A Glass Of Champagne
Brilliant BT 33094
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.
Entertainment Ltd. UK
Licensed from ABC Entertainment
Cover design: Elian, graphic design, Emst NL
Made in Germany
Liner-notes - written by Neil Kellas in 2003:
These 1995 recordings of European
concert performances by SAILOR find the band in invigorating
form, enjoying a new lease of life twenty years after their
initial impact. Founder member Georg Kajanus had left to pursue a
solo career, but his replacement Peter Lincoln fitted in
perfectly with the three other original musicians. The talented
Phil Pickett - later to tour with Culture Club and co-write their
No. 1 hit "Karma Chameleon" - Grant Serpell and Henry
Marsh, together with Lincoln, play a fine set blending their
first hits and songs from their 1989 'comeback' with familiar
The story is all the more remarkable given the ten year gap through most of the 80s before a new album put the act firmly back on track. Kajanus had come up with the speculative idea of using the Nickelodeon on a demo tape but the others - Serpell in particular - recognized it enthusiastically as the ideal sound to create a unique image, as it was never used in popular music of the time.
1973 gave the band their first breakthrough with "Traffic Jam" from their debut album, but it was the follow-up "Trouble", including "A Glass Of Champagne" and "Girls Girls Girls", which really launched them into massive worldwide success. Their carefully cultivated vision of lonely sailors far away from home, embellished by stage designs featuring palm trees, street lamps and port scenes, caught the popular imagination immediately and their rich variety of musical styles added considerably to public fascination.
The early hits suggested an element of decadence, fostered by 1977's "One Drink Too Many" and their fondness in concert for their exuberance of songs like "La Bamba" and Kurt Weill's "Mack The Knife". All this music is naturally included on the album, together with their late 80s recordings of "La Cumbia" and "The Secretary"; listening to these unusual sounds now, it is easy to understand why SAILOR have retained such a loyal following and continue to attract new fans.