Zero Zero Zero: The Best of Sam Phillips

Zero Zero Zero: The Best of Sam Phillips

by Sam Phillips


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Zero Zero Zero: The Best of Sam Phillips

Never having scored any hits, but probably contractually required to assemble a compilation at the end of her contract with Virgin Records (which would seem to have been at hand), Sam Phillips came up with an idiosyncratic repackaging consisting mostly of songs from her four albums for the label. (The advisedly titled lead-off track, "Disappearing Act," was new.) Four songs were remixed, and one, "Holding on to the Earth," was presented in a new version. The sequencing, which went back and forth from the more conventional pop sound of The Indescribable Wow and Cruel Inventions to the more experimental Martinis & Bikinis and Omnipop (It's Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop), emphasized the differences between the records, with, for example, the edgy "Signposts" from Martinis & Bikinis followed by the art-pop (complete with string section) of "That's Where the Colors Don't Go" from Cruel Inventions. Phillips often seemed to be revising her early, more accessible work in the light of her later, more challenging efforts, such as including only the 75-second Marc Ribot-played guitar part from the Cruel Inventions track "Tripping over Gravity." Though some of Phillips' better songs were included, this was less a "best of" than a re-imagining of her Virgin Records catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/1999
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724384693923
catalogNumber: 46939

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam Phillips   Primary Artist
Elvis Costello   Guitar
Van Dyke Parks   Accordion
Marc Ribot   Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Sid Page   Violin
Larry Taylor   Bass
John Acevedo   Viola
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Benmont Tench   Organ
Michael Blair   Percussion
Jon Brion   Bass,Guitar,chamberlain
Peter Buck   Dulcimer,Guitar
T Bone Burnett   Guitar,chamberlain
Larry Corbett   Cello
Mickey Curry   Drums
Joel Derouin   Violin
Ralph Forbes   Loops
Don Heffington   Percussion
Stephen Hodges   Drums
David Mansfield   Guitar
Colin Moulding   Bass
Buell Neidlinger   Bass
Patrick Warren   chamberlain

Technical Credits

T Bone Burnett   Producer,Remixing
Mike Piersante   Engineer,Remixing

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