Saturday, July 08, 2006

Requested...
Ian Matthews ''Tigers Will Survive'' (UK Folk 1972)

Tigers Will Survive, Ian Matthews' second release of 1972, and fifth in less than three years, continues the Anglo-American folk-rock that he began in 1968 with Fairport Convention. Following his departure from the band in early 1969, Matthews' style quickly veered from the British traditional direction that Fairport was headed, gravitating more toward the American singer/songwriter scene that was the source for much of the group's material in their early days, keeping him closer to the mid-Atlantic mix of What We Did on Our Holidays (his last record with the band). If You Saw Thro' My Eyes, his previous album, reunited him with members of his old band, as well as others from the revolving Fairport/Fotheringay cast, but this time out, with the exception of Richard Thompson's accordion on a couple of tunes (credited as Woolfe J. Flywheel), he opts for the backing of the English rock band Quiver. And while it may lack some of the cohesive personality of its predecessor, Tigers Will Survive still shares its primarily acoustic sound, augmented by a strong rhythm section and touches of electric guitar. Also, as was the case with that album, the toughest moment is courtesy of Richard Farina, whose "House of Unamerican Blues Activity Dream" brings an edginess and anger to Matthews' characteristically pretty and reflective tone, though his self-penned title track is close behind. Elsewhere, the beautiful "Morning Song" and Phil Spector's "Da Do Ron Ron" (without a change in gender) are high points for Ian Matthews, the songwriter and interpreter, respectively. The former is among the two or three best songs he'd written, while the latter, a wonderful a cappella rendition of the Crystals' classic, bolstered only by hand claps, brings a lightness and energy to the record. Tigers Will Survive, though just a rung below If You Saw Thro' My Eyes, is another fine effort for Matthews. The two recordings were later teamed together on one CD.

1. Never Again
2. Close The Door Lightly When You Go
3. Unamerican Activity Dream
4. Morning Song
5. The Only Dancer
6. Tigers Will Survive
7. Midnight On The Water
8. Right Before My Eyes
9. Da Doo Ron Ron
10. Hope You Know
11. Please Be My Friend
12. Devil in Disguise *bonus track

12 Comments:

Blogger Russ said...

Again you have posted wonderful music, thank you so much for this and pleeeaaaassssee more Ian Matthews if you have it.

08 July, 2006 20:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sto54 - that's my user name on Demonoid.com where I have uploaded about 180 torrents.
But back to the requested post you made. I'm greateful for grant my request and You make my day.If you have another two LP's : Lani Hall - Sundown Lady (female singer from Sergio Mendes and Herb Alpert's wife) and Assagai - Zimbabwe you will make my YEAR !
Once again thanks !!!

08 July, 2006 21:25  
Anonymous pete said...

many thanks, wonderful music on this blog.
have looked everywhere for I.M's Hit and Run which i've never seen on cd anyone able to help.

08 July, 2006 21:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes .. i agree - more Ian Matthews would be wonderful .....

09 July, 2006 01:04  
Anonymous Sam Stone said...

Thanks a lot for Ian Matthews, which is very hard to find on the blogs. So please: gimme more :-)

11 July, 2006 19:19  
Blogger Pessi said...

Thanks a lot for Ian Matthews.

18 September, 2006 04:29  
Blogger Laruchis said...

Hi there!
Thx a lot, for uploading excellent music.
And Thx a lot, again, for uploading my requests.
This is going to be a real nice listening weekend.
Have a nice weekend too.
Laruchis.

23 September, 2006 22:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please re-post "If You Saw Thru My Eyes" - it has timed-out.
Thanks.

06 November, 2006 02:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't have a copy of Valley Hi laying around, do you?

14 February, 2007 20:39  
Anonymous nandinho said...

always the best blog for the music we love, real loving forum, in portuguese "sabe a que sabe", like a true community, so beautiful coming for Japan, the right side of the web

best regards

o passado fica sempre presente dentro do nosso ser...

21 May, 2007 00:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks heaps for this. my dad requested this one..

06 January, 2009 11:15  
Blogger Budrocket1 said...

Any chance you'll repost the link?

13 August, 2009 07:22  

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