2 LPs on 1 CD: MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT (1969)/SECOND SPRING (1970).
Personnel: Ian Matthews (vocals, guitar); Carl Barnwell, Pete Wilsher, Mark Griffiths (guitar); Richard Thompson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Simon Nicol (electric guitar); Roger Churchyard (piano); Dolly Collins (organ); Gerry Conway (drums, congas, tambourine); Ray Duffy (drums).
Recording information: Morgan Studios, London, England; Sound techniques Studios, London, England.
Photographer: Ray Stevenson.
Matthews Southern Comfort is a transitional album for Matthews. Having recently exited Fairport Convention, this record pays tribute to that period of his career in both material ("A Castle Far") and in the choice of musicians who back him (many of them from Fairport Convention). At the same time, songs like "A Commercial Proposition" indicate where Matthews' future work is headed. With Second Spring, the other album included on this two-fer, Southern Comfort is a real band, and in addition to Matthews also includes Roger Swallow (ex-Marmalade) and Marc Griffiths (ex-Spooky Tooth). Although there is really nothing that makes this a memorable record, it's still quite nice overall. ~ Jim Worbois