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Anthony Phillips


Symphonic Prog

3.60 | 36 ratings

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4 stars Anthony Phillips is a rare bird: he has given us some clever little medieval tunes in the 70s, some pop albums in the 80s, even some classically-tinged music in the 90s. However, "Time and Tide" doesn't fit into any of these categories. Calling it 'progressive' would be stretchting it ; calling it 'rock', even more so. What we have here are snippets of music written for various TV projects and especially for a wildlife documentary entitled "Creatures of the Magic Water". And the music on "Time and Tide" is very fluid indeed. It is made up of 29 instrumentals averaging 2 minutes each. A word of caution to you progsters if you crave long epics: this is not the kind of concept album to sink your teeth into: more like a box of miniature chocolates you want to savour gently, deliberately, letting each delicate morsel melt slowly into your mouth.

Although all tracks are extremely short, each one is complete in itself and beautifully crafted, creating vivid images of the "Amazonas", "Peruvian Plains", "Underwater Forests", "Blue Lagoons" and other equally enchanted "Sacred Kingdoms" in the listener's mind. The instruments that stand out are Phillips' own keyboards, 12-string guitar and percussion; the flute and the recorder also feature prominently (played by Joji Hirota), as do some occasional Chinese instruments (played by Guo Yue).

If you can appreciate music that is not 'prog' in the strictest sense (or 'rock', for that matter), you'll find this album absolutely charming. And in case you were inclined to think so, there is absolutely NO WAY you can label it as 'New Age': it is far too engaging and absolutely not meant for passive listening. If ever you find the "Private Parts & Pieces" series a little too classically tinged for your tastes, chances are you'll enjoy "Time and Tide". As a prog rock album, it scores 'no star'. As a gem from the deepest recesses of Neptune's underwater kingdom, it shines like four.

Hibou | 4/5 |


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