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Anthony Phillips Private Parts & Pieces VI - Ivory Moon album cover
3.33 | 64 ratings | 6 reviews | 13% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1986

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sea-Dogs Motoring suite (12:08) :
- I. Sunrise Over Sienna (3:18)
- II. Basking Shark (5:07)
- III. Sea Dog's Air (2:34)
- IV. Safe Havens (1:09)
2. Tara's Theme (from Masquerade) (3:22)
3. Winter's Thaw (9:35)
4. The Old House (15:17)
5. Moonfall (from Masquerade) (4:00)
6. Rapids (8:25)

Total time 52:47

Bonus Track On 1991 CD release:
7. Let Us Now Make Love (6:31)

Line-up / Musicians

- Anthony Phillips / piano, composer & producer

Releases information

Piano pieces 1971-1985

Artwork: "Sea-Dogs Motoring" by Peter Cross

LP PVC Records ‎- PVC 8946 (1986, US)

CD Virgin ‎- CDOVD 325 (1991, UK) With a bonus track (solo piano version of a Genesis song)

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ANTHONY PHILLIPS Private Parts & Pieces VI - Ivory Moon ratings distribution

(64 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

ANTHONY PHILLIPS Private Parts & Pieces VI - Ivory Moon reviews

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Review by lucas
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5 stars Anthony Phillips is well-known as an acoustic guitar player. On Rutherford's first solo effort, he used to play keyboards and played them very well. On PP&PVI, he plays exclusively the piano. Unlike John B, I am rather enthusiastic about the solo compositions compiled on this record and find them very enjoyable. Anthony Philipps focuses on the melody rather than on the virtuosity and the result is phenomenal for an artist who used to play the guitar in his previous solo works. The music proposed by Anthony is brilliant and never boring and should appeal to fans of romantic music la Debussy.
Review by Moogtron III
4 stars This is Anthony Phillips' first solo piano album (he made a second one a few years ago, called Soiree), and it is one of his best solo albums. Maybe Genesis fans, and even Anthony Phillips fans, don't buy easily an all piano album, but the record consists of strong compositions.

The style I would decribe as chamber music. Intimate, delicate music, without fast playing and no emotional outbursts. The emotions are subtle. The record sounds gentle, though never dull. All the compositions on the album are good, even the bonus track. No mediocrity when it comes to the compositions!

References to classical composers? That is a difficult question. I cannot find any strong similarities to wll known classical composers. What I can say: the record has some romantic / impressionist influences, but there is something "English" in it, but it's hard to put the finger on it. Also echoes of Genesis are to be heard, especially in the second part of Basking Shark.

If you look at the last song, which wasn't on the original LP, but was added on the later CD release, you see that it's called "Let Us Now Make Love", and maybe you remember that there was a track like that on the first Genesis Archive Box (Vol. I: 1967 - 1975). This is the same track, but on solo piano, and it is wonderful even without the vocals. If you can picture that, you have a bit of an idea how the album sounds.

If you're an explorative prog fan, and you like Anthony Phillips, and you think you may like a solo piano album, then I would strongly recommend you this album, because of the strength of its wonderful compositions. The Suite Sea - Dogs Motoring is the strongest track, but all the tracks have the ability to grow on you.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
1 stars Tickling the ivories till the moon comes up

Anthony "Ant" Phillips is best known as a guitar player (and, of course, particularly for being the guitar player of Genesis in the early 70's, prior to Steve Hackett). But what few may know is that he is actually also a very competent keyboard player, which is well demonstrated on the present recording of piano pieces.

This music was composed between 1971 and 1985 and features Ant on the grand piano, pure and simple, no other people are involved and no other instruments can be heard. Ant even produces the album himself. This is an album that falls wholly in the Classical music category and it has nothing to do with progressive Rock. Rick Wakeman has more than a few similar albums.

As a demonstration of technical prowess, and even of the ability to compose in (a) certain style(s), this album is exemplary, and I don't mean to say that it is of low quality considered as a Classical album. But personally I just don't enjoy it very much. Even if I do love the sound of the piano, hearing it for a whole album straight becomes a strain on the ear in this case.

This is an album strictly for Anthony Phillips completionists and perhaps for those who have a special interest in Classical piano music. Anyone else is best advised to stay away.

Latest members reviews

3 stars An improvement over three last albums and also a surprise to find Anthony Phillips mastering piano to new levels. He is not a composer or player a la Wakeman or Banks that are more refined and elegant but nevertheless, AP has enough taste and confidence to take his conventional listeners by surp ... (read more)

Report this review (#2242874) | Posted by sgtpepper | Saturday, August 10, 2019 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The motto for this album might be 'Anthony Phillips likes to play piano'. Initially being a well-crafted guitarist with personal approach to the instrument, he started to study piano in early 1970s. Surely it had to end up with something sooner or later. And finally, in 1986 Phillips released a pian ... (read more)

Report this review (#1057383) | Posted by proghaven | Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Review Permanlink

2 stars While being a top shelf 12 string acoustic guitarist, Ant's piano playing is not nearly as accomplished and interesting, and while he uses keyboards to excellent effect on many of his recordings, this solo piano effort is easily lost among his works, perhaps his least noteworthy effort. For Ant fans ... (read more)

Report this review (#25974) | Posted by Gonghobbit | Sunday, January 25, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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