Q - 10/01, p.1283 stars out of 5
- "...A surprisingly graceful coda to one of rock's most f***ed-up careers..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 11/01, p.120
"...A breathtakingly personal portrait of Papa John....razor-sharp lyrics matched with swaying melodies..."
PHILLIPS 66 contains new songs and newly recorded versions of "California Dreamin'" and "Me And My Uncle".
Personnel includes: John Phillips (vocals, guitar); Sid McGinnis (acoustic & electric guitars); David Baxter (acoustic guitar, electric 12-string guitar); Chris Spedding (electric guitar); Herb Peterson (guitar); Gilbert Hansen (harmonica); Steve P. Madaio (trumpet); Leon Pendarvis (piano, electric piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Paul Shaffer (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, harmonium); John Kito (Farfisa organ); Will Lee, John REgan (bass); Anton Fig (drums); Debra Dobkin (percussion); Dillon O'Brian, Davey Faragher, Bill Cleary (background vocals).
Producers: John Phillips, Harvey Jay Goldberg.
Recorded at Sound On Sound, New York, New York.
Personnel: John Phillips (background vocals); Herb Peterson (guitar); David Baxter (acoustic guitar, electric 12-string guitar); Sid McGinnis (acoustic guitar); Chris Spedding (electric guitar); Jonathan Dysart, Vladimir Polimatidi (violin); Joel Lish (viola); Mary Horoshevsky (cello); Gilbert Hansen (harmonica); Steve Madaio (trumpet); Leon Pendarvis (piano, electric piano); Paul Shaffer (piano, harmonium); John Kito (Farfisa); Anton Fig (drums); Debra Dobkin (percussion); Davey Faragher, Dillon O'Brian, Fernando Gonzalez, Bill Cleary, Ariel A. De La Rosa (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Harvey Goldberg.
Recording information: Sound on Sound Studios, New York, NY.
Photographers: Jonathan Appel; Michael Camerini; Jeff Schnorr; Roger Montogomery.
Amazingly, pop auteur John Phillips only made three solo albums after the breakup of the Mamas & the Papas. The first was the masterpiece WOLK KING OF L.A., which mixed country-rock with California folk-pop. The second an ill advised knock-off years later backed by the Rolling Stones. PHILLIPS 66 gets it's title from the age Phillips would have been around the time of its release; sadly he never made it. Both a statement of continued artistic validity and a wistful look back, the album contains new versions of a couple of Phillips's old gems and previously unheard compositions stockpiled over the years.
Phillips's wizened voice has a world-weary quality similar to that of Bob Dylan on TIME OUT OF MIND, but while Dylan just sounded near death, Phillips actually was. New depths of sadness are revealing in the deceptively sunny classic "California Dreamin'" and it's a treat to finally hear the writer's own version of Me and My Uncle," which became a staple of the Grateful Dead's repertoire for decades. As befitting a studied popster, Phillips is backed by the rhythm section from the David Letterman band in slick (though not overproduced), studio-perfect fashion, but the grittiness of Phillips's voice is enough to keep things from sounding too smooth.