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Endless Flight
     

Endless Flight

5.0 1
by Leo Sayer
 
Richard Perry's production on Endless Flight, coupled with the tremendous song selection, makes it superior to the 1977 follow-up, Thunder in My Heart (also produced by Perry, but with not as much heart), with this project remaining big through most of that same year. The two number one hits, a catchy Vini Poncia/Leo Sayer co-write, "You Make Me Feel

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Richard Perry's production on Endless Flight, coupled with the tremendous song selection, makes it superior to the 1977 follow-up, Thunder in My Heart (also produced by Perry, but with not as much heart), with this project remaining big through most of that same year. The two number one hits, a catchy Vini Poncia/Leo Sayer co-write, "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing," and a cover of the title track to Albert Hammond's 1976 disc, When I Need You, are essential career components that sound great years later. It's amazing how much more substantial this album is over the somewhat contrived Thunder in My Heart which followed. Opening the disc with a Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Leo Sayer song like "Hold on to My Love" is how to get yourself into the history books before the record is even out of the box. The Barry Mann/Leo Sayer composition "How Much Love" on side two was the third chart single, going a bit beyond the Top 20 in the U.S. With strings arranged by Gene Page, Ray Parker on guitar, and Steve Gadd on drums, Sayer had a leg up on the competition. There's a cool photo of the tall Richard Perry walking down the street with the smaller-framed Sayer, and their working relationship reached its commercial zenith here. Willie Weeks provided the bass to "When I Need You" with Jeff Porcaro on drums, David Bowie's guitarist Earl Slick on guitar, and Michael Omartian and James Newton Howard on keys (Omartian and Larry Carlton both show up on Albert Hammond recordings as well); it's perfect musicianship and perfect timing for this most artistic project by Sayer. The title track, written by Andrew Gold, is a standout, featuring Nigel Olsson on drums and Paul Buckmaster on strings, both borrowed from Elton John's camp. As this writer has stated about Albert Hammond, the same holds true for Leo Sayer; both these artists could have challenged Elton John for chart dominance had they put as much into all their albums as Hammond did with It Never Rains in Southern California and as Richard Perry and Leo Sayer put into Endless Flight. Covers of Danny O'Keefe's "Magdalena" and the Supremes' "Reflections" embellish the album chock-full of hits, a stirring title track, and superb musicianship. It's a career album with lots to offer the world.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2009
Label:
Friday Music
UPC:
0829421112723
catalogNumber:
1127

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leo Sayer   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Earl Slick   Guitar,Musician
Larry Carlton   Guitar
James Newton Howard   Synthesizer
Chuck Rainey   Bass,Guitar
Andrew Gold   Guitar,Soloist,Musician
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Gene Page   Conductor
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
John Barns   Clavinet
Bill Bodine   Bass
Paul Buckmaster   Synthesizer,Cello,Conductor,Soloist
Auburn Burrell   Guitar
Steve Gadd   Drums,Musician
Bob Glaub   Bass,Guitar
Ed Greene   Drums
David Hungate   Bass,Musician
John Jarvis   Piano
Mark T. Jordan   Electric Piano
Trevor Lawrence   Horn
Becky Louis   Background Vocals
Steve Madaio   Horn
Andy Muson   Bass
Danny O'Keefe   Track Performer
Michael Omartian   Electric Piano,Musician
Nigel Olsson   Drums
Jeff Porcaro   Drums,Musician
Ray Parker   Guitar,Musician
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar
Bill Payne   Electric Piano,Musician
Jimmy Phillips   Synthesizer,Mellophonium
Lee Ritenour   Guitar,Musician
Rick Shlosser   Drums
Lee Sklar   Bass,Musician
Richard Tee   Piano,Musician
John Vastano   Guitar
Willie Weeks   Bass
Rick Gadd   Drums
Sherlie Matthews   Background Vocals
John Barnes   Piano

Technical Credits

James Newton Howard   Synthesizer Arrangements
Adam Faith   Management
Gene Page   String Arrangements
Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements
Larry Emerine   Remixing
Trevor Lawrence   Horn Arrangements
Richard Perry   Producer,Audio Production
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Howard Steele   Engineer,Remixing
John Vastano   Composer
David Larkham   Art Direction
Joe Reagoso   Reissue Producer

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Endless Flight 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Bobby-G More than 1 year ago
Back in 1976 or so I got this album because I loved the simplicity of the HIT "When I Need You". It didn't take me long to start to like the rest of the songs but I lost the vinyl copy I had and some years later tried to replace it. I didn't have much luck and then this year I found it on the Barnes and Noble site, so I purchased it on Cd and started my infatuation with this record all over again. This time I found out why I like this record so much. Leo Sayer is a great singer and deliverer of songs on a par with the Masters ;McCartney,Van Morrison,Rod Stewart and he can do a straight vocal as good as the Pauls (Rodgers and Carrack). On this record he several times uses all of his voice much like Freddie Mercury did, and as the fan of singers that I am,I realize how hard he works to deliver a substantial performance every time he opens his mouth. Leo Sayer sings with massive color and expression and this record is, for me, very reminiscent of The Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour'in how it takes you places and his voice is always right out in front. The pick of songs is superb and if I pick one here I might do any of the others an injustice so I won't but you should listen to them all and see how much fun you can have listening to a man truly have fun in the recording studio. I bet anyone who ever made a great record can appreciate what Leo Sayer and Richard Perry have done here. Treat yourself right and listen to this when you can set aside some time to have fun listening to a record. You don't have to work for this one because Leo did all the work in the studio and you can just tag along for the ride.