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4.21 | 102 ratings | 15 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (64:42)
1. The Voyage Out (1:24)
2. High Fives (1:54)
3. Credo (1:55)
4. Cerise (1:19)
5. Runaway Horses (2:32)
6. Home Sweet Home (0:45)
7. Steps Retraced (4:11)
8. Field Day (1:44)
9. Nocturne (3:47)
10. Tryst (4:25)
11. Girl in the Gallery (1:05)
12. Bel Ami (2:04)
13. Concerto de Alvarez (8:27)
14. Lifer (3:16)
15. Chasing the Light (1:40)
16. Parlour Suite I (1:39)
17. Parlour Suite II (1:01)
18. Parlour Suite III (1:07)
19. Parlour Suite IV (0:56)
20. Parlour Suite V (1:48)
21. Parlour Suite VI (1:36)
22. Parlour Suite VII (0:46)
23. Parlour Suite VIII (1:48)
24. Swoon (0:55)
25. River of Life (3:05)
26. Momento (0:48)
27. Open Road (1:05)
28. White Spider (6:38)
29. Half Way Out (1:02)

CD 2 (64:01)
1. Weeping Willow (5:51)
2. The Love Not Shared (0:51)
3. Sojourn (2:47)
4. Dawn over the Field of Eternity (1:23)
5. Fallen City (4:50)
6. Rain on Sag Harbour (1:38)
7. Days of Grace (2:35)
8. Timeline (0:37)
9. Oubliette (3:33)
10. Tania (2:57)
11. Babbling Brook (0:55)
12. Shimmering Sharon (0:30)
13. Tea Room in Terra del Fuego (1:12)
14. Mudlark (1:41)
15. Tearaway (1:25)
16. Midnight Blue (0:41)
17. Evening Shroud (1:15)
18. Rapscallion (0:45)
19. Beyond the Castle Walls (1:09)
20. Forgotten Pathway (2:16)
21. Fairy Ring (0:44)
22. Largo d'Amour (3:17)
23. Whippersnapper (1:21)
24. Kissing Gate (1:53)
25. To the Lighthouse (8:10)
26. Driftwood (0:27)
27. Festoons and Billows (0:57)
28. Flotsam and Jetsam (0:51)
29. Sunfish Shallows (1:15)
30. Smart Alec (1:42)
31. Prayer for Natalie (2:11)
32. Out and Beyond (2:22)

Total Time 128:43

Line-up / Musicians

- Anthony Phillips / Parlour, 6-, 10- & 12-string acoustic guitars, cittern, bouzouki, charango, composer & producer

Releases information

Artwork: GR/DD, London

2CD Blueprint Records - BP362CD (2005, UK)

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ANTHONY PHILLIPS Field Day ratings distribution

(102 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)

ANTHONY PHILLIPS Field Day reviews

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Review by lazland
4 stars This is a fantastic album, a real treat.

As with a previous reviewer, I have owned Phillips' Anthology for some time now, and still get a great deal of pleasure from listening to it. I promised myself that I would buy more of his solo output, but didn't get around to it until browsing Amazon the other day, saw thety had a selection, and got this album on the strength of Prog Archives reviews.

It was well worth it. Phillips has produced an album of exceptional acoustic guitar music, interspersed with keyboards on certain tracks.

At 61 songs, it would be impossible to review each track, but it is noticeable immediately how Phillips is able to make his instrument sing and tell a story. For example, you can see the spider on White Spider, you feel that Concerto De Alvarez is a serious whole piece, and the extended Parlour Suite piece puts you in the parlour with other guests.

This album will not appeal to those who only like heavy prog. For those who appreciate the classical influences, and also appreciate one man's virtuosity, this is a must buy. Never has guitar music sounded as rich as this.

It will not be so long before I purchase another.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Heavy Prog & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars I am not sure how truly progressive this album is because it consists of 32 solo acoustic guitar pieces, however, I can not exaggerate enough on what a treat and gift it is to have this collection of instrumental ditties and fully worked out acoustic guitar songs from one of the masters of off-beat and unexpected melody of our time. It is also particularly enjoyable to follow the track list while matching each song with Ant's list of guitars from his rather extensive collection. While many if not all of the 32 songs here achieve the elevated status of 'beautiful,' the four opening and closing songs and the 12-string pieces definitely haunt me. So many others are worthy of special mention but I won't; just get the album and pick out your own favorites--there are sure to be a dozen or more.

Of all of Ant's albums, this one rates near the top--only behind "The Geese and the Ghost" and "Back to the Pavilion" along side all of the Private Parts and Pieces and "1984."

Review by Warthur
3 stars Field Day is a massive collection of acoustic guitar pieces from Anthony Phillips. If you've heard the fifth album in his Private Parts and Pieces series, Twelve, you already have some idea of what to expect here: classical guitar which meanders between the tranquil and the new agey and more complex passages reminiscent of Phillips' proggier work. Taking over two decades to record and assemble due to the compositional structure of the album bloating as the project progressed, it's an impressive achievement, though at the same time one to be approached with caution; it's long enough that it's a challenge to sit through the entire thing, especially considering that it isn't enormously varied despite the occasional other bit of instrumentation creeping in here and there, but at the same time it's structured such that the individual tracks don't really pass muster unless taken as part of the whole.

In short, it's worth a listen, but only if you're already a dedicated Phillips follower; those new to his work would be best advised to start with something which is a bit more varied and requires a bit less investment of time to get into, like The Geese and the Ghost or the first Private Parts and Pieces album.

Review by admireArt
4 stars A highly prolific composer/performer, that more than once comes up with huge albums filled with lots of songs. It is a tough pace to follow, and as many prolific composers, not always all what they produce are exactly "gems", (in fact his 2012, "Seventh Heaven" album, was quiet dissapointing, IMO).

Anyway, following the PA ratings on this "Field Day" project, I, do have to agree that this is close enough to be one of his best albums. The Anthony Phillips renaissance (the Art-period not the prog-band) guitar flavor permeates most of the record, there are a few "bridges" with added instruments that sound a bit like his (short) early-Genesis days but this is basically an all-acoustic guitar, all A. Phillips album.

What makes the difference mainly from other of his albums is the fact that there are no unnecessary fillers, everything is worth its time to listen to and even in his very personal approach there are new proposals in his way of songwriting...

One thing that should be interesting for "new-comers", is that no matter what kind of song Anthony Phillips plays, even the "sad" ones, almost always have a hopeful and "happy" after-taste, which of course, is kind of "dangerous" , considering the very thin line from "corny" to beautiful.

This work stays far away from the "corn" and much closer to intelligent & well constructed songs, with splashes, in moderation, of "sweetness", but in perfectly balanced quantity of creativity. Therefore, I do agree with the ratings on this one, this is one of his best efforts, very accomplished and tastefully performed.

**** Perfectly deserved, PA stars.

Latest members reviews

5 stars I have probably half of Phillips' albums from the earlier days, up through the "New England" album that came out in 1992, and I too am one of those people who love the diversity, songwriting skills and level of technical ability that this man displays across most of those albums. Personally, he ... (read more)

Report this review (#2451020) | Posted by Squire Jaco | Friday, September 25, 2020 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Anthony Philips comes to a full power on this long acoustic release with 61 pieces to satisfy the hunger that lasted several years. This is AP in his most conventional territory that is characterized by acoustic guitar and influence of medieval, classical or simply guitar instrumental music. ... (read more)

Report this review (#2242898) | Posted by sgtpepper | Saturday, August 10, 2019 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Well now isn't this most pleasant! If one has a taste for the acoustic guitar work that Mr. Phillips made famous, after a fashion, on Private Parts & Pieces V: Twelve, and many other albums throughout his wondrous career, then one simply must own this collection. It contains nothing but acoust ... (read more)

Report this review (#751493) | Posted by Lord Anon | Thursday, May 10, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It's fascinating to see other reviewer's opinions on this album. You would expect, from all the gushing praise, that this must be some sort of bypassed 'Selling England By the Pound' or other offering of that ilk. It's not however. I'm a massive Genesis fan, and similarly a fan of all those a ... (read more)

Report this review (#275405) | Posted by DC | Monday, March 29, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars 9.3/10 Incredible Field Day is fantastic. Don'e expect anything too goosebump worthy, though. This is a different kind of fantastic than what we usually expect from music like this. Field Day is entirely composed of guitar works, with only maybe some sleight aura sounds coming in somethin ... (read more)

Report this review (#144346) | Posted by The Lost Chord | Saturday, October 13, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars OK! Another great piece of music by one of the most underrated, yet awsome artists. I'm talking about Mr.Phillips, of course. I've only got two of his records (The Geese & the Ghost, being the other one), and they're both amazing! I had to try hard to get them. I found TG&TG by lucky chance la ... (read more)

Report this review (#92648) | Posted by N-man | Friday, September 29, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars And where did this come from???? Thirty years into his solo career ANT PHILLIPS comes up with one of his very best albums ever. He's on the opposite trajectory of his former band Genesis. As they continued to get unabshedly worse, Ant got better and better. Field Day is a delightful double alb ... (read more)

Report this review (#84271) | Posted by Mcgraster | Thursday, July 20, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I love this CD. I love it! I am an Anthony Phillips fan, but most of his music that I own is from the 1970's and early 80's. So, I'm sitting in my little cubical at work and this really cool chick who works one over from me starts playing this CD. Sometimes we discuss music. Some of our tastes ... (read more)

Report this review (#72492) | Posted by | Tuesday, March 21, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars What an amazing release!!! On Field Day, Phillips delivers a "sampler platter" of his finest offerings. If you've been to very fine and expensive restaurants, you know that sometimes the chef will send out a tasty treat "on the house" and with his compliments. Well, Mr. Phillips sends out 61 s ... (read more)

Report this review (#72060) | Posted by | Thursday, March 16, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The new double CD of acoustic pieces is an aural treat for not only Anthony Phillips fans but also lovers of romantic/impressionistic music in general. Once again, Mr. Phillips has shown his willingness to maintain his integrity and perform the sort of heartfelt music that he does best and wit ... (read more)

Report this review (#71421) | Posted by | Wednesday, March 8, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Finally a fat collection of guitar songs by the original guitarist of GENESIS. He tried to do this earlier in his career with the album TWELVE, but I'm afraid that one fell a bit short of the mark. This one has it all. 128 minutes of the finest playing you are going to hear for a long time. Mo ... (read more)

Report this review (#71340) | Posted by | Tuesday, March 7, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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