Spanish Train and Other Stories

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Spanish Train and Other Stories
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Studio album by Chris de Burgh
Released 1 November 1975
Recorded Ramport and Scorpio Studios
Genre Rock
Length 43:28
Label A&M
Producer Robin Geoffrey Cable
Chris de Burgh chronology
Far Beyond These Castle Walls
(1974)
Spanish Train and Other Stories
(1975)
At the End of a Perfect Day
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Spanish Train and Other Stories is the second album by Chris de Burgh, released by A&M Records in 1975.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Spanish Train" – 5:00
  2. "Lonely Sky" – 3:52
  3. "This Song For You" – 4:14
  4. "Patricia the Stripper" – 3:30
  5. "A Spaceman Came Travelling" – 5:10
  6. "I'm Going Home" – 3:34
  7. "The Painter" – 4:20
  8. "Old Friend" – 3:40
  9. "The Tower" – 5:22
  10. "Just Another Poor Boy" – 4:46

All songs written by Chris de Burgh.

Personnel[edit]

  • Chris de Burgh – acoustic guitars, lead and all backing vocals, piano on "The Tower" and "This Song For You"
  • Barry de Souza – drums
  • Ray Glynn – electric guitars
  • Lennox Laington – percussion
  • Tony Hymas – keyboards
  • Tony Reeves – bass, string bass on "A Spaceman Came Travelling"
  • Phillip Goodhand-Tait – harmonium
  • Chris Laurence – string bass
  • Ken Freeman – string synthesizer
  • Chris Mercer – saxophone on "The Painter"
  • Mick Eves – saxophone on "The Painter"
Technical
  • The Strings, Choir, Recorders and Ocarinas on "The Tower" and "Lonely Sky" were arranged by Robert Kirby who also arranged the brass for "Old Friend" and "This Song For You"
  • David Hentschel arranged and performed synthesizer on "A Spaceman Came Travelling"
  • Richard Hewson arranged the strings and brass for "Just Another Poor Boy" and "Spanish Train"
  • Mixed at Scorpio and AIR Studios.
  • Engineered by Robin Geoffrey Cable, assisted by Mark Dobson, Ian Major and John Kelly.
  • Front and Back Illustrations: Bill Imhoff
  • Inside Photography: Clive Arrowsmith
  • Art Direction: Fabio Nicoli
  • Design: Junie Osaki

Chart positions[edit]

UK Chart Positions
Date Position Comment
31 August 1985 48 New Entry
7 September 1985 37 Highest & Final Entry

Controversy[edit]

The title track is a story about a train carrying the souls of the dead to the Underworld. Jesus and Lucifer are playing Poker - gambling with the souls. Lucifer cheats and wins the game. The song finishes with the stanza:

"Far away, in some recess,
The Lord and the Devil are now playing Chess.
The Devil still cheats and wins more souls,

as for the Lord - he's just doing his best."

The song was deemed blasphemous in South Africa, and a ban was ordered. A&M records sued to get the ban overturned - the suit was eventually successful. However, while the suit was in progress, A&M released the album under the title "Lonely Sky and Other Stories" (without "Spanish Train"). This album is considered a collector's item today - copies are extremely rare. Perversely, the ban only applied to the LP record, so the cassette issue of Spanish Train was always freely available.

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