City Boy – Young Men Gone West / Book Early EXPANDED EDITION
„I love this band. It’s an amalgam of Queen meets Kansas meets Styx meets 10cc – with BIG Harmony Vocals and fat guitars. A Must-Have!“
City Boy were a successful English rock band in the late 1970s, characterised by complex vocal arrangements and heavy guitars.
In the early 1970s, Lol Mason, Steve Broughton, Max Thomas and Chris Dunn were playing original acoustic music in the Birmingham area. They toured the clubs of the Midlands and turned professional towards the end of 1975. They were offered a recording contract by Phonogram Records on the condition that they change their name from „Back In the Band“ and add drums and electric guitar. This prompted them to recruit drummer Roger Kent and guitarist Mike Slamer.
City Boy’s first five albums were produced by Robert John „Mutt“ Lange, who was recommended to them by Polygram A&R guy Chris Peers, and are among the first albums he produced after relocating to the UK from South Africa. Lange became the seventh member of the band, helping Chris Dunn hone his bass guitar skills and assisting with City Boy’s vocal harmonies.
Their breakthrough came in 1978 with their hit song ‘22.214.171.124.’ (Mutt Lange’s first hit single outside of his homeland of South Africa). Their subsequent album was named Book Early. The ‘126.96.36.199.’ single reached the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, achieving also a silver award for 200,000 copies sold and the single also made the top 30 in the U.S., peaking at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a sizeable Top 40 hit in Australia.
The first official release of these albums on CD
Re-mastered from original tapes
New booklet with sleeve notes by Malcolm Dome
Contains the smash hit ‘5705’
The first albums produced by renowned producer Mutt Lange (Def Leppard, Muse)
DISC ONE: YOUNG MEN GONE WEST
DEAR JEAN (I’M NERVOUS)
SHE’S GOT STYLE
BAD FOR BUSINESS
YOUNG MEN GONE WEST
I’VE BEEN SPUN
ONE AFTER TWO
THE MAN WHO ATE HIS CAR
DISC TWO: BOOK EARLY
SUMMER IN THE SCHOOL YARD
RAISE YOUR GLASS (TO FOOLISH ME)
DO WHAT YOU DO, DO WELL
WHAT A NIGHT
THE WORLD LOVES DANCER
MOVING IN CIRCLES
TURN ON TO JESUS