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Chris de Burgh - The River Sessions

On the chilly Sunday evening of the 8th November 1981, the legendary Glasgow Apollo Theatre proved next stop after Liverpool Empire for an artist then on the edge of Worldwide acclaim - Chris de Burgh.
This excellent concert promoting the successful 'Best Moves' album was originally broadcast by Radio Clyde shortly afterwards to a local radio audience and then unbelievably, left to gather dust.

Chris de Burgh 1981
The archive was eventually unearthed after the chief executive of Scottish Radio Holdings, Richard Findlay, lay in bed one night wondering what had happened to the recordings and ordered a search of the attics and cellars of its Glasgow HQ.
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Originally recorded onto 10" analogue tape, River Records have digitally remastered this rare live recording on to CD, and in so doing have even enhanced the quality of the sound.


At only £9.99 from 'The River Sessions' is a concise distillation of Chris de Burgh's best work up to that point and as an added bonus there is a second CD with two tracks from a 1979 Radio Clyde session, as well as an interview conducted at the session.

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The River Sessions by Chris de Burgh

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Chris de Burgh and band in 1981

Chris de Burgh said recently on,"Oh yes, I remember the Apollo extremely well. It used to be on a British and Scottish tour, that we'd all say "Wait till we get to Liverpool, and wait till we get to Glasgow." Because those two places were certainly in the late 70s and early 80s the most inspiring venues to perform in. I used to absolutely love the Apollo!"

The River Sessions has a total playing time of 76 mins on CD 1 and 15 mins on CD 2. Chris de Burgh and his superb 1981 band perform the following track listing:

CD 1:
1. Carry On / The Traveller
2. Sailor
3. Spanish Train
4. Crusader
5. A Spaceman Came Travelling
6. Eastern Wind
7. Tourist Attraction
8. Patricia The Stripper
9. In A Country Churchyard
10. Broken Wings
11. A Rainy Night In Paris
12. Flying Home
13. The Painter

CD 2:
1. Interview
2. Quiet Moments
3. Interview
4. Broken Wings
5. Interview


Established in 2003 River Records is a new company set up to exclusively manage Scottish Radio Holdings' music archive. Recorded by the original Clyde Mobile Studio and Radio Forth's Sound House, the archive holds over 600 top quality live concert recordings and unique studio sessions dating from the mid - 70's up to the present day.
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The Glasgow Apollo was officially opened by Unicorn Leisure on the 8th September 1973 until it was finally demolished in 1989.
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