• phil seymour Prince of Power Pop (CD, £12.95)

    label: big beat

    Phil Seymourís story reads like a novel: three young hopefuls from Tulsa in love with 60s music and determined to bring back melody and pop songs to 70s rock set off for Hollywood to find fame and fortune.  First comes joy as they sign to Shelter Records and crash into the Top 20 in 1975 as the Dwight Twilley Band. Next, frustration as they encounter problems with their failing record company, and the inevitable split as drummer/vocalist/songwriter Phil Seymour goes solo. Initially he struggles to find a foothold but once the new wave hits America, the Phil Seymour Band storms Hollywood and becomes one of the hottest acts on the circuit.  Signed to Neil Bogartís Boardwalk label, by 1981 Phil is riding high at #22 on Billboardís Hot 100 with the self-penned classic ĎPrecious To Meí. More terrific releases follow and, for a while, Phil is the brightest star on the horizon, but Bogartís death in 1983 means the end of his Boardwalk contract. He doggedly continues to make good music but contracts lymphoma and dies in 1993 at age 41.  Handsomely packaged with a 20-page booklet sporting rare photos and extensive notes incorporating exclusive interviews with bandmate Michael Anderson and recording engineer Bill Cooper, our collection comprises 13 of Philís finest recordings and 11 never-before-heard tracks, including nine terrific demos cut at producer Richie Podolorís American Recording studio in Los Angeles.  TRACKLIST 1. BABY ITíS YOU 2. PRECIOUS TO ME 3. I REALLY LOVE YOU 4. THEN WE GO UP 5. DONíT BLOW YOUR LIFE AWAY 6. LOVE YOU SO MUCH 7. HOW ABOUT YOU 8. SUZIE GLIDER 9. NOW 10. MAYBE IT WAS MEMPHIS 11. DANCING A DREAM 12. BETTER TO ME THAN YOU 13. TEACHING ME 14. DONíT TAKE YOUR LOVE AWAY 15. FADE AWAY 16. BABY ITíS YOU (early version) 17. I FOUND A LOVE 18. LET HER DANCE 19. LOOKING FOR THE MAGIC 20. WE DONíT GET ALONG 21. STAND BACK AND TAKE A GOOD LOOK 22. YOU CANíT HURRY LOVE 23. LOVE IS LIKE AN ITCHING IN MY HEART 24. IíLL BE WAITING

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