Phil Keaggy

Ph'lip Side

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In 1980, after his critically acclaimed Love Broke Thru, Keaggy moved to Sparrow Records to release this neat little album. Separated by album side as "This Side" and "That Side" (rather than side one and side two), this record has all the electric rock songs on one side and all the acoustic songs on the other. The album jacket reflects the same, with a smiling Keaggy sitting in front of his Les Paul on one side and a more serious Keaggy sitting in front of an acoustic guitar on the other. The songs are good, and those looking specifically for Keaggy's amazing guitar work will not be disappointed. The electric side features four songs, most notably "A Royal Commandment" -- with killer guitars and extended instrumental passages -- and "Pulling Down," co-written with Doug Pinnick, later to join King's X. There is great work on the acoustic side as well. Of particular note is the controversial pro-life banner, "Little Ones."

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