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Stealin' Home

Ian Matthews

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Album Review

Following two less than thrilling releases for Columbia, Stealin' Home is somewhat of a return to form for Ian Matthews. Recorded for Rockburgh Records in the U.K., and co-produced by Matthews, along with label owner and former cohort Sandy Roberton, the album veers away from the tepid jazz-tinged pop of its predecessor, continuing what seemed to be a natural progression that was hinted at with Some Days You Eat the Bear in 1974, and then to a greater degree with the lackluster Go for Broke two years later. The pop and light R&B of the disappointing Go for Broke is more fully realized here, showing Matthews in a much more flattering light. Once again he chooses a handful of good covers, including songs by Robert Palmer, John Martyn, and Terence Boylan, to round out and complement his own material. It's a nice, pure pop treatment of Boylan's "Shake It," that gave Matthews his first Top 40 hit in over seven years (number 13), but it's a pair of pre-rock & roll numbers that are responsible for two of Stealin' Home's most inspired moments. A warm a cappela arrangement of Rogers and Hammerstein's "Carefully Taught," from the musical South Pacific, evokes both the beauty and depth of the song, while the interpolation of Richard Stekol's contemporary "Yank and Mary" with the old standard "Smile," has a sort of melancholy sweetness. Elsewhere, cuts such as Palmer's "Gimme an Inch," Boylan's "Don't Hang Up Your Dancing Shoes," and Martyn's "Man in the Station" are appealing enough, but seem a bit diluted when placed next to the original versions. Released by Mushroom Records in North America, Stealin' Home, though not necessarily essential, is still worth a listen.

Customer Reviews

Stealin' Home

Pretty good and nice to listen to! Doesn't sound like folk music to me. More like Pop or soft Rock of the 1970's. I've heard this guy's voice before. "Shake It Baby" sounds sooooo familiar. He sounds a bit like Gerry Rafferty of "Stealer's Wheel" of "Baker St." fame. Anyway I bought it and like it! Hope you will too!

Always reminds me of the 1980 Kristy McNichol film "Little Darlings"

"Shake It" always reminds me of the 1980 film "Little Darlings" (Kristy McNichol, Tatum O'Neal, Armand Assante, Matt Dillon, Cynthia Nixon). "Shake It" plays at the beginning when the girls are off to summer camp. Great film and great song.

Jones street boyz

I only know the song shake it from the warriors game really good song

Biography

Born: June 16, 1946 in Scunthorpe, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

During his stylistically diverse and often convoluted career, Iain Matthews (born Ian Matthews MacDonald, he changed his last name in 1968 and then the spelling of his first name in 1989 to reflect his Celtic roots) has seen commercial success, major-label deals, and numerous bands...
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