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Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hello DrummerFriends

Today's post is related to the collaboration of Simon with rock legend Pete Townshend (The Who), Mr Phillips has played on and off with Townshend for over 30 years now, and he recorded 4 solo albums with the legendary guitarist: Emtpy Glass (1980), All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes (1982), White City (1985) and The Iron Man (1989).

Simon played live with Pete on many occasions, with Pete Townshend's Deep End (1986), with The Who (1989) and Pete Townshend live in NYC (1993).

Here's a few links highlighting some of Simon's work with Pete Townshend.

"Won't Get Fooled Again" with Deep End http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH31IE7p1ZE&feature=related

"A Little Is Enough" with Deep End http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBRG-KI_UWk&feature=related (originaly on the album Empty Glass)

"Give Blood" with Deep End http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=j63o1gaGgH0 (originaly on the album White City)

"Communication" from All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELgwdyBdqwQ&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL51920BC6D59EC56F

"Let My Love Open The Door" from live in NYC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELgwdyBdqwQ&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL51920BC6D59EC56F (originaly on the album Empty Glass)

"Dig" from the album The Iron Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As-SmW0E0cc&feature=related

Enjoy!
 
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

You know something brother, in my humble opinion that is Simon's greatest quote and key to success in present drumming...Simon is The One in nowadays!

Hey Ian, glad you liked it.

I was especially impressed with this one:

2. It was all spontaneous - no plans!!

He's so incredibly musical, a drummer's drummer...
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

You know something brother, in my humble opinion that is Simon's greatest quote and key to success in present drumming...Simon is The One in nowadays!
Simon's certainly one of the most amazing drummer today, his recent collaboration with the Hiromi jazz trio project just show how musical, skilled and tasteful Simon is these days...
 
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I fully agree! I now call Mr. Phillips - The Dancing Man on drums...

Simon's certainly one of the most amazing drummer today, his recent collaboration with the Hiromi jazz trio project just show how musical, skilled and tasteful Simon is these days...
 
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Andy

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Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hello DrummerFriends

Today's post is related to the collaboration of Simon with rock legend Pete Townshend (The Who), Mr Phillips has played on and off with Townshend for over 30 years now, and he recorded 4 solo albums with the legendary guitarist: Emtpy Glass (1980), All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes (1982), White City (1985) and The Iron Man (1989).

Simon played live with Pete on many occasions, with Pete Townshend's Deep End (1986), with The Who (1989) and Pete Townshend live in NYC (1993).

Here's a few links highlighting some of Simon's work with Pete Townshend.

"Won't Get Fooled Again" with Deep End http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH31IE7p1ZE&feature=related

"A Little Is Enough" with Deep End http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBRG-KI_UWk&feature=related (originaly on the album Empty Glass)

"Give Blood" with Deep End http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=j63o1gaGgH0 (originaly on the album White City)

"Communication" from All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELgwdyBdqwQ&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL51920BC6D59EC56F

"Let My Love Open The Door" from live in NYC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELgwdyBdqwQ&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL51920BC6D59EC56F (originaly on the album Empty Glass)

"Dig" from the album The Iron Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As-SmW0E0cc&feature=related

Enjoy!
Wow, those Townsend gigs were a big band setup. Of course, Simon nailed it. I especially like his little 16th kick syncopation in the verse groove on "won't get fooled again". A standard rock vibe groove we all use, but it's so perfectly placed in that number.
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hi again guys

Here's the 2 links for today's post.


"New Blues" by Joe Satriani from the album The Extremist (1992), the one minute bridge starting at 02:10 is something...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEMc9FLfgLw

"Little Drummer Boy" from the album We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year (2008), being so near to christmas, I thought that this groove from Simon would be quite the perfect little "present" for you my DrummerFriends...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFmQKN7IE1g&feature=channel_video_title

Enjoy!
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hi fellow drummers

Another couple of "rarities" from our beloved drummer, with a little "bonus" clip in which Simon is discussing talent vs hard work.... interesting, and so true if you really want to get there....

Now the music...

"Looking For A Lady" by Trevor Rabin (Guitarist for the band Yes) from his solo album Wolf (1981), a very Van Halen-esque intro in this song, and as always, perfect groove from the man...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvy9vRYe3ag&feature=fvst

"Dragonball Z & Z2" a recording session for the video game, I don't know the date of this session, but judging by Simon's look and the drumkit, I'll say it's early 2000's, now that song rocks! Simon, Steve Lukather, Mike Porcaro and the Horns from Tower of Power (no less), I like Steve's comments at the end "Are we getting close?", I thought that was close enough!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mN3BELKFYU

... and the little bonus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDRf7Of6e2Q&feature=related

Enjoy!
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hello, Im back at it again...

Simon Phillips and Mo Foster (Bass) have played together on several projects, which includes the jazz/fusion trio RMS, Michael Shenker Group and Mo Foster's solo albums.

Here's a couple of songs that display their partnership on very different styles of music

"The Lights In Your Eyes" by Mo Foster from the album Bel Assis (1988) with a magnificient guitar part from the deeply missed Gary Moore...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6XqfcHkFjI

"Feels Like A Good Thing" by the Michael Schenker Group from their first album (1980) it's hard to believe that it's the same rythm section as the song above... The funny thing is, MSG were doing their 30th anniversary tour last year, and it's Simon playing it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jxQCqIGyWg



Now a little bonus for my friend Andy... (KIS)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffurj3ZUatA&feature=channel_video_title

.... sorry Andy, it's not the full piece, but the quality is good, I liked the beard!!!

Enjoy!
 

Andy

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Staff member
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hello, Im back at it again...

Simon Phillips and Mo Foster (Bass) have played together on several projects, which includes the jazz/fusion trio RMS, Michael Shenker Group and Mo Foster's solo albums.

Here's a couple of songs that display their partnership on very different styles of music

"The Lights In Your Eyes" by Mo Foster from the album Bel Assis (1988) with a magnificient guitar part from the deeply missed Gary Moore...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6XqfcHkFjI

"Feels Like A Good Thing" by the Michael Schenker Group from their first album (1980) it's hard to believe that it's the same rythm section as the song above... The funny thing is, MSG were doing their 30th anniversary tour last year, and it's Simon playing it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jxQCqIGyWg



Now a little bonus for my friend Andy... (KIS)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffurj3ZUatA&feature=channel_video_title

.... sorry Andy, it's not the full piece, but the quality is good, I liked the beard!!!

Enjoy!
This is really too much to take :) Loving these tracks. MSG when Simon was 20 :) Pure class from Mo Foster, then that oh so tasteful performance with Hiromi. All this on a day when we get the huge bonus of those blues club gig tracks too. Really = overload. Loving it!!
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

This is really too much to take :) Loving these tracks. MSG when Simon was 20 :) Pure class from Mo Foster, then that oh so tasteful performance with Hiromi. All this on a day when we get the huge bonus of those blues club gig tracks too. Really = overload. Loving it!!
And I haven't started with mp3's yet Andy, all from my own collection... (so many good ones... but can't find them on YouTube unfortunately)
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hi guys

While these are not "rare" songs as such from the man, they come from Simon's first effort at a solo album, released in 1988, it's written and produced by Mr Phillips.

When Protocol's came out, I was really amazed with this CD. Not only by the drumming, which is outstanding, but the fact that he played all instruments on the album.

Here's the links for the first three songs of the album.

"Streetwise" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgYtJeFZ6Bg

"Red Rocks" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGkXrYEt2zA&feature=related

"Protocol" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWThz9w1woo&feature=related

Enjoy!
 

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Mad About Drums

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Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hello DrummerFriends

Today's a quick one...

"Fanfare For The Common Man" originally by ELP, performed Live in Japan (1990). Keith Emerson (Keyboards), Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Guitar), Joe Walsh (Guitar), John Entwistle (Bass), Simon Phillips (Drums).

With a great trademark's solo from the deeply missed John Entwistle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTEmldzx1xE

Enjoy!
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hello Simon's Fans

Today's post is 70's Fusion by guitarist Gary Boyle with a very young Simon Phillips. The tracks are from the albums "The Dancer" (1977) and "Electric Glide" (1978).


"The Dancer" from The Dancer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sX7O9pPNuc&feature=related

"Apple Crumble" from The Dancer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv_YWJ3UYeg&feature=related

"Gaz" from Electric Glide

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnwkdTBOApQ

"Hayabusa" from Electric Glide

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-QVMOo-ado

Enjoy!
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hi again DrummerFriends

Simon had a long collaboration with multi-instrumentist and vocalist Mike Oldfield, Mr Phillips has played on four albums, Crises (1983), Discovery (1984), Islands (1987) and Heaven's Open (1991). He was the co-producer alongside Mike Oldfield on Crises and Discovery.

Here's a couple track from Mike Oldfield.

"Taurus 3" from Crises, a kind of latin rock groove with a nice toms pattern, very Phillips-esque.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HoF3rgmfEE&feature=related

"Mr Shame" from Heaven's Open, Simon can really lay down a solid groove with tasty hi-hat work, superb.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWIfEDYgPAU

The third track today comes from Nik Kershaw's album Radio Musicola (1986)

"Violet to Blue", a magificient half time shuffle feel from Simon, on the second half of the track, he agrement the vibe of that song with tasteful fills, really inspiring.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTSSwXQ_XRE&feature=plcp&context=C2830dUDOEgsToPDskK3YtTqtoySDQBo6ptFWzhC

Enjoy!
 

Andy

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Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Fantastic links (couldn't get the "Vito to Blue" link, but found another way). Sorry it's taken me a few days to get through these wonderful clips, but I've been pretty ill over this weekend. Gigging too :(
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Fantastic links (couldn't get the "Vito to Blue" link, but found another way). Sorry it's taken me a few days to get through these wonderful clips, but I've been pretty ill over this weekend. Gigging too :(
I hope you're feeling better Andy...

I'm glad you're enjoying yourself with Mr Phillips :))

Sorry for the link, I created my YouTube account yesterday, to be able to upload some tracks of Simon (and other drummers in the future) it's better than mp3 I think, perhaps I did something wrong, I will check it up.

Cheers
 

Andy

Administrator
Staff member
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

I hope you're feeling better Andy...

I'm glad you're enjoying yourself with Mr Phillips :))

Sorry for the link, I created my YouTube account yesterday, to be able to upload some tracks of Simon (and other drummers in the future) it's better than mp3 I think, perhaps I did something wrong, I will check it up.

Cheers
No, nothing wrong from your side. That clip infringed some form of publication deal in the UK. It happens from time to time on Youtube. Keep doing what you're doing man, I'm loving it!!!!!
 
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