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Shawn Phillips, “Faces” (Talking Elephant TECD 268)­ Legendary rock promoter once described Shawn Phillips as “the best kept secret in the music business,” and the inventive Texan singer-songwriter certainly didn’t go out of his way to court fame and fortune during his creative heyday in the early seventies. This 1972 album was one of Shawn’s more successful offerings, scraping into the lower reaches of the American album charts with its elaborately arranged fusion of rock,pop and classical forms underpinned by guest appearances from the likes of Steve Winwood and Crusaders’ pianist Joe Sample. “Anello (Where Are You)” and the beguiling bonus track “A Christmas Song” are particularly fine efforts.

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