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Sam Phillips – I Need Love

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Martinis and Bikinis, Sam Phillips‘ mid-90s Grammy-nominated masterwork, is a key record in the evolution of one of America’s most exceptional and unpredictable songwriters. Initially praised as a record that “revitalized the ‘Beatlesque’ category with substantial songwriting and a woman’s voice, which turns the whole sound upside down,” Martinis was universally hailed as a musical turning point for Phillips and tagged by numerous critics as one of the best albums of the year.

The disc, produced by long-time collaborator T Bone Burnett, spawned two alternative radio and video hits in “I Need Love” and “Baby I Can’t Please You,” and gained Sam a new legion of devoted followers. With an amazing collection of songs and a brilliant cast of musicians, including XTC’s Colin Moulding, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Marvin Etzioni and Don Heffington from Lone Justice, Heartbreaker Benmont Tench, Marc Ribot, Mickey Curry and arrangements by Van Dyke Parks…it does not get better than this.

Click HERE to get a special reissue edition with 4 bonus tracks picked by Sam, available on CD and Limited White Vinyl.
Check out the video for “I Need Love” HERE
Lyrics & sheet music to “I Need Love” and more from Hal Leonard!

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Contact & Licensing info: “I Need Love” is published by Eden Bridge Music (ASCAP)/Some Kind of Music LLC (ASCAP), A Notable Music company/ Damon Booth/
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / Sean McGraw /
Master controlled by Virgin Records/Universal Music Group.

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Sam Phillips – Little Plastic Life

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“Anyone who rues the scarcity of smart, serious pop music for grown-ups should snap of up the entire Sam Phillips catalog”. wrote the Boston Globe. “Don’t miss Phillips’s splendid new effort, Don’t Do Anything, a collection that dances in her signature mystery space between darkness and light with strange grace, emotional candor, and winsome hooks”.

In 2008, after a long string of gorgeous and layered pop albums produced by T Bone Burnett, Sam Phillips found herself in 2008 producing her own sessions for the first time on her seventh album, Don’t Do Anything (Nonesuch Records).

The album is rooted in a live performance setting with superb string arrangements from The Section Quartet on several tracks. It has been said that there are themes on this album that suggest notions of betrayal and broken hearts…and the uncertain navigation of the soul. Check out this intimate live performance of “Little Plastic Life” HERE.

At the time of the album’s release, Sam had just completed scoring all of the original music to the long running/Emmy-winning fan favorite TV series Gilmore Girls. The show’s creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, a professional dancer, personally tapped Sam to score the show because she didn’t want a typical soundtrack, she wanted the music to be one of the characters in the story…as though it were the music inside the mother and daughter’s heads. Fans are rejoicing at the news of the recent announcement of Netflix‘s four-episode revival featuring the majority of the original cast (Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel) and Pallidino at the helm. Filming began last week and the original score will once again be provided by Phillips. Get ready for the triumphant return of the La La’s!

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Contact & Licensing info:
Sam Phillips is published by Eden Bridge Music/Some Kind Of Music, LLC (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth – Administered by Downtown Music Publishing – contact: Sean McGraw Master controlled by Nonesuch Records/Warner Music Group.

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Sam Phillips – Ray Donovan

a poster of the television crime drama series on showtime ray donovan 1024x576 Sam Phillips   Ray DonovanHear a beautiful rendition of Sam Phillips‘ hit tune “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us” sung by Kerris Dorsey (Bridget Donovan) in tonight’s episode of Ray Donovan /on Showtime.

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Sam Phillips – Big Spender

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Music Heals! Musicians are often among the first people to offer to raise money for people in need. Sweet Relief Musicians Fund was set up to help musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness or disability to help them pay their medical costs.

This week’s Top Tune comes from 2013′s Pennies From Heaven, the third in the series of Sweet Relief albums where artist’s such as Sam Phillips, Victoria Williams, She & Him, Jackson Browne (singing his late friend Warren Zevon’s stirring hymn, “Don’t Let Us Get Sick”, Ron Sexsmith, Ben Harper, and Rickie Lee Jones (just to name a few) have donated their enormous talents to the cause.

Sheldon Gomberg produced a stellar collection of songs for this edition written by giants such as Sam Cooke, Lennon/McCartney, Merle Haggard, Johnny Burke, Van Morrison, Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields, Neil Young, and Townes Van Zandt. An album of beauty for a very worthy cause! Click HERE to learn more about Sweet Relief and to donate. Love music & the musicians!

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Contact & Licensing Info:
Published by Notable Music Co & Lida Enterprises (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw /
Master controlled by Sweet Relief Musicians Fund & Sam Phillips.

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