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The Sutherland Brothers


The Sutherland Brothers - When The Night Comes Down - 1979 - CBS

The Sutherland Bros/The Sutherland Bros. & Quiver are another seventies band who never got the success and recognition they deserved. The early 70s spawned 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," 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. "When The Night Comes Down" is one example of a SB album that went largely unnoticed. Like so many other bands on this blog, they are really only remembered for one or two songs. The Sutherland Brothers will always be remembered for "Arms Of Mary", but the duo wrote many great songs. Even now, a lot of people don't know that Rod Stewart's famous anthemic "Sailing" was penned by Gavin Sutherland. There is not a bad track on this album. The band's wonderful folk rock sound is here, and the vocals are great. Sadly, in Britain and elsewhere, good folk rock was declining in popularity from the mid seventies onwards. Check out Quiver's "Gone in the Morning" album, the Sutherland Brother's "Lifeboat" album, (UK Version), Gavin Sutherland's "Diamonds and Gold" album, and the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver's "Beat of the Street" album. "The Very Best Of The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver" can be found @ SB&Q/VBO 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. Search this blog for more SB & Q related albums. 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!


1.“Natural Thing” (Iain Sutherland) - 3:25
2.“Have You Ever Been Hurt?” (Iain Sutherland) - 3:34
3.“First Love” (Gavin Sutherland) - 3:46
4.“Easy Come, Easy Go” (Gavin Sutherland) - 3:33
5.“As Long As I've Got You” (Iain Sutherland) - 3:15
6.“I'm Going Home” (Gavin Sutherland) - 3:21
7.“When The Night Comes Down” (Gavin Sutherland) - 3:44
8.“Dreams of You” (Iain Sutherland) - 4:31
9.“Cruisin'“ (Iain Sutherland) - 4:02
10.“On the Rocks” (Gavin Sutherland) - 3:56
11.“Crazy Town” (Iain Sutherland) - 3:43


Ian Sutherland - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Gavin Sutherland - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Richie Zito - Guitar
Bob Glaub - Bass
William D. "Smitty" Smith - Keyboards
Steve Porcaro - Synthesizer
Michael Baird - Drums
Steve Forman - Percussion
Jim Horn - Horn
Glen Spreen - Harmonium


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


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.


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joetomrud said...

A group that seem to have slipped through the cracks - some of their earlier albums are unavailable anywhere. I'm looking for "Dream Kid"
and "Beat On The Street" to replace my old vinyl, but I've never seen them posted anywhere. Can you help?

Joe in Dublin.

Mike said...

This is a sophmore effort at trying to sound like AM pop/rock of the late 70's, complete with hokey arrangements and ho-hum performances. Iain is clearly the better songwriter of the two, although that's not saying much as Gavin's not really a competent songwriter in his own right. Iain is also a better vocalist, sounding very similar to Neil Finn of Split Enz & Crowded House fame. I found most of Gavin's lyrical content to be insipid and cliché. Very amateurish. While not an amazing composer, Iain is certainly a capable one, judging from 'Natural Thing' and to a lesser extent 'As Long As I've Got You', the latter containing an opening section which sounds extremely similar to a theme from a TV show from around that era, and has almost DISCO-ish strings and drums which is a crime in and of itself. At least the tune is tolerable. Those two songs are the highlight; everything else is lackluster at best. I mean Iain is no Donald Fagen but what can you do?

Oh, and before I forget, Gavin's 'On The Rocks' = one of the most blatant rip-offs of American Pie ever.

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