21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2013
I must admit i thought long and hard about purchasing this as i loved the first 3 albums before his disco period so why would i want another 11 albums. Well i am glad i did as a lot of the albums were a pleasant surprise and quite good.
So what do you get for your money all the albums from the period 1971-2006 and this is a lot of music.The box is sturdy enough for the cds which come in small cardboard sleeves and there is a booklet with it with comments by Sayer on every album which is nice. As most box sets are a lot more expensive than this and the amount of music you get for your money its hard to be negative. However, the cardboard sleeve cds are jamed into a box which is not really big enough so its a problem pulling them out which wont add to the life of the cardboard sleeves after a while. So all in all good value for money new remasters and great sound i suppose it all depends if you liked his later work to go for the whole box but i am glad i did.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2015
This boxset is the first complete compilation of all the albums Leo Sayer put out when he was an active artist. Although not a remastered edition, mastered from the original studiotapes and digital exhanced, which makes the recordings sound incredible fresh and crystal clear. Many previous compilations where copied years ago and analogic.
The British born singasong writer Leo Sayer made his appearance on the music scene in the late 1960ies as a "busker", a hired person who helped artists performing live. He was first introduced as a songwriter when he met Dave Courtney in early 1970s. Together they pinned songs like Giving It All Away and One Man Band. Those songs were presented to artists, and Roger Daltrey, singer of the group The Who, whom was looking for material for his first solo album. Daltrey recorded Giving It All Away and released the song as a single in 1973.
Leo Sayer must have been inspired because he got a recording contract with Chrysalis Records that same year and recorded a handful of own songs. The first single Why Is Everybody Going Home? was a dramatic ballad, but maybe too melodramatic for UK audience. Soon Sayer followed with a second single The Show Must Go On in January 1974, which became the big breakthrough in the UK, as a number 2 single in the charts. His debut album Silverbird came out in the spring of 1974 together with an compilation of his early work, Just a Boy. This complete compilation Just A Box is named by that early album.
The journey of this Just A Box compilation takes you through the first critically acclaimed albums Silverbird, Another Year (1975) to his US epic Warner Bros recording, Endless Flight in 1976 with r'n'b renamed producer Richard Perry. Last album made Leo Sayer a world famous artist, including two US no. 1 singles: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and When I Need You.
After the 1977 flop of his follow-up album Thunder In My Heart, Leo returned to the UK for television shows and made his masterpiece Leo Sayer (Stormy Weather) with producer Richard Perry in 1978. It was a return to his beginnings as a songwriter, included on the album was the classic pophit I Just Can't Stop Loving You (Though I Try).
After the album Here in 1979, Sayer had a world-wide success with his recording of the Bobby Vee classic More Than I Can Say, giving Leo a multimillion selling single in the summer of 1980.
The first years of the 1980s were troublesome and in 1983 Leo Sayer decided that he would stop recording and in the fall released his last official single Orchard Road.
Only a few recordings and 2 albums have been put out over the next 20 years, these dayes Leo Sayer lives as a farmer in Australia.
In 2006 French mixer Meck in 2006, had a mayor hit with his version of the 1977 song Thunder In My Heart and Leo recorded a final studioalbum in Denmark. But this compilation shows, that Leo Sayer songs have staying power.
This Just A Box total compilation album is a wonderful, brilliant journey. If you love Leo Sayers songs it will only improve that feeling.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2014
Although it doesn't really mention being remastered anywhere in the box or leaflet, the sound quality of this set is absolutely terrific. Comparing an earlier so-called digitally remastered US version of Endless Flight (with a quiet and hissy You Make Me Feel Like Dancing) with the disc in this box is like comparing night and day.
I played his first two albums to death when they first came out and love them still. I hate his Cliff Richard nonsense with Alan Tarney but love his latest self-produced Voice In My Head which is head and shoulders above anything since Endless Flight and can't wait for more albums if they're going to be like that...
If there was an extended or remixed version of You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, it's a shame it isn't included on the
bonus discs but other than that, this is so much more than just a box!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2014
This is an excellent collection of all Leo Sayer's albums - some I had never heard before.
There are all the familiar tracks and quite a few unknown to me, which I am still working through. Leo seemed to fall out of favour after 5 years or so in the limelight, maybe due to the 'instant stardom' afforded others by reality TV shows. However within these albums is ample demonstration of the quality of a performer who is far more important than the 'here today gone tomorrow' stars of reality TV.
Excellent value and worth buying, even if you don't like everything. I am sure you would find more than enough in this collection to justify the cost.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2013
I am a big fan of Leo Sayer and when I saw he was releasing a boxset that contained all of his albums, I just had to have it. This boxset is quite nice, it contains all of Leo's individual albums as well as a few discs of surprises that didn't make the albums. It also comes with a book that details the albums and tracks. Its wonderful to know the history behind the music. I fully recommend this boxset and you won't regret your decision.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2013
This is absolutely fantastic. As a Leo Sayer fan I have most of his albums on vinyl; but to get them all together on CD is a real treat. I'm instantly back to my teenage years with the early albums. Don't think about it-buy it!
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2013
I do agree with the first reviewer.This is a really excellent value for money box set.It is nice to have everything together in one box.
Good points :
* Excellent value for money.You don't have to be a Leo Sayer fan to enjoy this.
* The two bonus cut cds are excellent featuring no LP B sides,non LP tracks, demos and unreleased music.
* Excellent informative booklet.
* Sturdy cardboard box.
Not so good points:
* Its a shame that the reverse artwork for some of the covers is taken directly from the LP artwork.In other words it says Side A and Side B.You would have thought that with the attention paid to doing the box set which is very good, small details like artwork could have been amended.
* In my case I had no problem with the card cd sleeves fitting into the box.My concern was that the booklet was too big to fit into the box with or without the cds.