Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Revisits Ian Matthews' "Stealin' Home"

English singer/musician Iain Matthews has had a successful musical career that dates back to 1968 as a member of Fairport Convention. He released his first solo album the following year and has never looked back. He hit singles gold in 1979 with the top 20 hit "Shake It" from the album "Stealin' Home." With much of his solo catalog out of print, Omnivore Recordings has chosen to reissue his "Stealin' Home" album, adding nine bonus songs that were taken from a Japan only release.
 
The original eleven song release is the perfect showcase for Matthews brand of music, mixing together the mellow seventies rock of "Gimme An Inch," piano ballad of "King Of The Night" and the doo-wop feel of "Let There Be Blues." The highlight is definitely the pop sensation of "Shake It," but fans will want this reissue for the bonus live songs. The Japan only release was called "The Homecoming Concert" and has Matthews in the prime of his career, performing songs like "Tigers Will Survive" and "Just One Look" with an extra purpose and energy. The new re-issued CD closes with "Call The Tune" from Matthews other band Plainsong and a rocking cover Jesse Winchester's "Payday."
 
To find out more about this latest release from Omnivore Recordings, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

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