Live In Berlin
02 September 2002
Lincoln: guitars, charango, lead vocals
Glass Of Champagne
Songs written by
Georg Kajanus except for:
Mack The Knife: Brecht, Weil
Stay The Night: Henry Marsh, Grant Serpell
La Bamba Medley - "La Bamba": R. Valens, "Volare": Modugno/Migliacci/Parish, "Banana Boat Song": Darling/Carey/Arkin
Pop Muzik - Ghostbusters Medley - "Pop Muzik": R.Scott, "Ghostbusters": R.Parker
Produced by SAILOR.
Engineered and mixed by Simon Gogerly.
Mixed at Strawberry Hills Studios, Gloucestershire, England.
Front cover photo by Katrin Wagner.
Additional photography Barry Ryan and Christel Müller.
Liner Notes - written by Rich Wilson in May 2002:
The lengthy history of
SAILOR begins with a bizarre tale from France. Allegedly,
one Monsieur Faux, the owner and manager of a Paris club
called "Le Matelot" decided in the late 1940's
that it was necessary for the house band to appear
wearing the barg of sailors. Le Matelot is said to have
been destroyed by fire in 1970, causing the two remaining
house-band member Phil Pickett and Georg Kajanus to
travel to London and, after meeting with Grant Serpell
and Henry Marsh, forming the band SAILOR. And Although
that story can be put in the realms of fantasy along with
Leprechauns and dragons, it at least sets the backgrounds
for one of the more innovative and interesting live acts
to grace the country's stages over the last three
Berlin" in "Modern Dance Magazine" (Issue 41):
Review by courtesy of Phil Pickett
SAILOR Live In Berlin. Angel Air SJPCD122
"Not sure if my credibility will slightly evaporate here, but I can't lie! When SAILOR originally released 'A Glass Of Champagne' and 'Girls Girls Girl's, I thought they were rather good. Quirky, catchy and hell, different from what was going on. Mind you, this was back in the 70's. They split in 1978 but reformed in 1990 and this recording is from 1991, 18th May actually. (a note from MARINERO: that's not true, the album was recorded in late 1995!) Both the above singles are here with a cracking version of 'Mack The Knife', and a surprise cover of 'Pop Music' and .....'The Ghostbusters'! Sixteen tracks in all and whilst SAILOR certainly aren't making waves and testing the waters of experimentation, they're certainly having one hell of a time! Cracking production for a live album and out of the original line up 2 of the 4 are here. (another note from MARINERO: no, 3 are here - Phil,Grant and Henry!) One thing I didn't realise that Phil Pickett, when SAILOR originally split went to tread the boards with Culture Club (and co-wrote 'Karma Chameleon'). A fun album." (DW)
Berlin" (SJPCD122) - Alistair Flynn, Classic Rock Society
This is a live recording of one of their shows and includes all their hits A good quality sound recording with a Bavarian and Latino feel to it
Berlin"- Preview (October 2002):
All the excitement of old-pros rocking out and having a good time is here.
Berlin"- Record Collector (November 2002):
...SAILOR played an eclectic style of Nickelodeon-driven dluited Roxy Music...It actually works if you're in an open frame of mind...
Berlin" - in German music magazine "Good Times"
In the 70s SAILOR created a new pop sound with their Nickelodeon and had many hits like "A Glass Of Champagne", "Give Me Shakespeare", "One Drink Too Many" or "Girls Girls Girls". The Nickelodeon consisted of two pianos, an organ and synthesizers, and SAILOR even wrote an own song about this unique instrument ("The Old Nickelodeon Sound").
After their separation in 1978 the band re-united again in 1990 and released two more albums, before Georg Kajanus left in 1995. Nickelodeon-player Henry Marsh did the same at the end of the 90s. The two remaining members Phil Pickett (Nickelodeon, mandoline) and drummer Grant Serpell kept on performing together with the new members, lead vocalist / guitarist Peter Lincoln and Rob Alderton.
During a tour through Europe in Berlin and some other places in the line-up Marsh, Lincoln, Pickett and Serpell they recorded this Live-CD which reminds you of the SAILOR-typical mixture of lovely smart pop-, latino- swing- and rock-elements. The set also includes their very own interpretation of "Mack The Knife" from the Brecht/Weil "Dreigroschenoper".
An entertaining CD with songs that help to cheer you up on the long dark winter nights. By the way: Phil Pickett was also a member of 'Culture Club' and co-author of "Karma Chameleon"!
Berlin" - review by "Skylight" (2002):
It's one of the bands that never made it to reach the charts and now with this release from Angel Air, we have the chance to meet them. They are known for the "Nickleodeon" instrument that they use and it consists of two upright pianos, organs, synthesizers and glockenspies. The sound is what we call "happy tunes" that reminds me of Cheap Trick and Roxy Music, the same happy atmosphere exists in this live show in Berlin.
News, June 2003:
SAILOR's original line-up enjoyed an impressive run of chart success in Britain and abroad during the mid-seventies This live offering has been compiled from a selection of German concerts which SAILOR performed two decades later embracing a string of golden oldies alongside covers of everything from 'Mack The Knife' to 'La Bamba'.
It's titled Live in Berlin, but according to a small note in the booklet, "this album was recorded at various European concerts including Berlin in late 1995." It's a reunion version of the band, and one that's missing key member Georg Kajanus from the lineup. So it's really an extraneous souvenir for diehards, even if the sound quality is good and the performances reasonably spirited and accomplished. Their big mid-'70s British hits "Girls Girls Girls" and "A Glass of Champagne" are here, of course (as is their much smaller hit "One Drink Too Many"), with some less expected things like "Mack the Knife," a "La Bamba Medley," and a "Ghostbusters Medley" thrown in. The tone of much of the material reflects frivolous romps of the jet set through drink and casual affairs, though it's hardly going to make anyone forget Bryan Ferry.
Reviews from fans...
Still So Much Life on the Ocean Wave!
Already reunited with SAILOR via the Greatest Hits CD a while back, this lovely album arrived last week to continue the bliss. I said in my review of the earlier disk that SAILOR were a magnificent live act: such great material so brilliantly brought to life in performance. Well, the Greatest Hits proved my point about song-writing and then some. Now you have this excellent testament to the atmosphere and musicianship of their shows - as fresh as ever. The familiar songs of their early days come back to glorious life, perfectly reproduced and performed with all the original zest - along with a lovely "unplugged" take on their original single Traffic Jam. They've also added in some boppy medleys to generate further momentum, notably the Latin La Bamba sequence and the gleeful Pop Muzik/Ghostbusters extravaganza. In addition, there's a quite exquisite delivery of Mack the Knife by Phil Pickett; I played this track to my wife the first evening and asked "Who's this, then?" As soon as the lilting bass-synth kicked in her face lit up in recognition. They have that effect on us - but let me say emphatically that this isn't a nostalgia-trip, nor is the band in any way some kind of bubble-gum anachronism. They remain as timeless as all the best music usually does.
Rob, Abingdon, Oxfordshire UK
It's a reunion version of the band, that features dynamic selections, highlighted by the two hits SAILOR scored during 1975-1976 - "A Glass Of Champagne" and "Girls Girls Girls". From smoky dockside cabaret ("One Drink Too Many") to nostalgically tear-drenched music hall memories ("Mack The Knife"), to energetic Latin-spiced dance number ("La Cumbia"), to the ecologically prescient "Traffic Jam", SAILOR melded catchy melody to vibrant production, then layered heavenly harmonies over all, a trick comparable to either the Beach Boys or 10CC.
If you love SAILOR buy this CD. Its the culmination of over twenty years of unique SAILOR Music. I had the opportunity to see SAILOR live in Brussels in 1975 and this CD has all the energy and fun that I witnessed all those years ago. Despite having some new members, the music is fresh and vibrant. They perform as though the music is new. I can't wait to see them "live" again just to listen to that "Old Nickelodeon Sound"
John W. Hart, Watertown, NY United States