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    Posted: September 24 2012 at 06:22
1984 is his best IMHO.....could have done it better with a drummer though....
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However good the original albums may be - the ultimate sonic paradise are the alternate versions of Wise After The Event, especially those with Michael Giles and John Perry. Ant should have recorded the whole album live with those two guys - it sounds like a great mixture of Caravan, early Genesis and McDonald&Giles to me. 
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Originally posted by The Doctor The Doctor wrote:

Originally posted by Moogtron III Moogtron III wrote:

My favorite Ant album might be Slow Dance, although maybe it is Sides after all (I still like the more commercial first half). Completing my top 3 is Ivory Moon. It took a while before I really liked that one, actually.

I also like Back To The Pavilion  and Tarka. There's my top 5, then.


I prefer the second half of Sides, but I do like the first side, especially Um & Argh.  That and Bleak House are probably my favorites from that album.  PP&P II is good, but I slightly prefer I as it seems to have more completed pieces.  Slow Dance is excellent as is 1984.  The double CD version of 1984 has some really cool bonus stuff on the second disc. 

My favs are probably TG&TG at the top (and I like Phil's vocal input on the two songs he sings-this was directed at another poster), with Slow Dance and Wise After the Event bringing up the two and three spots.  I should also mention that his pop album Invisible Men is pretty cool as well.  PP&P I, Sides and 1984 are the following three.

Yes, I prefer the second half of Sides too. Sisters Of Remindum is my favorite track, followed by Bleak House, I think. Um and Aargh is quite good, yes. 
Oh yes, 1984 is also a good album! 
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Originally posted by Raccoon Raccoon wrote:

Originally posted by Moogtron III Moogtron III wrote:

My favorite Ant album might be Slow Dance, although maybe it is Sides after all (I still like the more commercial first half). Completing my top 3 is Ivory Moon. It took a while before I really liked that one, actually.

I also like Back To The Pavilion  and Tarka. There's my top 5, then.

Great picks!! Have you heard Soiree? It's much like Ivory Moon (only piano) but more entertaining. The moods Ant strikes are more powerful, more obvious, more lush. THAT is probably my #3 Ant album.

#1 is of course TG&tG while Slow Dance is probably #2.

I feel bad not mentioning Dragonfly Dreams and Wise After The Event, so maybe #4 and #5 right here.

I bought Soirée, but haven't listened to it yet. So it's that good? You make me curious. I have to really try that one! 
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Originally posted by Moogtron III Moogtron III wrote:

My favorite Ant album might be Slow Dance, although maybe it is Sides after all (I still like the more commercial first half). Completing my top 3 is Ivory Moon. It took a while before I really liked that one, actually.

I also like Back To The Pavilion  and Tarka. There's my top 5, then.


I prefer the second half of Sides, but I do like the first side, especially Um & Argh.  That and Bleak House are probably my favorites from that album.  PP&P II is good, but I slightly prefer I as it seems to have more completed pieces.  Slow Dance is excellent as is 1984.  The double CD version of 1984 has some really cool bonus stuff on the second disc. 

My favs are probably TG&TG at the top (and I like Phil's vocal input on the two songs he sings-this was directed at another poster), with Slow Dance and Wise After the Event bringing up the two and three spots.  I should also mention that his pop album Invisible Men is pretty cool as well.  PP&P I, Sides and 1984 are the following three.
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Originally posted by Moogtron III Moogtron III wrote:

My favorite Ant album might be Slow Dance, although maybe it is Sides after all (I still like the more commercial first half). Completing my top 3 is Ivory Moon. It took a while before I really liked that one, actually.

I also like Back To The Pavilion  and Tarka. There's my top 5, then.

Great picks!! Have you heard Soiree? It's much like Ivory Moon (only piano) but more entertaining. The moods Ant strikes are more powerful, more obvious, more lush. THAT is probably my #3 Ant album.

#1 is of course TG&tG while Slow Dance is probably #2.

I feel bad not mentioning Dragonfly Dreams and Wise After The Event, so maybe #4 and #5 right here.
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I listened to G & T G - very early genesis like starts with a put-off track with collins singing the best track is the last one (before the bonus) - Hackett's Voyage of the Acolyte is infinately better IMHO....
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My favorite Ant album might be Slow Dance, although maybe it is Sides after all (I still like the more commercial first half). Completing my top 3 is Ivory Moon. It took a while before I really liked that one, actually.

I also like Back To The Pavilion  and Tarka. There's my top 5, then.
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I started collecting Ant Phillips CD's as a sort of Genesis Collectionist hobby - never listed to any of them except 1984 and SIDE's just dug out Geese and the Ghost - I shall listen to that this weekend....
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Originally posted by Raccoon Raccoon wrote:


Originally posted by Master of Time Master of Time wrote:

I'd also like to comment that Trespass is my number two favorite prog album of all-time.
Very nice choice! Stagnation goes down as one of my FAVORITE Genesis songs, and that's saying something.


In a way, Trespass is also my favourite album. Or at least, it is the one I enjoy most from beginning to end. All the songs are beautiful, and so, it doesn't have the obligatory annoying song that the other albums with Gabriel and Hackett have. In that way, Geese and the Ghost might also be better than the other great Genesis albums. However, both albums lack, as far as I'm concerned, the better than great songs that other albums have, such as Supper's Ready, Dancing with the Moonlit Knight, Firth of Fifth, and Cinema Show (for me, The Knife would be the closest to this).
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Hi,
 
There is not a whole lot more I can say about Anthony Phillips, that has not alreayd been said.
 
I wrote some poetry to one of his pieces, (Slow Dance), and he was polite and wonderful enough to allow me to use his music when the time came and we were able to put together the Ygdrasil Journal of Poetic Arts' very  first (and only) issue that was recorded ... as poetry needs to be, instead of read!
 
I have nothing but admiration for the three people that have allowed me over the years to use their music to illustrate some poetry. These three people are some of the nicest folks in the business and some of the most creative ... out there! Anthony Phillips is one and does not need the accolades in order to do his work and concentrate on his vision and music!
 
You can always tell the real artist ... he just lives on and on and on ... and does not need to advertise himself ... the work does it for him!
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Originally posted by Bj-1 Bj-1 wrote:

Hmm.. long time since I last heard a complete Ant album... 
Me too.  Will have to give Ant his due!
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Originally posted by Flyingsod Flyingsod wrote:

I've been busy and havent seen this thread till now. Figures that I stay away a few days and interesting threads start up. I'm an Ant fan but exceptt for a few youtube sessions I only know his Genesis work. Tresspass is my fav Genesis album and between that and the compositions he worked on in Nursery Cryme I fell in love with 12 string guitar. Steve Hackett of course did a great job in the band but I am not really greatful for the replacement. I prefer the electric guitar work on Tresspass to later albums as well as the acoustic 12 string.


I always wondered how Genesis would sound if Ant stayed... Anthony really showed what you could do with just a guitar or piano. That you could capture moods with different notes and tempos. I played the acoustic A LONG time ago and gave it up pretty quickly. I had no idea you could do all that, haha. So much of the Private Parts are fantastically good, his piano work on Soiree is definitely worth checking out.

Thanks for the post, it's always nice to see someone else who appreciates Ants' work! Smile
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I've been busy and havent seen this thread till now. Figures that I stay away a few days and interesting threads start up. I'm an Ant fan but exceptt for a few youtube sessions I only know his Genesis work. Tresspass is my fav Genesis album and between that and the compositions he worked on in Nursery Cryme I fell in love with 12 string guitar. Steve Hackett of course did a great job in the band but I am not really greatful for the replacement. I prefer the electric guitar work on Tresspass to later albums as well as the acoustic 12 string.

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A great soundtrack composer and background wizard but thankfully he walked and Hackett came along. Love TG & TG best.
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Originally posted by The Doctor The Doctor wrote:

Hard to pick a favorite.  I love Geese.  I also love Wise After the Event, Tarka, 1984, Slow Dance.  Hell, I even like his "pop" albums, Sides and Invisible Men.  His first PP&P album is my favorite of that series, but II, 3, 4, 6 and 7 also deserve mention.  Haven't yet heard 9 or 10.  Embarrassed



!! you should be embarrassed! Soiree continues where Ivory Tower left off (pretty much, I actually like Soiree better)! I never actually listened to Invisible Men, so I can't be the judge of that! But I'm sure I should since that's one of the FEW pop albums he ever did. Dragonfly Dreams is also great.
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Hard to pick a favorite.  I love Geese.  I also love Wise After the Event, Tarka, 1984, Slow Dance.  Hell, I even like his "pop" albums, Sides and Invisible Men.  His first PP&P album is my favorite of that series, but II, 3, 4, 6 and 7 also deserve mention.  Haven't yet heard 9 or 10.  Embarrassed

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The instrumental piece "Nightmare" from "Sides" has always been a favorite of mine. According to other's I have conversed with, the piece drags on and on. It's actually a side of Anthony Phillips' writng that sounds a bit like Steve Hackett. Michael Giles is the main feature of this piece for me. It's quite different from how he played with K.C...although you can easily identify his style, the playing itself had a different approach. The piece sets off such a strange vibe. I can visualize him at the top of a mountain, in front of a tower, playing "Nightmare" just before the storm.
 

 


The drums definitely don't hide themselves Approve best song on Sides. The epic finisher. With Giles in the front row. Going along with the guitar, but not overpowering the track. Going to a rhythmic beat. Really has that EPIC feel. If anything, it's too short 
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The instrumental piece "Nightmare" from "Sides" has always been a favorite of mine. According to other's I have conversed with, the piece drags on and on. It's actually a side of Anthony Phillips' writng that sounds a bit like Steve Hackett. Michael Giles is the main feature of this piece for me. It's quite different from how he played with K.C...although you can easily identify his style, the playing itself had a different approach. The piece sets off such a strange vibe. I can visualize him at the top of a mountain, in front of a tower, playing "Nightmare" just before the storm.
 

 
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Originally posted by Slartibartfast Slartibartfast wrote:

The Geese and the Ghost is obviously boring for not having any metal tracks in it. However if one of the songs could be remade as metallic, which one? Tongue


Henry already seems a bit metal when the war's going on (or at least I think it's a war, there's cannons!) but I'd like a metal duet of God If I Saw Her Now. I wanna hear some blood-curdling growls of "A CHILD, SIXTEEN WAS I!! BOTH VIRGINS DID WE BUY" Smile
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