Spanish Train and Other Stories
|Spanish Train and Other Stories|
|Studio album by Chris de Burgh|
|Released||1 November 1975|
|Recorded||Ramport and Scorpio Studios|
|Producer||Robin Geoffrey Cable|
|Chris de Burgh chronology|
- "Spanish Train" – 5:00
- "Lonely Sky" – 3:52
- "This Song For You" – 4:14
- "Patricia the Stripper" – 3:30
- "A Spaceman Came Travelling" – 5:10
- "I'm Going Home" – 3:34
- "The Painter" – 4:20
- "Old Friend" – 3:40
- "The Tower" – 5:22
- "Just Another Poor Boy" – 4:46
All songs written by Chris de Burgh.
- 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"
- 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
|31 August 1985||48||New Entry|
|7 September 1985||37||Highest & Final Entry|
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,as for the Lord - he's just doing his best."
The Lord and the Devil are now playing Chess.
The Devil still cheats and wins more souls,
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.