Looking for the Summer

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"Looking for the Summer"
Chris Rea Looking for the Summer 1991 single cover.jpg
Single by Chris Rea
from the album Auberge
B-side"Six Up"
Released1991
Format7", 12", cassette, CD
Length3:51 (single version)
5:03 (album version)
LabelEast West
Atco (US)
Songwriter(s)Chris Rea
Producer(s)Jon Kelly
Chris Rea singles chronology
"Heaven"
(1991)
"Looking for the Summer"
(1991)
"Winter Song"
(1991)

"Looking for the Summer" is a song by British singer-songwriter Chris Rea, released in 1991 as the third single from his eleventh studio album Auberge. It was written by Rea and produced by Jon Kelly.[1] "Looking for the Summer" reached No. 49 in the UK and remained in the charts for three weeks.[2] A music video was filmed to promote the single.[3]

In a 1991 interview with Dennis Elsas, Rea described the song's lyrical message: "The idea is fundamentally a guy is looking at his daughter, who is now just about in her teenage years and he sees her turn away. She's looking to her summer, she's spring looking for the summer, and he, then in autumn, looks back and remembers what it was like when he also looked for his summer. The third verse reminds his wife how they hurt each other's growing pains, while they both looked for their summers, and in many ways he still looks for his summer."[4]

Critical reception[edit]

In a review of Auberge, Deborah Hornblow of The Hartford Courant considered the song as one of the album's "better tracks", and noted the song is "infused with a wide-openness and yearning by the strains of Rea's fine guitar work".[5] Adam Sweeting of The Guardian commented: "Song titles like "Looking for the Summer" are accurate guides to their contents."[6]

Johnny Loftus of AllMusic recommended the song by labelling it an AMG Pick Track.[1] In a 2017 concert review, Andrew Steel of Yorkshire Evening Post described the song as a "classic" and added: "The soft-rock gems of "Julia" and "Looking for the Summer" are smart, lithe numbers possessed of a foot-tapping joy underneath his husky vocals, rugged and languorous."[7]

Track listing[edit]

7" single

  1. "Looking for the Summer" (Remix) – 3:51
  2. "Six Up" – 4:06

12" single

  1. "Looking for the Summer" (Remix) – 3:51
  2. "Six Up" – 4:06
  3. "Urban Samurai" – 4:27

Cassette single

  1. "Looking for the Summer" (Remix) – 3:51
  2. "Six Up" – 4:06

CD single

  1. "Looking for the Summer" (Remix) – 3:54
  2. "Six Up" – 4:08
  3. "Theme From the Pantile Journals" – 4:13
  4. "Teach Me to Dance" – 4:05

CD single (US promo)

  1. "Looking for the Summer" (Edit) – 3:50
  2. "Looking for the Summer" (LP Version) – 5:04

Personnel[edit]

Production

  • Jon Kelly - producer
  • Chris Rea, Dave Richards - producers of "Urban Samurai"
  • Justin Shirley-Smith - engineer
  • Russell Shaw - assistant engineer

Other

  • Lewis Edwards - sleeve painting

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Belgian Singles Chart (V)[8] 39
Dutch Singles Chart[9] 37
German Singles Chart[10] 51
UK Singles Chart[2] 49

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus. "Auberge - Chris Rea | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  2. ^ a b "CHRIS REA | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  3. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10003412/
  4. ^ "Chris Rea Interview". chrisrea.biz. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  5. ^ Hornblow, Deborah (4 July 1991). "Processed Cher; Skid Row song; derivative Doobies". The Hartford Courant.
  6. ^ Sweeting, Adam (28 February 1991). "A bright ride home". The Guardian.
  7. ^ 17:44 (2017-11-27). "Gig review: Chris Rea at Harrogate International Centre". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  8. ^ "Chris Rea - Looking For The Summer". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Chris Rea - Looking For The Summer". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Chris Rea - Looking For The Summer". germancharts.de. Retrieved 2019-06-03.