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Contribution/Second Contribution

Contribution/Second Contribution

by Shawn PhillipsShawn Phillips


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Shawn Phillips' first two A&M recordings were released a year apart in 1970 and 1971, respectively. However, nearly three years passed between the sessions that birthed them. The sessions for Contribution took place in 1968, and the album was culled from what was proposed to be a much larger project. Second Contribution was the natural sequel, with a much more ambitious sonic palette. Musically, these two offerings give listeners a solid indication of the kind of eclecticism and artistic ambition Phillips was capable of. His songs range from standard country-ish folk-rock ("Man Hole Covered Wagon" on the former) to utterly detached, abstract psychedelic journeying ("Song for Sagittarians" on the latter), and each album has a throwaway track or two. But there is no denying that this two-fer has immeasurable value, reissuing the albums that not only introduced Phillips to an international audience, but remain favorites in his catalog. The remastering job on this particular set is a little dodgy, but it's the only game in town for procuring these on CD.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/2009
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261208712
catalogNumber: 6120871
Rank: 55773


  1. Man Hole Covered Wagon
  2. L Ballade
  3. Not Quite Nonsense
  4. No Question
  5. Withered Roses
  6. For JFK RFK & MLK
  7. Lovely Lady
  8. Screamer for Phlyses
  9. She Was Waiting for Her Mother at the Station in Torino and You Know I
  10. Keep On
  11. Sleepwalker
  12. Song for Mr. C
  13. The Ballad of Casey Deiss
  14. Song for Sagittarians
  15. Lookin' Up Lookin' Down
  16. Remedial Interruption
  17. Whazz At
  18. Schmaltz Waltz
  19. F Sharp Splendor
  20. Steel Eyes

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shawn Phillips   Primary Artist
Peter Manning Robinson   Musician
Paul Buckmaster   Musician
Harvey Burns   Musician
Anello Capuano   Musician
Barry Dean   Musician
John Michael   Musician
Brian Odgers   Musician
John Michael Palmer   Musician
Gerry Salisbury   Musician
Brian Odell   Musician

Technical Credits

Seamus Egan   Liner Notes
Shawn Phillips   Composer
Ian Green   Arranger
Paul Buckmaster   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Robin Geoffrey Cable   Engineer
Jonathon Weston   Producer
Jonathan Weston   Audio Production

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