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Phantasmagorical: Master and Musician, Vol. 2
Genres: Pop, Rock, Christian
Upon the tail end of Phil Keaggy's most ambitious concert tour of his long and illustrious career - in which he has brought to life on stage his 1978 instrumental recording The Master & The Musician - Keaggy now releases h... more »
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Upon the tail end of Phil Keaggy's most ambitious concert tour of his long and illustrious career - in which he has brought to life on stage his 1978 instrumental recording The Master & The Musician - Keaggy now releases his 2008 encore entitled Phantasmagorical: Master & Musician 2. Like the first, this album has musical scope and dimension that demonstrates Keaggy's mastery of melody within the ever-inventive musical signature guitars with a cornucopia of other instruments. "It is special to me because I have some really good friends on the album," states Phil. "It is not like a solo thing like what I've done with other albums where I am playing most of the instruments. It's a nice stirring in of other musicians." One of the other musicians happens to be Phil's son, Ian. "My son is on the album; which in itself makes this a special album to me. We wrote a song on the album appropriately titled "Father and Son". I also co-wrote two songs with one of the members of The Master and Musician Band, Tom Shinness. With recorders, clarinets, strings, bass, upright bass - a variety of different kinds of sounds and instruments - this does reminds me of The Master and The Musician," reflects Phil. On the present nation-wide tour, Phil Keaggy closes his concert with one of the new songs from Phantasmagorical: Master & Musician 2 entitled "Forever to Joy". The audiences have responded with great enthusiasm recognizing that as good as Phil Keaggy was 30 years ago - he is only that much the better in 2008.
From the Musician to the Master
RJ | PA USA | 08/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The latest instrumental offering from Phil Keaggy shows us, once again, that their is no bottom to the well of Phil's music. The subtitle, "Master & Musician 2," is very appropriate: although Phil's music transcends any category or label, it is obvious to all who are familiar with him that he is the musician, playing music inspired by and written for his Master, and these pieces are worthy of Him. I cannot recommend this CD highly enough."
The Finest Guitarist Ever ?
anthony | 10/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Brace yourself because I'm going to say something controversial--something that most popular guitarists will only admit in private for fear of blaspheming the "holy" reputations of superstars like Hendrix or Clapton:
The World's Greatest Guitar Player is Phil Keaggy.
Rather than argue with me, listen to the following songs:
1."Unveiling" and "Listen Closely" from Paul Clark and Friends' COME INTO
HIS PRESENCE and GOOD TO BE HOME
2.Any Keaggy solo from Michael Omartian's SEASONS OF THE SOUL
3.The last five minutes of PK's prog-rock electric foray on "Time" and the
Impressionist adaptation of C.S. Lewis' "As the Ruin Falls" on the PK solo CD
LOVE BROKE THRU
4.The mostly-improvised,live, concerto-like solos on "Rejoice" from HOW THE WEST
WAS ONE and "The Further Adventures Of.." from REVELATOR
5.The entirety of his MASTER AND THE MUSICIAN and LIGHTS OF MADRID CD's
6.The guitar-synth mastery displayed on "The Dawn is Near" from ELECTRIC BLUE
7."The Quote Jester", a melodic yet shred-packed classical composition from
Keaggy, King, and Dente's INVENTION
8."Rivulets"-- a solo piece performed live with a loop machine-- in addition to
everything else on ACOUSTIC SKETCHES, and
9.The entirety of Keaggy's new PHANTASMAGORICAL.
After that, go on You-Tube and watch Keaggy masterfully, gracefully, effortlessly
perform the nearly-impossible-to-play "Reunion" and "Time". Hey, you may end up questioning my original superlative (I doubt it!), but I bet you'll become a Phil Keaggy fan regardless.