Prince of Power Pop

Prince of Power Pop

by Phil SeymourPhil Seymour

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Overview

Most musicians who die at the age of 41 are mourned for the lost potential of their careers. That wasn't really the case with Phil Seymour -- the small but vital body of work he left behind when he passed in 1993 made it clear he was a major talent as a singer, musician, and recording artist, and his gifts and his drive were never in question. The tragedy was that he never had the commercial success he deserved thanks to the vagaries of the music business, and he was one of the few acts of the late-'70s/early-'80s power pop scene who truly had the stuff to be a real-deal rock star without compromising himself. Prince of Power Pop is a 24-song collection that combines a sampling of Seymour's solo work with a previously unreleased live-in-the-studio session, in which he and his band tear through 11 songs with plenty of fire and passion. The first 13 tracks hit the high points of Seymour's studio work after he left the Dwight Twilley Band to strike out on his own, and though the very '80s production bogs down some of the tunes, one listen leaves no doubt that Seymour was a first-rate rock & roll singer. It was practically impossible to drown out the energy and spirit Seymour could generate in front of a mike, and it's hard to fathom how tracks as good as "How About You" and "Don't Blow Your Life Away" failed to find a place on radio (the fact he recorded for not one but two record labels that went out of business in mid-release doubtless had a lot to do with it). As for the 11-song demo session that closes out the set, the audio is a bit scruffy in spots, but the band is tight and emphatic (even making sense of the faux-reggae of "Fade Away") and Seymour is on fire, merging a power pop song sense with rock & roll energy as well as anyone this side of Robin Zander. If lymphoma hadn't stalled his career and claimed his life, it's anyone's guess if Phil Seymour would have become the rock star he deserved to be. But Prince of Power Pop is an impressive introduction to his music that demonstrates the man never dogged it when the recording light switched on -- he was nearly always at the top of his game, and for ability and execution, few of his era could match him.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667085526
catalogNumber: 6708552
Rank: 23063

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phil Seymour   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Dwight Twilley   Vocals
Rick Elias   Guitar
Larry Byrom   Guitar,Keyboards
Bill Cooper   Guitar
Susan Cowsill   Vocals
David Crockett   Drums
Jay Davis   Bass
Bryan Garofalo   Bass
Frank Gilcken   Guitar
Emory Gordy   Bass Guitar
Duane Hitchings   Keyboards
Danny Johnson   Guitar
Phil Jost   Keyboards
Lee Kix   Drums
Craig Krampf   Drums
Roger Linn   Keyboards
Rick Mays   Bass
Jimmie Podlor   Guitar
Richard Podolor   Acoustic Guitar
Gerry Polci   Drums
David Provost   Bass Guitar
Jeff Rollings   Guitar
Pat Robinson   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Michael Anderson   Bass Guitar
Bill Pitcock   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Lead

Technical Credits

Peter Case   Composer
Dwight Twilley   Composer
Phil Seymour   Composer
Rick Elias   Composer
Linda Elias   Composer
Dave Burke   Liner Notes
Bill Cooper   Engineer
Bob Cowsill   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Bobby Fuller   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Richard Podolor   Producer
Kathy Valentine   Composer
Pat Robinson   Composer
Paul Cowsill   Composer
Catherine Sebastian   Cover Photo
Joey Alkes   Composer
Chris Fradkin   Composer
Michael Anderson   Composer
Jack Lee   Composer
Robert Blessas   Composer
Bill Pitcock   Composer

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