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This is the first of a series of box sets spanning the career of the Show of Hands instrumentalist Phil Beer. Vol 1. covers his career from 1968 onwards and concentrates on archive and acoustic material together with a DVD of performances both solo and with the Phil Beer Band.
There are many rarities contained on this compilation combined with recent studio and live tracks which demonstrate the diversity of Phil's musical activities over four and a half decades.
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Within Show of Hands, Phil is mostly to be heard adding richness to the vocals and intricacy to the instrumentals of the Steve Knightley and Traditional songs ("decorating" as The Dark One so aptly describes it). Here, in his own box, The Fair One gets to roam far and wide off-piste and away from the that particular sound and those constraints, and in particular to be much more in control of what he is choosing to sing. The material throughout this set reflects his own very wide tastes and ranges from traditional folk songs such as the old shanty Spanish Maidens and hymns to covers of Bruce Springsteen (Youngstown), Graham Gouldman (Bus Stop) and Lowell George (Willin').
There are 3 CDs and one DVD in the box, together with extensive and thoughtful sleeve notes about how each recording came about and often why the particular song was chosen. At least there are when PB can actually remember!
CD1 is described as "Archive" and kick's off its musical journey with a school recording of Phil and friends from 1968, then progresses through the Folk Duos OddFolk, Downes & Beer, the folk combo the Arizona Smoke Revue, the Albion Band and finally arrives at Show of Hands, with various Phil Beer solo diversions along the way.Read more ›