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If You Saw Thro' My Eyes

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Desert Inn
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Hearts
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Never Ending
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Reno Nevada
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Little Known
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Hinge 1
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Hinge 2
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Southern Wind
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It Came Without Warning
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You Couldn't Lose
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Morgan The Pirate
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If You Saw Thro' My Eyes
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 38:29

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Fantabulous

alfa10

Iain Matthews: Vocal, Guitar, Richard Thompson, Andy Roberts, Tim Renwick: Guitar, Sandy Denny: Piano, Vocal, Keith Tippett: Piano, Pat Donaldson: Bass, Gerry Conway: Drums, Doris Troy, Liza Strike, Nanette Workman; Backing Vocals

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Wonderful

iTimbo1

Matthews could always out-CSNY just about anybody on the block-- including CSNY. Gorgerous harmonies and a sold selection of songs. Richard Thompson's guitar work and Sandy Denny's background vocals pour down like silver.

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A Gem

CalOF

I think I have this somewhere on well worn, scratchy vinyl, and have searched all over to find a CD (Amazon currently has a single import listed at $90!). I would have gladly paid standard retail for this, so downloading it here is an outstanding bargain. I've heard it dozens of times and still don't tire of it. His tenor can sound like a sweet prayer (title cut), and he can rock (Reno, Nevada), as well as combine British and American folk sensibilities. It's all good. Guitar work by Richard Thompson is icing on a very rich cake. Personal favorites also include Morgan, Desert Inn, Southern Wind, Without Warning. If you like this, check out Stealin' Home and his other offerings on Emusic.

They Say All Music Guide

In late 1970, shortly after his band Matthews Southern Comfort hit number one in Great Britain with its version of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock,” Ian Matthews decided that he needed more creative freedom and left for a solo career. The subsequent album, If You Saw Thro’ My Eyes, his fourth and best release since leaving Fairport Convention in 1969, was recorded and released within the next few months. It also reunited him with former Fairport bandmates Sandy Denny, who had left the band in late 1969, and Richard Thompson, who would depart by the time of this album’s release. Both would bring their distinctive personalities to the proceedings without ever overwhelming Matthews’ own vision. As a bandleader and songwriter, Matthews’ growth is quite evident here, guiding a stellar cast through seven excellent new originals and three well-chosen covers (also included is the a cappella “Hinge” and its instrumental reprise). Throughout, Matthews’ sweet yet evocative tenor is perfect for the material, which succeeds in its blend of British and American folk, rock, and pop. Furthermore, he once again shows a keen eye for the work of others, while also proving his prowess as a first-rate interpretive singer. A pair of songs written by the late folksinger Richard Farina — “Reno, Nevada” (resurrected from Ian’s days with Fairport) and “Morgan the Pirate” — are given fresh, inspired readings, highlighted by Thompson, Tim Renwick, and Andy Roberts’ superb guitar interplay, providing a real folk-rock edge. But it’s the beautiful, prayerlike title track that is the record’s crowning moment. Joined simply by Denny’s piano and breathtaking second vocal, along with a tasteful backwards guitar interlude by Renwick, Matthews’ quiet plea for guidance is as moving and personal a song as he’s ever recorded. A number of other highlights, such as “Hearts,” “Southern Wind,” “It Came Without Warning,” and “You Couldn’t Lose,” make If You Saw Thro’ My Eyes one of the best efforts by a Fairport alumnus. – Brett Hartenbach

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