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Under Whip And Chain

by Maurice Mattei

Roots-Oriented Urban Americana Singer/Songwriter
Genre: Folk: Power-folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Under Whip and Chain
3:13 album only
2. Lover Man
3:29 album only
3. Claudia Buckles
2:52 album only
4. Thiry Dollar Wedding
2:00 album only
5. Black Tie Affair
4:10 album only
6. Asa K.
5:59 album only
7. The Last Time I Saw Richard
2:44 album only
8. He Never Was the Man He Used to Be
3:26 album only
9. Baby Doll
4:22 album only
10. That's What I Want
2:38 album only
11. Carefree Life
2:49 album only
12. Cousin Amanda
3:39 album only
13. Mandatory Minimum
3:28 album only
14. Big Blonde
3:05 album only
15. She's Not Here to Stay
3:21 album only
16. Twenty Foot Drop
6:22 album only
17. Widow's Walk
2:59 album only
18. I Came to Dance
5:33 album only
19. Not Enough
4:13 album only
20. Clifton Hand Job
2:37 album only


Album Notes
(Of the 20 cuts on this disc, half are done with a full band. Most of those are up-tempo Rock'n'Roll numbers. Since the whole record had what is deemed a "retro" feel, I decided to use a retro cover, retro liner notes, and retro artist makeover job [Whatever that means.]. I like this record for many reasons but essentially because it contains quite a number of good songs. There are also 4 new songs and band versions of several other previously released tracks. The cover design was stolen from the Jerry Lee Lewis LP covers during his Mercury years - the great country records he did with Jerry Kennedy producing. Of the new songs, perhaps my favorite is "20 ft. Drop". At the time, I thought that this was going to be my last record so I wanted it to be fun and fast and a kind of tribute to a style of music that had always been so dear to me. Upon it's release, the record generated more airplay than my previous releases but it was still minimal at best. Dan Murphy once again engineered and he did a nice job at stringing together many disparate sounds into a nearly cohesive, if schizophrenic, whole. This was unquestionably the best CD of 1997.)

Maurice Mattei started writing songs in his early teen years. After the release of his first recordings in 1983 and 1988 he abandoned music to pursue photography. His interest lay primarily in documentary photography and this led him into certain social circles (Bikers, Drug Addicts, Debutantes, Wrestlers, Strippers, Socialites, Celebrities, etc.) that he found to be strangely new and oddly exciting. This vast and glorious parade of life re-ignited his desire to write songs. In 1995 he released his first CD of original material. He has since released 7 CD's, the latest being a live recording entitled "Maurice Mattei And A Room Full Of Victims". In addition to CD's, Mr. Mattei has released three cassette tapes, two 7-inch singles, one tape-cassette single and one CD single since 1995. To see a complete discography, examples of photographic works, lyrics page, additional mp3's, and miscellaneous writings please go to the Maurice Mattei web site -

Influences include Robert Johnson (Blues Singer), William Burroughs (Writer), Billie Holiday (Jazz Singer), Chuck Berry (Singer/Songwriter), Robert Frank (Photographer), Keith Richard (Singer/Songwriter), Donatien-Alphonse-Francois de Sade (Writer), The Beatles (Rock Band), Leonardo Da Vinci (Artist/Inventor), Elvis Presley (Singer), Marcus Aurelius (Writer/Emperor) and Buffy Davis (Actress).

Mr. Mattei has performed steadily since his 1995 release. He performs solo and prefers to be an opening act since this allows him to get home at a reasonable hour. The following is a list of a few of the Artists, most of which few people have ever heard of, that Mr. Mattei has performed with: The Cole Brothers, The Brand, Radiolaria, Victoria Williams, David Wolfenberger, Over The Rhine, Mercy Baby, Ric Hickey and The Loose Wrecks, Roger Mcguinn, Love America and Johnny Graves.



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Don Mcleese - No Depression Magazine

the highest songwriting standards, an ear-opening revelation.
You can hold the best of Maurice Mattei's Material to the highest songwriting standards. His "Set The World On fire" would not only fit fine on Bob Dylan's Love And Theft album, It would be a highlight. It was an ear-opening revelation when a career spanning package from this unsung songwriter arrived in the mail.

Will Schottelkote - Everybody's News

Possess a rich storytelling quality reminiscent of Hank Williams Sr. and Dylan
His songs, reminiscent of Hank Williams Sr. and Bob Dylan, possess a rich storytelling quality and act as windows through which to view the more uncommon, even perverse aspects of society. And there may be no other local songwriter as prolific as Mattei.

Peter Fontleroy - Everbody's News

A great anthology, an ideal introduction to Mattei's music.
In all, Under Whip and Chain not only works as a great anthology, but also serves as an ideal introduction for anyone who has yet to experience Mattei's music. I even sent a copy to my old poetry teacher.

Mike Breen - City Beat

...part dylan, part Bukowski, only smarter and of better voice.
Since 1990, Mattei has been quietly releasing some of the best story-songs in the region. Mattei's tawdry, insightful tales were released to minimal fanfare, masking an unsung talent that was part Dylan, part Bukowski, only smarter and of better voice. Overall, this collection stands as a testament of Mattei's gift, which has endured and will seemingly continue to blossom despite any kind of mass exceptence.