The Seattle Years 1978-1984

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All Music Guide - Chris Woodstra
Between 1978 and 1984, Ian Matthews relocated to Seattle, shed the acoustic folkiness and introspection he had become known for in favor of a more contemporary, commercial sound; The Seattle Years collects the highlights from the four solo albums he recorded during this period -- Stealin' Home, Siamese Friends, Spot of Interference, and Shook unfortunately, the one album he did with Hi-Fi in the same period is sadly unrepresented. Though Matthews is best remembered for his work just prior to this period, the collection presents the high points into a highly listenable fashion and, in retrospect, his take on ultra-slick soft-rock stands up against the best of the genre. ...
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All Music Guide - Chris Woodstra
Between 1978 and 1984, Ian Matthews relocated to Seattle, shed the acoustic folkiness and introspection he had become known for in favor of a more contemporary, commercial sound; The Seattle Years collects the highlights from the four solo albums he recorded during this period -- Stealin' Home, Siamese Friends, Spot of Interference, and Shook unfortunately, the one album he did with Hi-Fi in the same period is sadly unrepresented. Though Matthews is best remembered for his work just prior to this period, the collection presents the high points into a highly listenable fashion and, in retrospect, his take on ultra-slick soft-rock stands up against the best of the genre. Included is his biggest hit, "Shake It," as well as lesser-known but well-executed album tracks like a new wave/power-pop reading of the Left Banke classic "She May Call You Up Tonight" and Jona Lewie's "The Baby She's on the Street."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/1996
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206573824
  • Catalog Number: 5738

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shake It (3:21)
  2. 2 Stealing Home (3:24)
  3. 3 Don't Hang up Your Dancing Shoes (3:00)
  4. 4 Man in the Station (3:55)
  5. 5 Carefully Taught (1:03)
  6. 6 Gimme an Inch Girl (4:16)
  7. 7 Anna (3:30)
  8. 8 Survival (3:25)
  9. 9 Heat Wave (4:22)
  10. 10 The Baby, She's on the Street (3:38)
  11. 11 Runaway (3:36)
  12. 12 She May Call You up Tonight (3:29)
  13. 13 What Do I Do (3:44)
  14. 14 No Time at All (See How They Run) (5:09)
  15. 15 Wild Places (4:21)
  16. 16 Shorting Out (5:38)
  17. 17 Views (Dance Goes On) (4:44)
  18. 18 Wish (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ian Matthews Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Wynder K. Frog Hammond Organ
Bryn Haworth Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Duffy Power Harmonica
Craig Buhler Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mel Collins Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Mark Griffiths Synthesizer, Bass, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Guitar, Fretless Bass Guitar, keyboard bass
Bruce Hazen Synthesizer, Guitar
Robert Henrit Synthesizer, Percussion, Drums
Rick Kemp Bass
Adrian Lee Synthesizer, Keyboards
Bob Metzger Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Simon Morton Percussion
Phil Palmer Electric Guitar
Jim Russell Drums
Joel Tepp Slide Guitar
Mick Weaver Piano, Clavinet, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Pete Wingfield Keyboards
Technical Credits
John Lodge Composer
Bryn Haworth Arranger
Bill Inglot Engineer
Ian Matthews Arranger, Producer
Sandy Robertson Producer
Rob Patterson Liner Notes
Nicholas Dewey Composer
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