Phil Seymour – The Phil Seymour Archive Series Volume 2

January 01, 1970



Although he’s known mainly for playing second fiddle in the
Dwight Twilley Band and support roles with the Textones and 20/20, Phil Seymour’s
brief career managed to fuel his pop potential. A pair of well received solo
albums found him coming into his own as a singer and songwriter before his
career was cut short by an unsuccessful bout with lymphoma. Sadly, His legacy
yields too few recordings overall for a man of such obvious talent, and even
fewer efforts on his own. Given his penchant for radio-ready melodies and
instantly affable arrangements, it’s all too clear that Seymour had a lot more
music left in him. Indeed, from his seminal works with Twilley – including
their unlikely hit “I’m on Fire” — to the final unreleased recordings that are
resurrected here, Seymour showed clear consistency. Had radio been kinder, he
would have been a star. If fate hadn’t cheated him, he might have achieved even

Still, despite the fact he had two labels fold beneath him – Shelter, while he
was with the Twilley band, and Boardwalk, which released his solo stuff –
Seymour’s songs still hold up. Largely ignored when it was released in the
early ‘80s, Phil Seymour 2 gets
another glance thanks to the good folks at Fuel 2000, who seem to know a thing
or two about material that’s ripe for reissue. The original release seemed
somewhat sparse, given it contained only nine tracks, but with the addition of
ten additional entries likely destined for its follow-up, it becomes far
worthier of consideration. Even so, it’s hardly the headiest stuff — Seymour’s
songs were best served by simply singing along – but there’s no denying their
accessibility and appeal when judged strictly on their musical merits.  Songs like “Love Receiver,” “Surrender,” and
“Don’t Tell Me That You Love Me” hold up even today, although their viability
as chart contenders would likely pale in comparison to the gimmicky schlock
that passes for pop nowadays. Fortunately, that’s no reason not to pay heed and
give Phil Seymour 2 the second chance
it deserves.


Receiver,” “Surrender,” “Don’t Tell Me That You Love Me” LEE ZIMMERMAN



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