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Thomas, Ian – Glider


Ian Thomas (vocals, guitar)
Dave Cooper (guitar)
Hugh Syme (keyboards)
Stephen Hogg (bass)
Michael t. Oberle (drums)

Produced by: Ian Thomas
Engineered by: Ian Thomas
Mixed by : tbd
Digitally Remastered by: Andy Pearce

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Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition. Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology. 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, photos and new interview with Ian. If you’re not Canadian then you’ve either never heard of Ian Thomas, or conversely, you’ll know that he’s one of the most talented artists to ever draw breath. Inside Canada he’s become something of an institution, still touring and still writing magnificent songs, whether it is for himself or one of his other musical outlets. The man is a king of kings in the world of Canadian singer-songwriters, with all the praise and goodwill bestowed on a national treasure. Recording since the early seventies, and scoring a US hit single with the track ‘Painted Ladies’, Thomas was expected to continue a rapid rise to fame but for various reasons his star only continued to shine in Canada, leaving the rest of the world largely in ignorance of this exceptional talent. ‘Glider’ was Thomas’s sixth studio album, a record that built on the strengths of his previous work ‘Still Here,’ by presenting his songs within the framework of an exceptionally talented backing band – one that he had assembled with meticulous precision. Self produced, and issued in 1979, the record contains a stellar collection of tracks including the eerie Sci-Fi influence of ‘Pilot’, the equally complimentary tones of ‘High And Mighty’ and ‘Nero’s Spell’, plus the near seven minute epic ‘Voices Of The Children’. A great album, presented with a mouth watering album cover designed by keyboard player and artist Hugh Syme. No wonder that Supertramp were so enamoured that they actually wanted to release it on a new custom label they were intending to form. “

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