No Category (2002)

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  1.  Moonshine
  2.  For the Lost and Lonely
  3.  Fondest Dreams
  4.  Money Dance
  5.  I Will Never Leave
  6.  Calico and Rainbows
  7.  The Man
  8.  The Power of A Woman
  9.  Most of Us Don’t Understand At All
  10.  Free Samples
  11.  Try to Find A Way
  12.  One Way Ticket
  13.  Sleep Pretty Baby
  14.  The Peace Song
  15.  Par for the Course

Collection of released, unreleased and new songs
All titles written by Shawn Phillips
CD: Universal Music SBCD 54
Produced by Shawn Phillips, Paul Buckmaster and Rick Hart


5 responses

27 02 2009
Luis Alberto Urrea


“No Category” is an apt title for any Shawn Phillips album. This restless iconoclast has long bedeviled his critics and delighted his legion of fans with his unpredictability. From true folk music to cutting edge electronica, Shawn has traversed formidable musical landscapes in pursuit of his very personal muse. Perhaps the only musical form he has not yet committed to disk is Death Metal. Still, if some new political chicanery makes him mad enough. The Shawn Phillips aesthetic has led him at times far from commercial surety. Fans have heard the famous anecdote about fellow Texan musician Johnny Winter asking him how he got so far away from his roots. “There¹s a whole tree above the ground!” Shawn quipped. Concert-goers in the mid-seventies were astounded to find Shawn fronting an incarnation of the ferocious prog-rock trio, Quatermass. He was playing a double-neck electric guitar on that tour, more like Jimmy Page than Ravi Shankar. Fans who expect to find in Shawn a reincarnation of a Tibetan Lama are startled to find a twangy Texan accent and a salty sense of humor. There¹s Shawn, singing background on a Tangerine Dream album. If you rent the cult movie, “Futurekick,” you can watch Shawn¹s head explode. Seriousness, yes, but also a lilting sense of play.
Through all these changes, however, the listeners are still haunted by the monumental works with which Shawn ushered in the 1970’s; “Contribution”, “Second Contribution” and “Collaboration.” If not for record company timidity, the original trilogy of albums Shawn had created for his first work for them, would have been released as a single triple album. Its cumulative power and compositional arc would have been readily evident. While much of that material surfaced on later LPs, other portions remain tragically unreleased. (Fortunately,all the classic Shawn Phillips music that was issued has now been re-released on CD.) If one listens to the three initial seventies classics, “Contribution”, “Second Contribution” and “Collaboration.” in order, the journey through body, into realms of soul and heart, then back to earth, is thrilling and haunting.
“No Category” begins with a reworking of “Moonshine,” one of the more intriguing songs from “Collaboration.” This should serve as a subtle clue to the listeners. After all these years, Shawn has returned to his epic: this is the album you were waiting for. The muse has been satisfied, fed, romanced. The artist can return to his birth and take us deeper into those first enchanted hours. From tangos to semi-country, to traditional Shawn Phillips vocal workouts to nearly gothic orchestrations, “No Category carries forward the work of the trilogy, and it reaffirms the endless quest of the artist to find voice in the face of our deathly silence.
Oh yes, and when he¹s not being a rock star, Shawn Phillips is a fireman. Go figure.

27 02 2009
Shawn Phillips


In all the names that follow, I wish it to be known that I thank you first and foremost for your friendships. It is the most important thing. I love you all. I cannot express enough deep felt thanks to Mr. Bill Pursley, and the guys in Louisville for their support. They are Nick Gardner, and Lee Zimmerman. Without them, and their immense faith none of this would have come into being. Especially Mr. Bill Pursley, and his enormous financial assistance. In order to create a project of this scope, and quality, you need a serious investor who is prepared to take a chance in the business of music, as it is today. For the most part, the bottom line is very simply to play the music that will make the most money, not the music that will move peoples hearts and minds. Radio formats are extremely restricted due to demographics, and as I do not fit any of these formats, I know that Bill has done this simply because of his faith in the fact that he knew I could create something that would affect another human being, as it did for you. Thank you, Bill.
Arlo Hennings, my manager, has the patience of Job, when it comes to my sometimes incredible requests of him. I thank you so much for your belief and support all these lean years. Although we would like it to be otherwise, by your actions, it has not been all about the money, but more about the music and what it does for people.
Other thanks go to Ed Grundman for his valuable input and creative ear, and his delicious Tri-Tip steaks.
Also to Rick Hart for his devastating Margaritas after the work day was over. Not to mention the incredible amount of hours, and sheer perseverance in obtaining the best recording, and mixing possible. You worked harder than anyone on this project.
Bernie Grundman who mastered this CD, is awash in music 24/7. Grazie Mille Bernie,, for your time, and attention to detail on this project. Melody, and Gary Denton at Stagg St. Studios, for making it feel like home, and letting Fat Jack, and the Abigator, and Dude the dogs become friends. State of the art is your middle name. Eric Gobel, our second engineer, is a master at the technology that was used in the making of this CD, and we all thank you for your expertise in this project. I dub thee “Merlin Of The Machines”. Leland Sklar, you take the simplest tune, and shape it into a sphere of beauty that we feel in our bones. Thank you for your gentleness and humor.
Ralph Humphrey, you are rock solid in your timing, and most astute in your creative input. Thanks for haulin’ all that stuff around to make sounds for us.
Mike Miller, you have probably forgotten more than I know how to play, and your voicings reflect precisely the tenor of the songs, and that is so rare. Thank you.
To J. Peter Robinson, for his extraordinary musical creativity. I asked you for the opening of “Alien”, and you gave it to me. You are, and always have been musically, the funkiest man alive. The years of playing with you have proved this. Nobody jams like you. Your brass is bright and shining, and your sounds astounding.
Paul Buckmaster, you are also an absolute Master at your craft, and it is an honor to be able to work with you. If I ask you to make it sad, you make it devastating. If I ask you to make it joyous, you fill our hearts with light. Your quest for perfection will always be a beacon for me to follow.
As for Juliette, you are my guiding light. You keep me on the straight and narrow, and inspire me in ways you will never know. I love you with all my heart and soul. Your sense of good and right, is impeccable. You’re the best thing that ever happened to me. You’re my mos’ favorite.
Ed and Bonnie Booth,, your support has been invaluable. Ed, you know I would have loved to be able to follow in your footsteps.
Mark Colman, you made me look 30 years younger with your photography. Not any prettier, just younger. Thanks Rochelle for the attempt. Mark, your work is absolutely unique.
Luis Urrea, You capture the deeds of the human heart and soul in every word you write, and it’s an honor to have you focus that gift on this CD for the liner notes, and thank God you sent me those cartoons years ago. Truth be known, you always knew how to be famous, blood.
Suz, You’re a fantastic webmaster. Every person I come in contact with says they think it’s a wonderful website. Be sure to visit to find out about the new DVD that will be released in the near future.
Jean Boissonneault, Thank you for your work, and diligence on the Canadian website. You have no idea how much work I would have forgotten, if not for you. Margaret and Maria, I thank you, Jules thanks you, and Fat Jack thanks you.

Special thanks to Pedernales Emergency Services for training me, and letting me work with you these 8 years in the bleak and dangerous world of saving lives, and property. Chief 1 Ken Van Rens Advanced FF (701), Chief 2 Don Lamb Advanced FF (702), Chief 3 Mark Warren FF / EMT-B / MFRU (Training Officer 742), Larry Mobley FF / EMT-B (703), Captain Tracey Mobley FF / EMT-B / MFRU (707), ( spooky in there ain’t it dude ? ), Lt. Bruce Perkins FF / ECA (706), Lt. Steve Rudkin FF / ECA (761), Captain John Roye Jr. FF (708), Chuck “The Tin Man” McCarthy FF / EMT-B (765), Daniel Lightsey FF / EMT-B (741), Tod Grubbs FF / EMT-B (732), Jim Preslar FF (767), our resident Paramedic Larry Arms EMT-P (704), Juliette Phillips FF / ECA (768), Burris Pigg EMT-B (740). Thanks Burt, for your stoicism and feduciary attitude when I’m driving us in the ambulance Code 3. I know your feet hurt after pushin’ so hard on the floorboard. And to all the other members who have shown me you trust me with ! your lives by letting me back you up. When it happens, it’s the hardest work in the world, physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Thank you all.
Legend: FF= Firefighter / EMT= Emergency Medical Technician / ECA= Emergency Care Attendant / MFRU= Marine Firefighter Rescue Unit ( Rescue SCUBA Diver)

Last but not least, I want to thank all my fans who have listened, and believed in me all these years. Without your sponsorship, and faith, my creative spirit would have left me a long time ago. God Bless You All!!! May Health, Love, and Clarity, always be with you, and your families.

27 02 2009


Producer/Arranger : Paul Buckmaster (Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist Paul Buckmaster 2001(Train, Drops of Jupiter))
Credits include, Elton John, Miles Davis,
The Grateful Dead, Shawn Phillips

Producer/Singer/Songwriter :Shawn Phillips

Sound Engineer : Rick Hart (a man whose hearing should be insured for more than J.Lo’s butt)
Credits include, Pink Floyd, David Gilmore,
Andy Gibb, Pat Benatar; film credits include Bulworth, Seven, Home Alone, etc

Bass guitar : Leland Sklar. Credits include Phil Collins, Reba McIntyre, innumerable others

Drums : Ralph Humphrey. Credits include Frank Zappa and the Mothers, Al Jarreau,
Wayne Shorter, Bette Midler, Larry Carlton, Barbra Streisand, Manhattan Transfer. Check out Darkwing and Drummerworld for more on Ralph’s career.

Guitar : Mike Miller.Credits include Chick Corea, Gino Vanelli, innumerable others

Piano/arranger : J. Peter Robinson. Credits include – countless films, TV series and musicians

Photography : Mark Colman, Commercial Photography

Recorded and mixed at Stagg Street Studios, Van Nuys, LA, – owners, Melody, Gary, (Abigail and The Dude)(dogs), Denton.

1 03 2009
Scott Rode

You are very welcome Shawn and we all beleive in you and your musical genious.
Its wonderful to see how thankful you are and generouse in your heartfelt writtings of thanks to all of those who have helped you.

My sister and I are already planning and will be there in July to hear you on stageg once again in St. Cloud, MN.


25 10 2009

Thank you Shawn for always staying true to yourself and all the great music you have given us over the years!

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