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Anthony Phillips


Symphonic Prog

3.81 | 191 ratings

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3 stars I recently resurrected this album from my collection. When I first bought it on wax cylinder, back in the dim ages, I wasn't too impressed, especially when compared to his other material (Although this was his second solo album, it wasn't the second one I bought). My initial reaction prompted my to put this album down for about . . . a dozen years! Now, on fifth look, I have to admit - this is not at all a bad album. It's too thoughtful to be Top 40 Pop, and it's too Top 40 pop to be good Prog Rock. But it is good nonetheless! He assembles some of my favorite session men to help produce very likeable pop-sounding music. The wry, satirical lyrics to the first track "We're all as we lie" are quite clever - smile inducing. "Moonshooter" and "Wise after the event" are my favorite tracks. The oft featured "single" from this album, "Now what are they doing to my little friends", is good, and gets better as it reaches its climax and denouement. If you merge the "best of" this album with the "best of" INVISIBLE MEN and got some perky boy-band to provide the vox, this might have actually made it to the Top 40!
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