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Poll Question: What's your fave Ant album?
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    Posted: February 17 2009 at 02:42

All Genesis fans are aware of Ant's huge contribution to the band's early muse on their first two albums and even (uncredited) on their masterpiece, Nursery Cryme - much of The Musical Box was composed by Ant too, but what about his solo output since the mid-seventies?

These are the Ant albums in my collection, what's your favourite of this selection. I suspect his debut may get some votes as Collins & Rutherford made large contributions to it but I would probably plump for Sides, a great balance between classy songwriting and adventurous instrumentals and it has the bonus of the incredible rhythm section of John G.Perry on bass and the precision of ex-Crimson man Mike Giles on drums.
 
Invisible Men would run it a close second for me, probably Ant's 'pop' album, but what great, emotional songwriting on it. In many ways I prefer Ant's songwriting to his instrumental excursions, as the latter can (occasionally) tend to blandness but his songs are always sharp, with great tunes and thoughtful lyrics.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2009 at 03:06
I apologise right now because I voted for '1984', but I really mean it. that album has things happening in it.
I followed AP's output for a few years and stopped after I got fed up.
But I suppose never has boredom been so beautiful.
I like the music of any era, regardless of when it was made.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2009 at 03:19
I only know 'The Geese and the Ghost', 'Wise after the Event' and 'Sides'. I have heard 'Private Parts & Pieces' once. Of these albums, 'Wise after the Event' is my favourite. I still play it now and then. Recommended!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2009 at 04:46
The Geese And The Ghost and Sides are fine; I'm not especially familiar with the rest, though. There are too many private parts and pieces to listen carefully to them...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2009 at 05:56
Geese and Ghost remains my favorite and I have lots of them.  Antiques comes in second despite the finger/string noises.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2009 at 06:01
"Sides" has a great sense of humour and some "killer toons"
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2009 at 08:53
I don't know if "Wise" or "Geese" ...   though very different, I love both -  the one being folkier and the other being a poppier effort. 

But I'll tick "Wise",  the title track is just genious  Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2009 at 11:48
Doesnt "TheVicar" play on Wise after the event?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2009 at 12:34
I have almost all of these but you are MISSING "Slowdance" , an absolute classic disc of majestic proportion! Run and find that one, you will not be amiss! I chose the delightful PP&Pieces with the drop dead gorgeous cover, Pavillion being a close second. I deeply enjoyed Antiques , Catch, Slow Waves, Geese, 1984 and Tarka. Ivory Moon is a tad morose . The Perry/Phillips duo albums are precious as well.
But Slowdance, way beyond..........
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2009 at 13:23
Originally posted by AlanD AlanD wrote:

All Genesis fans are aware of Ant's huge contribution to the band's early muse on their first two albums and even (uncredited) on their masterpiece, Nursery Cryme - much of The Musical Box was composed by Ant too, but what about his solo output since the mid-seventies?

These are the Ant albums in my collection, what's your favourite of this selection. I suspect his debut may get some votes as Collins & Rutherford made large contributions to it but I would probably plump for Sides, a great balance between classy songwriting and adventurous instrumentals and it has the bonus of the incredible rhythm section of John G.Perry on bass and the precision of ex-Crimson man Mike Giles on drums.
 
Invisible Men would run it a close second for me, probably Ant's 'pop' album, but what great, emotional songwriting on it. In many ways I prefer Ant's songwriting to his instrumental excursions, as the latter can (occasionally) tend to blandness but his songs are always sharp, with great tunes and thoughtful lyrics.
 
Long live Vic Stench & Ralph Bernascone! (in-joke for Ant fans)
 
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Ah, the fickle finger of fate. I always felt that after Ant's departure from Genesis, his presence or his ghost was always there haunting the heart of Genesis' best composiotions thereafter. Obviously in The Musical Box, The Fountain of Salmacis (Nursery Cryme) hark back to Stagnation (Trespass). Even in The Cinema Show (Selling England...) is evidence. Although taking nothing away from his replacement, Steve Hackett who took over the guitar reins admirably and beyond,  was apparently destined to be.
 
Of your list I had to go with Wise After The Event. (This time). I think it showcased Ant's best guitar playing in both electric & acoustic. Lots of lush 12-string and some very precise electric guitar solos. My only criticism is I've always felt he should have hired a permanent lead vocalist for all his albums. I don't know who was hanging out with who, but WATE harks in sound to Wind & Wuthering a la Your Own Special Way. And the album has a fresh sound and was a break from his stuffy English Victoriana musings.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2009 at 13:25
What path would Genesis have taken if Ant stayed with them?

Anybody dare to share their thought?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2009 at 13:30
Originally posted by crimhead crimhead wrote:

What path would Genesis have taken if Ant stayed with them?

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Good question - probably very similar in Nursey Cryme and Foxtrot, as there are shades of AP all over them, but I suspect that SEBP would never have sounded the same owing to Hackett "coming out" in all his glory on that one. I don't think the post Gabriel era would have sounded all that different, given Rutherford & Collin's contributions?

I have voted for Tarka on the poll - love this album, but also admire virtually everything he has done.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2009 at 13:51
Originally posted by crimhead crimhead wrote:

What path would Genesis have taken if Ant stayed with them?

Anybody dare to share their thought?

Seems like Ant was headed in a more copius, uhm, more mellow direction...Tongue

Here's what I've collected so far:
Archive Collection Volume One, The
Geese & the Ghost, The
Missing Links Volume 1: Finger Painting
Private Parts & Pieces
Private Parts & Pieces 4: A Catch at the Tables
Private Parts & Pieces III
Private Parts & Pieces VIII: New England
Private Parts and Pieces IX: Dragonfly Dreams
Sides
Slow Dance
Slow Waves, Soft Stars
Soiree (Private Parts & Pieces X)
Wise After the Event
Gypsy Suite


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2009 at 17:06
Geese and Ghost .

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2009 at 17:08
Originally posted by crimhead crimhead wrote:

What path would Genesis have taken if Ant stayed with them?

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Well love his acoustic sound, and Hackett's is great too. I don't think it would be all that different. Though I love Ant, if it would have changed at all it probably would have went south.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2009 at 01:32
Originally posted by npjnpj npjnpj wrote:

I apologise right now because I voted for '1984', but I really mean it. that album has things happening in it.


Don't apologize, because it's a good album.

Originally posted by tszirmay tszirmay wrote:

I have almost all of these but you are MISSING "Slowdance" , an absolute classic disc of majestic proportion! Run and find that one, you will not be amiss! I chose the delightful PP&Pieces with the drop dead gorgeous cover, Pavillion being a close second. I deeply enjoyed Antiques , Catch, Slow Waves, Geese, 1984 and Tarka. Ivory Moon is a tad morose . The Perry/Phillips duo albums are precious as well.
But Slowdance, way beyond..........


That is my favourite album: Slow Dance.
From the list I voted for Sides, but I could also have voted for Back To The Pavilion or Ivory Moon, two excellent PPP albums.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2009 at 02:08
Actually, I should have put Slow Dance on the list, an oversight on my part and I do own a copy of that one on cd - a scintillating album which I haven't played for far too long, I will rectify that forthwith and dig it out for a spin this week!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2009 at 03:20
Originally posted by Einsetumadur Einsetumadur wrote:

I don't know if "Wise" or "Geese" ...   though very different, I love both -  the one being folkier and the other being a poppier effort. 

But I'll tick "Wise",  the title track is just genious  Smile
 
I agree with this. And though the first six songs on 'Wise' are all excellent, the title track is one of my faves.
 
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