Phil Lee – So Long, It’s Been Good To Know You

January 01, 1970

(Steady Boy Records/Palookaville Records)



Here’s the thing about Phil Lee; he’s got three albums out
and all three are among the best albums you’re likely to come across anytime
soon . But experience teaches that whichever one you hear first is the one you
will think is his best. That is, until the others will each in turn start to
tug at your ear jostling for first place; good for him, good for you. If you
don’t already have the two albums on Shanachie (“The Mighty King Of Love”; “You
Should have Known Me Then”) just go ahead and pick up the 3 pack. Guaranteed,
you’ll have hours of playtime fun going to all the places a run through a Phil
Lee album can take you.



So Long, It’s Been Good To Know You was produced by Lee
along with George Bradfute – some of the album was done at his Tone Chaparral
studio in Nashville -and peerless guitarist Richard Bennett who between them have
four of the best ears in Nashville. Bennett and Bradfute both play guitar and
other instruments on the album and with Fats Kaplan and the rest of a bunch of
high caliber players -including Phil himself on guitar and drums – flesh out Lee’s
Country/Folk/British Invasion influenced music. He can be witty, romantic,
irreverent, incisive; usually all and more within the same song (“Lovers
Everywhere”) and in “Neon Tombstone” (“I met the Dalai Lama; he hit me with a
hammer”) he’s a downright scamp. Through some kind of arcane hocus pocus he can
manage to be unsentimental and poignant at the same time. “25 Mexicans” will go
straight to your heart like a dart from a Jivaro blowgun. Poignant? To quote
Queen Elizabeth II; “‘25 Mexicans’ is poignant as a mofo.” And you were wondering what she was rocking on that iPod
President Obama gave her.



Standout Tracks: ’25 Mexicans”; “Sonny George”  RICK ALLEN


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