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This review is from: Sailor / Trouble (Audio CD)Personally i have been waiting a long time to get hold of these albums on cd, so first up, a big THANK YOU to Cherry Red for finally releasing Sailors first two excellent albums on cd.
Sailor, like perhaps Pilot, suffered from the apparant musical crime of having a couple of huge hit singles in an era when serious musicianship was often appraised by the album.In the immediate pre punk years of 1974 and 1975 a hit single was often a millstone, and this was possibly Sailors real problem. Both of these albums are full of clever, catchy, pop music that shows there was genuine quirkiness in pops mid seventies underbelly, and with the right breaks Sailor could have been as huge as 10cc, Sparks, or even Queen.
Highlights on the debut album are Sailor [ a track that eerily precedes XTC in their English Settlement period, yes its that good!],and the brilliant pop flash of debut single Traffic Jam, but the album is a joy from start to finish with its themes based on the sleazier side of a life on the high seas.
Follow up album, Trouble , did yield the bands two massive world wide hit singles, A Glass Of Champaign, and Girls, Girls, Girls, and as such became the bands best known album.To me, though, the real gem on Trouble is Stop That Man a song that any of the bands contemporaries would have been proud of, and finally issued on cd after being left off the myriad of compilations put out in the bands name.
With the possibility of even more reissues in the pipeline, i can only hope sales of this album are brisk enough to encourage Cherry Red to take the plunge and give Sailor their rightful place in the scheme of Seventies pop history.They are worth much more than a vague memory.
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Initial post: 6 Nov 2008 10:28:41 GMT
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Marc Sutton says:
Just a note to say what a fantastic review. I wholeheartedly agree with everything that is written. Sailor were that good!! There stage shows were brilliant as well.
Posted on 20 Nov 2008 15:27:06 GMT
Mr. D. Lewis says:
Yeah agree, very well said Paul. I own "Trouble" on original vinyl as well as an expensive Japanese import CD bought a few years ago.
Sailor are often seen as a novelty act which by and large is a completely off track. The comparison you make between XTC around the time of English Settlement is accurate (doesn't Georg Kajanus' voice sound similar to Andy Partridge's at times?, or is it just me!). Also, the remastering job on this "twofer" is marvellous as well. People that appreciate quality pop music with often humourous lyrical tales of seafaring life should snap this up straight away.
Posted on 20 Jan 2013 20:56:56 GMT
J. G. Vd Warenburg says:
I do have a question. Are these re-issues uncensored and similar to the lp's of the seventies? The original lyrics were explicit (f.e. the hitsingle Sailor: 'messing up with the boys when the girls are away'), that's the reason why I was disappointed when I bought 'a best of cd'. It was part of the fun, these lines as quoted.
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