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220

by Phil Keaggy
 
After experiencing a taste of success in the late '60s and early '70s with Glass Harp, Phil Keaggy's lengthy solo career can best be described as one mired in underachievement. Many of his '70s and '80s albums were fluff pieces that failed to showcase his considerable guitar playing abilities and generated very little interest in the music

Overview

After experiencing a taste of success in the late '60s and early '70s with Glass Harp, Phil Keaggy's lengthy solo career can best be described as one mired in underachievement. Many of his '70s and '80s albums were fluff pieces that failed to showcase his considerable guitar playing abilities and generated very little interest in the music press and radio. His works from the past decade have thankfully toppled that trend: 1988's Sunday's Child borrowed judiciously from the Beatles songbook (imagine them with updated production and legit lead guitar); Beyond Nature, (1991) an instrumental endeavor, demonstrated Keaggy's prowess on acoustic guitar; and Crimson and Blue (1994) proved to be the full-tilt rocker that discerning fans have been clamoring for years. Not satisfied with 1995's over-produced True Believer, Keaggy returns to his rockin' roots with his fourth instrumental release and 20th album overall. 220 runs the gamut of styles ranging from the Southern boogie of "Stomp" and "Animal" to the breezy Earl Klugh/Chet Atkins flavored "Tennessee Morning." Mild prog tendencies appear on the Jan Akkerman-infused anthem "The Great Escape," and "Beyond this Day" harkens back to Spectral Morning/Defector-era Steve Hackett. Upon hearing the Celtic-rocker "Highland" and other subtle Celtic meanderings of recent albums, one might conclude that the artist has a suitable grasp of that art form and may want to consider recording an entire album accordingly. Phil Keaggy has frequently suffered at the hands of formulaically drab producers and should therefore be left to his own devices when in the studio. He receives very little airplay or notoriety as it is, and when he is permitted, his vision and judgement coupled with his skill tend to yield his finest work, 220 included.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/1996
Label:
Sparrow Records
UPC:
0724385155529
catalogNumber:
1555

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Performance Credits

Phil Keaggy   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Tambourine
Phil Madeira   Hammond Organ,Slide Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
Patrick Leonard   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Claves
Blair Masters   Drum Loop
Lynn Williams   Cymbals,Drums
Ian Keaggy   Drums
Spencer Campbell   Bass
Chris Carmichael   Fiddle
Hunter Lee   Whistle (Instrument),tin whistle
Pat Bergeson   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Phil Keaggy   Engineer
Bill Deaton   Producer,Engineer
Blair Masters   Contributor,drum programming
Russ Long   Engineer
John Mays   Executive Producer
Hunter Lee   Contributor
Karen Philpott   Director
Rich Borge   Cover Design
Charles Garrett   Guitar Techician

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