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374. Beyond Saturday Night – Leslie Phillips

BEYOND SATURDAY NIGHT (1983)

Leslie Phillips

Along with Julie Miller, Leslie (Sam) Phillips is the only female artist to have four albums included on this list. It was very close to five but Powder Room Politics was a deal breaker…

Phillips began her career singing backing vocals for other LA based Myrrh artists like Randy Stonehill, David Edwards and Mark Heard. It was while singing backing vocals on Mark Heards classic “Victims of the Age” album that she heard the song “Heart of Hearts” that she would cover on this album and would become her first of several career hits.

As much as the label would push her as the Christian Cyndi Lauper, only a few cuts from Dancing With Danger would really qualify. The only comparison was the high pitched, young girl sounding voice (similar to Julie Miller in many ways), for Leslie was more rock than pop and more lyricist than entertainer.

BSN is filled with so many amazing and lasting songs that there actually no real forgettable songs. Michael Landua’s impressive guitar work (similar to Dann Huff and Steve Lukather) was unfortunately lost often in Jack Joseph Puig’s mixes. I have often wondered if the record company requested that the album be softened in the mix as it has been a constant frustration just how such impressive guitar work would be so stifled in the production. Songs like Hourglass, Heart in Me, Bring Me Through and He’s Gonna Hear You Crying deliver the rock goods that deserve a remix and remastering at some point.

Phillips also proved early that she could bring a ballad with passion and transparency sorely lacking from female artists at the time. I’m Finding became a huge radio hit while the title track and Heart of Hearts show the strength of an artists that is rarely seen on a debut project. Phillips would go one to be one of the important, prominent and perplexing artist in CCM history,

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  1. Brian
    October 29, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Agreed on all points
    Saw her open a concert for Petra in 84 and I noticed how upfront the percussionist was and that really added to each song
    This is also missed on the studio tracks

  2. Shawn McLaughlin
    October 31, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    You are SO right about the mix. Puig knew what worked on radio but, his work here just emasculated some good songs.

  3. June 17, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Now this is not “The Turning” but it is an incredible album indeed. Love the cover version of “Heart of Hearts”. Sometimes it is hard to say which version is better – this or Mark Heard’s. They both are near perfection. I own only the first four albums from her but this is my second favorite from her.

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