SMART SOUNDS by Colin Bell reviewing David Courtney Anthology CD

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Earlier this year I reviewed DC’s own albums, now comes this superb collection. A few facts, David is a Grammy nominated songwriter and producer with over 30 million record sales to his credit. Starting off as the drummer in the Roulettes (Adam Faith’s backing band) he went on to discover Leo Sayer and work closely with Roger Daltrey (amongst many others). All the tracks on this 2CD set (37 tracks) are either written or produced by David. The sheer scope and diversity of his talents is breathtaking. ‘One Man Band’, ‘The Show Must Go On’ ‘Long Tall Glasses’ ‘Giving It All Away’ ‘Shooting Star’ ‘Magic Touch’ are just some of the best known songs contained here. Its fascinating to hear Daltreys ‘Giving it All Away’ and to be able to then compare it with Leo’s version both contained here and to do the same again with ‘One Man Band’ but away from the immediately recognisable are some real gems ‘Midnight Child’ Roger Chapman. Maggie Bell’s ‘In My Life’ ‘Rag and Bone’ Steve Ellis and ‘The Dancer’ a Smokie track ive personally not heard before but is superb. I’d also single out Joe Egan with ‘Back On The Road’ and a wonderful take on The Who’s ‘Squeeze Box’ a duet with Roger Daltrey/Adam Faith but to use an old phrase ‘its all killa and no filla. I didn’t skip a single track. The list of featured musicians is awesome, McCartney, David Gilmour, Steve Cropper, Ritchie Blackmore, Eric Clapton, Rod Argent, Ray Parker Jnr and on and on…To sum up this overview of one mans work is class, pure class and a joy to listen to. I can do no better than to quote the late great Harry Nilsson who said of David Courtney ‘he’s the English Phil Spector’. With you on that Harry.

The Anthology is released on September 4th. For more info

Till next time…… Colin        colin-head


Carnival FM Radio Hastings – 1st-9th August 2015 – 87.9fm


Easiest way to listen is go to website and click on the listen live link on the right hand side.

Andy Gunton… I’m presenting four Local Music Shows once again for this years Hastings 87.9 Carnival FM broadcast.  The shows will be broadcast live on Monday 3rd to Thursday 8th August from 6-8pm each day. Each show will have a live studio session as well. Details about those sessions to follow. You can listen via 87.9FM locally, and online via their website at

Andre Martin… “Time Machine” – Monday Night 8.00pm-10.00pm and Friday ” The Weekend Starts Here” Ready Steady Go – Soul, Stax and Motown 8.00pm – Midnight.

Tony Davis… – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1pm to 4pm featuring a mix of classic and newer tracks. 2pm each day local musicallinks and anniversaries.

Andre Martin… 12 hours and 35 minutes to go to this years CFMs transmissions. Saturday 1st August – 07.00am with Andy Knight and the breakfast show welcoming this years listener’s – do join us on 87.9 FM and via our website.

Tony Davis… Many thanks to SMART regular Pete Prescott for coming in to my show on Carnival FM this afternoon. It was a real pleasure.

Andre Martin… Tonight 7th August 2015, on Carnival FM 87.9 and via the internet we have ” The Weekend Starts Here” – Stax, Soul and Motown. Between 8.00pm – 12mn. Special feature in this show will be an insight into the Iconic and influential night club that came to the town in 1964 – The Witch Doctor.