The Road to Hell

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The Road to Hell
The Road to Hell.jpg
Studio album by Chris Rea
Released 1989
Recorded Miraval Studios, France
Genre Blues rock, soft rock, pop rock
Length 50:53
Label WEA, Atco, Magnet, Geffen
Producer Jon Kelly, Chris Rea
Chris Rea chronology
New Light Through Old Windows
(1988)New Light Through Old Windows1988
The Road to Hell
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Road to Hell is the tenth studio album by Chris Rea. It was released in 1989 and is one of Rea's most famous albums. The second part of the two-part title track, "The Road to Hell (Pt. 2)", is also one of Rea's most famous songs. The song "Texas" has been played through the years on Classic Rock/AOR radio stations in Texas, and is sometimes played as background music before Texas Rangers baseball games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Another track, "Daytona", is about the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 "Daytona", in which he sings about the car metaphorically, with the engine and tyre noise from the car ringing out toward the end of the song.[2] Also, the song "Tell Me There's a Heaven" was used in a 1991 public information film for the NSPCC.

The eponymous title track was written about the A63, the principal road way out of Hull, which travels west until the M62. Chris Rea originally composed a melody about the A63, called as this is the Road to Hull, which he then changed to Road to Hell, upon his entry.

The album cover features art by the English commercial artist, Adrian Chesterman,[3] who was also responsible for creating cover art for, amongst others, Motörhead's 1979 Bomber album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Chris Rea.

  1. "The Road to Hell (Part 1)" — 4:52
  2. "The Road to Hell (Part 2)" — 4:30
  3. "You Must Be Evil" — 4:20
  4. "Texas" — 5:09
  5. "Looking for a Rainbow" — 8:00
  6. "Your Warm and Tender Love" — 4:32
  7. "Daytona" — 5:04
  8. "That's What They Always Say" — 4:27
  9. "I Just Wanna Be with You" — 3:39
  10. "Tell Me There's a Heaven" — 6:00

(The 1989 US Geffen CD issue also includes the 1988 re-recording of "Let's Dance" slotted between tracks 8 and 9 listed above.)


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[4] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[5] Gold 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[6] Gold 45,000[6]
France (SNEP)[7] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[8] 3× Gold 750,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[9] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] 6× Platinum 1,800,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  • Chris Rea — vocals, guitar, keyboards, producer
  • Robert Ahwai — guitar
  • Eoghan O'Neill — bass
  • Kevin Leach — keyboards
  • Max Middleton — piano, string arrangements (cut 10)
  • Martin Ditcham — drums, percussion
  • Linda Taylor, Karen Boddington, Carol Kenyon — additional vocals
  • Jon Kelly — producer
  • Neil Amor (with Diane BJ Koné) — engineer


Preceded by
Wild! by Erasure
UK number-one album
November 11, 1989 – December 1, 1989
Succeeded by
…But Seriously by Phil Collins