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3.23 | 72 ratings | 7 reviews | 10% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. January (5:56)
2. February (4:37)
3. March (5:10)
4. April (4:48)
5. May (4:37)
6. June (5:33)
7. July (6:19)
8. August (5:18)
9. September (4:05)
10. Ocotber (6:23)
11. November (5:11)
12. December (6:29)

Total Time: 64:26

Line-up / Musicians

- Anthony Philips / 12-string acoustic guitar, composer & producer

Releases information

Subtitled "A collection of pieces for solo 12-string guitar"

Artwork: Peter Cross

MC PVC Records ‎- PVC 8926 (1984, US)

LP PVC Records ‎- PVC 8926 (1985, US)

CD Virgin ‎- CDOVD 324 (1991, UK)

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ANTHONY PHILLIPS Private Parts & Pieces V - Twelve ratings distribution

(72 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(24%)
Good, but non-essential (49%)
Collectors/fans only (17%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

ANTHONY PHILLIPS Private Parts & Pieces V - Twelve reviews

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Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars This is another full acoustic guitar album from Anthony. And to be honest, I have had quite a difficult time to go through those twelve pieces of music.

I understand that it is easier to depict the months of the year while painting: at least you can show some darkness for January, some icy and cold landscape for February, some windy atmosphere for March, some return to a normal time in April, the first nice day and the flowers for May, the light of June, the hot and oppressive feel during July & August etc. This is valid in the Northern hemisphere of course.

While performing all these tracks about the course of the year, I couldn't feel any particular difference between each of them. OK, it gets a little wilder for twenty seconds during "April"?

This is an album for acoustic guitar player who could discuss amongst themselves the skills, quality and style and maybe find out some limitations about the artist. But I am not such one. In terms of prog or personal impression I would rate this work with one star, but since this album is definitely for a certain audience, I won't be so harsh and I upgrade it to two.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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.

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5 stars Seasons and their change became an important subject for human culture during last centuries (no idea why but that's the fact). A cycle of four violin concerti by Vivaldi, an oratorio by Haydn, a set of pieces for solo piano by Tchaikovsky, a set of four tango compositions by Piazzolla, a concept al ... (read more)

Report this review (#1057382) | Posted by proghaven | Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Not only does it take a lot of creative muscle to write and record 12 pieces -60 full minutes - of solo acoustic 12-string guitar. . . it takes a lot of *actual* muscle! But Ant pulls it off here with an aplomb, grace, and exemplary musicianship. Yes, the 12 month/12 song/12 string gimmick is ... (read more)

Report this review (#70236) | Posted by | Wednesday, February 22, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is really a neoclassical, not a prog-rock album. In that genre it is an overlooked masterpiece, and I would be a solid five stars. As a prog-music album I'd give it four, but am giving five to compensate for "barko". "Twelve" consists of 12 pieces for 12-string guitar, each of which depi ... (read more)

Report this review (#25971) | Posted by | Saturday, May 7, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I really dig ANTHONY PHILLIPS, but this album doesn't do it for me! It's cleverly titled in that it refers both to the number of months in a calendar year AND the number of strings on his guitar. Song #1 is entitled "January", song #2 "February", and so forth, down to #12 "December". I think A ... (read more)

Report this review (#25970) | Posted by | Wednesday, March 16, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I cannot beieve that I am the first reviewer of this album - it's shocking that other Genesis fans have not gotten to it yet. It's a completely solo and instrumental effort (with some multi-tracking, it seems) played on Ant's trademark 12-string guitar. Beautifully composed and perforrmed piec ... (read more)

Report this review (#25969) | Posted by EMinkovitch | Wednesday, March 9, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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