The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver
Released: May 1974
Chart Peak: #193
Weeks Charted: 3
The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver were just meant to be together. All it took was Suths' head boy Wayne Bardell acting as liaison to complete an amalgamation fated by Destiny: Iain and Gavin, with an abundance of original material needed a band to help them rock it and Quiver, who'd remained obscure after recording two respectable LP's, were searching for just such a plentiful source of songs. Though only half of last year's Lifeboat was a true collaboration, it managed to foreshadow the ultra-smooth meshing of gears that's resulted in Dream Kid, produced by Muff Winwood.
Even on their first album (recorded with the aid of only a bassist and drummer), it was clear that their skill at composing the lovely and melodious, matched by a propulsive rhythmic thrust, called only for the proper rock 'n roll treatment. The convergence has been mutually beneficial: Just as the Suths give Quiver a direction for their instrumental prowess, Quiver in turn give the Brothers a distinct foundation for their songwriting.
The three-part melody that closes Dream Kid is another perfect display of the Quiverland's dexterity in handling the delicate and the robust without sounding schizoid. The diverse elements cohese effectively when "Rolling Away" (as wistfully poignant as "You and Me" and "Lonley Love") gives way to a surge of organ and ringing guitar, escalating "Rocky Road" to a more intense level; "Saved By The Angel" then moves ecstatically in leaps and bounds, prodded by the Sutherlands' guitars -- propellant devices, not just props -- and a crackling bottom provided by Wilson and Thomas. It's not 'til this number's over that you stop to realize just how much ground the Quiverlands have covered in less than six minutes.
The current single, the LP's title tune, is as definitive Quiverlands as last summer's "You Got Me Anyway," an exceptional composition, clothed in a simple but exquisitely-tailored arrangement complete with the crispness that characterizes all of Quiver's playing, plus the reliable blending of Iain's voice with Gavin's. Look out, here come the Dream Kids.
- Doug Collette, Zoo World, 7/18/74.
The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver specialize in crisp, catchy three-minute pop-rockers. They succeed best with their singles, like last year's marvelous "You Got Me Anyway" and this album's captivating "Dream Kid." But on Dream Kid they've also gained considerable consistency. The songs roll along delightfully, with tasteful instrumental work and fine harmony vocals. Best of the high-quality lot are the title track, "Champion The Underdog," and "Maker," with its submerged "I Am The Walrus" atmosphere.
- Ken Barnes, Rolling Stone, 7/18/74.
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