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Sutherland Bros. & Quiver




Sutherland Bros. & Quiver - The Very Best Of The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver - 2002 - Columbia

The Sutherland Bros. & Quiver are another seventies band who never got the success and recognition they deserved. The early 70s had many bands like the Sutherland Brothers. They were great songwriters, more than competent musicians and made great records, none of which sold in any great numbers. Iain Sutherland is a remarkably talented songwriter. As an individual, and with his brother, Gavin, he wrote many great songs, the most notable being "Sailing," a massive hit for Rod Stewart, and "Arms of Mary". Yet many of the duo's great songs have never been heard by so many people. The brothers wrote many fine, catchy, and melodic pop songs with tasteful instrumental work and fine harmony vocals. This album is a good 20 track compilation by the Scottish band. As usual, in this type of compilation, there are some great songs excluded. This will always be a problem with "Best Of" albums, as everybody will always have their own favourites. If you are interested in more of the band's music, check out their "Beat of the Street" and "Dream Kid" albums. Quiver had a s/t album released in 1971, and any info on this recording is welcome. For more music in the same vein, listen to Gallagher & Lyle's great "Seeds" album, or the "Ferguslie Park" album by Stealers Wheel. Also check out some of Gerry Rafferty's early recordings. His "Can I Have My Money Back" album is a good example. As an afterthought, isn't it incredible, the musical talent that Scotland has produced :- Alex Harvey, The Proclaimers, Deacon Blue, Aztec Camera, Blue Nile, Average White Band , and Maggie Bell. There are dozens omitted here, but Rock On, Scotland The Brave!

TRACKS

1. The Pie
2. I Was In Chains
3. Real Love
4. Sailing
5. You Got Me Anyway
6. Lifeboat
7. Dream Kid
8. Champion The Underdog
9. Beat Of The Street
10. Laid Back In Anger
11. When The Train Comes
12. Arms Of Mary (Single Version)
13. Dr. Dancer
14. Love On The Moon
15. Moonlight Lady
16. Slipstream
17. Secrets
18. Something's Burning
19. When The Night Comes Down
20. Easy Come, Easy Go (Single Version)
N.B: Tracks 1 - 8 , & 19 - 20 by The Sutherland Brothers, & Tracks 9 - 18 by The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver. Tracks 1 - 5, 8, 10 - 12, 15 - 17, & 20 composed by I.Sutherland. Tracks 6, 9, & 13 - 14, & 18 - 19 composed by G.Sutherland. Track 7 composed by I.Sutherland, and G.Sutherland

MUSICIANS

Iain Sutherland (vocals/guitar/keyboards)
Gavin Sutherland (guitar/vocals)
Pete Wood (piano)
Quiver are Tim Renwick (guitar), Bruce Thomas (bass) and Willie Wilson (drums)

BIO

Folk rockers the Sutherland Brothers formed originally in London during 1970, but it wasn't until a few years later (when the group fused together with another band) that they enjoyed their greatest chart success. Brothers Ian (vocals, guitar) and Gavin (bass, vocals) first went by the name of A New Generation (at the insistence of their manager at the time) before the duo changed their name to the Sutherland Brothers and recorded a demo. The tape caught the ear of former Traffic bassist Muff Winwood, who helped sign the duo to Island Records, a label that Winwood served as an A&R man for at the time. A pair of largely folk-based recordings were issued in 1972, a self-titled debut and Lifeboat, the latter of which scored the group their first bona fide hit, "(I Don't Want to Love You But) You Got Me Anyway," as well as an original composition that would later be covered by Rod Stewart, "Sailing." By the dawn of 1973, the Sutherland Brothers decided to augment their group (they were unhappy with their live sound at the time) by teaming up with an obscure rock act named Quiver (who had issued a pair of underappreciated albums on their own — 1971's self-titled release and 1972's Gone in the Morning) — as the new group went by the name of the Sutherland Brothers & Quiver, or SBQ. The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver remained intact for much of the '70s and Stewart's aforementioned cover of "Sailing" hit the number one spot in the U.K. and during 1975, the group scored another sizeable hit on their own with "The Arms of Mary" (peaking at number five in the U.K.). The group steadily toured both the United States and Europe, issuing such further releases as 1973's Dream Kid and 1974's Beat of the Street before leaving Island for Columbia Records and releasing 1975's Reach for the Sky, 1976's Slipstream, 1977's Down to Earth, and 1979's When the Night Comes Down. But by the dawn of the '80s, the hits had dried up and SBQ decided to call it a day. Both of the Sutherland brothers attempted to launch solo careers on their own during the early '80s, but both failed to retain the audience of their previous band. © Greg Prato, © allmusic.com

BIO (Wikipedia)

Sutherland Brothers (Gavin, born 6 October 1951, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, bassist / vocalist ) and Iain (born 17 November 1948, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) - vocalist / guitarist / keyboards) originally performed as a folk / rock duo in the field of British music in the early 1970s, and then joined with Quiver to record and tour as The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver. The Sutherland Brothers began their career in 1968 as A New Generation, having some yearly success with the single "Smokie Blues Away" (which used a melody based on the main theme of Dvořák's, New World Symphony). Subsequently re-billed as The Sutherland Brothers Band, they won a new recording contract with Island Records and put out two albums in 1972. Their first minor hit was "The Pie" in 1970. In an effort to diversify and expand their folk based sound, the Sutherland Brothers joined forces with a local rock band known as Quiver. Quiver originally comprised guitarist and singer Cal Batchelor, guitarist Tim Renwick, bassist Bruce Thomas and drummer John "Willie" Wilson. Keyboardist Peter Wood had replaced Batchelor just before the band joined up with the Sutherland Brothers. The band were then known as The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver. Their joint greatest success came under this name. Several moderately successful albums were released by Island Records throughout the 1970s under this joint name before they moved to CBS Records where they recorded, amongst other songs, the Top Ten hit single, "Arms of Mary", which also became a hit when covered two years later by the Canadian group, Chilliwack. The band were just reaching their peak as the punk music explosion happened; they ended up being ousted from their residency at London's Marquee Club to make way for the likes of The Damned and X-Ray Spex. The group quickly found that its cheerful, folk-rock style had fallen out of fashion, and disbanded after recording a final album in 1979. One of the earlier Sutherland Brothers recordings is "Sailing", which exists in two versions: one with The Sutherland Brothers alone, the other together with Quiver. "Sailing" was no success for the Brothers, but in 1975, it became a major hit for Rod Stewart. Quiver's Tim Renwick went on to play with Al Stewart, and even a later incarnation of Pink Floyd. Bassist Bruce Thomas went on to join Elvis Costello and the Attractions. Peter Wood (aka Peter Woods) later worked with Cyndi Lauper. Born in 1950 in Middlesex, England, he died in 1994 in New York.