Leslie Phillips – Beyond Saturday Night – 1983

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,

Contributor David Lowman – https://ccms500bestalbums.wordpress.com/

Tracklist
1 – Hourglass – 3:28
2 – Gina – 3:24
3 – Put Your Heart In Me – 4:00
4 – I’m Finding – 3:23
5 – Beyond Saturday Night – 4:27
6 – Bring Me Through – 4:43
7 – Heart Of Hearts – 3:14
8 – Will They Love Him – 4:31
9 – He’s Gonna Hear You Cryin’ – 3:10
10 – Let Me Give – 3:42

Credits
Backing Vocals – Bob Carlisle, Brian Duncan, Leslie Phillips
Bass – Leland Sklar, Nathan East
Coordinator [Production Coordinator] – Susan Pyron
Design [Album Design] – Paradise Graphics, Paul Gross, Steve Elowe
Drums – Carlos Vega
Executive-Producer – Doug Corbin
Guitar – Michael Landau, Randy Thomas
Keyboards – John Schreiner, John Hobbs, Robbie Buchanan
Liner Notes – Davin Seay, Leslie
Mastered By – Doug Sax, Mike Reese
Photography By – Aaron Rapoport
Producer, Recorded By – Jack Joseph Puig
Synthesizer – John Schreiner, John Hobbs

Companies, etc.
Record Company – Myrrh Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Word, Inc.
Pressed By – Monarch Record Mfg. Co. – Δ25989
Published By – Word Music (2)
Published By – Cutting Edge Music
Published By – Maranatha! Music
Published By – Bug & Bear Music
Recorded At – Bill Schnee Studios
Recorded At – Goldmine West
Recorded At – Mama Jo’s
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab

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