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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000034DI5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ian McDonald is a very talented musician.
Kim Fletcher
'Driver's Eyes' by Ian McDonald was a little disappointing, because it seemed to be trying a little too hard to have a hit song.
Steven A. Blomerth DC
I've been listening to it over and over while driving and at home/work.
Ben

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ben on December 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is the best CD I've listened to all year ! I've been listening to it over and over while driving and at home/work. A pleasant surprise from an artist that I've admired and followed over the years (King Crimson, McDonald & Giles, Foreigner, Steve Hackett). A very accessible, listenable, relaxing musical journey through the eyes of an extremely talented, gifted artist. The 45 minutes of music is made up of 3 mid-tempo rockers ("In Your Hands," "Saturday Night In Tokyo," and "Straight Back To You," 4 power ballads ("You Are A Part Of Me," "Forever and Ever," "If I Was," "Let There Be Light"), and 4 jazzy, new age-type instrumentals ("Overture," "Sax Fifth Avenue," "Hawaii," and "Demimonde). My favorites were the power ballads. It was nice to hear again the voices of John Waite (The Babies), John Wetton (King Crimson, UK, Asia) and Gary Brooker (Procol Harum). The singers/players/songwriters on this album read like a "Who's Who" from the 60's - 80's rock scene: Messrs Waite, Wetton and Brooker; Lou Gramm (Foreigner); Peter Frampton; Steve Hackett (Genesis); Ian Lloyd (Stories); Michael Giles (King Crimson); G.E. Smith (Hall & Oates, SNL Band); Peter Sinfield (King Crimson); Hugh McCracken (session man with Gary Wright and Foreigner). My only quibble with this CD ? There wasn't enough of it ! Highly recommended ! Ian, what took you so long ?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Haskins on April 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a gem that shines bright and shines deep, creating many moods that you don't want to let go. If you like any of these groups (Alan Parsons Project, John Waite vocals, even Camel), you should surely enjoy this one. It offers so much, it is hard to know how to cover it all. The music stays with you, in your mind, in your soul if I may say. OK, I admit I am a HUGE fan of many of his guests, particularly Steve Hackett, plus John Waite, and also of the incomperable Gary Brooker, who sings the final track. And I admit I could not listen enough to McDonald & Giles in the 70's. Perhaps that is what you need to know to be sure you will like this CD! Bravo Ian, bravo!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grateful Jerry VINE VOICE on January 31, 2007
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Let me start off by saying this is a great album. There are many guest appearences on here by people like John Wetton, Mike Giles, Peter Frampton, Gary Brooker and many others. However, unlike most other albums that have all star casts, this one is pure Ian. The songs have a unique quality that make them stand in a class of their own. It has also improved my impression of a couple of performers who play on here that I had never really cared for before. John Waite's lead vocal on You Are A Part Of Me is haunting as is Lou Gramm's vocal on Straight Back To You is rocking. Along with people who I really like, ie John Wetton's vocal on Forever And Ever is wonderful. Gary Brooker shines on a song with lyrics by original King Crimson Pete Sinfield. I should add I like Ian's voice too. Bottom line, there's not a weak cut on this album. Buy it and be happy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is like a diamond, precious in material and more than solid in quality, its lyrics are rich but not extensive, just the way I like them. Music on this CD is not as heavy (or as fast) as I usually prefer, however it has become one of my all-time favorites. The first few seconds of "Overture" are exactly what I expected from the whole CD, a combination of the style on "McDonald And Giles" and the sound of the latest King Crimson albums, but even when two songs give that same feeling through their full length ("Forever And Ever" and "Let There Be Light"), "Overture" turns into a bright, happy and even festive tune in only a couple of seconds and let you know what it is going to come on the rest of the album, happy and very enjoyable music. While "Straight Back To You" is similar to the progressive Foreigner of the early eighties, "In Your Hands" and "Saturday Night In Tokyo" are similar to the light rockers on the "Double Vision" and "Head Games" albums. My favorite songs are the ballads ("You Are A Part Of Me", "Forever And Ever", "If I Was" and "Let There Be Light") from where it'd be hard to choose only one as the best. Ian is not only a magnificent composer, but also a splendid performer, specially playing flute, and extraordinary example of this is "Forever And Ever". I highly recommend "Drivers Eyes", but do not expect to hear the Foreigner style on it.
Phoenix (phoenix@4eigner.net)
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kim Fletcher on September 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
There had been twenty nine years since Ian McDonald's last solo release in 1970, a collaboration with drummer Michael Giles, and this solo album `Drivers Eyes' (1999). Why the long wait between albums is the obvious question, and why has it taken Mott the Dog so long to review it? Well the answer is that we have both been rather busy, although one obviously feels that Ian McDonald has probably spent the intervening years rather more fruitfully.
After five years in the army (Mott has never even been sent to obedience classes!), in 1968 Ian McDonald emerged with a natural musical rhythm and a fine sense of discipline. With great musical beliefs he sought out like-minded musicians and formed `King Crimson' with Robert Fripp on lead guitar, Greg Lake on bass and vocals and Michael Giles on drums. Ian McDonald himself played saxophone, flute, back up vocals, and keyboards including the very new and incredibly unpredictable mellotrone.
The band was an instant commercial and critical success. Their first rehearsal was in January of that year, their first paid gig at the London Speakeasy in April, they supported the Rolling Stones at their huge free concert at Hyde Park in July and by Christmas had completed a sell out sixty date tour of the United Kingdom, and an eighteen date tour of the United States of America. Their debut album `In The Court of the Crimson King' had reached the top five in the U.K. whilst going top thirty on the other side of the Atlantic. Even the mighty Beatles had not achieved success so quickly.
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