MATTHEW MOORE – \”Face In The Crowd\” / \”St James Infirmary\” (Capitol CL 15467) September 1966

Matthew Moore was raised in Rupert, Idaho then relocated to Los Angeles forming his combo The Matthew Moore Plus Four. Here they enjoyed a successful career on the Sunset Strip scene releasing a couple of singles \”I\’ve Been Lonely Before\” / \”I Know You Girl\” on GNP Crescendo and the amazing \”Codyne (She\’s Real)\” / \”You\’ve Never Loved Before\” on White Whale.

I\’m unsure whether the Plus Four were still backing him at the time he recorded for Capitol Records, only his name appears on the label. Another curio on the label is the songwriting credit for \”Face In The Crowd\” which is given as Gerry Goffin and Jack Keller. I believe that the song was composed by David Gates and was also recorded by Gary Lewis & the Playboys then Glenn Yarbrough in 1968.

The other side of this disc is a decent version of \”St James Infirmary\” which remains uncompiled.

Co-production by Dan Dalton who did some fine work with The Peppermint Trolley Company and The Plymouth Rockers. Following his short stint with Capitol Records, Matthew Moore formed The Moon with ex Beach Boys member David Marks and they recorded two pleasant but unsuccessful albums for Liberty Records. These are not without merit and were re-issued on Rev-Ola back in 2002. This particular disc is now sought after but out of print. It also includes singles.


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