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Anthony Phillips


Symphonic Prog

3.78 | 111 ratings

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5 stars No this is in fact not 'private parts and pieces'. It's a full-fledged concept album belonging to the notorious PPP series just formally. It's refined and sophisticated sympho prog of highest level. It's one of the very best solo albums ever made by Anthony Phillips. And the heavy artillery of 1970s prog is involved: Andy McCulloch (King Crimson circa Lizard, Fields) on drums, Mike Rutherford (guess no need to remind where he's from...) on bass, Mel Collins on flute... and Anthony Phillips on guitars and keys. The album starts with majestic Scottish Suite which causes noble associations with almost all classic epic suites of 1970s prog but stands by itself due to Phillips' unique approach to arrangement and melody making. Indeed, what started with Trespass and continued with The Geese & The Ghost reached a glorious peak with Scottish Suite. The musical action further develops with Lindsay, a slow piece for piano, and K2, an ethereal fantasy for synth. The second half of the album is a sequence of short etudes, mostly for guitar, sometimes with flute and oboe, and for piano, including the short sketch previously used in The Geese & The Ghost, plus two songs with vocals. These tracks more or less conform to the idea of 'private parts and pieces' but are sequenced so cleverly that they seem to form another suite in total.
proghaven | 5/5 |


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