Disappearing Act 1987-1998

Disappearing Act 1987-1998

by Sam Phillips
     
 

Sam Phillips is one of the few artists to emerge from the CCM community and thoroughly reinvent herself as a secular artist, but not many songwriters working in any genre today have written about faith, personal morality, the search for truth, and the demands of the spirit with the intelligence, imagination, compassion, and wit that Phillips has brought to her best… See more details below

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Sam Phillips is one of the few artists to emerge from the CCM community and thoroughly reinvent herself as a secular artist, but not many songwriters working in any genre today have written about faith, personal morality, the search for truth, and the demands of the spirit with the intelligence, imagination, compassion, and wit that Phillips has brought to her best music. After cutting three albums of pop-oriented Christian music as Leslie Phillips, in 1987 she turned her back on the obvious moralizing her label expected of her and hired T Bone Burnett to produce her album The Turning, which proved to be her stepping stone to a more mature and contemplative style. With Burnett as her producer and collaborator (and, for a while, her husband), the newly re-christened Sam Phillips made a handful of the smartest and most challenging pop albums of the 1990s, balancing Beatles-influenced pop craftsmanship with lyrics that engaged both the mind and the soul. The Disappearing Act 1987-1998 is actually the second collection devoted to Phillips' recordings of this period; 1999's Zero Zero Zero found Phillips and Burnett offering a revisionist view of their music, with several of the 15 songs appearing in radically different mixes or new recordings, while one brief new song was added for good measure. The Disappearing Act, on the other hand, presents a more conventional overview of Phillips' music; beginning with two songs from The Turning, it offers a representative sampling from The Indescribable Wow, Cruel Inventions, Martinis & Bikinis, and Omnipop, all the songs appearing in their original form. If the selection isn't strikingly imaginative, The Disappearing Act at least draws most of the best and most interesting material from each album, and the songs flow together well in their new sequence. However, it's a shame that Phillips' excellent subsequent recordings for Nonesuch were ignored here, and the liner notes don't offer a very enlightening look at the music. Still, there are 23 fine songs on The Disappearing Act that make for a worthy introduction to Sam Phillips, and anyone who hasn't encountered her albums will find this to be a useful map to a deeply rewarding body of work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2008
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657027523
catalogNumber:
275
Rank:
130451

Tracks

  1. River of Love  - Sam Phillips
  2. Love Is Not Lost  - Sam Phillips
  3. I Don't Want to Fall in Love  - Sam Phillips
  4. Remorse  - Sam Phillips
  5. What Do I Do  - Sam Phillips
  6. I Can't Stop Crying  - Sam Phillips
  7. Holding on to the Earth  - Sam Phillips
  8. Lying  - Sam Phillips
  9. Cruel Inventions  - Sam Phillips
  10. Tripping Over Gravity  - Sam Phillips
  11. Now I Can't Find the Door  - Sam Phillips
  12. Where the Colors Don't Go  - Sam Phillips
  13. Love and Kisses  - Sam Phillips
  14. Same Rain  - Sam Phillips
  15. Baby I Can't Please You  - Sam Phillips
  16. Strawberry Road  - Sam Phillips
  17. I Need Love  - Sam Phillips
  18. Wheel of the Broken Voice  - Sam Phillips
  19. Entertainmen  - Sam Phillips
  20. Animals on Wheels  - Sam Phillips
  21. Where Are You Taking Me  - Sam Phillips
  22. Faster Pussycat to the Library!  - Sam Phillips
  23. Disappearing Act  - Sam Phillips

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