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The Turning (1987)

Updated: Dec 30, 2023


The Turning is the fourth and final studio album released under Leslie Phillips. It was released in 1987 and her final album on Myrrh Records.


The 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 under her current name Sam Phillips. 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 number 8 in the book CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music by CCM Magazine. Even though radio singles like "Libera Me" and "Answers Don't Come Easy" were moderate hits, The Turning was not commercially successful. The album peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart.


Track listings

All songs 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 (Leslie Phillips, T-Bone Burnett) -3:12

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 (Leslie Phillips, T-Bone Burnett) -3:48


Radio singles

1987 "Libera Me" -#2 Christian CHR, #9 Christian AC

1987 "Love is Not Lost" -#14 Christian CHR

1987 "Answers Don't Come Easy" -#11 Christian CHR, #27 Christian AC


Next release: Recollection (1988)


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