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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts & Pieces III: Antiques CD (album) cover

PRIVATE PARTS & PIECES III: ANTIQUES

Anthony Phillips

 

Symphonic Prog

3.56 | 63 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars Just another collection of antiques and curios

After having left Genesis in 1970 after the release of Trespass (and being replaced by Steve Hackett), nothing at all was heard from Anthony "Ant" Phillips for the next seven years. But when his first solo album The Geese And The Ghost finally appeared in 1977, Ant suddenly became very prolific and began releasing at least one new album each year. In conjunction with the release of his third proper album Sides, he launched the long running Private Parts & Pieces-series. A second instalment in the series, subtitled Back To The Pavilion, appeared in 1980, and in 1982 came this third album, subtitled Antiques. Actually, this one is not really a private project but rather a team effort. Ant made this album together with someone named Enrique Berro Garcia.

Like the first Private Parts & Pieces album, the present one is very strongly focused on acoustic guitars with little else being heard at all. Indeed, both Ant and Garcia are guitar players and many of these pieces are guitar duets. Toward the end of the three part Suite In D Minor some electric guitar can be heard which comes as a relief to bored ears, but there are no drums, keyboards, or vocals on this album. While I think this album is more pleasant than, and thus an improvement over, the first Private Parts & Pieces album, it is not up to par with the more diverse Private Parts & Pieces II. This is mellow and unchallenging background music and as such it is pleasant, but it is not suited for listening. It is worth hearing once or maybe even twice, but it is simply too monotonous and one-dimensional to be of any lasting interest. And, of course, it has nothing to do with progressive Rock, as it is neither progressive nor Rock.

Recommended only to Ant's fans and the devoted followers of the Private Parts & Pieces-series in particular

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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