The Turning (album)

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The Turning
Studio album by
Genre Rock
Label Myrrh, DCC Compact Classics
Producer T Bone Burnett
Leslie Phillips chronology
Black and White in a Grey World
The Turning
Alternative cover
The 1998 DCC re-release
Professional ratings
Review scores
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The Turning is an album by Leslie Phillips that was released by Myrrh in 1987 and re-released in 1997 under the name Sam Phillips.


This album marks the first time Phillips worked with producer T Bone Burnett. The two married soon 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.

This album was listed at No. 8 in the book CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music. [2]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Leslie Phillips except where noted.

1."River of Love" T Bone Burnett 2:46
2."Love Is Not Lost" 4:02
3."The Turning" 3:38
4."Libera Me"T Bone Burnett, Sam Phillips3:12
5."Carry You" 4:23
6."Beating Heart" 2:57
7."Expectations" 3:19
8."Down" 3:29
9."Answers Don't Come Easy" 4:11
10."God Is Watching You"T Bone Burnett, Sam Phillips3:48




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  1. "The Turning - Sam Phillips - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  2. Hefner, April; Granger, Greg (January 15, 2001). CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums In Christian Music. Harvest House. p. 41–43. ISBN   0736902813.
  3. The Turning (booklet). Los Angeles, California: Word Incorporated. 1987.
  4. "The Turning". AllMusic. Retrieved July 17, 2017.