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It's About Time

by John Hunter Phillips

Beach Boys-inspired rockin' harmonies by a master of the genre.
Genre: Pop: 60's Pop
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1. It's About Time
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2. You're Never Alone
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3. Under a Beach Boy Moon
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4. The Girl In the Rear-View Mirror
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5. You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone
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6. Heaven
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7. Goin' On
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8. Don't Worry, Baby
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9. Just Can't Wait for Summertime
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10. Thru My Window
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11. Only With You
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12. Darlin'
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13. Yo Frankie! (She's Alright With Me)
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14. Their Hearts Were Full of Spring
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15. Let It Shine
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16. I Wish For You
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17. Call In the Light
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18. The Laughter of Your Voice
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Album Notes

One of the first things you learn when you meet John is that he’s a Beach Boys fan. He has dissected their harmonies many times, in order to recreate them using his own voice. Listen to the cover songs on the samples. He did not get any of that from sheet music (though he could certainly write the sheet music for these recordings if he had to). He got them by listening, one note at a time. Try it sometime.

We’ll tell you in a minute what the three true highlights of his life are. But there are an additional nine highlights enjoyed by very few people – John sang onstage with the Beach Boys nine times; and if you search through the gallery on his website for photos of those events, you will see his soul shining from the joy of it. John is most alive when he's singing. He needs to make music to stay happy.

In 1999, after spending countless hours putting his unique voice on the harmonies, John had recorded enough Beach Boys songs (and one by John Fogerty) to put out his first CD, Diamonds on the Beach. That CD contains 16 songs, all winners. When you listen to the samples, or to the CD itself, notice the voice range. That's all John. He does some duet work with Billy Hinsche on 'One More Night Alone,' and Misha Wade does some background vocal on 'Wild Honey.' The rest, from bass to falsetto, is all John.

Then he did what any enthusiastic musician does. He started recording for his next CD. As copies of "Diamonds on the Beach" were being bought up, he headed back to the studio for a second round with different songs. But life did what life so often does--it happened while he was making other plans. That second CD had to take a back seat to a divorce and major life reorganization. It was wrenching. Enough said.

When he was ready, he finished the second CD, all 18 songs of it. This time, two songs are by Beach Boy alumnus Billy Hinsche (those arrangements are John's, by the way) and one is by Brian Wilson sideman, Jeffrey Foskett. Three of the songs are originals by John, and they're excellent. One is by John's talented friend, Jim Oliver, and one is by Dion DiMucci. The rest of his recordings, need we mention, are Beach Boys songs.

Why did John choose the title "It's About Time" for this second CD? You can figure that one out for yourself, we're sure of it. It was worth the wait.


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Valtchan - a big BB's and JHP's fan

John - the 7-th Beach Boy!!!!
A so lovely voice, a huge polyphonic talent, a so emotional way of singing!

I like so much the arrangements of the songs and I consider that it's a wonderful tribute to the Beach Boys creation.

Thank you, Jonh! God bless you!

Grettings from my country Bulgaria


John has outdone himself on this one!
Diamonds on The Beach was good, but It's About Time is so much better. John's original songs,like You're Never Alone, are a nice inclusion to the fantastic covers of the Beach Boy songs. His version of Billy Hinsche's Under A Beach Boy Moon is so much better than the original. Goin'On cover that he did with Carter Cathcart is one of the best songs on the album. His version of Carl Wilson's Heaven makes us think we are hearing the great Carl Wilson once again. Personally, I can't wait for his third album to come out. Way to go, John!


John's CD wore out my stereo.
Today, the CD "It's About Time" was on repeat and I sung in the sunshine, You're Never Alone and The Girl in the Rear-View Mirror, glad for the lyrics to be printed on the sleeve. Billy Hinsche's Under a Beach Boy Moon made me wish for a party and I was delighted to see my favorite Beach Boy, Carl Wilson's songs represented along with Dennis Wilson's It's About Time. What a fitting song to begin the album. I wish Jim Oliver had recorded his hauntingly beautiful "The Laughter of Your Voice" without the hissing sound of his "s". I missed the exact notes and guitar sound of the band in Don't Worry,Baby. I prefered the Album's You Need a Mess of Help over the Beach Boy one. Goin On knocked me out. The band wailed on that one. I like the ennunciation of the singer;I could understand all the words. The CD seems to have a spirit of it's own with the songs flowing together. This album will be my medicine for cloudy days.

Steve Rimmer, Southport UK

Excellent CD
Excellent CD, John's voice brilliant,production great. His versions of Beach Boys songs best I have heard

Marty Rudnick

John Hunter Phillips delivers the goods!
John Hunter Phillips has unlocked the Da Vinci Code of how to make a great Beach Boys record. Not only with faithful covers of some of their greatest tracks ("Darlin'", "It's About Time"), but with original tracks like "You're Never Alone" that show a great songwriting talent. And JHP delivers it all with a tremendous set of pipes. The fact that he's from the east coast probably kept California from falling into the ocean...

Rynelle S., who loves harmony

I love this selection of songs
I love this selection of songs. I get a lift when the CD starts out with “It’s About Time”; I need to crank it up and let my head whack out the time. And that lift stays through the whole CD. “You’re Never Alone” is a favorite--the line “though you’re feeling so haunted by the ghosts in your bones” is brilliant. And “The Laughter of Your Voice” is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. There is something in the quality of John’s voice that is really satisfying. I’ll buy anything he does. Oh. And that arrangement of “Under a Beach Boy Moon” ! That’s inspired. “Thru My Window” is not an easy song to sing, but he nails it. And where did he come up with the “surf rap” in “Just Can’t Wait for Summertime”? That’s great. Like I said, I love this selection of songs.


Fantastic album John
This album is awesome. Johns voice and harmonies makes you think you are listening to the Beach Boys. Johns cover of You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone is a standout. Also, Under a Beachboy Moon is worth the price of the cd. Way to go John. Can't wait for cd#3

Edward Van Finley

Retro never sounded so fine
If you could surf the sounds of summer, this would be the wave to catch. To say that the entire album is bubbling over with refined harmonies is an understatement. John captivates you on the first listening session, but upon subsequent plays, you can start to dig in and hear the intricacies that makes John such a ringer for the next Beach Boys available slot. In fact, John HAS performed on multiple occasions with the boys. You will also find that he has graced us with some original material which stand out boldy in this sea of tunes. John set the standard of exellence with his previous album (also highly recommended) and takes us even further with this new set of classic & original sun-bathed sounds. This is a perfect wave.


This man can do no wrong. The songs just grab you, and don't let go! The Girl in the Rear-View Mirror, Just Can't Wait for Summertime, Their Hearts Were Full of Spring...this is food for the musical soul.

Jim Painton

John Creates His Own "Pet Sounds"
In this, his own "Pet Sounds," John has lifted his talents (and falsettos) to new heights. He has every bit as much musical appeal as any of the Beach Boys. Not to take away anything from them, but it's really amazing how life deals out such random cards!!! JOHN should have been Brian Wilson, or at least Bruce Johnson.

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