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Canterbury Scene

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3.65 | 19 ratings | 2 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1989

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. And Thus Far (12:00)
2. Final Call (5:28)
3. Dada Soul (4:20)
4. Truly Yours (5:00)
5. Double Talk (5:55)
6. I Remain (3:30)
7. Your Root 2 (9:20)

Total time 45:33

Bonus track on 1988 CD release:
8. Foreign Bodies (6:15)


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Line-up / Musicians

- Phil Miller/ guitar, synth guitar

- Elton Dean / alto sax, saxello
- John Mitchell / keyboards & drum programming (2)
- Dave Stewart / keyboards, sampler & drum programming (3,5,6)
- Steve Franklin / Prophet, Oberheim & DXii synthesizers (1,4,7,8)
- Richard Sinclair / vocals & bass (3)
- Fred Baker / bass (1,4,7,8)
- Pip Pyle / drums (1,4,7)
- Barbara Gaskin / backing vocals (5,6)

Releases information

LP Reckless Records ‎- RECK 8 (1988, UK)

CD Reckless Records ‎- CD RECK 8 (1988, UK) With a bonus track

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PHIL MILLER Split Seconds ratings distribution

(19 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
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Review by Kazuhiro
4 stars In this album, his Solo Album is a work of the second work following "Cutting Both Ways". First Solo Album developed the creation of his music till then further and worked. It was a work that showed the directionality of "In Cahoots" that was one of the lifeworks of him enough. He will be sure to be a measurable figure for Canterbury Scene. And, a necessary person for Canterbury gathers and develops into "In Cahoots". The musician who is performing by the tune is different in this album. It distributes the musician by the tune to make the music that Phil Miller exactly created an embodiment and the tune has succeeded splendidly. In this album, the performance where the tension by In Cahoots overflows splendidly creates current their element and idea. The knowledge of men who cultivated it with Hatfields and Softs keeps good feelings and develops high-quality Jazz Rock consistently. The sense of Canterbury splendidly appears really to the third "Dada Soul". The song of Richard Sinclair is one treasure for Canterbury. The age is caught and Miller has introduced the guitar synthesizer in this album. Miller loves item of Jazz and is said that it copied Larry Coryell and John MacLaughlin well. And, he was felt that he had to take an original element to music strongly. It appeals to people as a sound of Miller surely now his style. "Double Talk" and "I Remain", etc. to participate also have ..Pop.. element, and other Dave Stewart And Barbara Gaskin takes the element of a sweet melody and offers us the depth of Canterbury. Overall

Review by Warthur
3 stars Split Seconds is Phil Miller's followup to Cutting Both Ways, and just like that release it's split between band tracks performed with In Cahoots and more intimate pieces recorded with the help of Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin, who'd been forging their own skewed pop sound since the disintegration of National Health.

At its best, it's more of the same; however, there are a few too many moments where the songwriting is thin enough that the thin 1980s production standards really show, and they have dated quite poorly. (I'd be interested if anyone knows just why so many Canterbury artists in particular seemed to come unstuck in the production department in the 1980s.) This feels, in fact, like an album consisting of off-cuts from Cutting Both Ways, and whilst that one manages to overcome the difficulties of the era, this one can't quite escape their gravity well. As it turns out, one course of 1980s In Cahoots is enough for me - I can't manage seconds, even if I split 'em.

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