Shamrock Diaries

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Shamrock Diaries
Studio album by Chris Rea
Released 1985
Recorded December 1984
Genre Album-oriented rock
Label Magnet
Producer Chris Rea, David Richards
Chris Rea chronology
Wired to the Moon
Shamrock Diaries
On the Beach
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link

Shamrock Diaries is the seventh studio album by Chris Rea, released in 1985.

This album represents the beginning of a creative and commercial zenith for Rea. Shamrock Diaries was a huge seller in Europe, reaching the Top 20 in several countries including Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The album was also successful in Australia, where it reached number one.


The track "Stainsby Girls" was written as a tribute for his wife Joan, a former student of the Stainsby Secondary Modern School.

One of the album's most popular tracks, "Josephine," was written by Rea for his daughter of the same name. Rea would later pay the same compliment to his youngest daughter, Julia, on the album Espresso Logic (1993).

"Josephine" is a track that Rea has re-recorded many times. The semi-acoustic version released on the original LP was replaced in later CD editions by the "disco" version, which is an edit of "Josephine (La Version Française)" AKA "Josephine Extended French re-record". The original LP version was later made available on the French release "The Best of Chris Rea" in 1998. Soon after the original LP was released, Josephine was released as a single, the 7-inch version of which was a completely different, rockier version. This version appeared again in 2001 on the album "The Very Best of Chris Rea". The original video for Josephine uses this version but is approximately twenty seconds longer at the start. Then in 1988 two further versions were released for "New Light Through Old Windows". The version on the European and UK album is undoubtedly the most well known and was also made available on the 1994 "The Best of Chris Rea". For the US album a different, faster recording was released and is the rarest of all renditions. Finally in 2008 another re-recording was released on the Germany-only "Fool (If You Think It's Over) - The Definitive Greatest Hits"

The track "Stone" was later covered by The Law on their self-titled album, with Rea on guitar. "Josephine" was also sampled in 2000 by Superfunk for their song "Lucky Star", with Ron Carroll, although the samples comes from another (shorter) version of the song.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Chris Rea.

  1. "Steel River" – 6:15
  2. "Stainsby Girls" – 3:51
  3. "Chisel Hill" – 4:03
  4. "Josephine" – 4:26 (3:56 in later pressings)
  5. "One Golden Rule" – 4:29
  6. "All Summer Long" – 4:09
  7. "Stone" – 4:23
  8. "Shamrock Diaries" – 4:55
  9. "Love Turns To Lies" – 4:11
  10. "Hired Gun" – 8:03


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[1] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[2] Silver 60,000^

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



  1. "Stainsby girls" b/w "And when she smiles", "Sunrise", "Dancing shoes", "September blue"
  2. "Josephine" b/w "Josephine (Remix)", "Everytime it rains"

  1. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Chris Rea; 'Shamrock Diaries')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  2. ^ "British album certifications – Chris Rea – Shamrock Diaries". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Shamrock Diaries in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search