You And Me/I Hear Thunder/Flying Down To Rio/Seagull/Lovely Love/Champion The Underdog/Bluesy World/Bad Loser/Dream Kid/Maker/Rollin’ Away/Rocky Road/Saved By The Angel
Media: LP 1973
Release Number: ILPS9259
Manufactured: UK UNITED KINGDOM
features the famous Bruce Thomas on bass
A1 You And Me 4:20
A2 I Hear Thunder 4:37
A3 Flying Down To Rio 2:30
A4 Seagull / Lonely Love 4:28
A5 Champion The Underdog 4:16
B1 Bluesy World 2:43
B2 Bad Loser 2:05
B3 Dream Kid 3:12
B4 Maker 4:35
B5 Rollin’ Away / Rocky Road / Saved By The Angel 5:55
Sutherland Brothers (Gavin and Iain Sutherland) originally performed as a folk / rock duo in the field of British music in the early 1970s, and then from early 1973 until late 1977 joined with Quiver to record and tour as Sutherland Brothers & Quiver.
5.0 out of 5 stars suddenly its 1973 again,
Dream Kid is a great example of what the Sutherland Brothers could do. It is a portrait of a band in transition; the folk influences shine through on tracks like Seagull/Lonely Love; the full influence of new arrivals from Quiver, especially Tim Renwick on guitar, shines through on tracks like Saved by the Angel/Rocky Road.
Why not play the game of who could write the best songs, Gavin or Iain Sutherland. Iain is quite a traditional rock writer whereas Gavin is more folky. Iain would go on to write Arms of Mary, so no doubt he is the richer of the two now.
By the way on my version of this there are a couple of extra tracks not listed on the sleeve, so don’t accuse Sony of short-changing you. The tracks are Silver Sister and Don’t Mess Up, which were worthy b-sides of SBQ singles.
The title track was almost a hit. “Almost” is a word which sums up the not-quite-a-success nature of a lot of the Sutherlands’ stuff, but the fact the songs here are virtually unknown adds to their allure.
Those of you looking for influences of the 70s on later decades may wish to know that Tim Renwick (lead guitar) went on to play on some Pink Floyd records, Bruce Thomas (bass) went on to be an (Elvis Costello and the Attraction), and Peter Woods worked on with Cyndi Lauper before his untimely death.
As a final thought, play Bohemian Rhapsody and Rollin’ Away/Rocky Road/Saved by the Angel one after the other, and work out for yourself who invented the extended, multi-layered rock song. And what it the better opening line: “Is this a real life, or is it fantasy” or “Wasn’t I the one who made your life come true? Wasn’t I the one who tried for you”. Spread SBQ on your roll and sausages!
Island Records in the 70s did not produce anything more intriguing than this bunch of guys.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream
The Sutherland Brothers first Lp with Quiver and a masterpiece. If you listen you can find pop, folk, blues, prog and rock in the songs.
Theres a hint of “blues” in every track, but usually with a hint of hope, so theres no need to get depressed.
Personal favourites are Champion the Underdog, Bluesy World and Dream Kid, but I really feel there is no bad track.
5.0 out of 5 stars Do You Remember In Those Cowboy Films?
The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver albums are becoming collectors items.
This album was their third overall but first in the UK for the newly formed SB+Q. Although on saying that, Lifeboat was released in the US under their joint name but with a different track listing and new songs. You Got Me Anyway/Not Fade Away was released as a single here in the UK but never made this album which was unfortunate. However, this is still a brilliant album, with Champion The Underdog and its excellent lyrics, title of this review is the first line of the song, the stand-out for me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff,
The Sutherland Brothers made some marvelous albums and I think “Dream Kid” is their best. On this album there is not a bad track, my favourite must be “flying down to Rio.” which contains “won’t you tell me my blue eyed angel where I am going to, am I going to the light or am I going to the dark with you” Beautiful!
All in all I saw them about three times live and as a live group they were faultless, I would love it if they reformed. I would recommend this album, you wont be disappointed.
The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver
Released: May 1974
Chart Peak: #193
Weeks Charted: 3
The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver were just meant to be together. All it took was Suths’ head boy Wayne Bardell acting as liaison to complete an amalgamation fated by Destiny: Iain and Gavin, with an abundance of original material needed a band to help them rock it and Quiver, who’d remained obscure after recording two respectable LPs, were searching for just such a plentiful source of songs. Though only half of last years Lifeboat was a true collaboration, it managed to foreshadow the ultra-smooth meshing of gears thats resulted in Dream Kid, produced by Muff Winwood.
Even on their first album (recorded with the aid of only a bassist and drummer), it was clear that their skill at composing the lovely and melodious, matched by a propulsive rhythmic thrust, called only for the proper rock ‘n roll treatment. The convergence has been mutually beneficial: Just as the Suths give Quiver a direction for their instrumental prowess, Quiver in turn give the Brothers a distinct foundation for their songwriting.
But the Quiverlands don’t just play the songs, they give them life by uniting singly as all real bands do. On each verse of “Champion The Underdog” Tim Renwick and Pete Wood cast out lines of guitar and organ, the limber rhythm section of bassist Bruce Thomas and drummer Willie Wilson tenses up like a taut bow and, when Iain and Gavins harmonies let fly on the buoyant chorus, the sound sails arrow-straight.
The three-part melody that closes Dream Kid is another perfect display of the Quiverlands dexterity in handling the delicate and the robust without sounding schizoid. The diverse elements cohese effectively when “Rolling Away” (as wistfully poignant as “You and Me” and “Lonley Love”) gives way to a surge of organ and ringing guitar, escalating “Rocky Road” to a more intense level; “Saved By The Angel” then moves ecstatically in leaps and bounds, prodded by the Sutherlands’ guitars — propellant devices, not just props — and a crackling bottom provided by Wilson and Thomas. Its not ’til this numbers over that you stop to realize just how much ground the Quiverlands have covered in less than six minutes.
And for those of you who hunger occasionally to hear the music you like on the radio, the Suths and Quiver can be irresistably commercial, too. Iain and Gavin never strain for profundity which is perhaps why they are able to conceive lyrics incisive as those of “Bad Loser”: “Living your life in your own sweet way/wishing your heart was on fire/standing alone at the end of the day/your troubles are getting you higher.” With charming, quirky slide figures over acoustic guitars and the organ peeking through when not providing a lush backdrop, the tune is catchy and, at two minutes and five seconds, it couldn’t miss as a single.
The current single, the LPs title tune, is as definitive Quiverlands as last summers “You Got Me Anyway,” an exceptional composition, clothed in a simple but exquisitely-tailored arrangement complete with the crispness that characterizes all of Quivers playing, plus the reliable blending of Iains voice with Gavins. Look out, here come the Dream Kids.
– Doug Collette, Zoo World, 7/18/74.
The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver specialize in crisp, catchy three-minute pop-rockers. They succeed best with their singles, like last years marvelous “You Got Me Anyway” and this albums captivating “Dream Kid.” But on Dream Kid they’ve also gained considerable consistency. The songs roll along delightfully, with tasteful instrumental work and fine harmony vocals. Best of the high-quality lot are the title track, “Champion The Underdog,” and “Maker,” with its submerged “I Am The Walrus” atmosphere.
– Ken Barnes, Rolling Stone, 7/18/74.