Flying Colours (Chris de Burgh album)

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Flying Colours
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Studio album by
Released3 October 1988
StudioPowerplay Studios in Zurich, Switzerland
Chris de Burgh chronology
Into the Light
Flying Colours
Spark to a Flame: The Very Best of Chris de Burgh

Flying Colours is the ninth studio album by British-Irish singer Chris de Burgh, released in 1988 by A&M Records.

The biggest single released from the album, "Missing You", peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart, and No. 1 in Ireland in December 1988.[1] The album went straight to number one in the UK on 15 October 1988 and is the only de Burgh album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart.[2]

Track listing[]

All tracks composed by Chris de Burgh.

1."Sailing Away"4:58
2."Carry Me (Like a Fire in Your Heart)"4:24
3."Tender Hands"4:29
4."A Night on the River"3:48
5."Leather on My Shoes"4:41
6."Suddenly Love"3:12
7."The Simple Truth (A Child Is Born)"4:25
8."Missing You"4:07
9."I’m Not Scared Anymore"4:46
10."Don’t Look Back"2:55
11."Just a Word Away"3:17
12."The Risen Lord"3:40
13."The Last Time I Cried"5:32
Total length:54:09
  • The track "The Simple Truth (A Child Is Born)" was a bonus track on the CD release, and was not included on the original vinyl or cassette versions of the album.



  • Produced by Chris de Burgh (tracks 1–6, 8–14) and Paul Hardiman (tracks 1–7, 9–14).
  • Engineered and mixed by Paul Hardiman
  • Recorded at Powerplay Studios (Zürich, Switzerland).
  • Mastered by Arnie Acosta at A&M Mastering Studios (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Photography – Paul Cox
  • Art direction and design – Michael Ross
  • Illustration – Romas Foord
  • Management – Dave Margereson and Kenny Thomson for Mismanagement, Inc.


Chart (1988) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[3] 37
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[4] 16
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[5] 1
Irish Albums (IRMA)[6] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[7] 10
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 1


Sales certifications for Flying Colours
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[10] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[11] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Platinum 300,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Irish Chart Search". IRMA. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
  2. ^ David Roberts. British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Limited
  3. ^ " – Chris de Burgh – Flying Colours". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  4. ^ " – Chris de Burgh – Flying Colours" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  6. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week {{{week}}}, {{{year}}}". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  7. ^ " – Chris de Burgh – Flying Colours". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  8. ^ " – Chris de Burgh – Flying Colours". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Chris de Burgh | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Chris De Burgh – Flying Colours". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Chris De Burgh" (PDF). Music and Media. 25 April 1992. p. 33. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Chris De Burgh – Flying Colours". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 August 2020.Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Flying Colours in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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