Matthews' Southern Comfort (album)

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Matthews' Southern Comfort
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1970
GenreFolk rock, country rock
LabelVinyl: Uni (UK/Europe) and Decca (US). CD: Line and BGO
ProducerSteve Barlby and Ian Matthews
Ian Matthews chronology
Matthews' Southern Comfort
Second Spring
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]

Matthews' Southern Comfort is the debut solo album by country rock/folk rock musician Ian Matthews, and was his first album after leaving Fairport Convention in 1969. The musicians who played on it with Matthews were luminaries of the British folk rock scene and included ex-Fairport colleagues Ashley Hutchings, Simon Nicol and Richard Thompson, plus Gerry Conway, the drummer from Eclection and Fotheringay. The touring and recording band Matthews Southern Comfort who went on to release two more albums, Second Spring and Later That Same Year, would not be formed till later, with only pedal steel player Gordon Huntley and Matthews appearing on all three albums. The album was released on the Uni label (a subsidiary of MCA Records) in January 1970 simultaneously with a first single "Colorado Springs Eternal", and took its name from a song, "Southern Comfort", written by Sylvia Fricker from the by Canadian folk duo Ian & Sylvia, which eventually appeared as the final track on Second Spring.

The original vinyl album was reissued on CD by Line Records in Germany in 1993 and a remastered version was issued by BGO records in 1996, not in its original form but as a 2-on-1 remaster along with Second Spring.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Colorado Springs Eternal" (Steve Barlby) - 3:13
  2. "A Commercial Proposition" (Richard Thompson) - 3:01
  3. "The Castle Far" (Steve Barlby) - 2:59
  4. "Please Be My Friend" (Ian Matthews) - 3:23
  5. "What We Say" (Ian Matthews) - 3:26
  6. "Dream Song" (Ian Matthews) - 2:13
  7. "Fly Pigeon Fly" (Steve Barlby, Hamwood) - 3:22
  8. "The Watch" (Ian Matthews, Steve Barlby, Comford) - 2:41
  9. "Sweet Bread" (Steve Barlby) - 2:34
  10. "Thoughts For A Friend" (Ian Matthews) - 3:19
  11. "I've Lost You" (Steve Barlby) - 2:28
  12. "Once Upon A Lifetime" (Ian Matthews, Steve Barlby) - 4:27



  • Produced by Steve Barlby and Ian Matthews
  • Recording Engineer: Barry Ainsworth at De Lane Lea studios.

The liner notes by John Tobler for the 1996 BGO reissue revealed 'Steve Barlby' to be a pseudonym for Ken Howard and Alan Blaikely, a successful song-writing partnership in the pop music industry and Matthews' managers at the time.


  1. ^ Worbois, Jim. Matthews' Southern Comfort at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 7, 2019 – via