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The Very Best of Leo Sayer

Leo SayerAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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listen  4. Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance) (Remastered LP Version) 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (Remastered Single/LP Version) 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. When I Need You (Remastered LP Version) 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. How Much Love (Remastered LP Version) 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Endless Flight (Remastered LP Version) 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Thunder In My Heart (Remastered LP Version) 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Easy To Love (Remastered LP Version) 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Raining In My Heart (Remastered LP Version) 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Can't Stop Loving You (Though I Try) (Remastered LP Version) 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Living In A Fantasy (Remastered LP Version) 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. More Than I Can Say (Remastered LP Version) 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Have You Ever Been In Love (Remastered LP Version) 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 


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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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  • Audio CD (February 15, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000046PVJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Searching for hits in the '70s, Leo Sayer became a tender balladeer, an Elton John wannabe, a falsetto-voiced disco crooner, and a straightforward pop "entertainer." Remarkably, Sayer was good was at everything-from the Tin Pan Alley pop to the power ballads. While he will certainly be remembered for "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing," Sayer's versatility is what's immediately obvious on this compilation. And aside from its obvious nostalgic charm, The Very Best of Leo Sayer sketches a portrait of a singer not only loaded with talent and ability, but also with resourcefulness, dedication, and an ability to remake himself with a speed that might impress Madonna. Loaded with songs you may have forgotten that you loved, this package, with comprehensive liner notes and hilarious photos, is both a consummate '70s document and a very entertaining listen. --S. Duda

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the essentials April 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Leo first achieved success as a songwriter when Roger Daltrey had a UK top five hit in 1973 with Giving it all away, co-written by Leo. He soon got a recording contract and released a single (Why is everybody going home) that flopped and is not included here.

Leo entered the UK charts at end of 1973 with his second single, The show must go on, which made number two in the UK. Three Dog Night covered the song and had an American hit with it so Leo's original was not released in America. Leo's next single, One man band, made the UK top ten while Three Dog Night covered the song for the American market. I guess this was sweet revenge for American artists, who had so often seen their songs covered by British artists in the sixties. While it may have been frustrating for Leo, it did at least prove that his songs appealed to American record buyers and may have helped to create awareness of him in the industry.

Leo made the UK top five with Long tall glasses, which finally gave him an American hit of his own. His next single, Moonlighting, made number two in the UK. There was a gap of several months (during which I think there was a failed single) before You make me feel like dancing returned Leo to the UK charts - it also made number two in the UK and went on to sell a million copies in America, where it made number one.

Leo finally had a UK number one with When I need you, which became his second American number one. It now seemed that Leo was on a roll but history shows that this was the pinnacle of Leo's career. He made the UK top ten four more times, with How much love, I can't stop loving you though I try, More than I can say (a cover of the Bobby Vee that gave Leo his fourth UK number two hit) and Have you ever been in love.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A musical chameleon August 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This greatest hits collection does a good job of representing the different faces of Leo Sayer. Starting off with the quirky but irresistable "The Show Must Go On," (Which is much more interesting than Three Dog Night's cover) the CD begins with the stuff I liked about Sayer. The first five cuts here represent the clever artist that probably never would have been huge but might have developed a nice cult following if he stayed in this direction. How many people are going to write upbeat numbers about a hobo dancing for his supper?("Long Tall Glasses")Then producer Richard Perry comes into the mix and Sayer moves quickly to disco ("You Make Me Feel Like Dancing")and maudlin balladeer. (Pretty much the rest of the CD)This proved to be beneficial to his career at the time, but I think if he stuck to his early vision, he would have a bit more popularity today. Three stars for those early hits and the fact that when it comes right down to it he can flat out sing in that wild falsetto.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leo Sayer - '70s Survivor June 22, 2000
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Believe it or not,Leo Sayer went through a few changes on the musical road he's been travelling close to thirty years now.When he started his songwriting partnership with David Courtney(around 1971-72),his songs were big hits for other artists(Three Dog Night -THE SHOW MUST GO ON,Roger Daltrey -ONE MAN BAND/GIVING IT ALL AWAY).Then around 1975,he started having hits of his own(LONG TALL GLASSES[I CAN DANCE], MOONLIGHTING).Leo has attempted disco (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE DANCING,HOW MUCH LOVE,THUNDER IN MY HEART),covers(RAINING IN MY HEART,MORE THAN I CAN SAY)and ballads(HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE,WHEN I NEED YOU).Through all the musical styles,Leo Sayer has sailed through with an easy going nature and a strong confidence.True,he may not be on the hit parade anymore,but there is not one day that goes by without a radio station playing one of his hits;that alone has to be worth a look at this survivor of the '70s.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sayer's classic seventies. August 16, 2011
Format:Audio CD
All Sayer's hit's are here plus six. In the last half of the seventies decade,
this English singer/songwriter co-wrote and charted some classics.
Here are all 10 of Sayer's songs, (no b-sides), that made the chart from 1975 to 1981.
Four were top ten hits, one a top twenty, and three were in the top fourty.
This collection is worth owning for his three gold singles,
"You make me feel like dancing" - 1976.
"When I need you" - 1977.
"More than I can say" - 1980.
And then there's the must have , feel good, song -
"Long tall glasses" (I can dance)" - top 10 in 1975.
If you love the seventies you're likely to enjoy this compilation.

The C.D. comes with a 14 page booklet that has several photo's,
and much career information.
These original recordings are from Rhino Entertainment in 2000.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy UK pop July 8, 2007
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Leo Sayer was an accomplished singer and composer who had a 10-year span of hits in the UK from 1973 to 1983 and also occasionally broke through on the Billboard Hot 100. His first hit was the spectacular The Show Must Go On, a cover version of which was a massive US hit for Three Dog Night. The follow-up was One Man Band, whilst the next one: Long Tall Glasses, made the top 10 in the USA in 1975.

The next year, at the height of the disco era, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing became one of Sayer's biggest hits on both sides of the Atlantic and was soon followed by When I Need You from the same Endless Flight album. Thunder In My Heart was a minor hit in the UK. More Than I Can Say and Living In A Fantasy were hits in 1980 and 1981 respectively, whilst Till You Come Back To Me was a minor UK hit in 1983.

Of the 16 tracks on this album, these were not written or co-written by Sayer: I Can't Stop Loving You, Raining In My Heart, More Than I Can Say, and Have You Ever Been In Love. To my knowledge, only about 11 of these tracks were chart hits in the US or UK. Sayer also wrote Roger Daltrey's hit song Giving It All Away, and his original is included on this CD. The album 20 Greatest Hits is more comprehensive with tracks like Heart, Unchained Melody and Orchard Road.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 23 days ago by John E. Risser
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered cuts are very clean.. Ah the good old days .. ?
Good album.. and brings back memories.. I'm not sure I want to admit I'm that old yet..
Published 27 days ago by A.J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Leo Sayer--love this
If you loved Leo Sayer back in the day but have lost all you old records or tapes or do not the equipment to play them on this is super. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rhonna
5.0 out of 5 stars leo sayer fantastic vocalist one of the best ever
its a plain and simple still almost always overlooked fact that leo sayer - and throughout the decades - proved studio and live to have one of the most able non-operatic voices of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by jens
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated
Not as good as my memory thought it would be
Published 3 months ago by Suzette Bessette
5.0 out of 5 stars FINDING THIS CD
I HAVE BEEN LOOKING IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES FOR THIS CD. I'VE GONE TO MUSIC MUSEUMS AND DIFFERENT STORES TO NO AVAIL. A FRIEND SUGGESTED AMAZON. Read more
Published 8 months ago by CORNELL LANGFORD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to hear these records again
Great selection of Leos hits with great lyrics and tunes. Took me back to my youth. i completely loved it
Published 13 months ago by Phil Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Many Memories
Brought back many memories. I look forward to many more hours listening to it and remembering when. Thank you for your promptness.
Published 13 months ago by MedicRLY
5.0 out of 5 stars Could'nt have been better
the most complete anthology by Leo Sayer so far..it had to be Rhino's...thank you guys ! Great record ..Bless you
Published 15 months ago by ANTONIO LIMA - RIO - BRAZIL
5.0 out of 5 stars LIKE IT SAYS THE BEST
IF YOU ONLY WANTED ONE SONG YOU LIKE THEN YOU HAVE TO BUY ONE CD BUT TO BUY THE BEST OF YOU GOT THEM ALL.
Published 17 months ago by VK.
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