For myself, Leo Sayers first two albums working with David Courtney, "Silver Bird" & "Just a Boy" are the pinnacle of his recording career, two really imaginative & originally sounding records. But for some reason the partnership broke up, whether down to egos or musical differences they just couldn't continue to work together, so they parted company & Leo went to on to break America big time. It was while there, still basking in the success of "Endless Flight" Leo discovered that Courtney was working in Hollywood & so decided to collaborate together again (I getting this info from the liner notes to the CD). The result was "Here". It is a fine collection of songs, from great rockers "When the Money runs out" & "An English Man in New York", to funky soul tracks "Who will the next fool be" & "Work", to the Billy Joel Style ballad "Takin' the easy way out", with some intelligent lyrics to boot, most about failing relationships or not having much money (which was a little rich of Leo at the time!). It not all plain sailing though, "The world has changed" has a naff disco beat to it, & "Ghost" is Leo's attempt at reggae (not his finest musical hour), but the big problem with the album is the production, which has that late 1970's soft-rock sheen to it, that for me takes some of the soul out of the music. So not as inventive as their first two records together, but still interesting enough, unfortunately the album did not sell well (Leo blames his first greatest hit album for taking all of the publicity (again the liner notes)). Which is a shame, as a second Sayer/Courtney record could have built on creative success of "Here". The second album "Living in a fantasy" is a enjoyable pop record, with tracks like "You win, I lose" & "More than I can say" having an interesting Jeff Lynne feel to them, & the title track itself is strong enough to feature on any of Sayers greatest hits albums. Produced & co-written my Alan Tarney who wrote "Wired for sound" for Cliff Richard, & "Take on me" for Aha (I did actually research that bit). giving the record a more of a pop feel, which I guess is understandable considering the lost sales of "Here", it's just unfortunate that Leo had to compromise his music vision. So, "Here" is a solid & quite underrated record (it does take a few listens to get your head around it), & if you are a fan of his work with Courtney, it definitely worth getting.
3 people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
The world has changed certainly Does Not sound in any way naff here? This Song is beautifully produced and futeristic as it is one of the first pieces of commercial music to make use of the then new fairlight Cmi sampling/synth, and you can hear some quirky little voice samples and synth sounds on that song, so mr leo defo was an innovater Of Modern music, the song does not sound "disco" it sounds 'New wave' with a hint of dance, in fact recorded in 1979 it sounds more like it was recorded in 1982 as it has an advanced sound. Great stuff, and I don't care what you all think. That's all I have to say.
One person found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?