Monday, March 08, 2010

Chris Rea - Blue Guitars


Following a severe bout of pancreatitis, and a predicted 50% chance of survival after an operation called a Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy) in 2001, Rea promised himself that if he recovered, he would be returning to his blues roots. This near brush with death was the catalyst for a complete change in musical direction and motivation. The resulting Blue Guitars 11-CD collection of 137 blues-inspired tracks recorded in just 18 months, completed with his own paintings as album covers, is seen by himself as his finest work to date

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