The Phil Seymour Archive Series, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Phil Seymour may have been one of the true heroes of power pop in the 1970s and '80s, but he sure didn't have much in the way of good luck. Seymour first made a name for himself singing with the Dwight Twilley Band, but the frustrations that followed their initial success with the hit single "I'm On Fire" led him to strike out on his own, and while his first solo album 1980's cleverly titled Phil Seymour was a modest success, Seymour wasn't entirely happy with the follow-up, 1982's Phil Seymour 2. To make matters worse, the second album received little promotion and all but disappeared a few months after its release when the company that released it went bankrupt. It proved...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Phil Seymour may have been one of the true heroes of power pop in the 1970s and '80s, but he sure didn't have much in the way of good luck. Seymour first made a name for himself singing with the Dwight Twilley Band, but the frustrations that followed their initial success with the hit single "I'm On Fire" led him to strike out on his own, and while his first solo album 1980's cleverly titled Phil Seymour was a modest success, Seymour wasn't entirely happy with the follow-up, 1982's Phil Seymour 2. To make matters worse, the second album received little promotion and all but disappeared a few months after its release when the company that released it went bankrupt. It proved to be Seymour's last album he lost a long battle with lymphoma in 1993, and nearly 30 years after it came and went, Seymour's sophomore effort finally gets a relaunch on the compilation Archive Series, Vol. 2. This collection features nine of Phil Seymour 2's ten tracks the missing tune, "Looking for the Magic," was actually cut during the sessions for the first album and appeared as a bonus track when the debut was reissued in 2005, with ten unreleased recordings rounding out the package. Seymour lacked Twilley's talent as a songwriter, and the quality of the material on Phil Seymour 2 isn't always consistent, but Seymour was an energetic and passionate rock & roll singer with the fire and heart to bring songs like "Talk to Me," "Suffering," and "Love Receiver" to life, and while the sound on the original album was a bit harsh and didn't flatter the music especially the drums, this compilation includes different mixes that subtly buff out some of the rough spots. And the bonus tracks suggest Seymour could have had a great third album in him; they often sound like demos, but they capture him in good voice, the songs suit him well especially a cover of the Plimsouls' "Now," and several numbers penned with Pat Robinson and the simpler production suits Seymour better than the glossier approach of the second LP. Given how little music Seymour released in his lifetime, Archive Series, Vol. 2 is a more than welcome addition to his catalog, finally restoring most of his second album to print along with a fine set of rarities that should intrigue and please fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2011
  • Label: Fuel 2000
  • UPC: 030206189322
  • Catalog Number: 061893
  • Sales rank: 51,072

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Receiver (3:17)
  2. 2 Don't Let Daddy Find Out (3:09)
  3. 3 Dancing a Dream (3:50)
  4. 4 Surrender (3:25)
  5. 5 Talk To Me (3:50)
  6. 6 You Give Good Love (3:19)
  7. 7 Suffering (3:15)
  8. 8 Better To Me Than You (3:36)
  9. 9 Tear Up the Night (3:20)
  10. 10 Now (3:17)
  11. 11 Maybe It Was Memphis (3:31)
  12. 12 Don't Tell Me That You Love Me (3:28)
  13. 13 She Left Today (3:53)
  14. 14 Chemistry (3:38)
  15. 15 Teaching Me (3:56)
  16. 16 Telephone Line (2:55)
  17. 17 It's a Shame (3:35)
  18. 18 Just Let Her Know (3:23)
  19. 19 Gotta Get That Feeling Back (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phil Seymour Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Bob Cowsill Guitar
Jay Davis Bass Guitar
Bryan Garofalo Bass Guitar
Frank Gilcken Guitar
Duane Hitchings Keyboards
Danny Johnson Guitar
Craig Krampf Drums
Rick Mays Bass Guitar
Jimmie Podlor Guitar
Richard Podolor Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Gerry Polci Drums
Jeff Rollings Guitar
Pat Robinson Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocal Harmony
Jimmy Crispo Percussion
Technical Credits
Peter Case Composer
Tom Petty Composer
Phil Seymour Composer
Shandi Composer
Rick Elias Composer
Bill Cooper Engineer
Bob Cowsill Composer
Ralph Hammer Composer
Jimmie Podlor Composer
Richard Podolor Producer
Gary Robertson Composer
Jeff Rollings Composer
Debbie Wright Composer
Saul Davis Liner Notes, Concept
Pat Robinson Composer
Tommy Steele Cover Design
Paul Cowsill Composer
Chris Whorf Cover Design
Jesse Fishman Mastering
Joey Alkes Composer
Chris Fradkin Composer
Frank Gargani Cover Photo
Terry Mace Composer
Steve Allen Composer
P. R. Battle Composer
Howard Wolen Composer
Michael Anderson Composer
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