On the Beach (Chris Rea album)

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On the Beach
On The Beach (Chris Rea).jpg
Studio album by Chris Rea
Released 1st April 1986
Genre Rock, soft rock, adult contemporary
Length 59:58
Label Geffen (US)
Magnet (Rest of the World)
Producer Chris Rea, David Richards
Chris Rea chronology
Shamrock Diaries
(1985)Shamrock Diaries1985
On the Beach
Dancing with Strangers
(1987)Dancing with Strangers1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

On the Beach is the eighth studio album by British singer-songwriter Chris Rea, released in 1986. It reached No. 11 in the UK Albums Chart.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Chris Rea.

  1. "On the Beach" (UK #57) 5:04
  2. "Little Blonde Plaits" 4:17
  3. "Giverny" 5:39
  4. "Lucky Day" 3:57
  5. "Just Passing Through" 5:20
  6. "It's All Gone" (UK #69) 7:28
  7. "Hello Friend" (UK #79) 4:19
  8. "Two Roads" 3:44
  9. "Light of Hope" 4:34
  10. "Auf Immer und Ewig" 4:11
  11. "Freeway" 4:12
  12. "Bless Them All" 2:30
  13. "Crack That Mould" 4:34

Tracks 11, 12 and 13 were not included in the original LP release

The opening track On the Beach was covered by the German electronic music group York, reaching #4 in the UK charts in June 2000, and also by the Austrian house music group Sonic Palms.

Auf Immer und Ewig is the title track of the 1985 film of the same name. It translates to "Forever and Always".


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[2] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[3] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Platinum 300,000^

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


  • Chris Rea – vocals, guitars, keyboards, piano, fretless bass, bits
  • Max Middleton – piano, Rhodes
  • Kevin Leach – keyboards
  • Eoghan O'Neill – bass
  • Dave Mattacks – drums
  • Adrian Rea – drums
  • Martin Ditcham – percussion
  • Robert Awhai – guitars
  • Stuart Eals – recording
  • David Richards – mixing
  • Stylo Rouge – sleeve design
  • Ekkeheart Gurlitt – photography
  • Francoise La Port – photography
  • David Richards – producer
  • Jim Beach – management
  • Paul Lilly – management


  1. "It's All Gone" b/w "Crack That Mould", "Look Out For Me", "Bless Them All", "Let's Dance" (original version)
  2. "On the Beach" b/w "On the Beach (special remix)", "If Anybody Asks You", "One golden rule" (live), "Midnight blue"
  3. "Hello Friend" (re-recording) b/w "Driving Home for Christmas" (original version), "It's All Gone" (live), "Steel River"


  1. ^ Caldwell, Rob. "On the Beach review". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ "French album certifications – Chris Rea – On the Beach" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  3. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Chris Rea; 'On the Beach')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  4. ^ "British album certifications – Chris Rea – On the Beach". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter On the Beach in the search field and then press Enter.