Valley Hi/Some Days You Eat the Bear and Some Days the Bear Eats You
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Other standout tracks include "Old Man At The Mill," "Keep On Sailing," Richard Thompson's "Shady Lies" (unreleased by Thompson), "Propinquity," and "Blue Blue Day." For some reason, "You Fell Through My Mind" (the B-side of "Seven Bridges Road" and an excellent tune) was not included in this package. It's featured as a bonus track on the now-deleted THE SOUL OF MANY PLACES collection. Go figure. And buy that CD as well, if you can find it.
Unlike Iain's subsequent releases, the cover tunes on VALLEY HI all work. It's a shame that, although he's released some fine albums since, Iain never really reached this level of quality again.
SOME DAYS YOU EAT THE BEAR was released a short time after VALLEY HI and suffers from poor production and a very muddy mix. Saying goodbye to Nesmith and his Countryside Band, Iain employs your typical (for the day) run-of-the-mill mellow country/rock L.A. whiz-kid session players.Read more ›
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This is such a great collection---2 albums in one! I have listened to Ian since I was very young, thanks to my awesome older brother. Read morePublished 19 months ago by L. Adams
"Somedays You Eat THE BEAR....And Somedays The Bear Eats You" (to give it its correct and charmingly weird title) was Iain's (or Ian as he was then) second solo album for Jac... Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by Mr. Stephen Reid
It's weird this, but every reviewer (with the exception of fellow Brit Mr. NW Proctor) of this excellent double release raves over "Valley Hi" while generally denigrating... Read morePublished on May 17, 2011 by Mr. Stephen Reid
Ian Matthews has tried to distance himself somewhat from "Valley Hi", claiming Mike Nesmith's production was too country-ish for his taste. Read morePublished on December 27, 2008 by R. E. Nunley
Recommended by a guitar player out of Colorado, I treasure this bit of music. One of the best rendtions of "Ol' 55" and "Biloxi". Good stuff!!Published on February 19, 2007 by Theo Henry
Music fans rejoice -- this release collects two of the ex-Fairport Convention singer's best releases. Read morePublished on January 28, 2004