Leo Sayer, Just A Boy (1974)
As a kid all I knew of Leo Sayer was the two big hits from 1976/77 – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and When I Need You – they were on the radio all the time; or so it seemed. Look, I couldn’t even say if I loved or hated those songs. I just knew them. And the name stuck in my brain. And then when I moved to Wellington to collect records – and sometimes go to university – I seemed to get hold of anything and everything from anyone I’d heard of previously or was curious about – if the price was right. So I remember buying this as part of a bulk sale; a story closing down. I bought a hundred records for $100. Instant collection injection. But you know I return to this one now and I really like it. I spot musicians I love – like Michael Giles, co-founder of and original drummer for King Crimson. There’s also some songs that Sayer wrote originally for Roger Daltrey. Most humourously, considering he essentially covered himself, a song called Giving It All Away.
Sample Track: The Bells of St. Mary’s
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