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Spark to a Flame: The Very Best of Chris de Burgh

Spark to a Flame: The Very Best of Chris de Burgh is the third compilation album by Chris de Burgh, released by A&M Records in 1989. The album was released largely to capitalise on the resurgence of de Burgh's career after the smash hit of The Lady In Red three years earlier. As a result, most of the tracks are drawn from his 1980s albums The Getaway, Man On The Line, Into The Light and Flying Colours.

Spark to a Flame: The Very Best of Chris de Burgh
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Released24 October 1989
RecordedRamport and Scorpio Studios
GenreRock
Length67:58 (68:38 German)
LabelA&M
ProducerChris de Burgh, Rupert Hine, Roy Thomas Baker, Robin Geoffrey Cable, Paul Hardiman and others
Chris de Burgh chronology
Flying Colours
(1988)
Spark to a Flame: The Very Best of Chris de Burgh
(1989)
High on Emotion: Live from Dublin
(1990)
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Also notable is the pairing of the songs "Borderline" and "Say Goodbye To It All" - originally from two different albums, which tell a story arc of a conscientious objector fleeing to be with his lover.

Contents

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Chris de Burgh.

UK releaseEdit

  1. "This Waiting Heart" (previously unreleased) – 4:08
  2. "Don't Pay the Ferryman" – 3:24
  3. "Much More Than This" - 2:55
  4. "Sailing Away" – 4:58
  5. "The Lady in Red" – 4:17
  6. "Borderline" – 4:33
  7. "Say Goodbye to It All" – 5:04
  8. "Spanish Train" - 4:47
  9. "Ship to Shore" – 3:47
  10. "Missing You" – 4:06
  11. ”Fatal Hesitation“ - 4:14
  12. "Diamond in the Dark" (previously unreleased) – 3:29
  13. "Tender Hands" – 4:28
  14. "A Spaceman Came Travelling" * – 5:10
  15. "Where Peaceful Waters Flow" – 3:53
  16. "High on Emotion" – 4:24

US/Canada releaseEdit

  1. "This Waiting Heart" (previously unreleased) – 4:08
  2. "Don't Pay the Ferryman" – 3:24
  3. "Much More Than This" – 2:55
  4. "Sailing Away" – 4:58
  5. "The Lady in Red" – 4:17
  6. "Borderline" – 4:33
  7. "Say Goodbye to It All" – 5:04
  8. "Spanish Train" – 4:47
  9. "Patricia the Stripper" – 3:30
  10. "Ship to Shore" – 3:47
  11. "Missing You" – 4:06
  12. "Diamond in the Dark" (previously unreleased) – 3:29
  13. "Tender Hands" – 4:28
  14. "A Spaceman Came Travelling" – 5:10
  15. "Where Peaceful Waters Flow" – 3:53
  16. "High on Emotion" – 4:24

West German/Australasian releaseEdit

  1. "This Waiting Heart" (previously unreleased) – 4:08
  2. "Don't Pay the Ferryman" – 3:24
  3. "Fire On The Water" – 4:28
  4. "Sailing Away" – 4:58
  5. "The Lady in Red" – 4:17
  6. "Borderline" – 4:33
  7. "Say Goodbye to It All" – 5:04
  8. "One Word (Straight To The Heart)" – 4:16
  9. "A Spaceman Came Travelling" – 5:10
  10. "Ship to Shore" – 3:47
  11. "Missing You" – 4:06
  12. "Diamond in the Dark" (previously unreleased) – 3:29
  13. "Tender Hands" – 4:28
  14. "The Getaway" – 3:52
  15. "Where Peaceful Waters Flow" – 3:53
  16. "High on Emotion" – 4:24
  • The album features the remixed version of A Spaceman Came Travelling with a re-rerecorded vocal track, it is subsequently titled A Spaceman Came Travelling '89 on later compilations.[which?]

Chart positionsEdit

UK Chart Positions
Date Position Comment
4 November 1989 16 New Entry
25 November 1989 4 Peak
3 February 1990 41 Last Entry

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