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THE GEESE AND THE GHOST

Anthony Phillips

 

Symphonic Prog

4.03 | 243 ratings

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5 stars This album is kind of like TRESPASS without the thumping bass and drums. Interestingly, though not in GENESIS during Ant's time, PHIL COLLINS supplies very fine vocals on two tracks (I wish Phillips would have let him lay down a few drum tracks as well. Not a lot! Just a little is enough). This was ANT'S first solo run. He had to make it count - and he did. I can't help but think that some of these songs would have ended up as full-blown GENESIS numbers had he stayed on. Regardless, this work does not suffer in any way by the absence of his former bandmates. His main writing partner MIKE RUTHERFORD co-wrote much of the material and plays on a few tracks. Still, it's pure PHILLIPS; intricate, & beautiful. With each listen I hear something I hadn't noticed before. Only a genius could have thought of this stuff and then brought it to life so wonderfully. AP is in the pantheon of Prog guitarists! That said, I wish I could hear a re-mastered version of this. Sound quality and technology has changed so much since 1977. Also, Ant's collaboration with artist PETER CROSS for his album covers produced the greatest music packaging ever. You ALMOST don't have to listen to the record. If you simply studied the cover over and over again you could call yourself a fan of AP's music. It'd be like reading the Cliff Notes. The CD's size does not do Peter Cross's work justice. Don't cheat yourself though, the real treat is the audible. The visual merely adds another dimension to it.
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