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Seit 1997 hat der Brite Iain Matthews, nicht nur wegen seines Nr. 1-Hits „Woodstock“ von 1970 schon längst eine lebende Singer/ Songwriter-Legende, bei Blue Rose eine (musikalische) Heimat gefunden, und doch hat er in diesen 8 Jahren nur 3 eigene Alben veröffentlicht (Excerpts From Swine Lake, A Tiniest Wham und Zumbach’s Coat). Zwei Plainsong-CDs sowie eine Scheibe mit Elliott Murphy kommen hinzu.

War Matthews in den 90er Jahren in der Nähe von Austin, Texas ansässig, entschloss er Anfang des neuen Jahrhunderts aufgrund seiner stetigen Popularität in Europa, seine Zelte in den Niederlanden aufzuschlagen, wo er auch heute noch lebt.
Die Zeiten zwischen den unterschiedlichsten Album-Projekten (u.a. mit Ad Vanderveen oder Eliza Gilkyson) nutzte er mit Tourneen durch seine neue Heimat und Deutschland, teils solo, teils mit Begleitmusikern. Im Spätjahr 2004 stellte er eine Band zusammen, die aus dem Engländer Richard Kennedy (akustische Gitarre) und dem Holländer Mike Roelofs (Keyboards) bestand. Die Konzerte der Deutschland-Tour im Dezember wurden begeistert aufgenommen, die Songs des Musikers mit der immerwährenden warmen Stimme erfuhren durch die neuen Arrangements, speziell auf den Bühnenaufbau zugeschnitten, zum Teil komplett neue Strukturen.
Das Trio spielte im Rahmen der „Blue Rose Christmas Party“ am 17.12.2004 in Heilbronn, wie üblich wurde das Konzert professionell mitgeschnitten, und auch Video-kameras waren im Einsatz. War Matthews zunächst mit seiner Show wenig zufrieden, wandelte sich seine Meinung nach dem Hören der Aufnahmen in totale Begeisterung, und er sprach sogar von einem der besten Mitschnitte seiner mit 40 Jahren nicht gerade kurzen Musikerkarriere. Auf der CD befindet sich das komplette Konzert, 85 Minuten und alle 14 Songs dieses erinnerungswürdigen Abends, darunter auch seine Version des Joni Mitchell-Klassikers „Woodstock“.


The Blue Rose Christmas Party 2004 featured two label artists - Todd Thibaud and Iain Matthews. Matthews was on the bill as a three piece - aside with Richard Kennedy on acoustic guitar and Mike Roelofs on keyboards they played a great set of 14 songs, older stuff as well as songs from his latest album "Zumbach's Coat".

"We'd arrived in Heilbronn ten days into the tour and we were really beginning to get as a trio. We'd more or less stuck to the same set each night. Richard and Mike were becoming increasingly familiar with the songs and their playing was taking on a more "Devil take the hindmost" approach. Knowing the performance was being recorded and with cameras pointed at us from all angles, I was a little concerned that it could throw a blanket of caution over everything. If needed to be a good performance and to that end, you sometimes tend to cut out unnecessary flights of intention. But I needn't have worried, the guys treated it just like any other show and we breezed through it.
But still at the back of my mind I sensed that compared to several of the others, it was a pretty average set. It didn't seem to have had the intensity and fire of some of the others and I was doubtful about it ever seeing the commercial light of day.
Earlier this year Edgar and I again discussed the possibility of it being released and agreed to have Andy Horn, the sound recordist, mix a couple tracks and then base our decision on what we heard. So when three mixes arrived in the post, I anxiously tore open the package, dropped the CD into the tray and crancked up the volume. What came out of the speakers was beyond my realm of expectation. Andy had turned in some extraordinary mixes. The performances were not at all how I'd filed them away in my memory. They were relaxed and focused, fluid and full of zest and confidence. I also love the combination of mine and Richard's pop sensibilities, against Mike's jazz schooling. On paper, poles apart, but on stage it worked a charm.
As I listen to the entire concert again, under instructions from Andy to "get more critical about the mixes, so we can try to take them to another level". Quite honestly, I can't for the life of me imagine what that other level might be!"
- Iain Matthews

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2-LP (Personal Vinyl Edition)
BLU LP0422
€ 29.90



LP Side One
1. Girl With The Clouds In Her Eyes
2. The Limburg Girl And The Traveling Man
3. I'm Alive
4. Contact

LP Side Two
1. Something Mighty
2. Alone Again Blues
3. Rosa's Song (The Back Of The Bus)

LP Side Three
1. A Lamb In Armor
2. One Door Opens
3. The Other Shoe
4. July Rain

LP Side Four
1. Funk And Fire
2. Woodstock
3. Unravel