Shawn Phillips - I'm A Loner (1964)

Shawn Phillips is an American singer-songwriter.

Shawn Phillips was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He developed his unique sound throughout the early 60s, playing in the folk clubs of L.A., Greenwich Village and London. Whilst in the UK he met and befriended Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan, and it was here that he recorded his debut album. It came out towards the end of the folk revival era, and as of such it was perhaps a bit too late to get any coverage (it remains mostly forgotten to this day). It was indeed a folk album, all songs being performed just by Phillips on his 12 string acoustic, but it transcended the genre. His repertoire in these early days wasn’t that of a typical 60s folk singer - rather than an abundance of Dylan covers and traditional material, the songs he performed were mostly interpretations of numbers by other obscure contemporaries (including Travis Edmonson, Hamilton Camp and Shel Silverstein) alongside some rather surprising choices such as “It Was A Very Good Year” and “My Favourite Things”. He managed to make all the songs his own and completely redefine them, and it was his remarkable voice which gave them such a brilliant sense of mystery and magic. This brilliant yet obscure debut album has got to be a true lost classic.

|> Shawn (1965)
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4 comments:

cuorediformaggio said...

hi,
first of all thanks for all the good stuff: you are great!
I was wondering if you could re-up the shawn phillips i'm a loner lp.
It would be great.
Ciao.

Luca

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to have found your site and this artist! Just finished listening to this terrific LP and everything you said in your synopsis, was true! I am mostly a classic rock kind of person but this guy just drew me in with his "brilliant sense of mystery and magic"! (Beautifully said by the way!) I also loved his renditions of 'It Was A Very Good Year' and 'My Favoruite Things'. Captivating! I can't wait to hear the rest of his LP's! He sure deserves more credit than it seems he's gotten. Thank you ever so much for opening my eyes to other genres! Great site!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Shawn Phillips, who I have never heard of until stumbling upon his music at this site, is incredible, awesome, inspiring, mystical And I can go on with adjectives for quite awhile. Do yourself a favor and listen to all of his music posted here. Wow!