1983 Ph.D. – Is It Safe?

Is It Safe? is the 1983 second album from Ph.D. It would be their last album until 2009’s comeback Three.
Is It Safe? is reissued by Voiceprint Records in 2010. “Fifth of May” was re-recorded for Three.

Ph.D. were a British group best known for their UK Top 10 hit “I Won’t Let You Down” in April 1982, although the song had been a hit the previous year throughout Europe. The band took its name from the initial letters of its three founding members’ surnames; Phillips, Hymas and Diamond. The name was written so as to be a visual pun on the letters denoting a degree of the same name.


1  I Didn’t Know (Tony Hymas, James Diamond) 4:30
2  Pretty Ladies (Tony Hymas, James Diamond) 3:34
3  Johnny (Tony Hymas, James Diamond) 3:31
4  Shotgun Romance (Tony Hymas, James Diamond) 3:24
5  Changing Partners (Tony Hymas, James Diamond) 3:40
6  No Right To Be Sad (Tony Hymas, James Diamond) 4:03
7  Fifth Of May (Tony Hymas, James Diamond) 5:02
8  No Happy Ending (Tony Hymas, James Diamond) 4:14
9  Beautiful Day (Tony Hymas, James Diamond) 5:11
10  New York City (Tony Hymas, James Diamond) 2:26


KeyboardsTony Hymas
Background VocalsHelen Chapelle
Background VocalsJoy Yates
Background VocalsGeorge Handler
VocalsJim Diamond

Other Musicians

1 I Didn’t Know

Drums Simon Phillips
Guitar Jeff Beck

2 Pretty Ladies

Drums Mark Craney

3 Johnny

Drums Simon Phillips

4 Shotgun Romance

Drums Mark Craney

5 Changing Partners

Drums Mark Craney

6 No Right To Be Sad

Drums Simon Phillips

7 Fifth Of May

Drums Simon Phillips
Guitar Ray Russell

8 No Happy Ending

Drums Mark Craney

9 Beautiful Day

Drums Mark Craney


Liner Notes

Producer – Ph.D.
Executive-Producer – Jeffrey Levinson, John Wolff
Leader (String Sections) – Michael Rennie
Mastered By – Arun Chakraverty
Mixed By, Mastered By – Colin Fairley
Recorded By – Gwyn Mathias, Ian Morais, Mike Ross Trevor, Tony Clarke, Will Reid-Dick

Art Direction, Design – Sandi Young
Photography By – John Shaw