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“I have a lot of questions; asking questions is part of any artistic endeavor. But the real challenge is to be brave enough to allow the questions to be unanswerable. It’s that process that inspires me to write”.
Sam Phillips is an artist whose process always inspires us to listen and one who defies any attempts of pigeonholing. It was during the summer of 1988 that Sam would score a Top 30 Modern Rock hit with this week’s tune “Holding On To The Earth”. The song appears on her debut Virgin Records album, The Indescribable Wow . Often described as a modern version of 60s psychedelic rock or acid pop, it was the first time Phillips recorded under her childhood nickname, Sam.
“T Bone Burnett‘s production straddles both the past and the present, for all the 1960s nods of the Beach Boys-like “I Can’t Stop Crying” or the Beatlesque “Remorse”, The Indescribable Wow never sounds dated or retro, just timeless”. – Jason Ankeny – Allmusic
Contact & Licensing info:
Sam Phillips is published by Eden Bridge Music/Some Kind Of Music, LLC (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth – firstname.lastname@example.org. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing – contact: Sean McGraw
email@example.com. Master controlled by Universal Music Group.
Aug 10 2016
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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!
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/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / Sean McGraw / email@example.com.
Master controlled by Virgin Records/Universal Music Group.
Mar 23 2016
Read this great LA Times piece about this Sunday’s benefit concert at Largo! The Section Quartet will be joined by Sam Phillips, Jenny O., Van Dyke Parks, Linda Perry, Mike Watt, Lisa Germano, former Prince associates Wendy & Lisa, Murry Hammond of the Old 97s, Matt Sharp, Grey DeLisle and others still to be announced also will participate. Comedian Margaret Cho and singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips will host. In addition, journalist Xeni Jardin will be on hand to discuss her findings from a recent visit to the affected areas for a report on PBS’ NewsHour. Notable Music is a proud sponsor of this event. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
Nov 15 2011
Great interview from the UK’s PennyBlackMusic.co.uk – read it HERE!
Jul 13 2011