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Silverbird/Just a Boy [Import]

Leo SayerAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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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 (September 15, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B002HHH3ZO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Innocent Bystander
2. Goodnight Old Friend
3. Drop Back
4. Silver Bird
5. The Show Must Go On
6. The Dancer
7. Tomorrow
8. Don t Say It s Over
9. Slow Motion
10. Oh Wot A Life
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Telepath
2. Train
3. The Bells Of St. Mary s
4. One Man Band
5. In My Life
6. When I Came Home This Morning
7. Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)
8. Another Time
9. Solo
10. Giving It All Away
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

2009 two CD set containing a pair of digitally remastered albums (with bonus tracks) from the British singer/songwriter: Silverbird and Just A Boy (both originally released in 1974). While he had achieved success in the UK and Europe, Sayer didn't score a U.S. hit until his 'Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)' was lifted from the album Just A Boy. The booklet features brand new sleeve notes by Leo himself for each album, as well as photos from his own collection. Edsel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Leo is incredible May 17, 2012
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I found the Silverbird album at a college bookstore after seeing him perform on TV in his clown makeup (Midnight Special TV show??). I was mesmerized by his unique sound. I had only heard The Show Must Go On but wow, was I completely enthralled when I listened to it all over and over and over again. It is a classic and for a while, my favorite album of all time (still in the top 10). Every song was so different than anything out there. The first 6 songs in succession are about as perfect an album side that you could ask for. I loved it and even had to buy a second copy as I wore the first one out. The one song that does not get much credit is The Dancer. He has this unique voice that goes high and low (before You Make Me Feel Like Dancing). To this day, I still listen to it often. Then, the sophomore album came out, Just A Boy. Another winner from start to end. You could tell his rougher style was smoothing a bit (maybe for more mass acceptance) but it still had great songs, On Man Band, Long Tall Glasses, In My Life, Giving It All Away. Several of these songs were covered by Roger Daltrey on one of his solo albums. I even saw him live in Concord, CA and loved it. A real showman. It is not everyone's cup of tea but for a unique and extraordinary album, it's great and such a deal when they are together in one package (yes, I bought this combo a while back).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two great debut albums February 21, 2012
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I say two great debut albums because most people never heard Sayer's first disc. And that is a shame, because it has plenty of standout songs. I didn't get to see his first tour, when he dressed in a clown's outfit, but I did catch him on his follow-up tour for "Just a Boy," when he opened for Al Stewart at Philadelphia's Academy of Music. What a great place to hear music in the 1970s! Worth it just for the songs "Train," "Long Tall Glasses," "One Man Band" and "Why is Everybody Going Home." For the uninitiated, these albums showcased Sayer the rocker, before "When I Need You" crossed him over to the adult contemporary charts. Some of his growling vocals don't hold up as well, but hey, it was 40 years ago. Artists were allowed to do what they wanted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bring out the Clown October 15, 2012
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Now I know what you're going to say Leo Sayer? Disco songs? God-awful Ballads!
But for Sayers first two records, it was all very different.
Working as a song-writing team with David Courtney, Leo Sayer produced two original, eccentric, well-crafted pop albums.
From the Sparks-like "Telepath", to Roger Daltrey's debut single "Just a Boy", Sayer really did ruffle a few feathers of the pop establishment (Elton John was supposedly stunned by the arrival of this singer-songwriter from out of nowhere!)
Of course it didn't last, Sayer & Courtney went their separate ways, & Leo never came close to recreating the musical heights of "Songbird/Just a Boy", which makes these albums so special.
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