Thursday, March 10, 2016

"Ship to Shore" by Chris de Burgh

Song#:  1576
Date:  08/20/1983
Debut:  80
Peak:  71
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Rock, Pop

Pop Bits:  De Burgh grabbed his first US Top 40 (#34 Pop, #29 Rock) entry with "Don't Pay the Ferryman," an eerie story song from his album The Getaway. This brighter tune was chosen for the LP's second single, but it failed to catch on and left the chart after a few weeks. However, the lone Top 40 hit gave a boost to the album which ended up at #43.

ReduxReview:  I totally love "Ferryman" and after I wore out the single, I went and bought the album. It's a very good LP that I've grown to like even more over the years. Although de Burgh kind of became known for his ballads, I always preferred his more upbeat tunes like this one. The title track to the album was also a highlight. This song should have done better with its rousing sing-a-long chorus. I think what it may have need though was a rockier arrangement in the vein of "Ferryman." That bit of intensity might have sold it more.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Although his success in the US and the UK (his homeland), was limited, de Burgh gained a large fan base in Germany that began with The Getaway. That album reached #1 and was a platinum seller in that country. Three of his next four albums would also hit #1 while the other reached #2. Support for de Burgh would continue in Germany over the years where he would amass another nine Top 10 albums, including his latest one, 2014's The Hands of Man, which hit #8.


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