Matchbook (Ian Moss Album)
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Matchbook Ian Moss Album

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Studio album by
Released1 August 1989
RecordedSeptember 1988-January 1989
StudioRhinoceros Studios, Sydney and Oceanways Studios, Los Angeles
GenreRock, Pop Rock, Blues rock
ProducerChris Lord-Alge, Ian Moss
Ian Moss chronology
Worlds Away
Singles from Matchbook
  1. "Tucker's Daughter"
    Released: November 1988
  2. "Telephone Booth"
    Released: June 1989
  3. "Out of the Fire"
    Released: September 1989
  4. "Mr. Rain"
    Released: December 1989

Matchbook is the debut solo studio album by Australian singer-guitarist, Ian Moss, a former member of pub rockers, Cold Chisel. Six of its ten tracks were written by fellow Cold Chisel band mate, Don Walker, and three were co-written by Moss and Walker. The album was released in August 1989 and peaked at number 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart; it remained in the Top 10 for 14 weeks and shipped more than 200,000 copies.[1][2][3] It also reached the Top 20 on the Official New Zealand Music Chart.[4]

Moss described the album's sound to Beryl Cook of The Canberra Times, "it's definitely fairly R&B with a white soul edge to it, with a hint of rock and roll and plenty of big guitar over the top."[5]

Matchbook provided four singles, "Tucker's Daughter" (November 1988, which reached No. 2 on the ARIA Singles Chart), "Telephone Booth" (June 1989, No. 7), "Out of the Fire" (September, No. 29) and "Mr. Rain" (December).[1][2] "Tucker's Daughter" also peaked at No. 6 in New Zealand, where "Telephone Booth" got to No. 29.[4]

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1990 the album was nominated for and won three categories: Album of the Year, Best Male Artist and Breakthrough Artist - Album for Moss.[6] At the same ceremony, for "Tucker's Daughter", Moss won Breakthrough Artist - Single and Song of the Year (shared with Walker), as well as nominated for Single of the Year.[6]

A limited edition white vinyl version of Matchbook is due for release on 1 June 2018.[7]


Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, found the album displayed Moss' "exemplary, controlled guitar technique, but also highlighted his soulful voice ... [he] handled all lead vocals with considerable style and authority".[1]The Canberra Times Penelope Layland opined, "It is faultless at what it does... The music on the album is mainly blues-influenced rock, although some tracks, such as the funky 'Mr Rain', break away from the mould."[8]

Track listing

1."Tucker's Daughter"Don Walker, Ian Moss4:35
2."Telephone Booth"Walker3:04
3."Out of the Fire"Walker, Moss4:58
4."Mr. Rain"Moss, Sally Tiven, Jon Tiven4:20
6."Such a Beautiful Thing"Walker3:59
7."I've Got You"Walker, Moss, Steve Prestwich5:15
8."Pretty Face"Walker5:25
10."I'll Remember You"Walker4:27


Weekly charts

Chart (1989/90) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[10] 19

Year-end charts

Chart (1989) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 22
Australian Artist Albums (ARIA) 6


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[12] 2× Platinum 140,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also


  1. ^ a b c McFarlane, "'Ian Moss' entry". Archived from the original on 28 June 2004. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ian Moss". Australian Charts Portal (Hung Medien). Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Ian Moss". Cold Chisel. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ian Moss". New Zealand Charts Portal (Hung Medien). Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ Cook, Beryl (3 August 1989). "Showtime Good Times: Ian Moss from a 'Telephone Booth'". The Canberra Times. 63 (19, 657). p. 23. Retrieved 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ a b "Winners by Year 1990". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Matchbook (Limited Edition White Vinyl) (Reissue)". JBHiFi. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ Layland, Penelope (24 August 1989). "Music". The Canberra Times. 63 (19, 678). p. 28. Retrieved 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ " - Ian Moss - MATCHBOOK". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  10. ^ " - Ian Moss - MATCHBOOK". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  11. ^ "1989 ARIA Albums Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ The ARIA Report. 22. ARIA. 10 June 1990. p. 6.

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