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Chris Rea; Santo Spirito

Chris Rea releases the elaborate 3CD &2DVD set, Santo Spirito, on September 5th 2011. The release includes a new studio album featuring Dancing My Blues Away, Never Tie Me Down, The Chance Of Love, Rock & Roll Tonight, Electric Guitar and The Last Open Road plus two bespoke feature films on DVD, written and directed by Rea.

The first feature is a brutally honest chronicle on bullfighting and features neo-classical & Spanish themed gypsy music whilst the second feature follows a man through the city of Florence in his search for the truth. The music to accompany both films is contained on two CDs, Chris explaining his rationale thus: “I love creating things and passionately believe we (the artists) should be looking to try new ways of bringing what we do to the public. There should be no rules whatsoever and, for God’s sake, there are alternatives to TV talent shows. Sometimes, those who have had extremely good fortune in music allow only X Factor type TV shows etc. to set the musical and cultural agenda of this county by actually doing nothing new or different themselves.”

Santo Spirito is the natural successor to The Blue Guitars project (which contained 11 CDs && 1DVD), a project that was considered pure, incomprehensible madness by record companies - until Chris produced the entire package himself and saw the release gross €5 million at retail. Chris told the BBC News last year "I cannot be bothered just making a CD any more. It has got to be something more interesting for me than just 10 tracks on CD."

Chris’s career spans over thirty years and both The Road To Hell in 1989 and Auberge in 1991 debuted at No.1 in the UK, cementing his position as one of the country’s finest musicians and songwriters. His rich catalogue includes Fool (If You Think It's Over), On The Beach, Let's Dance, Josephine, Stainsby Girls and I Can Hear Your Heartbeat, Working On It, The Road To Hell (Part 2), Auberge, God’s Great Banana Skin and Julia.

Santo Spirito will be released by Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music, on Monday September 5th on CD/DVD only and will not be available for digital download until December 2011. The release offers exceptional value for money since it retails for less than £15.00. This enhanced collection includes Rea's new 12-track studio album plus two exclusive feature films on DVD and the accompanying soundtracks for both movies on 2 separate CDs.

CHRIS REA UK TOUR DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

MARCH 2012

TUE 20  BOURNEMOUTH BIC
WED 21  OXFORD NEW THEATRE
THU 22  BRIGHTON CENTRE
SAT 24  HARROGATE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
SUN 25  02 APOLLO MANCHESTER
MON 26  SHEFFIELD CITY HALL
SAT 31  NEWCASTLE METRO RADIO ARENA

APRIL 2012

SUN 01  BIRMINGHAM NIA
MON 02  NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL
WED 04  PLYMOUTH PAVILLIONS
THU 05  LONDON HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO

Tickets £35.00 LONDON / £33.50 REGIONALS (subject to booking fee) are available from www.livenation.co.uk