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It is entirely appropriate to call Moonfleet And Other Stories a tour de force, not merely since it comprises 20 original elements (including an orchestral overture), but because it’s a fully-rounded and realized musical suite based on the book from which the album takes it’s name.  Moonfleet was inspired by the gripping 18th century tale of love and loss, set against a backdrop of smuggling in the coastal village of Moonfleet, Dorset.

Written in 1898, such is the popularity of this story that it has already been adapted to film, two TV series, a stage and a radio play. Chris's adaptation utilizes all his musical skill, masterfully combining classical, folk and choral genres with his trademark ballads, pop and rock songs, and features a narrative which takes the listener on an emotion-filled journey, creating a "film in the mind".

Six brand new compositions tell the Other Stories of the title, covering such diverse subject matter as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the loss of innocence, a story by Oscar Wilde, a tale of war, a guardian angel and an eloquent musical statement on an atrocity in Iran in 2009, a place with which Chris has a deep affinity.

Recorded at: Abbey Road Studios; British Grove Studios; Stanley House Studios. Personnel:

Chris de Burgh (vocals, guitar); Phil Palmer (guitar, background vocals); Neil Taylor (guitar); Geoffrey Richardson (banjo, mandolin, fiddle, viola, whistle, background vocals); Nigel Hopkins (accordion, background vocals); Jerry Meehan (bassoon, bass guitar, background vocals); Chris Porter (keyboards, percussion); Pete Gordeno (keyboards, background vocals); Geoff Dugmore (drums, percussion, background vocals); Hazel Fernandez, Jakko Jackszyk (background vocals).   Promotional Video:   www.youtube.com/watch?v=xexAcvEASag  

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Moonfleet & Other Stories

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THE MOONFLEET OVERTURE 5:03

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The village of Moonfleet... (Narration) 1:28

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THE LIGHT ON THE BAY 1:57

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HAVE A CARE 2:53

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For two days and nights... (Narration) 1:14

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GO WHERE YOUR HEART BELIEVES 4:12

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THE ESCAPE 4:19

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And so it was... (Narration) 0:29

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THE DAYS OF OUR AGE 1:54

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THE SECRET OF THE LOCKET 3:32

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With heavy heart... (Narration) 0:37

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MY HEART'S SURRENDER 4:10

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TREASURE AND BETRAYAL 3:43

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MOONFLEET BAY 3:06

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THE STORM 3:23

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GREATER LOVE 3:29

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In the years that followed... (Narration) 1:23

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THE MOONFLEET FINALE 3:01

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EVERYWHERE I GO 3:37

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20.

THE NIGHTINGALE 3:48

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ONE LIFE, ONE LOVE 3:42

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WHY MONA LISA SMILED 3:37

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PURE JOY 3:06

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PEOPLE OF THE WORLD 3:50

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Downloads include choice of MP3, WAV, or FLAC

It is entirely appropriate to call Moonfleet And Other Stories a tour de force, not merely since it comprises 20 original elements (including an orchestral overture), but because it’s a fully-rounded and realized musical suite based on the book from which the album takes it’s name.  Moonfleet was inspired by the gripping 18th century tale of love and loss, set against a backdrop of smuggling in the coastal village of Moonfleet, Dorset.

Written in 1898, such is the popularity of this story that it has already been adapted to film, two TV series, a stage and a radio play. Chris's adaptation utilizes all his musical skill, masterfully combining classical, folk and choral genres with his trademark ballads, pop and rock songs, and features a narrative which takes the listener on an emotion-filled journey, creating a "film in the mind".

Six brand new compositions tell the Other Stories of the title, covering such diverse subject matter as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the loss of innocence, a story by Oscar Wilde, a tale of war, a guardian angel and an eloquent musical statement on an atrocity in Iran in 2009, a place with which Chris has a deep affinity.

Recorded at: Abbey Road Studios; British Grove Studios; Stanley House Studios. Personnel:

Chris de Burgh (vocals, guitar); Phil Palmer (guitar, background vocals); Neil Taylor (guitar); Geoffrey Richardson (banjo, mandolin, fiddle, viola, whistle, background vocals); Nigel Hopkins (accordion, background vocals); Jerry Meehan (bassoon, bass guitar, background vocals); Chris Porter (keyboards, percussion); Pete Gordeno (keyboards, background vocals); Geoff Dugmore (drums, percussion, background vocals); Hazel Fernandez, Jakko Jackszyk (background vocals).   Promotional Video:   www.youtube.com/watch?v=xexAcvEASag  

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