The Silverbird Album is by Leo Sayer, the English singer-songwriter.
His debut solo studio album was released in 1973 under the Chrysalis record label in the United Kingdom and Warner Bros. in the United States.
The album was produced by 60s pop music heartthrob Adam Faith and David Courtney, who is an award-winning songwriter and producer. During his career, he has sold over thirty-three million records and has worked with the likes of Roger Daltrey, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.
The Silverbird album, which explores isolation and sadness, features eleven tracks for which Leo Sayer wrote nine with the remainder co-written with David Courtney.
It was recorded in the United Kingdom at the Barn Studio in the rural village of Burwash, East Sussex, Nova Studios and Olympic Studios in London and later at the Apple studios.
The album has generally received positive reviews. Richie Unterberger, writing a retrospective review for AllMusic gave the album three out of the possible top score of five stars. He commented that ” the production screams 1973, with its mainstream pop and hard rock beds and some overlays of symphonic strings. ” He had particular praise for track six, ” The Dancer “, calling it ” a wistful piano ballad with impressive near-soprano singing. ” A user review for Sputnikmusic by LordHamLeg, noted the singer’s performance, saying ” Sayer displays a wide-vocal range, which can jump from a sweet and thin tenor to a gravelly, harsh rock voice within one song. ” However the reviewer noted that ” for all of the album’s strengths, a few lame, generic songs bar it from becoming a pure classic, ” suggesting they felt, in their opinion, it was not one of Leo Sayer’s better creations.
The Silverbird album has been certified silver in the United Kingdom by the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) for sales of over 200,000 copies.
The most well known single featured on the album, ” The Show Must Go On “, was released in 1973.
Written by Leo Sayer and David Courtney, it became a successful release for the singer. In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 15th of December 1973 and reached number two. The single stayed in the Top Ten for nine weeks and spent thirteen weeks in the Top 100.
It also charted outside of the United Kingdom reaching number three in Ireland, ten in Australia and eleven in South Africa.
The Silverbird album became a commercial success for Leo Sayer. In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Albums Chart on the 5th of January 1974 and reached number two. It spent seven weeks in the Top Ten and twenty-two weeks in the Top 100.
About Leo Sayer
Gerard Hugh Sayer was born into a family of devout Catholics as the second child of three, on the 21st of May 1948 in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England.
At a young age, he spent time serving as an altar boy, before being inducted into the choir of his local church.
After leaving school, Leo Sayer studied commercial art and graphic design. He was discovered by David Courtney, who went on to co-manage and co-produce along with Adam Faith, who he later sued for mismanagement.
His music career began when he co-wrote songs with David Courtney. His first big songwriting success came with ” Giving It All Away “, a 1973 song recorded by The Who’s frontman Roger Daltrey. The single gave him his first hit as a solo artist by reaching number five in the United Kingdom. However, it failed to chart in the United States.
Also in 1973, Leo Sayer started out as a recording artist. Managed by Adam Faith, he was signed to the Chrysalis record label in the UK and Warner Bros. in the US.
Although the singer’s debut single ” Why Is Everybody Going Home ” failed to impact the charts, he went on to have several hit singles and albums in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
To date, Leo Sayer’s album releases are twenty-three studio and thirty-four singles. In 2005, he moved to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, where he officially became an Australian citizen in 2009.
Silverbird Album Track Listing:
1. Innocent Bystander
2. Slow Motion
3. Drop Back
5. The Show Must Go On
6. The Dancer
8. Don’t Say It’s Over
9. Goodnight Old Friend
10. Oh Wot a Life
11. Why Is Everybody Going Home