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Leo SayerAudio CD
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Leo Sayer (born Gerard Sayer) had a string of highly polished mainstream pop hits in the late '70s. Sayer began his musical career as the leader of the London-based Terraplane Blues Band in the late '60s. He formed Patches with drummer Dave Courtney in 1971; Courtney used to play with British pop star Adam Faith. Faith was beginning a management career in the early '70s, so ... Read more in Amazon's Leo Sayer Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000007PSZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Show Must Go On
2. Giving It All Away
3. One Man Band
4. Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)
5. Moonlighting
6. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
7. When I Need You
8. How Much Love
9. Thunder In My Heart
10. Easy To Love
11. I Can't Stop Lovin' You (Though I Try)
12. Raining In My Heart
13. More Than I Can Say
14. Living In A Fantasy
15. Have You Ever Been In Love
16. Heart (Stop Beating In Time)
17. Orchard Road

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5.0 out of 5 stars 17 of Leo's best in their full album versions September 29, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This compilation of Leo Sayer's Greatest Hits does contain all 10 of his US top 40 hits and 7 songs that were hits in the UK all in their full album versions. This collection does include Leo's original recording of "The Show Must Go On" which Three Dog Night would later have a hit with, "Giving It All Away" and "One Man Band" both of which Roger Daltrey would have a hit with alongside the obvious choices including "When I Need You," "Moonlighting," "Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)," "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing," his covers of Buddy Holly's "Raining In My Heart" and Bobby Vee's "More Than I Can Say" and many others. Leo wrote comments for each of the 17 songs included in the compilation, chart info for the songs on the compilation and each of the original albums is included. Columbia House and BMG both still carry this compilation brand new or if you find it used, please pick this up. Many other CD's that include "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" do contain the 45 edit top 40 radio played at the time including a Time Life 70's compilation, Rhino compilations including VA comps, "The Very Best of Leo Sayer" and the 2 CD Anthology and the Charlie's Angels movie soundtrack. This is all the Leo you really need unless you are a the kind of fan who'd spend $25-50 on eBay for a CD copy of "Endless Flight" to replace the worn out vinyl (in other words, the diehard fan).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Remembering the 70s October 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Leo Sayer's career followed a ballistic arc. His first hit, "The Show Must Go On," was released in 1973 and reached #2 in the UK. The last hit on this collection is from 1983, "Orchard Road," which hit #16 in the UK. As with some other reviewers, I too think that Leo's peak was with the #1 hit "When I Need You," released in 1977. Thus Leo had a number of hits that charted well until the release of "When I Need You," his last US hit was 1980's "More than I Can Say." After that hit Leo's releases continued to drop in the charts, seeming to slowly fade away from his peak.

This collection of seventeen songs also comes with a sleeve insert with notes by Leo Sayer on each of the songs and a listing of chart position for each of the tracks along with release dates. Any information I provide on chart position in this review is from the liner notes.

This CD opens with the 1973 release "The Show Must Go On" from the 1974 #2 UK album "Songbird." This song charted at #2 in the UK. I first encountered this song as a hit by Three Dog Night, which ironically happened as their career was winding down.

"Giving It All Away" is next. This song, from the album "Just a Boy," apparently did not chart. However, the album reached #4 in the UK and #16 in the US. Another song from that album is "One Man Band," which charted #6 in the UK and #96 in the US. The first significant US hit was "Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)," also from "Just a Boy, and is the first Leo Sayer song that I remember hearing from Sayer in the 1970s. This song reached #4 in the UK and #9 in the US in 1974 and 1975 respectively. This song borders on being a novelty song, and reminds me of Mungo Jerry's song "In the Summertime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great songs but mediocre quality April 13, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Recaps Leo's songs from a great era if music. It has all the original versions but if you are a sound nut, you may be dissapointed in the quality. It's the wrist f the digitally compressed world. Exaggerated highs and no warmth kick in the bass. Mids and cymbals are whiny. The vinyl sounded so much better and fuller
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific pop/ballads and love songs June 4, 2008
By dfle3
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, I should just note that this compilation varies slightly from the one I have, in song order and song selection. My compilation, which I bought in Australia, does not have "Easy to love" [I think it's called on this compilation] but does have "Giving it all away". This compilation also has an extra track. Did have a peek at other compilations here and this [either version] seems to be much better. My memory is not the best, but the compilation at this site which has "20" in the title has a song called "Till you come back to me". That MIGHT be an essential track which is missing from this compilation...but I'm not sure if it's the cool song I have in mind. So, perhaps the compilation with 20 songs in it is the definitive one to get.

Anyway, Leo Sayer is a good singer who specialised in ballads/love songs and easy listening pop songs. Occasionally he gets a little more rock and some of his song are a bit harder to characterise, being a little more quirky.

Lyrically, he delves into the personal or autobiographical. Sayer isn't as prevalent on Australian radio [FM Radio] as he used to be. Probably "Thunder in my heart" is the only one getting airplay nowadays, following on the heels of a remix of that song a year or two ago. The original version is still the best and it's a pity the songs I consider to be Leo's best don't seem to get played anymore.

My picks as the standout tracks on this compilation:

You make me feel like dancing-very good pop song with Sayer's distinctive falsetto. Has a funky bass and a cool guitar intro. Features the piano. A month or so back The Wiggles' tv show here in Australia had the Wiggles perform this song with Leo Sayer.

How much love-a little more rock. Features the piano, violin and viola, perhaps.
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