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Anthony Edwin Phillips - Born 23 December 1951 (Chiswick, West London, UK)

Anthony PHILLIPS was one of the original founding members of GENESIS featuring Peter GABRIEL, Tony BANKS, and Michael RUTHERFORD. Following "Trespass", GENESIS' second album, PHILLIPS left (purportedly due to stage fright) and was replaced by Steve HACKETT. Nothing was heard again from Anthony until 1977, when he favored us with his first solo, "The Geese and the Ghost", although PHILLIPS wasn't the first member of the band to release a solo album (that honor goes to Steve HACKETT, by releasing "Voyage of the Acolyte", in 1975). A more commercial audience was courted on "Wise After The Event" and "Sides", to no avail, and PHILLIPS spent much of his time releasing instrumental pieces (both old and new) under the "Private Parts & Pieces" series. Steeped in classical, pre-Baroque, and folk influences, he was able to record entire albums featuring only his acoustic instrument. He is one of the world's masters on the twelve string guitar and piano compositions that hark back to GENESIS' original lost innocence. His studio recordings reveal a distinctive character to his compositions on those instruments as well.

Some of his albums are more "progessive" than others, especially "Sides" (INTERESTING CD), "Private Parts and Pieces II" (A MUST! for fans of early GENESIS), "PP&P IX", and "Wise After the Event" (A MASTERPIECE); others are more "classical" in style like "PP&P III", "PP&P V", "PP&P VI" or "poppy" like "Invisible Men" and a few tracks on "Sides". Anthony PHILLIPS' 1977 debut album is one of the best works, but all of them are excellent. This album (1977) by Ant is my second favorite PHILLIPS album after "Wise After the Event". Even more its a jewel for every Rock collection, but in its own particular genre (a mix of those quiet moments of "Trespass" of GENESIS+the medieval folkprog style by GRYPHON). As you well have gathered, "Anthology" (1995) is an album that has a compilation of tracks from his solo career. This album is the perfect introduction to the world of Anthony PHILLIPS.

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4.04 | 372 ratings
The Geese And The Ghost
1977
3.81 | 177 ratings
Wise After The Event
1978
3.32 | 102 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces
1978
3.04 | 99 ratings
Sides
1979
3.78 | 107 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces II - Back To The Pavillion
1980
3.77 | 99 ratings
1984
1981
3.57 | 72 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Enrique Berro Garcia: Private Parts & Pieces III - Antiques
1982
2.37 | 48 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Richard Scott: Invisible Men
1983
3.11 | 48 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces IV - A Catch At The Tables
1984
3.25 | 53 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces V - Twelve
1984
3.38 | 47 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces VI - Ivory Moon
1986
2.95 | 48 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces VII - Slow Waves, Soft Stars
1987
3.49 | 50 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Harry Williamson: Tarka
1988
3.36 | 30 ratings
Missing Links, Volume 1 - Finger Painting
1989
4.28 | 170 ratings
Slow Dance
1990
3.87 | 58 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces VIII - New England
1992
2.53 | 23 ratings
Sail The World
1994
2.98 | 31 ratings
Missing Links, Volume 2 - The Sky Road
1994
3.44 | 33 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Harry Williamson: Gypsy Suite
1995
3.58 | 41 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces IX - Dragonfly Dreams
1996
3.95 | 37 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Guillermo Cazenave: The Meadows Of Englewood
1996
3.65 | 29 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Joji Hirota: Missing Links, Volume 3 - Time & Tide
1997
3.87 | 39 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces X - Soirée
1999
3.45 | 20 ratings
Battle Of The Birds - A Celtic Tale
2004
4.20 | 85 ratings
Field Day
2005
3.19 | 16 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Joji Hirota: Wildlife
2007
2.79 | 23 ratings
Missing Links, Volume 4 - Pathways & Promenades
2009
2.92 | 13 ratings
Ahead Of The Field
2010
3.79 | 25 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Andrew Skeet: Seventh Heaven
2012
2.98 | 18 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces XI - City Of Dreams
2012
3.60 | 5 ratings
Strings Of Light
2019

ANTHONY PHILLIPS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 16 ratings
The "Living Room" Concert
1995
3.89 | 9 ratings
The Live Radio Sessions
1998
3.68 | 13 ratings
Radio Clyde 1978
2003

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2.52 | 12 ratings
Harvest of the Heart
1985
3.12 | 15 ratings
Anthony Phillips - Anthology
1995
4.25 | 8 ratings
Legend (1997)
1997
2.84 | 10 ratings
The Archive Collection Volume One
1998
4.60 | 5 ratings
Legend
1999
4.25 | 4 ratings
Soft Vivace
2002
3.40 | 5 ratings
All Our Lives
2002
3.89 | 9 ratings
Soundscapes - An Anthology
2003
3.61 | 10 ratings
Archive Collection Vol II
2004
4.50 | 6 ratings
Harvest of the Heart: An Anthology
2014
5.00 | 1 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI
2018

ANTHONY PHILLIPS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Collections
1977
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We're All as We Lie
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
Um & Aargh
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prelude '84
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sally
1984
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The Anthem from Tarka (Five Track CD-Single)
1988
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The Anthem From Tarka
1988

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 The Geese And The Ghost by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.04 | 372 ratings

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The Geese And The Ghost
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by Psychedelic Paul

5 stars ANTHONY PHILLIPS (born 1951) is best-known as the original guitarist with GENESIS. He appeared on their first two albums "From Genesis to Revelation" (1969) and "Trespass" (1970), but decided to quit the band due to crippling bouts of stage fright when performing live. He took a long hiatus from recording music and studied classical music for awhile until 1977 when he embarked on his long and illustrious solo career with the release of "The Geese and the Ghost" album. Three further albums followed at the tail-end of the 1970's:- "Wise After the Event" (1978); "Private Parts & Pieces" (1978); and "Sides" (1979). Altogether, Anthony Phillips has recorded an incredible thirty-one albums, including eleven volumes of "Private Parts & Pieces" and four volumes of "Missing Links", consisting primarily of demos, out-takes, and previously unreleased material from his vast library of music recordings. He still continues to record to this day with his latest album "Strings of Light" released as recently as 2019. Anthony Phillips' first album "The Geese and the Ghost" is notable for including his Genesis bandmates Mike Rutherford on bass and Phil Collins on vocals on a couple of tracks, and Steve Hackett's brother John Hackett on flute. Ant Phillips played all of the guitar and keyboard parts on the album. The 2008 CD reissue included a bonus disc of unused material from the album.

The album opens with the brief prelude "Wind-Tales", featuring a light breeze of keyboards floating past the listener like a zephyr in a mellow wave of calming pastoral sound, which leads us into "Which Way the Wind Blows". This song is a gorgeous slice of melodic prog with the familiar voice of Phil Collins reminding us that this song would have fitted very nicely onto a classic Genesis album, although the music is altogether gentler and mellower than anything Genesis have ever recorded. We're travelling back in time to the royal court of Henry VIII now with "Henry: Portraits from Tudor Times", in the first of two long suites on the album. The six-piece "Henry" suite is a glorious 12-minute-long combination of gentle acoustic passages and marching battle themes and it also features a tremendously rousing chorus for the grand finale. The dynamic contrast between Ant Phillip's gentle acoustic guitar combined with his sonorous outbursts from the almighty keyboards are what really sets this long suite of music alight with passionate and powerful intensity. It's dramatic symphonic music imbued with all of the regal power and magnificent majesty of a King upon his throne. Phil Collins returns to vocal duties in a lovely duet with Vivienne McAuliffe for "God If I Saw Her Now". It's another beautiful piece of gentle melodic prog in an album that's positively overflowing with charming and enchanting English tunes.

Opening Side Two is "Chinese Mushroom Cloud" which sounds just as dramatic and doom-laden as the song title suggests. It's a short prelude featuring the rousing and resonant deep rumble of a cello, conjuring up a portentous and disturbing image of some cataclysmic disaster. This leads us into the two-part suite and title track "The Geese and the Ghost". Running at nearly sixteen minutes long, it's an epic masterpiece, combining orchestral, pastoral folk and proggy themes in a timeless timbre of tuneful melodies, which also includes some rousing grand symphonic keyboard flourishes too for our delectation and delight. We get to hear Anthony Phillip's voice for the first time on "Collections", and a very fine singer he is too. The music is a gorgeous flute and guitar melody floating on a sea of sensational strings. The final piece of music "Sleepfall: The Geese Fly West" is as gentle and peaceful as the gentlest of lullabies and it's a perfect dream-like melody to bring a marvellous and masterful album to a close.

"The Geese and the Ghost" is a timeless album full of reverberant refrains and mellifluous melodies combined together in a magnificent melange of pastoral folk, classical compositions and melodic prog symphonies. It's a superb album that should appeal equally to Genesis fans and non-Genesis fans alike. The music has been described as sounding like a "mixture of Vaughan Williams and Mike Oldfield" which sums it up rather well I think.

 The Geese And The Ghost by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.04 | 372 ratings

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The Geese And The Ghost
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by patrickq
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4 stars Maybe I'd see things differently if I were more than a casual fan of Gabriel, Collins, and company, but The Geese and the Ghost sure sounds like a Lost Genesis Album to me. Others have pointed out that Anthony Phillips's debut is missing several of the characteristics of a Genesis record: the trademark soaring guitar of Steve Hackett, for example, and Tony Banks's virtuoso keyboard work. There's also the fact that only three of the songs have vocals, that the lyrics don't really sound too much like Genesis, and that there's very little percussion, never mind Phil-Collins-strength drumming.

But I view this as a Lost Genesis Album anyway, for two distinct reasons. First, serious Genesis fans seem to really like this record even though Collins is the primary vocalist and Peter Gabriel is absent completely. That says something to me: despite all that's missing, there's some other element or elements that attract those fans. Secondly, this record sounds like Gabriel-era Genesis - - not just someone mimicking or saluting Gabriel-era Genesis - - without Gabriel, Banks, Hackett, or producer John Burns.

Of course the fact that Collins sings two songs makes a big difference, but the most significant element is the synergy between Phillips and Genesis bassist-guitarist Mike Rutherford. This pair, who co-wrote the two main pieces here, also perform the guitar duets that dominate The Geese and the Ghost. It may be these largely acoustic guitar orchestrations, which echo parts of "Supper's Ready," "The Cinema Show," and other Genesis songs, that so endear Genesis fans to this album.

Or perhaps it's these pastoral arrangements of serene but pleasant melodies, which, while lilting, never deteriorate into elevator music. Indeed, Phillips neglects to smooth over the occasional melodic edge - - to good effect. Nonetheless, the album has none of the edginess of a Genesis album. Among its other qualities is the superb audio mixing of the instruments, including flutes, oboes, and strings.

The Geese and the Ghost sounds like an album which was made to satisfy the artist, not the audience. It's kind of appropriate that it failed to chart in the UK and just barely nicked the US top 200 album listings. Others have pointed out that the hybrid of progressive folk and symphonic rock offered by Phillips wasn't selling in 1977, but I can't think of any particular time when it would've been a smash hit. The Geese and the Ghost is a Lost Genesis Album almost on purpose.

In summary - - and I don't mean this as faint praise - - What a nice album.

 Missing Links, Volume 4 - Pathways & Promenades by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.79 | 23 ratings

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Missing Links, Volume 4 - Pathways & Promenades
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 23 crystal clear tracks (which could easily be called "a disperse recollection of 23 music composition essays from different years", to be precise and understanding its context better), running for over 66 minutes and each one of these unique in their almost brief/ephemeral/airy personality. Freed from any kind of frivolous and unecessary decorations, over the top artificial climaxes nor artificial sound engineering tricks, What you see is what you get.

Anthony Phillips' Missing Links Vol. 4 (2009) if taken as an album in the Prog universe is up front, emotional and yes totally personal. The kind of work which could have been easily forgotten in a highly prolific composer's archives as unfinished works or probable future ones, that is evident even in its album title.

The music as such is all Anthony Phillips, he has established his idiom since The Geese And The Ghost (1977) and even though he kind of fitted in from day one in the, then in diapers, New Age labelling, these exctracts, essays or missing links have a closer to that tag intention and those same sonic results which will eventually permeate most of his later works.

As for rating it, well..., it travels smoothly from 1 to 3 (literal way of rating in this site's guidelines, not your guts!) stars. As for it going upwards or actually urging you as reviewer to get it right now, hardly. As for it to maybe become essential one day or better than other of his 4 stars works or someone else's ? No & no.

***

 Field Day by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.20 | 85 ratings

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Field Day
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

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.

Tracks are well composed and interpreted, the sound is very clear.

My favourites on CD1: "High Fives" with its staccato runs, "Steps retraced" with a classical guitar sound, "Field Day" with its playful but subdued tone and nice melody, "Concerto de Alvarez" for its Mediterranean feel and "White Spider" for its virtuosity and expressiveness.

The second CD has a similar taste. The recommende tracks by me are: "Rain on Sag harbour" due to its melancholic feeling, "Oubliette" with its reflectiveness,"Mudlark" for a contrast guitar and banjo-like tone, "To the lighthouse" because it has an epic development.

I am sure that everybody would have chosen different favourites, there are so many choices :).

The album belongs to the better AP albums and deservers 3,5 stars although there not many progressive rock elements to be found here.

 Private Parts & Pieces X - Soirée by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.87 | 39 ratings

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Private Parts & Pieces X - Soirée
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Another piano-based album by AP after several years. There are no other instruments for distraction,just one player and one instrument. AP is a decent piano player as he proved it on "Ivory Moon", he play with two hands simultaneously without issues.

Pieces are not complex, usually have a good melody and will be accessible to any listener.

THe first more complex piece is "Creation", because of its length. I like to highlight "Scythia" because it is a romantic and airy track that changes the octaves frequently (right hand). "Oregon Trail" is a dramatic piece with a strong motive. "Rain Suite" has twp tone alternating to remind of falling rain.

"Summer's Journey" is a pleasant closing piece.

This is a lovely piece, not progressive and not at the level of "Ivory Moon" but will please fans of calm piano music.

 Anthony Phillips & Joji Hirota: Missing Links, Volume 3 - Time & Tide by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.65 | 29 ratings

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Anthony Phillips & Joji Hirota: Missing Links, Volume 3 - Time & Tide
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Third release with missing pieces has multiple layers to offer from meditative/ambient music in the first tracks to guitar- based more conventional pieces.

"Turtle Race" has unusual to its name, fast percussions and quiet synth textures. Some of the tracks have a world-music ,vibe to it: South American "Underway Forest" and "Indio Wedding" and "River Chase", Latin "Fiesta del Charangos", African "African dream", "Bedouin Train",, "Okavanga" and "Sandstorm", Asian "Kalahari", "Songoku", "Schuan Journey", "Slow Boat to China". During the 29 songs on the album, none of this features guitar! It sounds like a soundtrack to documentary film about cultures or exotic animals.

However, the tracks are not too world music oriented so they are easily digestible and at the same time, forgettable.

3 stars but only because of bringing something original into AP's collection, otherwise 2.5 stars.

 Anthony Phillips & Guillermo Cazenave: The Meadows Of Englewood by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.95 | 37 ratings

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Anthony Phillips & Guillermo Cazenave: The Meadows Of Englewood
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Not sure why this album has such high ratings at Progarchives because it does not stand out over other albums of this era.

The first track is a conventional AP guitar track. Then comes the focus of the whole album - a 36 minute suite that goes into every direction without any rhythm music.

I find this suite incoherent and overly long.

The vocal track is quite forgettable, too. The following dramatic keyboard based instrumental track does not offer much under the substance.

"Sortilege" is an improvement with a combination of guitar and synth leads. "She'll be waiting" has a vocal that reminds me of Spandau Ballet vocal.

"The Circle" is a forgettable ambient track before the peak track of the album - "Picaresca". Here, Phillips shows the virtuosity and focus on the acoustic guitar. Even though it is one instrument only, the composition has a rich sound.

3 stars are fair.

 Private Parts & Pieces IX - Dragonfly Dreams by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.58 | 41 ratings

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Private Parts & Pieces IX - Dragonfly Dreams
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Another classic and classically-oriented album by the master of the 12-string guitar. The tracks are rather soft and laid back and so quite suitable for quiet evenings at home

"Something Blue" has a particularly soothing feeling.

The ambiance changes first on the fifth track, "Lostwithiel", which is an electronic ambient track with certain development unlike "Under the ice" that sounds like meaningless 6 minutes.

Back to guitar - twingy guitar is introduced in the seventh track "Sarah Blakely's evening" and vocals in "She'll be waiting".

Classical guitar is represented on "Hills of Languedoc". Then comes a hanfdul of tracks with two acoustic guitars to enrich the listening experience and they are averagely good.

"Night Song" brings a female operatic vocal which does not match the music well. The only long track is "Chinese walls" with its 17 minutes of pure acoustic guitar.

 Anthony Phillips & Harry Williamson: Gypsy Suite by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.44 | 33 ratings

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Anthony Phillips & Harry Williamson: Gypsy Suite
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars After two weak efforts, we reach at least the average level again. Gypsy Suite is a more elaborate, inspired and crafted record. Instrumental playing is very professional, albeit focusing on acoustic instruments such as guitars and piano. While "Gypsy Suite" is very much acoustic guitar suite, the second long piece that is mentioned to be a demo from the 70's is quite a different music with more variety, starting off with lively piano, changing into acoustic guitar duo and then relying on piano again. Other instruments that enter into play are harp and organ. "Stream River and Salmon Hunting" is a particularly memorable and bright piece of music.

Both suites act as quite different works and it is good for the sake of change that they were put on the same record.

 Sail The World by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1994
2.53 | 23 ratings

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Sail The World
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

2 stars One of the weakest albums by AP, also the one if you ask me about the most uninspiring record by AP.

The music is contemporary but emotionless, mundane and does not spark my interest until the last song where we can hear trademark sound of AP's electric guitar. All pieces are instrumental and could be described as pleasant 90's background music that does not discourage you but will not stay in your ears or memory for long. I would call this instrumental-new-age-pop style.

This could be a friendly soundtrack music but not to be released as a normal studio album to focus on.

2 stars at most and to be avoided.

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