  2. ^ "Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Gold-/Platin-Datenbank". musikindustrie.de. 
  3. ^ "musikindustrie.de"/>
  4. ^ "The Hands of Man". Chris de Burgh. 
  5. ^ a b Dutch peaks Archived March 4, 2016, on Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Canada certification single[dead link]
  7. ^ "Certified Awards Search: Chris de Burgh". BPI. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 

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