Various hit rarities of the 80's


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His single Precious To Me was a major US hit, and Phil Seymour's name is well-known to collectors of power pop but wider recognition evaded him. However, his reputation has grown since his premature death at the age of 41 in 1993, and this collection of his finest work is long overdue. Seymour first tasted fame as a member of The Dwight Twilley Band, and later worked with Tom Petty but his solo work – propulsive, melodic songs with catchy choruses and irresistible beats – made him one of the prime exponents of power pop. His craft reached its peak on Precious To Me, a nagging, rousing, Beatlesesque tune that climbed to on the Billboard chart in 1981. It was a self-penned track from his excellent eponymous album which, along with the less successful 1982 follow-up Phil Seymour 2, was the source of much of what is contained here, though it is considerably enhanced by the addition of 11 previously unreleased recordings, taken from a 1980 session. Some are rawer but somehow more enjoyable versions of songs that appeared on those albums, others are well-chosen covers, including a version of The Supremes' hit You Can't Hurry Love, which takes it into the rock arena much more successfully than Phil Collins' version. A 20-page booklet provides all the annotation and illustration that is required for a set that will hopefully expand Seymour's audience.  

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