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Anthony Phillips


Symphonic Prog

3.24 | 54 ratings

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2 stars Twelve tunes played on twelve strings

The remarkably prolific Anthony Phillips released even more "private parts and pieces" on this fifth entry in the series. Private Parts & Pieces V is subtitled Twelve and features 12 instrumental numbers all of which are performed on 12 string guitar. This album is even more "private" than most albums in the series as it features only Ant playing only a single instrument and nothing else. As such the sound is rather unidimensional and monotonous.

Supposedly the album is a conceptual one with the 12 tunes representing the 12 months of the year, but it is really hard to hear why any particular number is intended to represent any particular month. The concept appears rather ad hoc and may, for all the listener is able to perceive, be an afterthought rather than something on which the actual tunes were based. Of course, being conceptual doesn't mean that it has anything to do with progressive Rock or with progressive music of any kind.

The music is mostly pleasant and it works reasonably well despite its instrumental simplicity. Sitting through the whole thing in one go is however a rather tedious exercise and it is not particularly memorable.

Like most entries in the Private Parts & Pieces-series, this is recommended only for fans and collectors or for whose with a particular interest in the 12 string guitar.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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