Chris Rea

Fool (If You Think It's Over)

Composed by Chris Rea

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Chris Rea released "Fool (If You Think It's Over)" in April of 1978 in his homeland, but the song failed to make any impact. By July of that same year, Rea had his first American Top 40 single with the same song, as "Fool" made it to number 12 on the Billboard charts. The song helped its parent album, Whatever Happened to Benny Santini?, reach number 49 in Britain, eventually selling 500,000 copies and earning Rea a gold disk. After the song's success in America, the U.K. gave it another chance, and the second time around it peaked at the number 30 spot. Although it was nominated for a Grammy, the song didn't win, but this recognition gave Rea incentive to focus more on his writing, which led to his decision of not touring to support the album, despite the fact that his label wanted him to. Of course, Rea's strongest attribute is his nearly hoarse but soothing voice, which is what gives "Fool" (and the bulk of his material) its appeal. Rea's marbly texture makes this average love song seem much more emotive and passionate, cloaking his voice over the music's fragile tempo but stirring up enough movement to keep it from being a sleeper. Its gentle harmony is barely noticed, since most of the attention is focused on Rea's laid back and low-key style. In 1982, England's Elkie Brooks fared better than Rea did with her version of the song, taking it to number 17 on the British charts. Chris Rea's career increasingly improved in Europe throughout the '80s, especially after the release of 1985's Shamrock Diaries, which sported solid songwriting that pertained to his English surroundings.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Whatever Happened to Benny Santini? 1978 Culture Factory 4:45
The Golden Love Album, Vol. 1 1987
Various Artists
BMG 4:41
New Light Through Old Windows: The Best Of Chris Rea 1988 Atco 4:04
Heart Rock, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
Alex 4:03
Love Over Gold [Telstar] 1994
Various Artists
Telstar 4:00
No Image 1995
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Very Best of Chris Rea 1995 EastWest 4:05
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Columbia
Absolute Love, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Eva 4:05
Kuschelrock Special Edition 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:06
Ultimate Singer-Songwriter Col 2000
Various Artists
Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp.
Passion: Songs for Lovers 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:02
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:06
Hard to Find 45's on CD, Vol. 8: 70's Pop Classics 2002
Various Artists
Eric Records 3:35
Heartbeats: Greatest Hits 2005 Warner Music / WEA International 4:03
Platinum Collection 2006 Warner Platinum 4:03
The Road to Hell & Back 2006 Polydor / Universal Distribution
Classic Soft Rock: The Air That I Breathe 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:33
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:33
Works 2007 Rhino / WEA International / Wea UK 4:06
100 Hits: Love 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:05
Pure Temptations 2008
Various Artists
Eminence Records 4:01
Fool If You Think It's Over: The Definitive Greatest Hits 2008 Edel Records 4:01
Romancing the 70s: Precious and Few 2008
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:33
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Rhino 4:07
Greatest Hits [Tenchiku] 2009 Tenchiku 4:02
Still So Far to Go: The Best of Chris Rea 2009 Warner Bros. 4:07
Romancing the '70s 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:33
Collection RTL Georges Lang 2011
Various Artists
Rhino 4:09
3/60: Love 2011
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:01
The Journey 1978-2009 2011 Music Club Deluxe 4:04
Latest & Greatest Singer Songwriters 2013
Various Artists
Union Square Music / USM Media 4:05
The Love Song 2014
Various Artists
Rhino 4:04
100 Hits Love [2015] 2015
Various Aritsts
100 Hits
100 Hits: 70's [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
101 Most Beloved Pop Masterpieces
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing 4:09
70s Hits [Crimson]
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Greatest Hits Eastwest 4:11
Love Hits [Crimson]
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions
Top Hits/70's Only Number 1's
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:06
Top Hits/Ballads & Love Songs 60's & 70's
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music 4:07
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