Widely acknowledged as one of the finest of the American Idol winners, Phillip Phillips suffered the shrapnel from arriving too late in the show's run to turn into a true superstar. He came storming out of the gates with "Home," his coronation song for taking the crown in the eleventh season of American Idol in 2012, but once his 2014 sophomore set Behind the Light stiffed, he became embroiled in a lawsuit with 19 Entertainment – another sign that he was hobbled by appearing on Idol late in its run, when all of the management contracts were ironclad.
Digitally re-mastered two-for containing a pair of albums from the American singer/songwriter on one CD: Contribution (1970) and Second Contribution (1971). Shawn Phillips is one of most fascinating and enigmatic artists to come out of the early '70's singer/songwriter boom. The fact that he was a musician as much as a singer/songwriter made him stand out, and his refusal to shape his music which crosses between Folk-Rock, Jazz, Progressive, Pop and Classical to anyone else's expectations has allowed him to hold onto a large and dedicated following.
SoulMusic Records is very proud to present A Beautiful Friendship: The Kudu Anthology, 1971-1976, a two CD homage to the late, great Esther Phillips drawn from the most productive and successful period of her three-and-a-half decades-long career, the five years she spent with Kudu Records, an imprint of the legendary CTI label.
Shawn Phillips broke through on A&M in the early '70s with the albums "Contribution," "Second Contribution" and "Rumplestilskins Resolve". With four other Shawn Phillips albums currently available on the Talking Elephant label it seems only fitting to be releasing his most recent work. Perspectives is his 25th release to date. "I don't like listening to albums where every track sounds the same," Phillips said. "This album is called 'Perspective' because it's the way I'm looking at the world today. These are pieces of music I wanted to get out there".
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.