Five Records That Changed My Life, Part 15: Phil Lanzon

Phil Lanzon has been playing keyboards with classic British rock band Uriah Heep since 1986. Alongside Heep’s founder Mick Box, Phil is the band’s main songwriter. During his career, he has also played with The Sweet, Grand Prix and many other bands, artists and projects. Roppongi Rocks boss Stefan Nilsson caught up with Phil to find out what five albums changed his life.

Emerson Lake & Palmer “Works Volume 1” (1977)

“Keith Emerson’s ‘Piano Concerto No. 1’! One of the most talented keyboard players of modern music bringing jazz rock and classic together in the 70s.”

(Editor’s note: Keith Emerson’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” is an over 18-minute-long instrumental track that takes up the whole first side of this ELP album.)

Queen “Greatest Hits” (1981)

“Mini symphonies and one of the greatest examples for songwriters that will easily stand the test of time.”

The Divine Comedy (1990-2019)

“Most of the albums by The Divine Comedy. Neil Hannon’s lyrics are poignant and in your face with observational talent second to none.”

Styx “Pieces of Eight” (1978)

“Rock and harmonies that influenced me no end through the late 70s and early 80s.”

Genesis “Selling England by the Pound” (1973)

“Mini symphonies of a different kind. The measure of which never seen or heard since. Musical and vocal excellence.”