The Getaway (Chris de Burgh album)

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The Getaway
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Studio album by
Released19 December 1982
RecordedFarmyard Studios (Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, England)
ProducerRupert Hine
Chris de Burgh chronology
Best Moves
The Getaway
Man on the Line

The Getaway is singer Chris de Burgh's sixth original album, released on A&M Records in 1982. It was the first studio album of de Burgh's to chart in the UK, following the compilation Best Moves a year earlier. The album peaked at number 30 in the UK and spent 16 weeks on the chart.[1] In the week beginning 7 February 1983, the album went to the top of the album charts in the then West Germany.[2]


The album was spearheaded by the U.S. top 40 hit, "Don't Pay the Ferryman", an upbeat, mythology-tinged pop rock song that evokes images of the Grim Reaper, which also became his first UK hit single, reaching number 48.

Another song from the album which has become a de Burgh fan-favourite is "Borderline", the story of a conscientious objector who chooses to flee with his lover than be drafted for military service. A staple of de Burgh's live act, the song's story was continued in 1986's "Say Goodbye to It All" from the later album Into the Light.

Drums on the album were played by Steve Negus of the Canadian progressive rock band Saga.

Some of the guest vocalists were Anthony Head, Diane Davison (Chris de Burgh´s wife) and Miriam Stockley (who also collaborated with Mike Oldfield on the album "The Millennium Bell" (1999).

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Pay the Ferryman" – 3:48
  2. "Living on the Island" – 3:31
  3. "Crying and Laughing" – 4:33
  4. "I'm Counting on You" – 4:27
  5. "The Getaway" – 3:52
  6. "Ship to Shore" – 3:49
  7. "All the Love I Have Inside" – 3:18
  8. "Borderline" – 4:37
  9. "Where Peaceful Waters Flow" – 3:54
  10. "The Revolution" – 1:46
  11. "Light a Fire" – 2:08
  12. "Liberty" – 5:02

The Japanese CD splits the last three tracks differently:

10. "The Revolution" – 3:54
11. "Light a Fire" – 4:30
12. "Liberty" – 0:31

All compositions by Chris de Burgh.


  • Chris de Burgh – lead and backing vocals, 6 and 12-string guitars, acoustic piano (8)
  • Rupert Hine – synthesizers, percussion, orchestral arrangements, backing vocals
  • David Caddick – acoustic piano (4)
  • Phil Palmer – acoustic and electric guitars
  • Tim Wynveen – acoustic and electric guitars (2, 3, 11, 12), additional vocals
  • John Giblin – bass guitar, fretless bass
  • Steve Negus – drums
  • Anthony Thistlethwaite – saxophones
  • Stephen W. Tayler – saxophones, woodwinds
  • Nigel Warren-Green – cello (4)
  • Anthony Head – voice (1)
  • Diane Davison – additional vocals
  • Miriam Stockley – additional vocals
  • Sue Wilkinson – additional vocals


  • Produced by Rupert Hine
  • Engineered by Stephen W. Tayler
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Studios (Hollywood, CA).
  • Art Direction and Back Cover Photography – Michael Ross
  • Inner Bag Photography – Fin Costello
  • Illustration – Syd Brak
  • Typography – Andrew Ellis
  • Management – Dave Margereson and Kenny Thomson for Mismanagement, Inc.


  1. ^ David Roberts. British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Limited
  2. ^ Offizielle Deutsche Charts website