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DAVID COURTNEY – Midsummer Madness/Shooting Star


Midsummer Madness:

…’Los Dias Del Sol’ (‘The Days Of The Sun’) suggests exactly that: warm, sunny, with a hint of Latin America. It’s also a rather short instrumental. But mainly it’s short. Like sunny spells in Great Britain!

The ethereal, haunting quality of ‘The Easy Way Out’ turns Courtney’s most famous piece into a timeless classic – beautifully performed with a moody and melancholy piano for support. Pass me the hanky please!

Closing number ‘Save The Encores’ is a blend of classic rock, some harder rock, a bit of jazz, a bit of this, a bit of that… Well, make up your own mind. But my oh my is it skilfully executed.

Shooting Star:

…’Goodbye Home’ is a number I warm to. The song tells the story of a trip ’round the universe and unexplored galaxies, while the musical arrangement thankfully remains more grounded and isn’t spoiled by an overpowering electro sound. There’s a proper melody to it, actually!

Things get all cosmic and distorted again on ‘Mind Radio’, before taking on considerable more organic forms with ‘Pure Emotion’. I mean, we’re talking a proper rock song here, complete with groove and nice riff work by John Verity. Whoa, beam me up, Scotty!

Claudia A, (Jan 2013)

…1980′s Shooting Star, fuelled by Courtney’s passion for UFOlogy, is a welcome-to-the-world-of-tomorrow riot of frosty Radiophonic Orchestra synths and vocoders – impossible to hear without picturing Hazel O’Connor’s Breaking Glass face. The vocal cadences of The Boys In A Dream perhaps suggest why Mike Love was sufficiently enthused by the album to ask if The Beach Boys could adopt it wholesale as their next LP: Courtney
refused. Dig those Joe Meek oscillations on the title track.

Record Collector (March 2013)

…the members of Argent (minus Rod Argent himself) operating as Courtney’s highly-impressive backing band…

Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser (February 2013)

It could have been much sweeter if David agreed to Mike Love’s proposition to turn all of the “Star” songs into a BEACH BOYS record, yet that might ruin its own good vibrations, and now it’s a memorial to the author’s integrity.

DME Music Site

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…”The Show Must Go On” obviously refers to the ever-evolving music and the song which is now resident in Australia that Leo Sayer became so famous, but also is the perfect title for this package of fun, with sometimes moving melodies of yesteryear. Who dares say that this is corny music…

Keys & Chords

…the feeling of eclecticism prevails and pulls the whole down while the individual pieces are good. A fitting reflection of any man’s life. ***1/3

DME Music Site

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DAVID COURTENAY First Day – The Complete Story


Some of these works are grandiose…and if you can recall some of Leo Sayer’s early singles you will understand…Some of the bonus tracks provided are, for me, more interesting than those on the original album; in particular ‘Rag And Bone’ and the instrumental, sweeping, majestic orchestral composition ‘Broken Leaves’, which comes close to justifying the CD by itself!

Classic Rock Society, (January 2010)

…while the album failed to make much of an impact on either side of the Atlantic it remains a testament to his supreme talents as both a musician and a songwriter…Some of the guest artists who appear here represent the cream of the crop of British classic rock…not to mention Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour…

First Day is a top notch effort from top to bottom…

Ryan Sparks, Sea Of Tranquility (February 2010)

There is some superb playing by session players who are well known and established in their own right…

TNT Audio ( ) (February 2010)

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