Swamp (album)

Swamp is the debut and only solo studio album from English songwriter-producer Phil Thornalley, released in 1988 by MCA.

Swamp
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1988
GenreSynthpop, pop, rock
Length38:12 (vinyl & cassette)
41:42 (CD)
LabelMCA
ProducerPhil Thornalley (tracks 1-11)
André Cymone (tracks 1, 6 & 7)
Tom Bailey (tracks 2, 5, 8, 11)
Jim Williams (track 9)
Singles from Swamp
  1. "Love Me Like a Rock"
    Released: September 1988
  2. "Listen"
    Released: January 1989

The album's title was named after Thornalley's own private studio Swamp Studios, located in Northwest London.[1] Swamp was produced by Thornalley, with André Cymone and Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins producing three tracks each with him. Jim Williams co-produced the track "Conversations".[2]

BackgroundEdit

Swamp was recorded after Thornalley signed with MCA. For his official website biography, he commented: "At the studio I would stay 'after hours' to record my own songs and was signed to MCA in the USA and made my flop solo album Swamp. By this time, my childhood friend Mike Nocito had started the group Johnny Hates Jazz and invited me to join for their second album called Tall Stories. I realized that my passion was for writing songs; not performing them."[3]

Swamp was released in the United States only and was not a commercial success.[4] Two singles were released from the album: "Love Me Like a Rock" in September 1988 and "Listen" in January 1989.[5][6]

Song informationEdit

"Love Me Like a Rock" was later recorded by Daniel John Ohm,[7] who released his version as a single in Germany, taken from his album Time for Love.[8][9] "Listen" was originally recorded by Johnny Hates Jazz for their own 1988 debut album Turn Back the Clock. Thornalley co-produced the track, and also engineered and mixed the album.[10] "Concentration" was included as part of the soundtrack to the 1989 film She's Out of Control, starring Tony Danza and Catherine Hicks.[11] The soundtrack album, released by MCA, included the track.[12] "Milk and Diamonds" was a bonus track available only on the CD release of Swamp.[13]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Billboardfavourable[14]

Upon release, Billboard listed the album as a recommended pop album. They commented: "Heavy dance rock laced with electronic touches and burning guitar leads frames this debut effort. The anthemic "When I Get to Heaven" is noteworthy; the monster groove of "Concentration" hints at dance-floor action."[14] Bill Coleman later commented in a November 1988 issue of Billboard: ""Listen" deserves to be a smash pop hit, while "Push and Pull," "Conversations," and the single "Love Me Like a Rock" could garner support with properly tailored mixes".[15]

Recording artist Reggie Sears has frequently cited Swamp as a major influence on him, and has said: "This is without a doubt my favorite album of all time and what I consider to be the greatest album of all time. I wouldn't be a musician or a producer without this album. Phil Thornalley is a genius and Swamp is his masterpiece."[16]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Love Me Like a Rock"Phil Thornalley3:06
2."This Time"Jim Williams, Thornalley4:12
3."Concentration"Thornalley3:38
4."Listen"Thornalley3:58
5."When I Get to Heaven"Williams, Thornalley, Tom Bailey4:59
6."Push and Pull"Williams, Thornalley3:43
7."Under My Skin"André Cymone, Colin Campsie, Thornalley3:39
8."Two Hearts"Williams, Thornalley3:32
9."Conversations"Williams, Thornalley3:26
10."Everynight I Die for You"Thornalley3:54
CD bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Milk and Diamonds"Thornalley3:30

PersonnelEdit

  • Phil Thornalley - vocals (all tracks), lead guitar (tracks 1), guitars (tracks 2-5, 8, 10 & 11), keyboards (tracks 3, 4 & 10), throat bass (track 3), drums (tracks 3, 4, 9 & 10), bass (tracks 4 & 10), lead axe (track 6), lead guitar (track 7)
  • André Cymone - guitar (tracks 1, 6 & 7), keyboards (tracks 1, 6 & 7), bass (tracks 1, 6 & 7), drums (tracks 1, 6 & 7)
  • Carol Kenyon - backing vocals (tracks 1 & 7)
  • Jim Williams - backing vocals (tracks 1, 6), Byrd guitar (track 5), Rok guitar (tracks 6 & 7), outro lead guitar (track 7), guitar solo (track 8), bass (track 9), keyboards (track 9), guitar (track 9)
  • Brian Kilgore - percussion (tracks 1, 6 & 7), timbale solo (track 7)
  • Todd Herreman - Fairlight CMI (tracks 1, 6 & 7)
  • Tom Bailey - bass (tracks 2, 5, 8 & 11), keyboards (tracks 2, 5 & 8), Wonderkord (track 2), CMI (tracks 2, 5 & 8), cymbals (track 3), piano (track 11), vibes (track 11)
  • David Palmer - drums (tracks 2, 8 & 11)
  • Elayne Griffiths - backing vocals (tracks 2 & 8)
  • Reverend La Bot - organ (track 2)
  • Mel Collins - tenor saxophone (track 2)
  • Louise Rutkowski - backing vocals (track 3)
  • Elvis Patel - percussion (track 5)
  • Keith Fernley - blues harp (track 10)
  • Roy Spong - hi hat, toms and gong (track 10)
  • Tomasso Bom Balini - brass (track 11)
Production
  • Phil Thornalley - producer (all tracks), remixing (tracks 1, 6 & 7), mixing (all tracks), recorded by (all tracks)
  • André Cymone - producer (tracks 1, 6 & 7)
  • Tom Bailey - producer (tracks 2, 5, 8 & 11), remixing (tracks 1, 6 & 7), mixing (all tracks)
  • Jim Williams - producer (track 9)
  • Keith Fernley - mixing (all tracks), recorded by (all tracks)
  • Roy Spong, Nick Lacey - assistant engineers
  • Ted Jensen - mastering

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Phil Thornalley: Torn". Soundonsound.com. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  2. ^ "Phil Thornalley - Swamp (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  3. ^ "Biography « Phil Thornalley". Philthornalley.com. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  4. ^ "Phil Thornalley - Swamp at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  5. ^ "Phil Thornalley - Love Me Like A Rock / The Right Time - MCA - USA - MCA-53404". 45cat. 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  6. ^ "Phil Thornalley - Listen at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  7. ^ "Daniel John Ohm - Love Me Like A Rock at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  8. ^ "Daniel John Ohm - Time For Love at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  9. ^ "Daniel John Ohm - Love Me Like A Rock (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  10. ^ "Johnny Hates Jazz - Turn Back The Clock (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  11. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098308/soundtrack
  12. ^ "She's out of Control [Original Soundtrack] - Original Soundtrack : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 1990-10-17. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  13. ^ "Phil Thornalley - Swamp (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  14. ^ a b Billboard magazine - Album reviews - October 8, 1988 - page 70
  15. ^ Billboard magazine - Dance Trax - November 12, 1988 - page 35
  16. ^ "Reggie Sears Swamp Tweet". Reggie Sears. Retrieved 2019-08-25.