Monday, November 13, 2006

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Ian Matthews "Go for Broke" 1976

Ian had covered Folk, Country & Bluegrass on Nine Records between 1970-1974 and of those nine, "Matthews Southern Comfort" (1970), " If You Saw Thro' My Eyes" (1971), "Tigers Will Survive".(1972), "Valley Hi" (1973), and "Some Days You Eat the Bear" (1974) are Great Records that met with Good Critical Acclaim and Moderate Sales.
But by 1975 the Record Companies became the Record Industry and the Stakes became HUGE after the Release of "Fleetwood Mac" (1975) sold 7 Million Units. Rock Artists became PRODUCT and CBS Records signed Ian Matthews, and in a Corporate Board Room decided to Market as a POP STAR. And the reasoning behind this thinking was he was capable of BIG Pop Stardom. He had already had a Number One Hit with his Cover of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" in 1970 and in 1972 he had a Minor Chart Sucess with the Crystals classic "Do Doo Ron Ron". So the plan was pick a Cover Tune, Over-Arrange it and BINGO, Big Pop Star.
So here we are at "Go For Broke". It hit the shops in 1976 and surprise! Six out of the Ten Songs here are Cover Versions such as "Darkness, Darkness" (Youngbloods, 1969) , "Brown Eyed Girl" ( Van Morrison, 1967), "Just One Look", (Hollies, 1965) and even 'Groovin" ( Young Rascals, 1967). Sometimes it comes out fine (Brown Eyed Girl) Sometimes it doesn't ( Groovin' ). There are lot's of Saxophones, Cheesy Keyboards and String Arrangements featured on "Broke" and to be nice about it the Production is WAAAY over the top. Ian COULD do these Songs better with just his Voice & an Acoustic Guitar, and if you have seen this Great Artist on any Stage you know exactly what I mean.
But what saves "Go For Broke" are the four tunes written by Ian, and Two of them are Great: "Lonely Hunter" and "Rhythm of the West", Here they are Sounding Great.

10 Comments:

Blogger Russ said...

I REALLY LOVE THIS MANS WORK, THANK YOU FOR THIS AGAIN A WONDERFUL SITE WITH SUCH GREAT TASTE

13 November, 2006 04:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have the best music blog,definitely.
And give us more U.S. artists if it is possible.

13 November, 2006 06:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great share again!!!
Thank you

bobdylan(Frank)

13 November, 2006 06:44  
Blogger roby said...

hello;
my best compliment for this fantastic blog, undoubtedly a shining one in the net world....
One request for some impossible (for me) records that maybe are easy to fiçnd or even to have for you...
John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
they did three or four fantastic albums between 1978 & 82 (If I remember well)..any chance to listne again to them all.??
Thanks anyway for the wonderful music

13 November, 2006 06:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great! I owned this album in the 1970s and lost it somewhere. Lots of good songs on it.

13 November, 2006 07:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perfect!!!
Thanks a lot!!!

- I me mine

13 November, 2006 16:31  
Blogger Bri said...

This is an Amazing Collection from the greatest overlooked talent of the 70's and 80's. Could you PLEASE re up Go For Broke by Iain Matthews, All other links are still working as of 09/16/08 Thanks...Big Time
Brimo19

18 September, 2008 14:21  
Blogger MJT said...

Would it be possible to have this re-posted when you have time...I would appreciate it...thank you kindly

20 September, 2008 19:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you repost this is you have the time...thanks.

15 January, 2009 16:21  
Blogger Lizardson said...

sorry, but still available on CD
amazon.com

15 January, 2009 16:44  

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