Thursday, May 29, 2008

IAN MATTHEWS / GO FOR BROKE

Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1976 on Columbia records.
ALBUM INFO:
Produced by: Norbert Putnam & Glen Spreen
Recorded At: Quadrafonic Sound Studio, Nashville Tennessee
Engineered By: Marty Lewis
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate - 320 Kbps
TRACK LISTING:
Darkness, Darkness (Jesse Colin Young)
I'll be gone (IM)
Brown eyed girl (Van Morrison)
Rhythm of the West (IM / Jay Lacy)
Groovin' (Felix Cavaliere / Eddie Brigati Jr)
Lonely hunter (IM / T.Nunes)
Steamboat (IM)
A fool like you (T.Moore)
When the morning comes (Darryll Hall)
BAND LINEUP:
Drums and Percussion - Tris Imboden, Kenny Buttrey, Mike Porter
Bass - Don Whaley, Norbert Putnam, Kenny Edwards, Mike Leech
Keyboards - Steve Wood, David Briggs, Peter Wood, Glen Spreen
Arp, mini moog - Shane Kiester
Acoustic Guitar - Jay Lacy, Johnny Christopher
Electric Guitar - Jay Lacy, Joel Tepp, Reggie Young, Harry Robinson,
Ian Matthews harp - Joel Tepp
Muscle Shoals Horns - Harrison Calloway, Charles Rose, Harvey Thompson
string arrangements - Glen Spreen
WEBSITE:
http://www.iainmatthews.com/
REVIEW:
Where do these idiot reviewers come from anyhow? Here is one of my favorite albums by Ian and this schmuck pans it badly. Does he have a music degree or some criteria that makes his opinion one of value? Does he know a D major from a D7chord?......I think not! Reviews are fine if they contain facts but music is too personal an experience for someone or anyone to tell you what you should like and why or why not.....if it moves your feet and soothes your soul, good enough. What a Nitwit.
(BAD)Review by Brett Hartenbach
To say Ian Matthews was active during the first half-decade following his departure from Fairport Convention is an understatement to say the least, recording nine albums (both solo and with two different bands) for four labels. And while he scored a hit early on, it's safe to say that his artistic triumphs outweighed his commercial ones, especially in the U.S. That said, the nearly two-year layoff between his previous release and Go for Broke was a bit surprising, although not nearly as much as the lackluster pop and lightweight R&B contained within. Like his earlier work, Matthews chooses a handful of good covers, along with his usual scattering of originals, but even many of the best choices here fall flat due to the tepid production and less than inspired performances. The lead track, Jesse Colin Young's "Darkness, Darkness," which Matthews has successfully resurrected a couple of times in subsequent years, sounds routine and cold, while he does little for the old Doris Troy hit "Just One Look." More successful are respectable, if unnecessary, versions of the Van Morrison standard "Brown Eyed Girl," and the sunny Rascals classic "Groovin'." The album's one out-and-out success is a lovely, soulful reading of the Tim Moore pop ballad "A Fool Like You," which somehow captures something that is missing from the majority of Go for Broke. It would take Matthews a couple of years, and another label to rebound from what is by far the weakest record of his career. Hal Horowitz, All Music Guide
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Tom

2 Comments:

Blogger Bill said...

Hey Tom!

What can you say about reviewers, especially those that reviewed an album when it was new? At best, the review was based on a few listens. Rolling Stone gave Hendrix' "Electric Ladyland" a mediocre review when it was released in '68 and now, it's universally seen for the all-time classic rock album that it is.

One of the things I really appreciate about music blogs is that albums that have been loved and listened to dozens of times are posted. Usually, the posting contains a review based on that experience over time. That is very helpful to those of us trying to discover the real hidden gems out there.

Thanks for your efforts!


Bill

Monday, June 2, 2008 at 1:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tom Eckels said...

Thanks for taking the time to give some feedback Bill...appreciate it!


TC

Monday, June 9, 2008 at 12:13:00 PM EDT  

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