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Anthony Phillips


Symphonic Prog

3.77 | 134 ratings

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5 stars This is probably the best single sample of "what's going on inside the head of ANT PHILLIPS". It's really a "best of" album from him, before he ever released one. PP&PII is an eclectic collection of musical ideas out of the head of one of Genesis' and Prog's great visionaries. ANT includes only one full-up suite on this CD (Scottish Suite) and then favors us with a sample platter of thought, and emotion-provoking songs, bits, and progessive moods, very similar to what he later did on FIELD DAY. Notable among the tracks is the ethereal synth-poly-moog piece called K2. The major difference is that all the songs on FIELD DAY are played on various guitars and other stringed instruments, while on BACK TO THE PAVILLION he incorporates guitars, piano, synthes, bass and even (a little) drums. His old mate MIKE RUTHERFORD sits in on bass for four sections of Scottish Suite. However, by the time this album came out, his former band, now down to Collins, Banks, and Rutherford, were getting ready to crank out ABACAB. It's painfully obvious that a decade prior to this, Ant's ideas could have been turned into great Geneis songs, with the input from the fuller line-up. But by 1980-81, his pristine prog/folk sensibilites would have been roundly rejected by the band in favor of their musical doggerel like "Who Dunnit" or "Like it or not". Well, thanks to this treat from AP, you don't have to subject yourself to that! On BACK TO THE PAVILLION you can experience the un-adulterated progressive genius of the man who made STAGNATION, WHITE MOUTAIN, THE KNIFE, and yes, even THE MUSICAL BOX such classics. Come back to the pavillion and see where it all started.
Mcgraster | 5/5 |


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