is an album by Chris Rea
, released in 1985.
This album represents the beginning of a creative and commercial zenith for Rea. Shamrock Diaries
was a huge seller in Europe, reaching the Top 20 in several countries including Germany
, The Netherlands
and Great Britain
. The album was also successful in Australia
, where it reached number one.
The track "Stainsby Girls" was written as a tribute for his wife Joan, a former student of the Stainsby Secondary Modern School.
One of the album's most popular tracks, "Josephine
," was written by Rea for his daughter of the same name. Rea would later pay the same compliment to his youngest daughter, Julia, on the album Espresso Logic
"Josephine" is a track that Rea has re-recorded many times. The version released on the original LP was replaced in later CD editions by the "disco" version, which is also the basis for the later "Josephine (La version Francais)". The original LP version was later made available on the French release "The Best of Chris Rea" in 1998. There is also the version recorded in 1988 for "New Light Through Old Windows", also available on the 1994 "The Best of Chris Rea". Additionally, there is the slower version released on the U.S. edition of "New Light Through Old Windows" in 1988, also available on the 2001 "Very Best of Chris Rea" which is itself similar, though not identical to the version used in... Read More