Phil Seymour Archive Series, Vol. 2

Phil Seymour Archive Series, Vol. 2

by Phil Seymour
     
 

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 outSee more details below

Overview

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:
0030206189322
catalogNumber:
061893
Rank:
37240

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Tracks

  1. Love Receiver  - Phil Seymour
  2. Don't Let Daddy Find Out  - Phil Seymour
  3. Dancing a Dream  - Phil Seymour
  4. Surrender  - Phil Seymour
  5. Talk To Me  - Phil Seymour
  6. You Give Good Love  - Phil Seymour
  7. Suffering  - Phil Seymour
  8. Better To Me Than You  - Phil Seymour
  9. Tear Up the Night  - Phil Seymour
  10. Now  - Phil Seymour
  11. Maybe It Was Memphis  - Phil Seymour
  12. Don't Tell Me That You Love Me  - Phil Seymour
  13. She Left Today  - Phil Seymour
  14. Chemistry  - Phil Seymour
  15. Teaching Me  - Phil Seymour
  16. Telephone Line  - Phil Seymour
  17. It's a Shame  - Phil Seymour
  18. Just Let Her Know  - Phil Seymour
  19. Gotta Get That Feeling Back  - Phil Seymour

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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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