The Turning (album)

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The Turning
Studio album by Sam Phillips
Released 1987
Recorded Sunset Sound Factory, Sunset Sound & Mad Hatter
(Los Angeles, California)
Mama Jo's
(Hollywood, California)
Eagle Audio
(Ft. Worth, Texas
Capitol Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Rock
Label Myrrh
Dcc Compact Classics
Producer T Bone Burnett
Sam Phillips chronology
Black and White in a Grey World
The Turning
Alternative cover
The 1998 DCC re-release.

The Turning is the title of the fourth album by Leslie Phillips (later re-released in 1997 under the name of Sam Phillips), originally released in 1987 on Myrrh Records.

This album marks the first time that Phillips worked with producer T Bone Burnett. The two would marry not long after the release of this album and Burnett would go on to produce more albums for the singer. The Turning stands out as a turning point in Phillips' career as a singer and songwriter; on one side, the cheerful, upbeat pop-rock albums that she recorded in the early 1980s, and, on the other, the quirky 60's music influenced rock and folk albums, with a much darker and more poetic tone lyrically. Most critics would agree that Phillips' songwriting abilities grew by leaps and bounds beginning with The Turning. Others might even say that this album was a pinnacle that has yet to be topped by the artist.

This album was listed at #8 in the book CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music (Harvest House Publishers, 2001).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Sam Phillips, except where noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "River of Love" (Phillips/Burnett)
  2. "Love Is Not Lost"
  3. "The Turning"
  4. "Libera Me" (Burnett)
  5. "Carry You"

Side two[edit]

  1. "Beating Heart"
  2. "Expectations"
  3. "Down"
  4. "Answers Don't Come Easy"
  5. "God Is Watching You" (Burnett)

Studio Musicians[edit]

Production notes[edit]