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Editors’ Notes

Ian Matthews brought a British folk perspective to American rock and country styles during his early days as a solo artist. The ex-Fairport Convention singer/songwriter applies his pristine tenor to well-selected material on 1974’s Some Days You Eat the Bear… In some ways, the album suffers from too much of a good thing — Matthews’ air of angelic melancholy lends a sameness in tone to songs that work well individually. That said, there are definite highpoints on this artfully-produced and tastefully-played work. Matthews connects easily with the quiet desolation of Danny Whitten’s “I Don’t Wanna Talk About It” and the soft-focus desire of “Biloxi,” bringing something fresh to these familiar tunes. The poppy, honey-dipped treatments given Tom Waits’ “Ol’ 55” and Steely Dan’s “Dirty Work” are less effective. Much better are several Matthews originals, especially the wistful “A Wailing Goodbye” and the moody, Fairport-ish “The Fault.” The album’s tracks benefit from an interesting mix of British and American sidemen, including David Lindley, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and U.K. steel guitar whiz B.J. Coles. Some Days You Eat the Bear… isn’t long on bite, but scores points for its caressing tunefulness and tender heart.

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A timeless CD. Ian Matthews has a nice soothing delivery. This recording has a 70's Southern California Rock sound in the vain of John David Souther, Jackson Brown & the Eagles. Ian leads off w/ Ol 55 which was recorded by the Eagles on their 3rd LP, On the Border. All ten tracks are (A+) and I'm sure you will love Biloxi as much as I do. A great CD to listen to in the car or at home when the in-laws are over. This will quickly become one of your favorites. A no-risk disc.


Born: June 16, 1946 in Scunthorpe, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

During his stylistically diverse and often convoluted career, Iain Matthews (born Ian Matthews MacDonald, he changed his last name in 1968 and then the spelling of his first name in 1989 to reflect his Celtic roots) has seen commercial success, major-label deals, and numerous bands...
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