Sailor - The Very Best Of


CD: EMI 8231522
CD: CMC / Elap Music 5215982 (re-released 09 August 1999)

Peter Lincoln: 12 and 6 string acoustic guitars, electric guitar and lead vocals
Henry Marsh: Nickelodeon, accordion, piano, computer programming and vocals
Phil Pickett: bass Nickelodeon, hammond organ, piano, mandolin, autoharp and vocals
Grant Serpell: drums, percussion, vocals

A Glass Of Champagne
Girls Girls Girls
Traffic Jam
Stay The Night
One Drink Too Many
La Cumbia
Stiletto Heels
The Secretary
Hat Check Girl
Catwalk Girls
Latin Eyes
Nickelodeon Nights

Produced by Phil Pickett and Henry Marsh.
Engineered and mixed by Charlie Jensen.
Mastered by Peter Iversen and Charlie Jensen at PUK Digital Mastering.
Recorded in PUK Recording Studios, April & May 1996
Additional engineering by Ian Humphries at NAM Studios, Wiltshire and Ian Shaw at Shawsound, London

Additional musicians and singers:
Chris Goulstone (Spanish guitar on "Latin Eyes")
Naomi Eyres (Vocals on "Catwalk Girls")

Photo by Jonathan Opong-Wiafe

SAILOR "The Very Best Of"

- taken from the liner notes of the album "SAILOR - The Very Best Of", EMI 8231522, 1998 -

SAILOR formed back in 1974 and included Norwegian born singer Georg Kajanus (Hultgreen). Georg had been a member of Eclection who released 5 singles "Another Time Another Place", "Mark Time", "Nethertheless", "Please" and "Please (MK //)"; all are hard to find collectors items for SAILOR fans today.
German born Phil Pickett was another founder member. According to legend, Phil and Georg originally worked together in the late 60s, when they performed as part of a house band at Le Matelot Club in Paris. The nightclub´s theme included them dressing as SAILORs, this continued until 1970 when the club burnt to the ground.
SAILOR´s other original members included Henry Marsh from the band Gringo and Grant Serpell from Affinity. SAILOR´s unique history saw them using odd instruments for a group at that time; amongst these were mandolins, military bass- drums and the Nickelodeon, an exclusive invention which was to inspire their career. The sound the guys created and the songs written by Georg led the band to make their show a theatrical "review"; a live gig would see them on stage in settings including red light districts and harbour towns.
SAILOR's first album released in 1973 contained their first hit single "Traffic Jam". The album was a huge hit in Europe, but it was their second album "Trouble" which really established the group around the world; it gave birth to the hits "A Glass Of Champagne" and "Girls Girls Girls".
SAILOR were even more popular in Europe where their UK hit singles were only a small part of the success story. Thanks to their regular tours, they became one of Britain´s finest exports until their origial split in 1981. SAILOR´s European hits were "Stay The Night", "Stiletto Heels" and "Hat Check Girl" all of which you will find on this greatest hits collection.
In the late 70s Georg and Phil and the band felt they had reached a point where they needed a break from SAILOR and each of them took time out to work on solo projects. Phil Pickett wrote songs and performed with several bands, including his stint as a live member of Boy George´s Culture Club with whom he co- wrote the 1983 classic "Karma Chameleon". Henry wrote music for TV, Georg released 3 albums with DATA while Grant worked as a chemistry teacher.
In 1989 SAILOR thrilled their many fans by returning to the studio for the first time in a decade. This album produced two hit singles "The Secretary" and "La Cumbia" both of which are much requested at SAILOR concerts. The popularity of this album also helped re- establish the enthusiasm within the band which continues today. Georg left the line up in 1995 to pursue a solo career. His replacement Peter Lincoln has helped keep the band in top gear through the 90s.
SAILOR recorded this fine album of their most popular songs, with their current line up, to celebrate their two decades of popularity with fans of quality "pop".
Sounding better than ever make sure you catch them next time they drop anchor in your town.
written by: Kevin James

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