Ian Thomas (Remastered) Ian Thomas

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Label: Janus Records

Genre: Pop

Subgenre: Soft Rock

Artist: Ian Thomas

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  • 1Painted Ladies03:31
  • 2Another03:12
  • 3One Of Those Days03:07
  • 4Will You Still Love Me03:58
  • 5Coming For My Life03:55
  • 6Come The Son03:44
  • 7When You Have Love03:48
  • 8Evil In Your Eyes03:36
  • 9Insecurity03:58
  • 10White Clouds04:54
  • Total Runtime37:43

Info for Ian Thomas (Remastered)

"Originally released on GRT in 1973, Ian Thomas' debut album spawned his biggest hit with the contagiously melodic "Painted Ladies," peaking at number four in his homeland of Canada and number 34 in the U.S., and eventually becoming his only American Top 40 single. The song is easily the album's high point, as other efforts such as "Will You Still Love Me," "When You Have Love," and "Insecurity" cease to administer anything different from the plethora of soft rock tunes that consumed radio in the early '70s. Thomas does manage to emphasize his vocal strength on "Come the Son," a tune which received a small amount of airplay in Canada and exposed his talent for songwriting, even though its musical makeup couldn't come close to the album's hit single. "Painted Ladies" carried Ian Thomas into Canadian gold status and netted Thomas a Juno award for most promising male vocalist in 1974. Although his future singles would never equal the status of "Painted Ladies," he did improve upon the overall strength of his albums as a whole." (Mike DeGagne, AMG)

The frontman for the folk group Tranquillity Base, Ian Thomas, left that band in 1971 to work for the Canadian Broadcasting Company as a producer. He released his first single as a solo act in 1973, "Painted Ladies," which gained international popularity. His albums include Ian Thomas (1973), Delights (1975), Goodnight Mrs. Calabash (1976), Still Here (1978), The Runner (1981), Glider (1983), Riders on Dark Horses (1984), Add Water (1985), and Levity (1988). He formed a new band in the early '90s called the Boomers (aka the Boomers YYZ), with Bill Dillon, Peter Cardinali, and Rick Gratton. That group released What We Do in 1991 and Art of Living two years later.

Ian Thomas, vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
Mike Donavan, acoustic guitars
Danny Weiss, electric guitar
John Capek, keyboards
Al Brisco, steel guitar
Steve Hogg, bass
Barry Keane, drums
Milan Kymlicka, strings arrangements

Produced by Adam Mitchell, Ian Thomas

Digitally remastered

Ian Thomas
Little Dreams is the first solo album from Ian Thomas in twenty four years. It can’t be called a comeback recording, simply a new solo recording as he has been busy writing and recording in many other configurations the whole time.

Since his last of twelve solo recordings, Ian has done four Boomers albums with international success and subsequent concert tours of Germany, Canada and the USA. There have been four Lunch at Allens albums with cross Canada tours every year for the last ten years, twenty five movie scores that have had Ian working in studios from Prague to Hollywood, and two successful novels BEQUEST and The LOST CHORD, and a comedy record called Air Pirates. “Songs are still front and foremost my passion. They seem to naturally accumulate in my life like trail markers.”

Ian first broke in North America in 1973 with the top 40 Billboard hit Painted Ladies, which garnered a “Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year” Juno award in 1974. He was to be a fixture on Canadian radio with hits such as Painted Ladies (#4), Long Long Way (#19), Liars (#25), Right Before your Eyes (#57), Coming Home (#23), Pilot (#83), Time Is The Keeper (#71), Hold On (#11), The Runner (#20) and Strange Brew from the Bob and Doug McKenzie movie of the same name. Turns out Dave Thomas’ alias “Doug McKenzie the hoser” is Ian’s brother. Ian swears that nepotism played no role in his involvement in the Bob and Doug Movie. His name was apparently placed in a toque and pulled out by a stranger.

His songs have been covered and played all over the world by other artists as well - like Santana (Hold On – #4), Chicago (Chains), America (Right Before Your Eyes - #13), Manfred Mann (The Runner), Bon Jovi ( Stringing a Line), Bette Midler (To Comfort You) and Anne Murray (Good Again), Daryl Braithwaite (As The Days Go By #10, All I Do #12).

Ian’s group The Boomers, recorded four albums and scored significant success in Europe, Canada and the US. They had a string of international hits throughout the 90s and early 2000s which included Love You Too Much (#22 – most played song on Canadian radio in 1991), You’ve Got To Know (#20 – most played song on Canadian radio in 1993), I Feel A Change Coming (#15), Saving Face (#17), I Want To Believe In Something (#16), and more.

When Ian performs in concert he often hears - “I didn’t know that was your song!” “My shows are interesting that way. Often people, who don’t think they’ve heard of me, come to a concert with friends and realize that in fact - they do know me and my songs after all. I’ve even had a few folks who read my books who have come out to see what my music was all about only to realize they knew my songs. It’s really a wonderful privilege to have managed to become a part of the soundtrack to so many people’s lives”.

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