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Anthony Phillips


Symphonic Prog

3.77 | 118 ratings

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3 stars War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength, guitars are keyboards, and drums are drum machines

It is quite remarkable that Anthony Phillips and Rick Wakeman both released albums based on George Orwell's famous novel, 1984, the same year! What a coincidence! Personally, I prefer Wakeman's 1984 over Phillips' 1984.

One notices right away that this album is radically different from Anthony Phillips previous albums (and most of his subsequent albums as well). 1984 is a pure electronic affair and had this been Phillips' only album he might have been placed in the Progressive Electronic category. 1984 too has rather thin and monotonous synthesiser sounds and drum machines. There are no vocals on this album and neither are there any real drums, or guitars, or bass. The sound basically consists of drum machines and electronic keyboards.

The novel, 1984, is a masterpiece, but this album is not I'm afraid. However, it is nonetheless one of Anthony Philips' more interesting albums and it is recommended in addition to The Geese And The Ghost and Wise After The Event (which are stylistically radically different from the present album, and rather different from each other too)

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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