New Light Through Old Windows

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New Light Through Old Windows
New Light Through Old Windows.jpg
Compilation album by Chris Rea
Released 17 October 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)Dancing with Strangers1987
New Light Through Old Windows
(1988)
The Road to Hell
(1989)The Road to Hell1989
Music video
"Working on it (1989)" on YouTube
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

New Light Through Old Windows is the first compilation album by British singer-songwriter Chris Rea, released in 1988. The album consists primarily of re-recordings of songs released on earlier Rea albums and the single-only release "Driving Home for Christmas" as well as a new song, "Working on It" (which gave him a rare U.S. chart single, peaking at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] and giving him his only #1 single on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart[3]). The re-recorded and released as single "On the Beach" gave him another rare US hit, it peaked #9 on the US Adult Contemporary singles chart in 1989,[4] and #12 in the UK singles chart in 1988.[5] The album reached #5 position in UK album charts, charted for 56 weeks,[6] and was certified 3x Platinum by BPI until 1992.[7]

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 US vinyl release featured different cover artwork and an altered tracklisting, shown below:

  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 (different version than international release)
  10. "Candles" - 4:42

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[8] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[9] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[10] Platinum 500,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[11] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] 3× Platinum 900,000^

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

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r16249
  2. ^ "Fool If You Think It's Over (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Working On It (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
  4. ^ "On The Beach (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
  5. ^ James Masterton (4 April 2015). The Top 40 Annual 1988. James Masterton. 
  6. ^ "Official Charts > Chris Rea". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Chris Rea - New Light Through Old Windows". BPI. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
  8. ^ "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
  9. ^ http://www.infodisc.fr/CD_Certif.php
  10. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Chris Rea; 'New Light Through Old Windows')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  11. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Chris Rea; 'New Light Best Of')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Chris Rea – New Light Through Old Windows". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter New Light Through Old Windows in the search field and then press Enter.