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Phil KeaggyAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 4, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records/Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027Q0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In The Light Of Common Day
2. County Down
3. Symphonic Dance
4. Addison's Walk
5. I Feel The Winds Of God Today
6. Fare Thee Well
7. Fragile Forest
8. Brother Jack
9. As Warm As Tears
10. A Place Of Springs
11. In The Light Of Common Day (Reprise)
12. When Night Falls

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational June 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Jimi Hendrix is reported to say that Phil Keaggy was the best guitarist around. Listen to this solo-acoustical album and you just might have to agree. Purely instrumental, this is every finger-picker's dream. If this is your type of music, than this is one album that is definitely worth tracking down.
Keaggy has been blessed with lightning fast arpeggios, a command of alternate tunings, and right hand slap/harmonic technique that all adds flavor to his music. "County Down" is a playground for him to use his repertoire of skills. The song is brilliant in it's own right. "Fair Thee Well" is built around a theme comprised of both right and left and tapping, add in some fast runs, and you have another great tune. There isn't a bad cut on this album.
Another neat item about this album is that Keaggy provides the alternate tunings that he uses for each song in the liner notes. For you finger-pickers who would like to emulate him, you at least have a place to begin. If you like guitar, especially solo-acoustic, then this is a must have. The majority of the album is soft and quiet, but it will have you listening intently.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this record back in 93 and it has been, in one form or another, in my collection ever since. It is to my mind one of the finest guitar recordings ever produced. I am a fan of Andres Segovia, Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, and a host of other FS guitarists, so I hope you can appreciate what I mean when I say this.

What Keaggy manages to do here, and sadly only here, is to weave a collection of tunes that provoke the emotions as much as the ear. He has said that he intended the songs on this album to be in the Impressionist veign. And I cannot think of a better decription.

Listening to "A Place of Springs" for instance, one has the impression of a mind struggling with the wieght of the world and with it's own weakness. And in Keaggy's arrangement of Grieg's "Symphonic Dance" we not only hear but truly feel the elation of the instrument (as narrator) at some joyous moment we will never fully comprehend (though I like to imagine it's a wedding dance, or a childs first steps).

It's almost as though the record contains an anthology of songs that tell a story of a life from the guitar's point of view, with the guitar as it's own voice. As always, Keaggy intermingles this collage with his deep spiritual conviction--in fact, every note drips with it.

This is work of a tremendous artist, a musical virtuoso, at the peak of his powers, letting his instrument explore spaces at once too private and too universal for words. It is an amazing and breathtaking way to pass a rainy afternoon. And it rewards frequent replaying. I cannot recommend to highly.

Phil, we are in your debt for this masterpiece.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely a remarkable album... March 1, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This is one of those albums that has never really left my player since I bought it 4 years ago. Keaggy is truely a master of his craft and his songs bring a smile to my whenever I hear them. This is album calmed and relaxed me during some of the most stressful years of my life. Really beautiful and I cannot recommend it more highly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Acoustic Guitar album May 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I love this album. Phil Keaggy is gifted in not only playing, but also writing wonderful instrumental music. This album is in the same lines as Master and the Musician by Phil. They highlight Phils guitar but also have other instrumentation such as violin, synthesizer, piano. The music is simple and beautiful, very melodic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melody Master May 29, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When considering the many gifts and talents of Phil Keaggy, one must first recognize that this guitaist is an artist who can capture the musical intrupretation of a beautiful heartfelt emotion far better than most. His ability to create melodic themes that seep their way with repeated listening into your conscience and linger with pleasurable and quieting enjoyment, set him apart from the masses. I have owned, loaned or given away to "special friends", more of this paticular album than any other...... It has a unique way of draping itself around me when playing in the background, that sets my mood positive and allows my day to pass productively. I recommend this album to anyone who appreciates fluid acoustic guitar with infectious lilting melodies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable, melodic, reflective, and warm December 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have been listening to this album for more than ten years, and the music held within has yet to dull or fade in it's effects on my spirit and conscience. Keaggy masterfully crafts deeply moving and fabulously rich music without becoming ostentatious, without becoming busy or flashy. Simple yet complicated, still yet flowing, grand yet approachable, the rich acoustic rhythms offer moments of deep reflection and intense exhilaration. This is by far the VERY BEST acoustic guitar album I have, I also dare write that it may be one of the best albums I have. Keaggy's gift approaches that of the 17th & 18th century composers, whose music I love as well and whom also share in the characteristics I attributed above to Keaggy.
This is a must have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite CDs! October 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I saw Phil Keaggy in concert (in Knoxville, TN in the late 70s and again in Southern California in the 80s) and, like everyone, am quite impressed by his talent. THIS is the CD that puts it all together for me. Like MASTER AND THE MUSICIAN (another GREAT album) each song paints a mind-picture for the listener. This is one I listen to often and (some days) over and over. Another one of my favorites is his album LOVE BROKE THROUGH...a great example of Phil's guitar work and vocals in one of the BEST early Christian rock albums.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I've enjoyed this album for years and wore out my cassette ...
I've enjoyed this album for years and wore out my cassette tape, yes I'm old school, and nice to have found a quality CD.
Published 1 month ago by Steve Bradford
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
This is one of the best fingerstyle acoustic albums of Phil Keaggy. He totally explores the guitar and the album in interspersed with background string and other guitars arranged... Read more
Published 3 months ago by guitfiddleblue
5.0 out of 5 stars it's Phil Keaggy
I've been listening to Phil Keaggy since Glass Harp's first album in the early '70s. I still think The Master and the Musician is the best album I've ever heard. Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites
My favorite memory of this album is how I held my newborn son on my chest as he went to sleep listening to this album. It became a ritual. Now he's 21 years old! Read more
Published 9 months ago by GuitarSounds
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my very favorite instrumental albums
One of my very favorite instrumental albums. I listed to this when I was sick in bed from chemo treatments and it ministered to my spirit. Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Super-natural
This was a very unique album with some wonderful compositions by the artist himself, along with both classical and sacred pieces adapted to the sound of guitar woven into the track... Read more
Published 11 months ago by SP2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Phil Keaggy. What a wonderful album to start my days.
This is an excellent album. Subdued yet complex. It lets me think in the morning and enjoy some incredible music.
Published 14 months ago by whatever
5.0 out of 5 stars Phil Keaggy is great!!
This CD was recommended to me by a friend. My 16 year-old daughter is learning to play guitar, and I thought she would enjoy it. She loves it, and so do I. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Margaret S. Wilkerosn
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic instrumental
My fovorite accoustic instrumentals are based on style. I play piano, not guitar, but I do admire the difficulty of many of his compositions. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Instrumental Bliss
Great guitar instrumentals CD from one of the best guitarists ever to live. Very relaxing but not boring. I listen to it when I study or nap.
Published 18 months ago by Brian
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