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Beautiful Year (Leo Sayer)

At the close of a balmy summer, a man wakes up after being asleep for 40 years. Before his sleep he was an active member of his community with a strong social conscience. He wakes up to find little has changed, in fact life has got harder, and a general rule of fear is taking place across the world. The time is now.

Drums: Johnny Salerno
Bass: Mitch Cairns
Wurlitzer Piano, Hammond Organ and Yamaha Piano: Bill Risby
Electric Guitar and Acoustic Guitars: Danny Spencer
Backing Vocals: Natasha Stuart (solo voice) and Leo
Orchestral Arrangement, Synth and sampled instruments: Leo

Competing With A DJ (Leo Sayer)

In 2014, down here in Australia, the Aria Best Live Act award went to a DJ, a man who spins discs, basically music that someone else created. We artists seem to be competing for the same turf on a regular basis now – record sales, gigs, even girlfriends, but I like to think that singers and musicians who perform live will win out in the end.

Drums: Johnny Salerno
Bass: Mitch Cairns
Fender Rhodes and Yamaha Piano: Bill Risby
Electric Guitar, Wah Wah Guitar and Acoustic Guitars: Danny Spencer
Tenor Sax: Paul Williamson
Trumpet: Ross Irwin
Trombone: Keiran Conrau
Conga and Percussion: Mark Kennedy
Backing Vocals: Natasha Stuart, Vika and Linda Bull, and Leo
Sampled Strings and Synths: Leo

How Did We Get So Old? (Leo Sayer)

I’m loving being in my 60’s. It’s such fun! Kids think you’re smart, people open doors for you, you get your own dedicated car spaces, get charged less for things. But I’m still a child in my mind, and sometimes I get so disappointed when I look in the mirror, thinking surely that guy can’t be me? I wonder how did I get to here, where did all those years go?

Drums: Johnny Salerno
Bass: Mitch Cairns
Wurlitzer Piano, Hammond Organ: Bill Risby
Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar and Acoustic Guitar: Danny Spencer
Tenor Sax: Paul Williamson
Trumpet: Ross Irwin
Trombone: Keiran Conrau
Percussion: Mark Kennedy
Backing Vocals: Vika and Linda Bull
Whistling: Vika and Linda Bull

Revolution Of The Heart (Leo Sayer and Albert Hammond)

One day soon people will wake up I’m sure, and take back their lives. ‘Til then we need to spread the love. This song was written with my friend Albert Hammond.

Drums: Johnny Salerno
Bass: Mitch Cairns
Yamaha Piano and Hammond Organ: Bill Risby
Electric Guitar (and Solo): Danny Spencer
Percussion: Mark Kennedy
Backing Vocals: Natasha Stuart (solo voice) with Vika and Linda Bull
Synth: Leo

Millennium Wheel (Leo Sayer)

At the end of 1999, it was announced that a big “Ferris Wheel” would be constructed on the Thames. London was a nervous place at the time, the economy in a mess, unemployment on the rise, lawlessness growing. But hope was in the air, everyone speculating about what the new century could bring. The wheel did get built, paid for by corporate money in the end, and thus re-named. It’s not quite the free ride we hoped for, but like the city it towers over, it’s still a lot of fun.

Drums: Johnny Salerno
Bass: Mitch Cairns
Fender Rhodes, Yamaha Piano and Hammond Organ: Bill Risby
Electric and Acoustic Guitars: Danny Spencer
Tenor Sax: Paul Williamson
Flugelhorn: Ross Irwin
Trombone: Keiran Conrau
Conga and Percussion: Mark Kennedy
Backing Vocals: Natasha Stuart, Vika and Linda Bull, and Leo
Synth: Leo

Restless Years (Leo Sayer and Albert Hammond)

The years have always been restless for me. And I’m still riding that train, full of optimism, but feeling more than a little trepidation. Skimming stones, my destination unknown.

Drums: Johnny Salerno
Bass: Mitch Cairns
Fender Rhodes and Hammond Organ: Bill Risby
Acoustic Guitar: Danny Spencer
Percussion: Mark Kennedy
Backing vocal, Harmonica, Orchestral Arrangement: Leo

One Green World (Leo Sayer)

I wrote this in 1992, and the words have even more relevance now, which is sadly indicative of how we haven’t advanced very far in our attitude towards the planet we live on. We all say we should do something, but how we do it in this escalating climate is almost beyond our comprehension.

Drums: Johnny Salerno
Bass: Mitch Cairns
Fender Rhodes: Bill Risby
Electric and Slide Guitars: Danny Spencer
Tenor Sax: Paul Williamson
Flugelhorn: Ross Irwin
Trombone: Keiran Conrau
Percussion: Mark Kennedy
Backing Vocals: Natasha Stuart with Vika and Linda Bull
Harmonica and Synth: Leo

The Wrong Man (Leo Sayer)

A guy reveals a crime, and then accused of a separate crime he didn’t commit, is persecuted for it, his motives becoming totally misunderstood. He seeks asylum as the authorities close in. A story as old as time itself, yet it’s happening today, and it could even be true.

Drums: Johnny Salerno
5 String Bass: Mitch Cairns
Fender Rhodes and Hammond Organ: Bill Risby
Electric Guitar (and Solo), Acoustic Guitar and Slide Guitars: Danny Spencer
Backing Vocals and Orchestral Arrangement: Leo

Look Around (Leo Sayer and Albert Hammond)

A love song for someone who’s lost their self belief. But just look around you and maybe you’ll see how much you are really loved. Co written with Albert Hammond.

Drums: Johnny Salerno
Bass: Mitch Cairns
Fender Rhodes and Hammond Organ: Bill Risby
Electric Guitar: Danny Spencer
Percussion: Mark Kennedy
Backing Vocals: Natasha Stuart and Leo
Synth: Leo

The Radio Song (Leo Sayer)

This guy lives and breathes the music. He’s a walking encyclopaedia of rock n roll suicides, personalities, fables, facts, and figures. He talks in song titles, lives in every song he plays. But the radio station has the computer now, so it seems he’s outlived his usefulness. He may well be redundant, but you can’t expect him to unlearn everything he already knows, can you?

Drums: Johnny Salerno
Bass: Mitch Cairns
Wurlitzer Piano: Bill Risby
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Slide Guitars: Danny Spencer
Tenor Sax: Paul Williamson
Trumpet: Ross Irwin
Trombone: Keiran Conrau
Percussion: Mark Kennedy
Backing Vocals: Vika and Linda Bull, Natasha Stuart, and Leo
Sampled Organ: Leo

Sometimes Things Go Wrong (Leo Sayer and Frank Farrel)

I thought this song was lost, but found it in an old tape a few years ago. I wrote it way back in 1975, about a school friend who lost his life in a head on car crash. It’s a song about admitting mistakes and accepting disasters. I wrote this with another late and much missed friend, Frank Farrell, who co composed my Another Year album that same year.

Drums: Johnny Salerno
Bass: Mitch Cairns
Fender Rhodes: Bill Risby
Electric Guitar: Danny Spencer
Tenor Sax solo: Paul Williamson
Synth: Leo

To The River (Leo Sayer and Albert Hammond)

Another song with Albert Hammond. This is an attempt to tell how the blues that came up from the Mississippi Delta made its way to the big cities, and to our ears. And how, though it continuously evolves, it never really changes or leaves it’s source behind. It’s simple expression of existence is one that we can all relate to.

Drums: Johnny Salerno
Bass: Mitch Cairns
Wurlitzer Piano and Hammond Organ: Bill Risby
Acoustic Guitar: Danny Spencer
Percussion: Mark Kennedy
Backing Vocals: Vika and Linda Bull
Harmonica: Leo

Mister In Between (Leo Sayer)

Okay, so I’m a bit different in the way I think and act. I always have been a bit of this and a bit of that, and I must say I’m happy with myself. But it’s okay, you go on with what you need to do, I’ll just be sitting on that fence over there…

Drums: Johnny Salerno
Bass: Mitch Cairns
Fender Rhodes and Hammond Organ: Bill Risby
Electric Guitar: Danny Spencer
Flugelhorn: Ross Irwin
Percussion: Mark Kennedy
Harmonica: Leo

 

WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY LEO SAYER
for SILVERBIRD LTD

ALL TRACKS RECORDED BY MITCH CAIRNS
@ TONE HUB STUDIOS, MELBOURNE

ACOUSTIC PIANO RECORDED BY RICHARD LUSH
@ 301 STUDIOS, SYDNEY

LEO’S VOCALS RECORDED BY LEO
@ SILVERBIRD STUDIO, SYDNEY

ADDITIONAL RECORDING BY DAMIEN YOUNG
@ PONY MUSIC, MELBOURNE

MIXED BY JOHN HUDSON
for MAYFAIR ONLINE

MASTERED BY LEON ZERVOS
@ 301 STUDIOS SYDNEY

PHOTOGRAPY BY KRISTIAN DOWLING

ARTWORK AND COVER DESIGN BY PETER BARRETT @ HOOF DESIGN, MELBOURNE

LEO’S MANAGEMENT BY DONATELLA PICCINETTI
for SILVERBIRD LIMITED

Made in AUSTRALIA

Released in AUSTRALIA (January 2015) UK (August 2015)