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3.44 | 26 ratings | 2 reviews | 8% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1989

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Force majeure (3:49)
2. Mountain voices (3:02)
3. Lord of the smoking mirror (2:57)
4. Sea horses (2:55)
5. Dungeons (2:35)
6. Between the rings (3:10)
7. Evening ascent (3:29)
8. Streamer (1:14)
9. After the rain (2:45)
10. Rottweiler (2:42)
11. Sad fish (2:25)
12. A song (0:36)
13. God's chosen car park suite: (6:38)
i) Processional
ii) Meditation
iii) Cave painting
14. Tropicap moon over dorking suite (5:03)
i) Estrangement
ii) Myra's dream
iii) Reconciliation
15. Fountain pool (0:29)
16. C.Q. (1:06)
17. Three piece suite: (4:06)
i) To the shrine
ii) Through the forest
iii) Towards the light
18. Boulevard of fallen leaves (2:03)
19. Land of dragons suite: (12:53)
i) Land of dragons part 1
ii) Kites
iii) Harbour at sunset
iv) Dance of the crabs
v) Sand octopus & the king crabs
vi) Do the shrimps know they're Chinese?
vii) Land of dragons part 2
20. And a prayer (1:08)
21. Tierra del Fuego (1:06)
22. Paradise found (2:07)

Total Time: 67:15


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Line-up / Musicians

- Anthony Philips / piano, synths, guitars

Releases information

Cd. Progressive PRO 012 (1991) / Cd. Brainworks BWK 209 (1992) / Cd. Blueprint PB 209 (1996)

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ANTHONY PHILLIPS The Missing Links Volume 1 - Finger Painting ratings distribution

(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
Good, but non-essential (40%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Fishy
3 stars This is a compilation album of music Phillips wrote for television, libraries, jingle and audio- visual purposes between 1979 and 1989. There's no connection between the different tracks, you simply get lots of fragments which aren't related to each other. This is one of Phillips instrumental keyboard albums, some sounds have aged not too well, while others still are a joy to listen to. You won't find any guitars, vocals or real drums on this album ; this is electronic music with some progressive elements.. Phillips delivers some fabulous soundscapes full of great moods. The difference between the tracks is more an advantage than a weakness, from the moment you get bored by an atmosphere, there's another one coming up. Tracks are quite simple but do have some mysterious atmospheres on which you sometimes can guess the images this was written for. Some fragments have no real melodies and I guess some people will get bored with this record. You'll find the same kind of soft atmospheres here like on the "Slow waves, soft stars" album but in "Fingerpainting" the tracks are much shorter. My favourite moments are "Force majeure", "Lord of the smoking mrror" and "after the rain" which do have some sparkling harmonies between different layers of synthesizers. This music could be used for relaxation purposes. Not really exciting music but valuable in its own way.

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4 stars This is an album that could almost be divided into 2 sections. The first, is mostly ambient electronic pieces, more about mood than form, and although interesting, not particularly brilliant with some exceptions. The 2nd half is largely wonderful, with more emphasis on form and melody. 'Tropic ... (read more)

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