Sutherland Brothers & Quiver

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  line up 1 (1972) as The Sutherland Brothers Band

- Kim Ludman -- bass

- Neil Heywood -- drums, percussion
- Gavin Sutherland -- vocals, guitar, percussion
- Iain Sutherland -- vocals, keyboards, guitar


  line up 2 (1972-73) as The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver

NEW - Cal Batchelor -- keyboards

NEW - Tim Renwick -- guitar, backing vocals
- Gavin Sutherland -- vocals, guitar, percussion
- Iain Sutherland -- vocals, keyboards, guitar
NEW - Bruce Thomas -- bass
NEW - Willie Wilson -- drums, percussion


  line up 3 (1973-74)

- Tim Renwick -- guitar, backing vocals
- Gavin Sutherland -- vocals, guitar, percussion
- Iain Sutherland -- vocals, keyboards, guitar
- Bruce Thomas -- bass
NEW - Peter Wood (RIP 1993)-- keyboards (replaced Cal

- Willie Wilson -- drums, percussion


  supporting musicians:

- John Bundrick --keyboards

- Par Donaldson --

- John Hawken --

- Dave Mattacks --

- Steve WInwood -- keyboards


  line up 4 (1974)

- Tim Renwick -- guitar, backing vocals
- Gavin Sutherland -- vocals, guitar, percussion
- Iain Sutherland -- vocals, keyboards, guitar 

- Peter Wood (RIP 1993) -- keyboards
- Willie Wilson -- drums, percussion


  line up 5 (1974-77)

- Tim Renwick -- guitar, backing vocals
- Gavin Sutherland -- vocals, guitar, percussion
- Iain Sutherland -- vocals, keyboards, guitar
- Willie Wilson -- drums, percussion


  line up 6 (1977-79)
- Gavin Sutherland -- vocals, guitar, percussion
- Iain Sutherland -- vocals, keyboards, guitar
- Willie Wilson -- drums, percussion





- 747 (Cal Baychelor)

- A New Generation (Gavin Sutherland, Iain Sutherland)

- Cochise (Wille Wilson)

- Elvis Costello and the Attractions (Bruce Thomas)

- Junior's Eyes (Tim Renwick)

- Kicks (Cal Baychelor)

- Lazy Racer (Tim Renwick)

- Moonrider (Bruce Thomas)

- Tim Renwick (solo efforts)

- Quiver (Cal Batchelor, Tim Renwick, Bruce Thomas, Willie Wilson)

- Gavin Sutherland (solo efforts)

- Iain Sutherland (solo efforts)
- The Sutherland Brothers Band (Gavin & Iain Sutherland) 

- Bridget St. John (Bruce Thomas and Tim Renwick)

- Village (Bruce Thomas)

- Peter Wood (solo efforts)   




Genre: pop

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Lifeboat

Company: Island

Catalog: SW 9326

Year: 1973

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record):  VG+/VG+

Comments: minor ring wear; punch out hole top right corner; US pressing; cut lower right corner

Available: 2

Catalog ID: 302

Price: $15.00


The original "Lifeboat" album was recorded in 1972 and credited to The Sutherland Brothers Band.  By the time Island got around to releasing the album in the US, the band had morphed into The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver.   Island's marketing department apparently decided the original album wasn't suitable for American audiences and subsequently decided to cobble together about half of the original "Lifeboat" LP with a side's worth of newly recorded Sutherland Brothers and Quiver material. Five tracks were salvaged from the original LP: 'Lifeboat', 'Where Do We Go Wrong'. 'Space Hymn', 'Change the Wind', and 'Real Love'.  Five tracks were subsequently dropped from the US release:  'Lady Like You', 'Ireland', 'All I Got Is You', 'Sorrow', and 'Love Is  My Religion'.   Those five songs were replaced by '(I Don't Want To Love You But) You Got Me Anyway', 'Sailing', 'Have You Had a Vision', 'Not Fade Away', and 'Rock and Roll Show'.  Purely speculation on my part, but the changes appear to have been made in an effort to bolster the band's commercial potential and rock credentials.  Both '(I Don't Want To Love You But) You Got Me Anyway' and 'Sailing' had been released as UK singles, while the "new" tracks 'Have You Had a Vision', 'Not Fade Away' and 'Rock and Roll Show' showcased a much more rock oriented direction.  I guess you couldn't blame Island for wanting to ensure sales, but it was a clumsy way to do it, giving the album a somewhat haphazard feel.  Mind you, there were still plenty of classic tracks on the album.  Separately responsible for penning all but one of the songs (that being a cover of the Buddy Holly classic 'Not Fade Away'), the Sutherlands had a distinctive knack for strong melodies and wonderful harmonies; gifts that were not lost even on the more rock oriented tracks.

"Lifeboat" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) (I Don't Want To Love You But) You Got Me Anyway  (Iain Sutherland) - 3:00

Okay, the song title was a bit clunky, but once the glistening folk-rock melody and the group harmonies kicked in it really didn't matter.   Still hard to believe this one wasn't a massive hit for the band though it managed to hit the US top-50 charts.   Easy to see why Island tapped it as a single.   rating: **** stars

2.) Sailing  (Gavin Sutherland) - 3:00

Credit Rod Stewart for having the smarts to spot and cover the tune (and enjoy one of his biggest hits with it).  That said, the Sutherland Brothers original is way better - to my ears it had an appealing Celtic edge (love the spare drumming) that Stewart ditched in favor of a more conventional and commercial arrangement.  This version also has the advantage of the Sutherland Brothers' amazing vocal harmonies.   Classic tune that should have made them massive stars.  Geez, I can actually remember hearing this on Radio Caroline.   rating: ***** stars

3.) Where Do We Go Wrong  (Gavin Sutherland) - 3:45

With a breezy, fun melody, 'Where Do We Go Wrong' was one of their more rock-oriented efforts.  Nice barrelhouse piano from Peter Wood and Tim Renwick underscored his gifts with a short, but biting guitar solo rating: *** stars

4.) Space Hymn  (Gavin Sutherland) - 3:30

'Space Hymn' was certainly one of the odder lyrics Gavin Sutherland ever came up with ...  interesting concept, but strange.   Kind of a gospel-meets-UFO concept.   My version sounds like it was recorded in a gym shower ...   very echoy.  rating: *** stars

5.) Real Love  (Iain Sutherland) - 4:45

'Real Love' was another song that had commercial potential slapped all over it.  A wonderful mid-tempo ballad, the song showcased some wonderful jazzy keyboards and giving it a Stevie Winwood/Traffic flavor.    One of the album highlights.   rating: **** stars


(side 2)
1.) Have You Had a Vision
  (Iain Sutherland) - 4:00

One of the 'new' songs added to the US release, 'Have You Had a Vision' was clearly intended to highlight their rock credentials - witness the prominent Renwick lead guitar.  The overall results were quite impressive, managing to successfully meld the band's melodic gifts and glistening vocals with a harder edge.  rating: **** stars

2.) Lifeboat  (Gavin Sutherland) - 2:55

With a mild country/folk feel, I've got to admit the title track didn't do a great deal for me.  Interestingly lyrics helped, but didn't save it for me.   rating: ** stars

3.) Not Fade Away   (Hardin - Petty) - 3:30

Their cover of the Buddy Holly classic sounded like it was recorded live and wasn't bad (Renwick turned in a nice performance), but given the hundreds of cover versions out there, this one didn't bring much to the table.  rating: *** stars

4.) Change the Wind  (Gavin Sutherland) - 4:05

I've always wondered why Scottish bands are attracted to country material ...  This one at least had a carefree melody, though it didn't do anything for me.  rating: ** stars

5.) Rock and Roll Show  (Gavin Sutherland) - 4:15

In case the title didn't give it away, 'Rock and Roll Show' was the album's most rock oriented number.  Another track showcasing Renwick (this time displaying some killer slide guitar), the song wasn't much in the lyric department, but was fun; especially the second half where they kicked into instrumental high gear.    rating: **** stars


As mentioned, the US version of the LP included two earlier singles:

- 1972's 'Sailing' b/w 'Who's Crying Now' (Island catalog number WIP 6136)

- 1973's (I Don't Want To Love You But) You Got Me Anyway' b/w 'Not Fade Away' (Island catalog number WIP 6157)


The second single also saw a US release with a different 'B' side:

- 1973's (I Don't Want To Love You But) You Got Me Anyway' b/w 'Rock and Roll Show' (Island catalog  number 1217)


Having heard both versions of the album, I'd suggest the original UK version was the version to go with.  Yeah, the US release was more commercial, but it had a "stitched together" feel.   Regardless of which version you track down, they're both worth owning, providing a nice introduction to one of the best mid-'70s UK pop groups you've never heard of.  





Genre: pop

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Reach for the Sky

Company: Columbia

Catalog: PC 33982

Year: 1975

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): VG/+VG+

Comments: minor ring wear

Available: 3

Catalog ID: 4828

Price: $10.00


There aren't many albums I readily keep two copies of, but this is one of those rarities. Perhaps even more of a surprise, most folks have never heard of The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver and this album didn't sell worth a cr*p when released. That's unfortunate, since 1975's "Reach for the Sky" may be the best mid-1970s album you've never heard.  


Say what you will about Rod Stewart, but you have to admit the guy knew how to identify hit records. That was certainly the case when he elected to make a lame cover of Gavin Sutherland's 'Sailing'. Even though Stewart's cover version sucked, it went top-40; in the process getting Sutherland Brothers and Quiver signed by Columbia. 

Produced by Howard and Ron Albert, "Reach for the Sky" is one of those rarities; an album where every track is worth hearing. Admittedly, there isn't anything particularly innovative or groundbreaking to be found here. That said, penned by namesakes Iain and Gavin Sutherland, material such as "When the Train Comes", "Dirty City" and "Love On the Moon" found the quartet turning in an impeccable set of pop-rock. While all ten tracks were worth hearing, best of the lot were the single "Arms of Mary" (which hit #81 on the pop charts), and the the reggaefied "Dr. Dancer" (with some great lyrical and musical nods to classic rock hits). If you like great melodies, smooth group vocal harmonies ("Something Special") and cutting guitar (courtesy of Tim Renwick), this stands as an album you need to add to your collection . By the way, long time fan David Gilmour provides the pedal steel guitar on "Ain't Too Proud". (Back by strong critical reviews, the album actually managed to crash the American charts, peaking at # 195.)

"Reach for the Sky" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) When the Train Comes (Iain Sutherland) - 3:56
2.) Dirty City (Iain Sutherland) - 3:32
3.) Arms of Mary (Iain Sutherland) - 2:36
4.) Something Special (Iain Sutherland) - 4:08
5.) Love On the Moon (Gavin Sutherland) - 4:18


(side 2)
1.) Ain't Too Proud (Gavin Sutherland) - 3:20
2.) Dr. Dancer (Gavin Sutherland) - 4:48
3.) Reach for the Sky (Gavin Sutherland) - 3:16

4.) Moonlight Lady (Iain Sutherland) - 3:06
5.) Mad Trail (Iain Sutherland) - 4:06




Genre: pop

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Sailing

Company: Island

Catalog: ILPS-9358

Year: 1976

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG+

Comments: minor ring wear; UK pressing with original inner sleeve

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 4827

Price: $10.00


I really haven't done any research on this one, but my guess is that Island Records released 1976's "Sailing" in an effort to cash-in on the band's mid-1970s UK and US chart successes following their defection to CBS/Columbia.  In terms of material this compilation pulls together a couple of early singles ('I Don't Wanna Love You (But) You Got Me Anyway' and the original 'Sailing'), coupled with eight tracks from the band's four albums for Island ("The Sutherland Brothers", "Lifeboat", "Dream Kid" and "Beat of the Street").  Nice introduction for anyone curious about what these guys sounded like.  I believe this was a UK-only release.  Anyone know?


"Sailing" track listing:

 (side 1)
1.) I Don't Wanna Love You (But) You Got Me Anyway   (Iain Sutherland)

2.) Sailing   (Gavin Sutherland) - 

3.) Beat of the Street   (Gavin Sutherland) - 

4.) Real Love   (Iain Sutherland)

5.) World In Action   (Gavin Sutherland) - 


(side 2)
1.) Dream Kind   (Iain Sutherland - Gavin Sutherland) - 

2.) Saviour In the Rain   (Iain Sutherland)

3.) Medium Wave   (Gavin Sutherland) - 

4.) The Pie   (Iain Sutherland) - 

5.) Laid Back In Anger   (Iain Sutherland) -