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Artist: Tangier

Title: Four Winds

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Tangier Four Winds Album Cover


Category: Glam

Year: 1989

Label: ATCO

Catalog Number: 7 91251-2


Bill Mattson lead vocals
Doug Gordon guitar, backing vocals
Gari Saint guitar, backing vocals
Garry Nutt bass, backing vocals
Bobby Bender drums


1.  Ripcord  
2.  Mississippi  
3.  On the Line  
4.  In Time  
5.  Four Winds  
6.  Fever for Gold  
7.  Southbound Train  
8.  Sweet Surrender  
9.  Bad Girl  
10.  Good Lovin'  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Aaron Date: May 4, 2001 at 12:49
Good stuff on this one! Nice southern-style rock with great melody. 'On The Line' was the single from this release, and a very catchy, dynamite song.

From: Kim Date: August 20, 2001 at 13:02
GGGGGGGGGreat cd. Nice production,. and great songs

From: Harvey Date: January 1, 2002 at 8:50

From: koogles Date: January 1, 2002 at 18:44
Never understood the appeal of this band. Lame and plodding blues rock. Check them into the same rest home with Company of Wolves and Blue Murder. Lame-o.

From: Gar Date: July 16, 2002 at 17:03
They kinda got lumped in with the hair bands, but Tangier were good bluesy rock. Check out 'Ripcord', the opening track!

From: Desslar Date: July 16, 2002 at 18:42
Awesome! I love this kind of bluesy hard rock. What Bad Company might sound like if they ever grew balls. Fun stuff.

From: ruffdog Date: July 28, 2002 at 11:56
Love this album, Afriend of mine had it and gave me a copy,know one has heard of them in scotland uk. then i got on line and wanted more, shame only 2 albums. Never heard any of 'stranded'

From: KORYCLARKE1991 Date: September 20, 2002 at 10:20

From: Tony Date: December 16, 2002 at 17:34
If you're a fan of Bad Comapny, Tesla, Whitesnake, Great White or any other blues-based rock you'll pull a Homer Simpson-like drool over this album. The vocalist is PERFECT for this type of music here. Has a HUHGE '89' vibe to it and by that I'm not saying it sounds dated I'm saying it's a good time-capsule album for that year in rock. I remember these guys being played a TON, ecspecially 'On The Line' , on the radio at the time and there was quite a bit of hype on these guys. Cd's worth it.

From: Charles Date: January 28, 2003 at 23:18
Haven't heard this album for years but from what I remember Ripcord and In Time are true classics - the rest are fillers.

From: paul Date: March 13, 2004 at 16:29
forget the hair band vibe, this is Blues based hard rock at it's best with one of the most underrated vocalists ever, should of been a major band but somehow was lost in the music of the late 80's, wonderful music

From: Bunny Date: March 16, 2004 at 19:38
Tangier...en particular,este disco,suena con reminicencias de Whitesnake aunque un poco menos armonioso y m's lento...recomendaciones,On the line,Fever for gold y Southbound e intercambio de material.-

From: Dean Date: March 21, 2004 at 12:17
Picked this up for a buck and while i don't feel ripped off, i don't really think i got much of a bargain either. Reminds me of 'Holy Water' era Bad Company and Whitesnake. Two bands i never cared for much either. Everything seems well played just very tired sounding.

From: Date: April 9, 2004 at 14:46
all it's true !! a superb southern melodic band. i have this album in vinyl and unfortunatly it's very used, so i bought it in cd.

From: jmileds Date: April 9, 2004 at 14:46
all it's true !! a superb southern melodic band. i have this album in vinyl and unfortunatly it's very used, so i bought it in cd.

From: jdrnec Date: April 14, 2004 at 8:23
you put this in the glam category? do you know anything about the band? it's straight blues-based melodic rock.

From: Lil Al Date: May 29, 2004 at 18:41
You tell'em JDRNEC....Bill Mattson RULES.

From: Big Papa K Date: June 15, 2004 at 16:13
Boring third-rate Bad Company blues rock with some hair metal influence. 'On The Line' was a good single, but the rest puts me to sleep. 2/10

From: Metal Jay Date: August 2, 2004 at 19:47
Most of this CD is pretty average. This group never impressed me. A little predictable.

From: Geoff Date: August 27, 2004 at 3:00
Very, very average hard rock. Thumbs down on this one. As a few guys said, one of the more boring CDs I ever heard.

From: Jonny_B Date: September 3, 2004 at 22:38
Didn't these guys have a self-titled LP-only release that came before 'Four Winds?' I heard rumors, but have yet to see anything pop up on eBay.

From: Kip Date: September 27, 2004 at 4:07
This is a boring CD with the exception of one standout track - On The Line - which in my opinion is their best song out of the two CD's they released.

From: onemorecast Date: November 8, 2004 at 22:58
Great blues based hard rock. This was an excellent record, too bad they changed singers and sound for their 2nd one.

From: Swriter Date: February 4, 2005 at 21:38
LISTEN UP!!!!!! One of the best!!!! southern rock?? not!!!! This is a great hard rock with a blues touch with no doubt the best vocalist!!!!! Watching the band live in the 80's each week at a local club was a blast. To me, Bill Matson is the best vocalist and why he never made it is a big ?????? He is in the same league with Paul Rodgers, Lou Gramm, and David Coverdale. Each and every song is a gem. Find this one!!!!

From: Swriter Date: February 14, 2005 at 20:10
wowowowowowowowow, an amendment to my last post on this one, FANTASTIC, WONDERFUL, GET IT, One of the best vocalist of all time, how did he not make it???, a mystery

From: Date: March 30, 2005 at 22:24
Hey all, this CD is great! I know Gari Saint, the guitarist/ vocalist. I was wondering if anyone knows him and how to contact him. He was my old bass teacher and i want to come in contact with him. THANKS! THIS CD IS ONCE AGAIN AWESOME!

From: Swriter Date: March 30, 2005 at 23:30
fondue!!!! I know some of the band, especially Bill and the bassist are still around the area, and during the past few years, have played a few times. This is a great one and again, the vocalist is among the best of the best!!!!

From: swriter Date: July 26, 2005 at 13:43
pulled this one out again, how the singer is not huge is beyond me, just the best, u must hear this one. Production could be better but the vocals are amazing!!!

From: Leykis101 Date: September 15, 2005 at 0:23
Hey!!! that's nice everybody! since everybody hear knows the band but me, why don't you score me a copy of the S\T album that came out in 1985, just copy it onto a tape or cd for me, and send it on it's merry little way, we will talk about payment the day this happens!!(Ha-Ha-Ha) that's the same day that Bon Jovi or Def Leppard release another GOOD album, NEVER!!!! but if you are up to the challenge, ive been searching since 1988 for a copy, and I will pay for a copy as so.

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From: Blue Charvel Date: September 16, 2005 at 5:47
I couldn't find anything wrong with this per se, in fact I've grown to like it a lot more than when it came out. My only complaint is it's a bit generic and not all that memorable. I pop it on when I'm in the mood for something basic and not challenging. Good background music IMHO when I'm working on the 'puter and the like. Mine is unfortunately on vinyl but it's held up pretty well. Leykis, if you really want a cassette of it, contact me on the message board and I'll try and dig it up for ya.

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From: Blue Charvel Date: September 16, 2005 at 5:47
Plus, there's one on eBay as we speak...

From: swriter Date: September 16, 2005 at 16:46
gotta comment on this one again, I played in the same club with Tangier, BFox and Cinderella for years, Bill, the singer was in a few bands before Tangier and is the best vocalist I ever heard that did not make it, what a great rock voice, shame he was not huge, this is a good album. Tangier did have a debut album called Tangier on Wolfe records and was a bit lighter then this one and less bluesy, unfortunately, it was on a small label and never recorded to cd, may be able tofind it on album som

From: swriter Date: May 1, 2006 at 21:55
the debut is not listed cause it was only released on a very limited number, did anyone find this yet, it is self-titled and has the band photo on front. I have the vinyl and really, really great stuff, very aor/rock oriented, Look what you done, Get away, Paradise, some great songs recorded at Wolf records/The Galaxy in New Jersey!!! not sure if I ever saw the cd, if so, I guess it is a copy???

From: swriter Date: May 1, 2006 at 21:59
also, the debut featured 5 members and when Four Winds was released, the band replaced 3 members and only kept Doug and Bill, the vocalist and guitarist, so the debut is a much different sounding, pretty much straight aor with a rock edge, fantastic, seek at all costs!!!

From: headbanger4life Date: May 30, 2006 at 5:05
Man I loved this one. I'm going to have to dig it out and give another spin. There were a few fillers but tracks like 'Ripcord', 'On the Line', 'Four Winds' and 'Southbound Train' make this bluesy rock band worth it. Plus, it's easy to find this one for a buck or two.

From: IronSaviour Date: December 12, 2006 at 20:32
Definitely much better than the second release. There are way more boring stuff out there than this album so if you can find it's worth it.

From: metalizzer Date: March 19, 2007 at 8:22
aaaaaaaahhhhh!! i had it back in 89 when it came out, then i sold it, now i got it,again! like someone said back here:it's not bad but nothing memorable . but for me i've grown to deslike it!

From: metalizzer Date: March 19, 2007 at 8:40
one more thing: if you like, tesla, whitesnake, great white.... ...don't even think of buying this!!!!! at least for me tesla and great white are among my favorite bands and i did'nt find nothing similar!(probably some say this stupidity because Tangier play with drums and guitars also!!) LOL

From: metalizzer Date: March 19, 2007 at 8:50
one more thing: if you like, tesla, whitesnake, great white.... ...don't even think of buying this!!!!! at least for me tesla and great white are among my favorite bands and i did'nt find nothing similar!(probably some say this stupidity because Tangier play with drums and guitars also!!)

From: z4roxx Date: June 20, 2007 at 11:51
Good bluesy hard rock here!!It's strange to read comments who go from a boring disc to a masterpiece ahah!I think the truth it's in the middle...This time I am agree with metalizzer....

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 27, 2010 at 18:18
Edgier than his first album and somehow (and here's the debate) better than it! my personal case i just love both...their debut sounded more European and this Four Winds sounds more American (that is what i i wrong?)..Mr Mattson is just fantastic here (much more agressive)and the music is kinda Whitesnake..."Ripcord","Mississippi"(great chorus and by the way is there something more american than this state???),"On The Line"(the "hit" of the album and a killer song 4 sure),"Four Winds","Southbound Train","Bad Girl" % "Good Lovin'"...quite a round album that easily could be more digestible than their self-titled(but as i said,i like both)as being this more commercial and that's undoubtebly is a help i'll give this a 90/100 (2 points more than their first album)....waiting to buy Stranded then....

From: the rocker Date: July 5, 2012 at 18:11
I like this, had the TAPE back 89-90. Listening to this right now, and it sounds like 80's Bad company w/ 70's Paul Rogers.

From: Wardy Date: May 12, 2013 at 7:22
I reckon as listeners this one was more about timing than anything, sure FourWinds rode the coat tails of LongColdWinter (and rightly so too considering most bands did in some way or other, grunge acts were as guilty as any band found here too), but looking back Tangier's FourWinds was actually one of the better followups to that Cinderella classic! Ripcord is a huge opener, announcing Tangier's intention straight outta the gates with a borderline metal piece that is hard to beat. The title track is Tangier at their best, that kinda brooding ballad the likes of ComingHome finding a home on many a car stereo back in the day... SouthboundTrain was a cracker as was InTime with its groove & swagger, Mississippi with its wonderful chord progressions is a winner & OnTheLine is another highlight. Mattson was a magnificent vocalist only heard throughout a few years shame too as he was a true talent. These guys deserved far more, Gordon wrote and recorded a true great worthy of yer time 8.5

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 1, 2016 at 16:24
Tangier played bluesy hard rock, and played it very professionally, but without much flash or fireworks. The singer has a strong, deeper voice (he's not a metal shrieker by any stretch), and the musicianship is undeniable. But the whole affair just has a very safe, vanilla approach. It sounds like what you'd expect from guys named Bill and Doug--it sounds aimed at an older audience than, say, Skid Row. It's telling that "On The Line" went to #7 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart in the summer of '89 while only receiving light MTV play: MTV was for teenagers and young adults, and AOR radio was for people in their 30's and 40's. In a way, they're like Little Caesar minus the histrionic singer and the biker image. This isn't music to guzzle whiskey, grab titties and drive fast to. It's more of a soundtrack to sipping light beer after cutting the grass on Saturday afternoon. Nothing WRONG with it, but it's very bland.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 1, 2016 at 16:29
For the record, and just to maybe illustrate my point in a different way, the week of August 12, 1989, the week "On The Line" peaked on the Mainstream Rock charts, it shared the top ten with Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Call, Bad English, Tom Petty, Don Henley, Warrant, Winger, The Who and Trevor Rabin.

From: 123charpenay Date: February 2, 2016 at 13:53
excellent hard u s realise ,with a subtle touch of blues and southern rock.i love this record cause it s very easy and nice to listen,in the vein of jagged edge (with a small difference of kind of hard rock)for example.great singer,super songs and great production even if i think that the sound is a little weak.congratulations to doghouse reilly for his brilliant,clear (for a french guy like me)and very complete comment.i m agree with him, this cd is a pleasure to listen.unfortunatelly ,no bonus track on the japan import.

From: hair metal again Date: June 5, 2020 at 12:20
very good release for TANGIER that made some impact with "on the line" but not as expected with the ATCO behind them supporting that release!the main reason that they re not spectacular in what their doing and they didnt have the intention of writing down big hits!the musicianship is fine,the vibe is very strong and it def delights all the serious hard rock fans

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