|Studio album by|
|Released||1 August 1989|
|Recorded||September 1988-January 1989|
|Studio||Rhinoceros Studios, Sydney and Oceanways Studios, Los Angeles|
|Genre||Rock, Pop Rock, Blues rock|
|Producer||Chris Lord-Alge, Ian Moss|
|Ian Moss chronology|
|Singles from Matchbook|
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. It also reached the Top 20 on the Official New Zealand Music Chart.
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). "Tucker's Daughter" also peaked at No. 6 in New Zealand, where "Telephone Booth" got to No. 29.
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. 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.
A limited edition white vinyl version of Matchbook is due for release on 1 June 2018.
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".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."
|1.||"Tucker's Daughter"||Don Walker, Ian Moss||4:35|
|3.||"Out of the Fire"||Walker, Moss||4:58|
|4.||"Mr. Rain"||Moss, Sally Tiven, Jon Tiven||4:20|
|6.||"Such a Beautiful Thing"||Walker||3:59|
|7.||"I've Got You"||Walker, Moss, Steve Prestwich||5:15|
|10.||"I'll Remember You"||Walker||4:27|
|Australia (ARIA)||2× Platinum||140,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone