417. Now Do You Understand – Randy Matthews

NOW DO YOU UNDERSTAND (1975)

Randy Matthews

I normally would not consider a live album for this list since they serve as a pseudo “Best Of” project in most cases. There are just a couple live albums that made the list and this one is very worthy of the placement. Long scraggly hair and beard, John Lennon like spectacles and a silver jump suit cladded Matthews grabs just a guitar and microphone and makes his way through 70-minutes of song, story, humor and ministry.

There sometimes appears to be as much talking as singing, but it works so incredibly well with Matthews. He is a master story teller whether in song or not. His rough edged, Joe Cocker like voice is pure gold on this project. the intimacy and genuineness of the performance simply pulls the listener into what is being said and sung.

Sunny Day, Holy Band and Evacuation Day are just stellar. The 10 minute version of Country Faith – interrupted by stories and questions – is priceless. But, quite frankly, the song “Didn’t He” that closes the album is just mesmerizing and painful. This is one of those songs where artist and message collide to create something that will always be remembered. Simply, simply stunning!

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  1. Dave H
    October 20, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Agreed…few LIVE albums can capture the raw energy and personality of an artist like this one does. It certainly is one of my favorite albums period. Only a small handful of artists can come out with just a guitar and mesmerize an audience for 90 minutes. Randy Matthews was one of those.

  2. David
    November 2, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    This might just be Randy’s best album.

  3. Greenchili
    May 18, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Geoff Moore did a cover of “Didn’t He”.. Did Randy Matthews ever do that song on one of his studio (non live) albums?

  4. C J
    May 20, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I am looking for a CD version of Randy Matthews Live album Now Do You Understand for a friend. Can anyone help me?

    • Alex (Holland)
      November 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      I wished i could get one too………

  5. bruski
    September 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    The studio version of “Didn’t He” was on Randy Matthew’s 1973 album “Son Of Dust”

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