The Return of the Fabulous Hofner Bluenotes

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The Return Of The Fabulous Hofner Bluenotes
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Studio album by Chris Rea
Released United Kingdom 11 February 2008
Recorded 2007
Genre Instrumental Rock/Blues
Label Jazzee Blue/EarBooks
Producer Chris Rea
Chris Rea chronology
Chris Rea: The Ultimate Collection 1978–2000
(2007)
The Return Of The Fabulous Hofner Bluenotes
(2008)
Still So Far to Go: The Best of Chris Rea
(2009)
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The Return of the Fabulous Hofner Bluenotes is the twenty-second studio album by Chris Rea, released in 2008. It comprises 3CDs and 2 x 10" Vinyl records in an 80-page hardback book. It is the second album of his project, the Hofner Blue Notes.

The book relates the history of 'The Delmonts', an imaginary band in the early 1960s, who evolved into The Hofner Bluenotes. It also gives a brief history of the Hofner guitar, and its importance in the development of music in Britain. The book is lavishly illustrated with period photos and mocked up posters and newspaper cuttings about the band, together with some of Rea's paintings, and photos of Hofner guitars. The music was recorded by Rea (guitars), Colin Hodgkinson (bass) and Martin Ditcham (drums), who feature in the book, together with Niel Drinkwater and Robert Ahwai.

After the album was released, Rea started a European tour. He and his band would perform as a quintet. The concerts were divided in three sections: in the first, they would play only songs from Delmonts (CD1), then some blues songs from Fabulous Hofner Blue Notes (CD2), and in the third part Rea's greatest hits (like: The Road to Hell, Josephine, On the Beach ...).

Tracks[edit]

CD 1 The Delmonts
(The same 16 tracks appear on the 2 x 10" vinyl records)

  1. "Dirty New Town" 2:25
  2. "008 Jimmy Bond" 3:30
  3. "India Arab" 3:06
  4. "BB Was a Comanche" 3:11
  5. "Theme From the Pink Guitar" 2:25
  6. "Russian Roulette" 3:10
  7. "Black Wave Heroes" 3:31
  8. "Andorra Star Blues" 3:27
  9. "Gippo Euro" 2:48
  10. "The Power Of Love" 3:45
  11. "Big Storm Coming" 3:01
  12. "Race Fever Blues" 2:35
  13. "It's Behind You" 2:11
  14. "French Football" 2:32
  15. "Green Shirt Blues (For George Russell)" 3:40
  16. "Blue Miles" 3:55

CD 2 The Hofner Bluenotes

  1. "I Can't Wait For Love" 3:49
  2. "Speak of God, Act Like the Devil" 4:37
  3. "Big Wave" 3:42
  4. “Don't Give Your Ace Away” 3:26
  5. “Renaissance Blues” 3:37
  6. “Lets Getaway” 3:50
  7. “Legacy Blues” 4:07
  8. “Don't Tell Me About The Blues” 4:35
  9. “If I Keep My Faith In You” 4:29
  10. “The Shadow Of A Fool” 3:55
  11. “Rock And Roll Tonight” 3:28
  12. “I Will Be With You” 4:00

CD 3 The Hofner Bluenotes

  1. “Twister Inside” 4:11
  2. “When The Truth Comes Out” 3:22
  3. “Because It's You” 3:32
  4. “Looking Glass Blues” 4:07
  5. “Blues For Janice” 3:46
  6. “Meet Me On the Mountain” 4:25
  7. “Skylark Blues” 4:05
  8. “Which Part Of The Painting Made You Cry?” 4:24
  9. “The Days I Spent With You (Song For Bella)” 3:32
  10. “Yes I Do” 4:14