06 February 2006
Announcement straight from the harbour where the ship with the precious freight has just arrived to share it with all of you out there... So come on down to the docks...
X marks the spot...
Found at last!
38-track Double CD Golden anthology
Gold, diamonds and precious pearls from over 30 years of recording - a truly fascinating insight into the birth, evolution and development of SAILOR over the years.
This collection contains all of the hits from the original and later line-ups plus many previously unreleased gems and classics from the private archives of one of the most original and incomparable bands of all time SAILOR!
Belerion Records are proud to present the COMPLETE ANTHOLOGY COLLECTION "BURIED TREASURE" - A 38-TRACK DOUBLE CD PACKAGE WITH 20-PAGE COLOUR BOOKLET, BAND COMMENTARY, ARCHIVE PHOTOGRAPHS AND BIOGRAPHY.
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"Buried Treasure" Track List:
"Buried Treasure" - further information about the songs:
"Buried Treasure" reviews from fans...
Mandy Phelps - UK:
Dear SAILOR, I would just like to say how wonderful the long awaited Buried Treasure collection is. I have been waiting for this for a long time, but it has been well worth it! It's fantastic to hear some 'new' tracks, especially Pete's 'Guns and Guitars' track. It's also great to hear different lead vocals. Well done guys, you've done a brilliant job putting it all together. My copy arrived on Valentine's Day - what more could I ask! Keep up the good work, and I can't wait to see you again soon.
Ken Knight - UK:
At long las the "booty" has arrived,and the SAILORs have done us proud! Long overdue, but very, very welcome! Well done SAILOR.
I have followed SAILOR for 30 years and have attended as many as possible UK gigs in the last 3 years, so I thought I had heard just about all there was to hear from them. How wrong I was! This album is like listening to 4 or 5 different bands! Can there be a more adaptable or talented band still going today?
I have the CDs in the car and have played them over and over again. In the words of a famous burger company - I'm lovin' it!
Let's hear a few more of these great songs live.
Well worth waiting for.
Let's see at least one performance in the UK this summer - PLEASE.
Well done Phil.
John S. Watson:
Received my copy of Buried Treasure from Belerion Records yesterday - Many Thanks. Just a note to congratulate all involved in the production from the music (still to play alot of it) but especially the concept sleeve, design and notebook. Well Done!
Uli Neumann - Germany:
Yesterday I found the BT in my letterbox. First I was a little disapointed, because the CD was not packed in a jewel case. At the secound look, I saw that there is a reason for that, it is a very interesting card cover and it was good, that SAILOR spend the money in a wonderful booklet with interesting information but not in a more expensive jewel case. The only information I miss, is the appearcene of the musician for every title.
I heard the CDs on high end audio equipment of the famous manufaturer DUAL (Receiver CR5950RC, CD-Player CD5150RC (manufactured in collaboration with Rotel) CLX9200 Speaker Sytems), so many details I remember, listeners using consumer quality equipment would't even notice.
Especially the songs taken from TV recording have of course a 30-year old (perhaps monoraul) master. So I can imagine waht hard work it was in the studio to make them sound good. As I wrote, listeners using "normal" audio equipment would not notice that treble end deep bass is missing a little bit an that voice and intruments tend to roam between the speaker systems. Of course these tracks of SAILOR's early years belong in an album like BT, well done SAILOR and well done Abbey Road studio.
Some tracks I already know from the "legacy" album, but this album was only released in Denmark. A lot of fans will be glad to hear them now.
Very interesting are of course the early recordings, I love that version of traffic jam, it sounds even more authentic like the version released on the first SAILOR album.
If I listen to the album carefully and imagine, how many right-owners there are, I can imagine what hard work it was and how much money it took to release this unique anthology, thank you very much SAILOR.
Listening to BT is a great pleasure, you can here the differences beetween the different aeras and, I must say that, a 12-String can never be replaced by an electric guitar with sound processor and the sound of the acoustic honky-tonk piano of the original nickelodeon can not be reproduced by the syntesizer piano.
I really looking forward to the release of the checkpoint CD and of course the third part of the BT anthology. Which songs I expect on it?
- The Pimps Brigade
- The Harbour Bar Bell
- Copacapana (original, NOT the legacy version)
- Harbour (original)
- Single version Down By The Docks
- It's Chrismas Again.
These songs were only released on 7" vinyl, on a christmas sampler or were only played on concerts.
So I hope to see SAILOR in northern gemany (here are the harbours an sailors an the girls they sing about.)
Buried treasure, a "must have" for every SAILOR fan, order now, don't wait until it is sold out, you will never forgive youself.
Geoff Brown - Australia:
After playing BT for the past week these are my impressions.
The booklet with the CD is beautifully done!
The live versions from the 70s are just brilliant!
"Traffic Jam" demo version is superb. I liked "Perfect Time & Heart of the Matter" the very first time I heard them both .
"Farewll to Berlin" is almost like 3 different songs in 1 and is one of those songs I keep finding myself humming in my head. The more I hear it the more I like it.
"Whatever's in your Heart" and "Chained to the wheel" are two of the real surprise gems on the album. Phil's vocals on these two are just perfect.
Some of the songs from the "Legacy" album I have never heard before so what might be "old" to many SAILOR fans are actually "new" to me. I enjoyed the "Legacy" tracks immensely.
"Stay the Night" (great song) sung by Henry I liked immediately. "Stiletto Heels" is close to my favorite track on the album. I like the slightly different Legacy version of "The Secretary"! I enjoy both Peter's & Georg's versions of it .
Its my favorite song on SAILORs DVD . I think its such a great pop song that no matter what way SAILOR do it, it just sounds great to me.
"Nickelodeon Nights" is marvellous! I think the 2002 live version of "Sailor" finishes off the part1 Cd perfectly!
The version of "Karma Chameleon" on BT is outstanding in my opinion. I always have liked Culture Club's version but I think SAILOR do it much better!
Buried Treasure is most definately a musical journey with so many different sounding songs that all come together so well. The versatility of SAILOR amazes me.
Markus Sauer - Germany:
"Buried Treasure" - of course, a real SAILOR fan puts the spade away, pushes the sailor's cap a little further to the back and uses the end of his neckerchief to wipe the sweat off his forehead, feeling like raising a treasure when he opens the envelope that has just arrived from England. A treasure chest full of sparkling, glittering jewles of pop music - long awaited and now here at last.
But is "Buried Treasure" really just a treasure chest? No! I have been the proud owner of this double-CD for a week now and this comparison is not enought. For me there is a lot more than the contents of a rotten wooden box. "Buried Treasure" is a book full of new colourful stories about life in its whole variety, a new formula for the explanation of the world, a panorama-painting using the complete colour palette, or, to return to the nautical topic: the discovery of a new continent, a huge and wild new ocean!
The adventurous journey at main sea starts with "Open Up The Door" a live version from the 70s (with extra screams - by Henry, as far as I can hear - and an extra instrumental extro). One almost feels some kind of melancholy listenting to these old live recordings. Later there's more of these, "Panama", "The Street", "Blame It On The Soft Spot" and of course "Champagne" and "Girls". I wish I could have been there! The recordings have an astonishingly good quality, close to the album versions, but there are still little differences - for example when Georg stresses some sentences differently than usual at the lead vocals ("the cops try to keep the order" for example sounds a lot more indignant than on the LP) or when the end of "The Old Nickelodeon Sound has a lengthened Nickelodeon solo.
But the second song already leads you into a whole new area: "Changes" from Georg and Phil reminds of Flower Power, overgrown beard-faces and Ho-Ho-Ho-Chi-Minh-shouts on the double. One is probably only able to make music like this wearing a flower-shirt or with some more or less legal smoking expansion of one's consciousness. The same counts for "My Parachute" on the second CD. How long ago is this!
"Heart Of The Matter" represents another piece of pop-history: the plastic-sound of the 80s or SAILOR with blow-dried curls! No, seriously: they have also managed to use this style of music - you can tell I'm not the biggest 80s fan - much much better than others. "Heart Of The Matter" has charme and is really SAILOResque. Brilliant! As well as "Stereotype" a little later.
An incredibly nice piece with the potential of becoming an "earworm" (German expression ;-)) from the Caribou days is "Chained To The Wheel". I especially like the intelligent vocal arrangements. The same counts for "TV Land" - the demand "Switch on...switch on...switch on..." symbolises the potential for addiction of the remote controll for the channel-hoppers very accurately. Also because of the typical sound coming from Ginny's backing vocals: "TV Land" is a chance that the world of pop music has missed at that time!
"Karma Chameleon" - we know several versions of it. But this one is certainly the best one! It is British-cool, slightly Afro-American, tricky-silent and cheerful - all at the same time. Brilliantly done - and with the well-known history, Judd Lander at the harmonica and the Gospel choire in the background - a piece of world-music. That one alone is worth getting "Buried Treasure!"
The second CD opens with "Perfect Time" - one can forsee the sounds of the "Sailor" CD from 1991. An absolutely wonderful song, and with the backing vocals including Henry in the real SAILOR-sound.
Sometimes the uncomplicated melodies and simple harmonies are the ones that creep into your brain: "Office Hours", a song by Peter and Phil written in the Beatles-style - as mentioned in the booklet, but what does that tell us: the vocals really sound striking like Lennon and McCartney, and the e-guitar in the old-fashioned style paints the picture of the disdained boyfriend who is standing in the rain with flowers, waiting for his adored girl.
"Hat Check Girl" - the version sung by Phil alone. One of my favourite songs for quite a while! But I think the joke when the hat check girl turns out to be a guy - with "My real name is Reginald" a lot cleverer than "I felt another man" and the invitation sung by Ginny "Won't you come in - I'll fix a drink..." crackles a lot more (even for the listeners who are no "Reginald"s themselves...). The booklet tells the story about the song - I wonder: Why do these embarrassing things never happen to the people who tell them but always to a "friend of a friend"?? Admit it now, Phil!
Then we get highlight after highlight: A real discovery for me is the warm and calm song "Natureman" from Phil's early days.
I can't mention all the songs: there'd be too much to say, for example about future visits of SAILOR fans to Berlin to feel the "Farewell"-feeling, or the Flamenco lessons that become a duty when listening to "Estepona".
"Buried Treasure" ends - correctly - with the two biggest hits from Georg: "A Glass of Champagne" and "Girls Girls Girls". The booklet expresses the hope that these songs are still well-known after 30 years. Don't be this modest, boys!
Can one already make a conclusion just a few weeks after the release? I'll try it: "Buried Treasure" is - of course - a real "must-have" for all SAILOR fan, no doubt. But in addition to that everybody who is interested in the history of pop music or likes listening to good handmade pop music should have "Buried Treasure". The guitar.era at the beginning of the 70s, the unique SAILOR sound that went around the world in the middle of the 70s, it's advancements in 1980 and then again around 1990 and all the side lines on which the ship sailed - all these things are included on "Buried Treasure" with many little new and always surprising details. If I am to criticise something I could say that I miss something from "Checkpoint" which is one of the "Old" SAILOR LPs for me and traces the beginning of the "disco" era.
Well, I was lucky enough to raise the treasure, and I can only recommend this to everbody: go out and search for it! As mentioned before, there is a lot more to discover than what is promised. You will not just be sailors trying to open a wooden box - no, you will at least feel like Bartolomeu Diaz at the Cape of Good Hope, Vasco da Gama as he reached India, Fernando Magellan at the circumnavigation of Tierra del Fuego and at the same time Willem Barents in the straits of Jugorski and Amundsen as he crossed the the North-West-Passage! (I hope I didn't forget any important sailors now).
"Buried Treasure" - it's your own fault if you miss it! Thank you, SAILOR!