sky - sailor's delight
when i found out doug fieger was the leader of the band i started digging in the archives. he was also in a band called 'sky'. i had bought their 1971 lp 'sailor's delight' right around the time i got 'muswell hillbillies' and 'bangla desh'. i got it mainly because it was produced by jimmy miller with andy johns on the board, had ian stewart on piano and used bobby keys and jim price on horns. that just so happened to be the backing line-up for the best set of rolling stones records at the time, ('let it bleed', 'sticky fingers', and the soon to be released 'exile on main st.'). see, this was back in the day when i would buy a record just for the cover, and just loved it when it turned out to be great.
when i listened to it i was blown away. i played it over and over, front to back, made tapes of it for friends and generally spread the word, (it's that good a record).
i never heard from them again, (they broke up just after the release of 'sailor's delight'), and they kinda faded from memory, except the 'sailor's delight' lp, which would always sound fresh when i'd slap it on the turntable.
it is nothing like the knack material. the songs are varied from the stripped down rock of 'make it tight' to caribbean ballads and wonderful epics like 'lowdown', it is a brilliant record, the production is super clean and the songs are very well written and concise. unfortunately, it is unavailable on cd, and it is not even listed in ebay on vinyl, (i prolly have one of the few remaining copies, that sucks, mine is worn and scratchy, this needs to come out on cd!).
so i dusted off my sky lp, ripped and cleaned it up and dumped these wondeful 'lil pieces of bric-a-brac here for your consideration.
the best of the very-hard-to-find 'sailor's delight' lp in mp3 (via yousendit):
bring it on back
make it tight
let it lie low