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A Classic Album from The Leader! | Reviewer: Anonymous
------ About the album Silver Star performed by Gary Glitter
Although in 1977 Glam Rock was on the way out and with it, it's king, Gary Glitter too was looking like he was heading on the scrap heap, he managed to release one of popular music's most intresting (and overlooked) albums "SILVER STAR".
Although the album produced three UK chart entires with "A Little Boogie Woogie (In The Back Of My Mind", "It Takes All Night Long" and "You Belong To Me", the album was a far cry from the commerical heights Glitter was enjoying just a few years before. Not that this album was worse than his biggest successes it was just different.
Gone are the crowd chanting "Rock N Roll, Hey" crys and in it's place a heavily disco-pop driven record. "Haven't I See You Somewhere Before?" is one of the albums highlights, a disco tinged number that we would never hear the like of from Glitter again. Glitter does remember his rock n roll roots on the goodtime boogie number "Heartbreaking Blue Eyed Boy", which owes a debt to the 1950s rockers at Sun Studios like Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Glitter's version of Kevin Johnson's "Rock N Roll (I Gave You The Best Years Off My Life)" works well, but it misses out the final optimistic verse of the original, leaving the impression the singer is not happy with his current life (Johnson wrote the song based in part on his own life).
SILVER STAR is one of my favorite albums, it's not the greatest album ever made, but it is better than most. Today's artists can only dream of cranking out an album so diverse and clever. It seemed more easy to artists of this genration to be able to do so, so easy in fact that many of these classic albums didn't even get noticed.
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