The Indescribable Wow
|The Indescribable Wow|
|Studio album by Sam Phillips|
|Recorded||Ocean Way Recorders
(Los Angeles, California)
Sunset Sound Factory
|Sam Phillips chronology|
The Indescribable Wow is the fifth (studio) album from American singer-songwriter Sam Phillips. It is her first album for Virgin Records and her first album she released after switching her style from Christian pop to secular Alternative rock and using the name Sam rather than Leslie. Its first single "Holding On to the Earth" peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in early 1989.
The Indescribable Wow was well received on its release. In Rolling Stone the reviewer said, "Phillips is a major talent, with great rewards to offer" while Allmusic states that the album's music is "timeless".
All songs by Sam Phillips, except "Holding On to the Earth" and "She Can't Tell Time" by Sam Phillips and T-Bone Burnett.
- "I Don't Want to Fall In Love" – 2:54
- "I Don't Know How to Say Goodbye to You" – 3:19
- "Flame" – 2:35
- "Remorse" – 3:43
- "What Do I Do" – 3:58
- "I Can't Stop Crying" – 3:21
- "Holding On to the Earth" – 3:02
- "She Can't Tell Time"– 3:58
- "What You Don't Want to Hear" – 3:05
- "Out of Time" – 4:24
- Sam Phillips: Vocals, Guitars,
- T-Bone Burnett: Guitar, Mandocello, Marxophone
- Jerry Scheff: Bass
- Steve Jordan: Drums
- Ralph Forbes: Drum Machine
- Mickey Curry: Drums
- Alex Acuña: Percussion and Drums
- Mike Utley: Organ
- Darrell Leonard: Trumpet
- Buell Neidlinger: Cello and String Bass
- David Miner: Harpsichord, Harmonium, Bass
- "What Do I Do" arranged by Van Dyke Parks and T-Bone Burnett
- Produced by T Bone Burnett.
- Mixed by Kevin Killen.
- Recorded by Rik Pekkonen, assisted by Mike Ross.
- Additional Recording by Tchad Blake.
- Assistant Engineers: Dave Knight, Brian Soucy, and Clif Norrell.
- Recorded at Sunset Sound Factory, Hollywood, California and Ocean Way Recorders.
- The Indescribable Wow - Sam Phillips > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
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- Guterman, Jimmy (August 25, 1988). "Sam Phillips The Indesribable Wow > Album Review". Rolling Stone (533). Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2011.