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July 17, 2016

Sutherland Brothers & Quiver – Reach For The Sky (1975) – Lp

by Record Facts

The Sutherland Brothers (Gavin and Iain Sutherland) originally performed as a folk and rock music duo in the British music scene in the early 1970s, and then from 1973 to 1978 joined with rock band Quiver to record and tour as Sutherland Brothers & Quiver. Under this combined moniker, the group recorded several albums and had a significant international hit single with the song “Arms of Mary” in 1976.

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Artist:  Sutherland Brothers & Quiver
Title:  Reach For The Sky
Year:  1975
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  69191

1975’s ‘Reach for the Sky’ is the third recording issued by the alliance of previously separate UK groups The Sutherland Brothers Band & Quiver. Their sweet vocal harmonies & bluesy tunesmanship made them a UK favorite. Includes their biggest hit ‘Arms of Mary’, (which was later covered by the Everly Brothers on their 2nd comeback album), ‘When the Train Comes’, ‘Dirty City’, ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ & six more.

As the band was switching labels, a cover of one of the earlier Sutherland Brothers recordings, “Sailing“, became a major UK hit for Rod Stewart.

The September 1975 album release “Reach for the Sky” marked the debut of the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver on CBS Records. Their first CBS single, “Ain’t Too Proud” (1975; featuring David Gilmour of Pink Floyd on pedal steel guitar) did not chart, but the second CBS single, “Arms of Mary” charted in April 1976, becoming a UK Top Ten hit single. “Arms of Mary” was also an international success most notably in Ireland and the Netherlands – in which territories the track was No. 1 for respectively four and three weeks – with the track also reaching No. 1 on Belgium‘s Flemish charts. The track “When the train comes” was also released as a single.


Side one
1.  When The Train Comes  (4:00)
2.  Dirty City  (3:33)
3.  Arms Of Mary  (2:35)
4.  Something Special  (4:05)
5.  Love On The Moon   (4:15)

Side two
1.  Ain’t Too Proud   (3:20)
2.  Dr Dancer  (4:40)
3.  Reach For The Sky  (3:10)
4.  Moonlight Lady  (3:06)
5.  Mad Trail  (3:54)

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