DAVID COURTNEY has,
through a long and successful career, achieved that elusive smash hit record
that many generations of songwriters strive to achieve. HIT songs such as
"One Man Band", " The Show Must Go On", "Giving It All Away" to name a few
By 1975 he took time out to pursue his solo career, releasing his debut
album "First Day" which caused a few ripples in the UK but charted in the
USA. Seeking to maintain the momentum of that success he travelled to Honky
Chateau Studios, France (where the studio had attracted David Bowie to Elton
John to Pink Floyd to Cat Stevens) and assembled an amazing cast of
musicians (who collectively performed as ARGENT) and recorded
"Midsummer Madness" and on returning to the UK the album was mixed by
legendary Beatles engineer Geoff Emmerick. David on playback was not
comfortable it was the right album to follow "First Day" and he took the
difficult decision to mothball it. With hindsight he had produced a classic
Prog Rock album which is now released for the first time 35 years later.
The bonus album "Shooting Star" was recorded in 1980 when David was living
at 3361 Cold Water Canyon, Los Angeles a property later made famous by Eddie
Van Halen (who bought the house from David) and renamed it 5051 studios.
David and Mike Love from The Beach Boys became friends and Mike wanted to
take David's new album "Shooting Star" and turn it exclusively into the new
Beach Boys album. David's response "No"! Once again he put the album "back
in the box" but 33 years later it now sees the light of day.
Two lost gems, mastered and available commercially for the first time.
DAVID COURTNEY, JOHN VERITY, BOB HENRIT, JIM RODFORD, PHIL KENZIE, RICK