The late John Phillips put forth John, The Wolf King of LA in 1970 as his solo debut.
The late John Phillips put forth John, The Wolf King of LA in 1970 as his solo debut. Presumably he would have followed it with the harder-rocking Pay, Pack & Follow had the tapes, which were recorded around 1977, not been misplaced. This was a real shame, since these nine tuneful tracks—marked by production from none other than Glimmer Twins Jagger and Richards as well as such stellar backing musicians as Ron Wood, Chris Spedding, and Mick Taylor—suggest an intriguing direction for the L.A. folk/rock pioneer. "She's Just 14," which features Richards' slide guitar, sounds like a duet between two Jaggers: Phillips' Jagger-esque lead and the real Jagger's backup. The rootsy "Oh Virginia," with Jagger's and Richards' backup vocals and Taylor's terrific blues guitar solo, inevitably evokes the Stones' own "Sweet Virginia." Augmenting "Zulu Warrior" are backing vocalists Michelle Phillips and Laura MacKenzie Phillips, along with the dual guitar attack of Richards and Taylor.—JB