Phillip Rauls Original Photographs - The Eary Years
Displayed on Photo 5 Page are previously unviewed photographs that have never been published or reached the mainstream media. Many have remained in shoe boxes and stored away in attics for over 30 years before sharing with the public. We hope you enjoy.
By the early 1970's Phillip was traveling extensively throughout the region as the Atlantic Records Artist Relations Manager for the Southern states. Here he begins to develop his style of photography via the natural exposure of elements reflecting innate shadows and inherent reality. As a choice, Phillip was reluctant to use a flash claiming 400 speed film produced the effect which he desired. Taking pictures was always his passion yet secondary to his love of promoting media exposure for deserving artist. Although he was known to be very competitive and self-driven to succeed, money was never an incentive for either task, but done for the love of lobbying for a successful campaign. Jokingly he would often say, "Today it's King Crimson...tomorrow it's Bette Midler...seems like the job is never done." But it was a tough job and someone had to do it.
Manassas in the Spotlight
YES's Chris Squire Skinny as a Rake
YES bassist Chris Squire pauses for a chat at his hotel (1971) while reaching for a smoke. Phillip toured with the band numerous times and acknowledged in the band's biography as being instrumental for their early success. Years later in 2005 YES marked their 35th anniversary with a world tour and new DVD as Phillip visited with the band after their Seattle appearence.
Keith Sykes in his Youth
Bear in the Spotlight
Can you believe this?
Larry Raspberry Howlin' The Blues
Johnny Winter shouts "Oh Yeah"
Emerson Lake & Palmer ticket stub
ELP's drummer Carl Palmer relaxing onboard
Phillip hooks a 200 pound Shark
Portrait of Bluesman Don Nix
YES's Rick Wakeman being interviewed
Rick Wakeman was a pleasant addition to YES at keyboards as he replaced Tony Kaye who was reluctant to explore the use of the synthesizer. Here Wakeman is being interviewed at WRNO-FM in New Orleans by DJ 'Humble' Hugh Dillard.
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