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Album Review

A best-of with a twist, featuring one new song, the synthesizer-driven "Early in the Night," cut by Phillips in 1992. He still has his touch for numbers with haunting, eerie textures (the guitars are pretty cool, too) and compelling lyrics, and the voice is still there, too. As for the rest, in the absence of all but his second A&M album, it's a decent cross-section of his work from a half-dozen albums. The new notes by Phillips — who complains that his current music isn't of interest to any record companies — and Bob Garcia frame his work reasonably well, also, and the 75+ minutes of music is pretty generous.

Customer Reviews


Awesome! My high school days were spent listening to Shawn Phillips and I saw him live twice in Boulder, Colorado. His voice and msical talent still amaze me. One of the best composers and singers I have ever heard. Certainly does not get the recognition he deserves.

The Best of Shawn Phillips

I've known about Shawn Phillips since the early 70s, as we both are from San Antonio. I have intorduced countless people to his music as far away as France, especially Second Contribution (one of the best albums ever made). I actually got to see him live in 1999 here in SA in a small club -- captivating. He looked like a garage mechanic with the voice of a nightengale.

More Shawn

i Tunes, we need some more Shawn Phillips. Second Contribution would be a good start... All of his early-mid 70's albums would be great.


Born: February 3, 1943 in Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Shawn Phillips is one of most fascinating and enigmatic musicians to come out of the early-'70s singer/songwriter boom. The mere fact that he was a musician as much as a singer and songwriter made him stand out, and helped him attract a dedicated following. His refusal to shape his music -- which crosses between folk-rock, jazz, progressive, pop, and classical -- to anyone else's expectations allowed him to hold onto a large and dedicated cult following, without ever achieving the stardom that his...
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