Phillips 66

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
John Phillips' third solo album, and the second to be released within months of his death, Phillips 66 the title referring to the age the artist would have reached nine days after the album's release, had he lived shares with its predecessor, Pay Pack & Follow, a long gestation period. The earlier album was actually recorded in the 1970s, while Phillips 66, if its recording sessions occurred closer to its release date, contains songs written over the course of Phillips' career, dating back, in the case of "Me and My Uncle," to his folkie days, before the formation of the Mamas and the Papas. That uncharacteristic Western story-song which Phillips always said he ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
John Phillips' third solo album, and the second to be released within months of his death, Phillips 66 the title referring to the age the artist would have reached nine days after the album's release, had he lived shares with its predecessor, Pay Pack & Follow, a long gestation period. The earlier album was actually recorded in the 1970s, while Phillips 66, if its recording sessions occurred closer to its release date, contains songs written over the course of Phillips' career, dating back, in the case of "Me and My Uncle," to his folkie days, before the formation of the Mamas and the Papas. That uncharacteristic Western story-song which Phillips always said he didn't remember writing went on to become a staple of the Grateful Dead's set list, but Phillips reclaims it here, after reviving his best-known song, "California Dreamin'," in a version with a muted trumpet and background vocals in Spanish. "Boys From the South" derives from Phillips' score for the Broadway musical Man on the Moon 1975, and other songs on the album also seem to have been around for a while. The diversity of material works to the album's benefit, however. It seems to have a little of everything, from the Caribbean-styled "She Got She" which Jimmy Buffett should consider adding to his repertoire, to the country-ish "Gram's Song." "Average Man" recounts the lifelong romantic pursuit of a man known to be attracted to much younger women, and its chorus, "I'm sixty-five, I'm still alive, and I'm feeling great," is given only a slight irony by the circumstances under which it has been released. Phillips 66 is not the best of John Phillips, but it is a respectable effort from a talented songwriter whose career was notoriously spotty.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2001
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • UPC: 766921885422
  • Catalog Number: 18854
  • Sales rank: 93,330

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 California Dreamin' (3:13)
  2. 2 Me and My Uncle (3:28)
  3. 3 Babies (4:01)
  4. 4 Slow Starter (3:10)
  5. 5 Average Man (4:11)
  6. 6 She Got She (3:51)
  7. 7 Boys from the South (3:07)
  8. 8 There Is a Place (3:06)
  9. 9 Campy California (3:21)
  10. 10 Gram's Song (3:43)
  11. 11 Whiskey, Wine & Champagne (4:21)
  12. 12 If (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Phillips Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Chris Spedding Electric Guitar
Paul Shaffer Piano, Harmonium, Hammond Organ
Debra Dobkin Percussion
Davey Faragher Background Vocals
Anton Fig Drums
Will Lee Bass
Steve Madaio Trumpet
Sid McGinnis Acoustic Guitar
Leon Pendarvis Piano, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano
Herb Peterson Guitar
Vladimir Polimatidi Violin
John Regan Bass
Fernando Gonzalez Background Vocals
Dillon O'Brian Background Vocals
John Kito farfisa organ
Joel Lish Viola
David Baxter Acoustic Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Bill Cleary Background Vocals
Ariel A. De La Rosa Background Vocals
Jonathan Dysart Violin
Gilbert Hansen Harmonica
Mary Horoshevsky Cello
Technical Credits
John Phillips Composer, Producer
Harvey Goldberg Producer, Engineer
Leon Pendarvis String Arrangements
Paul Gilman Guitar Arrangements
James Murray Engineer
Edwin Benachowski String Contractor
Britt Myers Engineer, Digital Editing
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