Robbing the Vaults
'I first met Bruce Mattys in the late 1970s at Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia, about as unassuming a time and place as ever there was. We discovered a certain shared taste in music, and before long started getting together to play one another our songs, eventually graduating to rudimentary attempts at recording them. Originally this consisted of playing and singing into a Radio Shack tape deck, and then playing back the results at a high volume while singing along with ourselves and repeating the process (a crude attempt at multi-tracking). 'Nevertheless, our appetites had been whetted, and as time went on we got better, at least in terms of the technology. What struck me then, however, and what strikes me now, over 20 years later, is the quality of Bruce's songwriting. It was as if he were channeling emotions and experiences beyond his years, putting them to melodies that were instantly memorable. In assembling this anthology, I asked Bruce about a certain song of his that I knew every word to and that I found conspicuous by it's absence. When he informed me that he had never actually recorded the song, but had merely played it to me once, I was shocked anew by his ability to put words and music together in a way that sticks in the mind. 'I could write volumes about each of the songs on this CD: the majestic sweep of 'Silver Bird,' the sly humor of 'At the Package Store,' the world-weary wisdom of 'Remembering When.' For the past two decades I've lived with this music; in many ways it's been the soundtrack of my life. Instead, I can do something better: I can share it with the rest of the world, which doesn't know what it's been missing. It's my pleasure and privilege, therefore, to present to you The Great Lost Bruce Mattys Album. Let the vaults be opened!' Jerry Jodice, March 2001.