Spark to a Flame: The Very Best of Chris de Burgh

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Spark to a Flame: The Very Best of Chris de Burgh
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Greatest hits album by Chris de Burgh
Released 24 October 1989
Recorded Ramport and Scorpio Studios
Genre Rock
Length 67:58 (68:38 German)
Label A&M
Producer Chris de Burgh, Rupert Hine, Roy Thomas Baker, Robin Geoffrey Cable, Paul Hardiman and others
Chris de Burgh chronology
Flying Colours
(1988)Flying Colours1988
Spark to a Flame: The Very Best of Chris de Burgh
(1989)
High on Emotion: Live from Dublin
(1990)High on Emotion: Live from Dublin1990
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Spark to a Flame: The Very Best of Chris de Burgh is the third compilation album by Chris de Burgh, released by A&M Records in 1989. The album was released largely to capitalise on the resurgence of de Burgh's career after the smash hit of The Lady In Red three years earlier. As a result, most of the tracks are drawn from his 1980s albums The Getaway, Man On The Line, Into The Light and Flying Colours.

Also notable is the pairing of the songs "Borderline" and "Say Goodbye To It All" - originally from two different albums, which tell a story arc of a conscientious objector fleeing to be with his lover.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chris de Burgh.

UK release[edit]

  1. "This Waiting Heart" (previously unreleased) – 4:08
  2. "Don't Pay the Ferryman" – 3:24
  3. "Much More Than This" – 2:55
  4. "Sailing Away" – 4:58
  5. "The Lady in Red" – 4:17
  6. "Borderline" – 4:33
  7. "Say Goodbye to It All" – 5:04
  8. "Spanish Train" – 4:47
  9. "Fatal Hesitation" – 4:16
  10. "Ship to Shore" – 3:47
  11. "Missing You" – 4:06
  12. "Diamond in the Dark" (previously unreleased) – 3:29
  13. "Tender Hands" – 4:28
  14. "A Spaceman Came Travelling" * – 5:10
  15. "Where Peaceful Waters Flow" – 3:53
  16. "High on Emotion" – 4:24

US/Canada release[edit]

  1. "This Waiting Heart" (previously unreleased) – 4:08
  2. "Don't Pay the Ferryman" – 3:24
  3. "Much More Than This" – 2:55
  4. "Sailing Away" – 4:58
  5. "The Lady in Red" – 4:17
  6. "Borderline" – 4:33
  7. "Say Goodbye to It All" – 5:04
  8. "Spanish Train" – 4:47
  9. "Patricia the Stripper" – 3:30
  10. "Ship to Shore" – 3:47
  11. "Missing You" – 4:06
  12. "Diamond in the Dark" (previously unreleased) – 3:29
  13. "Tender Hands" – 4:28
  14. "A Spaceman Came Travelling" – 5:10
  15. "Where Peaceful Waters Flow" – 3:53
  16. "High on Emotion" – 4:24

West German/Australasian release[edit]

  1. "This Waiting Heart" (previously unreleased) – 4:08
  2. "Don't Pay the Ferryman" – 3:24
  3. "Fire On The Water" – 4:28
  4. "Sailing Away" – 4:58
  5. "The Lady in Red" – 4:17
  6. "Borderline" – 4:33
  7. "Say Goodbye to It All" – 5:04
  8. "One Word (Straight To The Heart)" – 4:16
  9. "A Spaceman Came Travelling" – 5:10
  10. "Ship to Shore" – 3:47
  11. "Missing You" – 4:06
  12. "Diamond in the Dark" (previously unreleased) – 3:29
  13. "Tender Hands" – 4:28
  14. "The Getaway" – 3:52
  15. "Where Peaceful Waters Flow" – 3:53
  16. "High on Emotion" – 4:24
  • The album features the remixed version of A Spaceman Came Travelling with a re-rerecorded vocal track, it is subsequently titled A Spaceman Came Travelling '89 on later compilations.[which?]

Chart positions[edit]

UK Chart Positions
Date Position Comment
4 November 1989 16 New Entry
25 November 1989 4 Peak
3 February 1990 41 Last Entry

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