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5.0 out of 5 stars Popular in the seventies, 28 Feb 2005
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Endless Journey - The Essential Leo Sayer (Audio CD)
Leo first achieved success as a songwriter when Roger Daltrey had a 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 song 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.
Leo had lesser UK hits with Thunder in my heart, Raining in my heart (a cover of Buddy Holly's classic), Heart stop beating in time, Orchard road, Till you come back to me and Unchained melody.
This compilation includes all of Leo's hits except Unchained melody (a very minor UK hit for him - it stalled in the fifties) plus his own version of Giving it all away. Given that Unchained melody has been a number one UK hit on several different occasions, it seems extraordinary that Leo's version made so little impact, but he was out of fashion at the time of its release.
If you are looking for a single CD of Leo's music, this contains everything you are likely to be looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overloaded with Hits, this one!, 26 Aug 2008
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Alan Burridge (Poole,, Dorset. United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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If you're of the age to know the name of Leo Sayer and you're here reading this, then look no further for an excellent compilation of what really is his Best and Essential music.
Being one of those who was around when he actually had these hits, and saw them in the Charts, then I cannot recommend this compilation strongly enough. But you may be one of his latter-day fans, here on the strength of his magnificent 'Thunder In Your Heart' track, which brought him back to a name on everyone's lips via a TV advert; then I recommend you carry on and buy this CD, because you most certainly won't be disappointed by any of the other 19 tracks.
Leo Sayer is not only a wonderful tunesmith, he is also an excellent wordsmith, and his lyrics are rather edifying to listen to closely as well. 'Orchard Road' has always been a distinct favourite of mine, not only for the intensely but moving and atmospheric keyboards music, but also the amazing pictures Leo puts inside ones' head with such fabulous lyrics as these.
'Moonlighting' is another one, and was the single, really, which actually made him hit the big time. Again, another beautiful set of lyrics telling the story of a couple eloping to Gretna Green, which struck a chord with the record buying public, and made him a HUGE household name.
Honestly, you cannot go wrong with this CD, and you will probably enjoy it enough to feel the need to buy some of his regular albums afterwards, he is an addictive chap, is Leo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sayer the stayer, 27 Feb 2010
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Mr. P. B. Williams "London Paul" (London England GB) - See all my reviews
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This CD is what I have been looking for, it has all the great songs people know and a few which were less familiar to me, as I am a casual Leo Sayer fan. If you are looking for a CD with all the Hits, look no further. The songs are as great as ever!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great easy to listen music - clasics included, 15 Sep 2009
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A. Johnston (Edinburgh, UK) - See all my reviews
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Great easy to listen music - clasics included

If you like leo sayer get this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars brought as gift for mum, 24 Feb 2014
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As a big leo sayer fan from the past with most of his records. Thought it was time my mum had a version for modern times. It has all the hits that she particularly liked on the album. So my rating is based on her comments after listening to it !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Endless Journey -The Essential Leo Sayer, 18 Feb 2014
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This CD is a must for the dedicated Leo Sayer fan. It has all his greatest hits on it, such as the famous early one 'The Show Must go on'. It also has some of his later ballad type songs such as 'Thunder in my Heart ' and Orchard Road' , which are equally enthralling in a different style .Then it has one of my favourite ever tracks as a bonus at the end -'The Loading Bay ' .Every single number is worth listening to which makes this a totally enjoyable album review by Barbara Wallis
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4.0 out of 5 stars You forget just how good he really is, 29 Nov 2013
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Takes you right back to the curly perm days and that's just the fellas. Feel the disco and relive the smoochy stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant if you're of a certain age..., 19 May 2013
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It's classic Leo. If you grew up in the 70's and 80's hew was part of your life. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leo Sayer - Endless Journey, 10 Dec 2012
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L. G. Wakefield (Warwickshire) - See all my reviews
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If you like Leo Sayer, as I do, this CD is a must buy, absolutely brilliant with all his hits. So cheap at the price on a Amazon
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5.0 out of 5 stars The British Invasion continues in the 70s, 26 Jun 2012
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The first single to feature Leo Sayer was by a group called Patches (Tell Tale on the Bradleys Barn label) but once he'd appeared on Top Of The Pops he was actually 2 different people-the first was as a clown the second was what he really looked like with each single totally different
His U S career kicked off with Long Tall Glasses as the first hit The Show Must Go On-on which he actually sings "I won't let the show go on" was covered by the 3 Dog Night while his original was never issued there.Its unlikely America saw him as a clown at the time but nowadays anybody can with You Tube
Mainly Sayer was a singer songwriter who collaborated with others but he did his share of covers like the Crickets/Bobby Vee hit More than I can say
At one time in the 80s when Sayer was out of favor car boots were full of his albums but that's not a reflection on him it was the same with David Essex,Alvin Stardust,Showaddywaddy and most pop albums of the 70s which had been pressed in disproportunate amounts
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