One of the very first albums I ever owned and admired was Silverbird, so when the opportunity arose to work with Leo Sayer, I was thrilled.
Leo was setting out on a live tour at a time when he was exploring the blues side of life. A few misfortunes conspired against him and I was in the fortunate position of being able to help reverse the trend.
The album came together very quickly, with my old mate Chris West engineering (And driving the Volvo estate) we recorded 5 shows during Leo’s 99 UK tour, traveling to the gigs with a Radar 24 Track recorder using the quite excellent Oram Mic Pre amps, borrowed from John Oram for this purpose.
With five versions of each track to choose from, an intense Month of editing and decision making followed, made pleasurable by the constant reminder in the tracks that Leo Sayer is a marvelous singer.
The album was mixed at John Oram’s Studio in Kent using his fine Oramsonics board. Simon Heyworth mastered the Recordings, and Stuart Catterson worked with Leo to complete the design. Donatella Piccinetti took the stunning photos which appear in the design.
Players are: Ronnie Johnson – Guitar, Simon Baizley – Guitar, Josh Philips – Keys, Geoff Dunne – Drums, Jeremy Meek – Bass.
Songs that made the album:
The Show must go On, Moonlighting, I Cant Stop Loving You (Though I try), Raining In My Heart, Orchard Road, Blame it on the Night, Giving it All Away, One Man band, Endless Flight, Easy To Love, More Than I Can Say, Thunder In My Heart, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, When I Need You, Long Tall Glasses, How Much Love, No Looking Back
Leo Sayer. Live in London.
Recorded by Chris West. Produced by Andrew Brel. 1999
Only a few CD’s available from producer.