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3 stars A tasteful and well performed duo recording by Ant and Enrique Barro Garcia, I would recommend this over Twelve, it's a little more diverse, and certainly Ivory Moon, among his sparser (solo/duo) works. Fans of acoustic guitar in general would find this well worth having.
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Posted Sunday, January 25, 2004 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
3 stars This is his third classic and acoustic guitar oriented album. Mostly there are only guitars! It is a very mellow and peaceful album. The ensemble is not very rhythmic, and the speed involved is often low, so that one can appreciate each note played. I do not think it is very accessible. Here again, you can constantly hear Phillips' fingers rub the strings, which may be annoying for some. Some tracks have an increased notes flow, while others have many pauses. The best track is the one with the special guest guitarist Enrique Barro Garcia: he plays a bluesy ethereal electric guitar while Phillips plays a rhythmic acoustic guitar note by note. Phillips uses sometimes a good 12-string acoustic guitar.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars I need to disagree with JOHN B. Antiques is a brilliant album. It's like fine gourmet food - the delicate seasonings that Ant uses in just the right proportions, are just as important as the ones he doesn't use! I have spent years listening to the intricasies of this album - the best parts being the ones you have to strain to hear. His deft touch draws you in to the musical painting. Only a mind as subtle and as searing as Ant's could have pulled this off. The interplay between him and Berro-Garcia is a marvel to behold. For my money, the best songs on the album are the first two and the last two, perfect bookends. The second to last song (Sand Dunes), is a soulful work of genius. The last minute of this song is perfect - period! Every fan of Prog Rock should get this album. So too should every accalimed "guitar god", e.g. Clapton, Beck, Satriani, et al. Upon listening to this album they will not ask themselves "How did he do that" (because they can too, better in some cases), but rather, "How did he think of that!!" JOHN B. and everyone else out there, give this album at least another 100 listens - you'll see what I'm talking about.
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Posted Tuesday, December 14, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars Now this is a guitar album!!! Far superior to TWELVE, wherein ANT tries to do it all on a 12 string guitar and a one-track recorder. Here, he plays solo pieces, duets with Berro-Garcia, and multi-track ensembles, utilizing 6 string, 12 string, electric, and bass guitars. The result is heavenly!!! Soothing, pastoral, heartbreaking, reassuring, and delicate are all words that come to mind when I listen to this. More than any of his often sad lyrics, ANT exposes an unguarded side to himself, sung through his nimble fingertips. I always feel simultaneously drained and satisfied when the last notes of this masterpiece waft into the ether. Do something good to yourself and pick up a copy of PP&PIII: ANTIQUES
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Posted Thursday, March 17, 2005 | Review Permalink
4 stars The way this album comes together is brilliant. I've never heard such slow and deliberate guitar playing, picking, strumming, and fingering that sounded so good. I would love to hear these songs played live. What a treat that would be. I've come to learn that ANTHONY PHILLIPS does not perform live on stage. What a pity. Because this record could sell-out every night at a 1000 seat venue. I dont know who his playing partner on this disc is - ENRICO BERRA GARCIA - but the two of them make a great combo. No vox on this album, just great Spanish/classical/old English style of playing. A real treat. Pick it up if you can, you wont be disappointed.
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Posted Saturday, October 8, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars This is diamond in the rough. Beautiful playing here by A. Phillips. Only lots of guitars and some bass being played. But all of it fit together like a glove. The finest way to appreciate this album is to turn lights down low and bring in one bottle of wine. The music might finish before the wine. If so, play cd again. It will be even better second time. Really it is also very fine guitar playing. More sophisticated than for most people. But if you true progmusic fan, then YOU can appreciate it.
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Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars I thought this was the best (mostly) acoustic guitar album out there, and certainly AP's best, until I heard FIELD DAY. I've already reviewed that one though. And the runner up is. . . . . Antiques! Yes, it has been dethroned as my all-time favourite guitar album, by the very talented and incredible ANTHONY PHILLIPS. He beat himslef! I didn't think it could be done, but he did it. No worries, this CD is still packed with some of the most heartfelt and melodic guitar playing you'll ever hear. On this record he teams up with Argentinian virtuoso Enrico Berra Garcia. When these two play together, magic happens. It's as if they frolic together, fight together, and cry together. The full range of emotions are captured with their twenty fingers (actually, some songs are multi-tracked, giving it more depth and complexity) What a performance! I must agree with reviewer "linnie" - I would love to see this performed live. Only, not in a 1000 seat venue. But up close and personal in about a 150 seat sound works theater. Even though Field Day is better, this is still as deserving of 5 stars as any other 5/5 album on the site. If you're looking for music that's cooler than cool, than look no further than P.P. & P. III Antiques.
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Posted Monday, October 2, 2006 | Review Permalink
2 stars Dear Antony is quite mixing the genres with his «Private Parts». Gently acoustic with the first one, he mixed it with some great symphonic style for the second lap. The third leg is again totally acoustic and even if it denotes some musical skills (which is just normal), I have to admit that I am not impressed with this work.

This album is fully instrumental and there is almost no guest to support Anthony in this work (only one backup guitar player). I guess that there are people to appreciate this sort of album, but I don't belong to these ones.

I have had the same problem with several Hackett's works though. It's normal that these guys want to create something different while being on their own; but it is also normal to like this move quite moderately.

Some fine melody here and there, but that's not really enough to make this one a good album. In my books, only two stars are legitimate: I can't help. I do prefer while Anthony is surrounded by more of his prog friends.

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Posted Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
5 stars I played this album till its grooves had no more music left in them when this first came out--such beautiful melodies and moods came out of this duo. This one stands next to "Field Day" and "The Geese and the Ghost" as my all-time favorite Ant albums (though I love his work on "Trespass," Mike Rutherford's "Smallcreep's Day," Camel's "The Single Factor," as well as on his own "1984" and "Slow Dance"). I don't know the story of how Ant and Enrique Barro Garcia met and decided to compose and play with one another, but I love Enrique for bringing out the serious composer and performer in Ant--everything else between "Geese" and now always felt a bit tongue-in-cheek--loads of fun and many interesting though disjointed songs and melodic hooks, but nothing really displaying Ant's mastery much less commitment to any sort of musical idiom. Ant created--and still creates--music that is totally and uniquely Ant's.

1. "Motherforest" (1:55) two guitars harmonizing pure Beauty. (5/5)

2. "Hurlingham Suite" (11:15) (17.25/20): - I Ivied Castles (4:44) two beautiful guitars playing in perfect harmony with and off of each other. Full of Ant's quirky, unexpected chord and key changes. (8.75/10) - II Frosted Windows (2:25) slow progression of a thousand chords. (4.25/5) - III Bandido (2:46) aggression from acoustic guitars! Aggression with sublime fills and runs. Careful" Virtuosity on display! (4.5/5) - IV Church Bells At Sunset (1:20) gorgeous pastoral melodies. (4.75/5)

3. "Suite In D Minor" (8:27) (18.25/20): - I Whirlpools - fast arpeggiated chords on nylon string guitars (4.25/5) - II Cobblestones - slower arpeggi with one guitar doing more lead melody making on the higher end. (4.75/5) - III Catacombs - multiple guitar picked chord progressions with electric and acoustic guitars soloing in L & R channels à la Stephen Stills and Neil Young. Great tension build and release. Amazing! (5/5)

4. "Danse Nude" (1:31) reversed acoustic guitars! Brilliant! (4.5/5)

5. "Esperansa" (2:02) multiple picked 12-string chords with electric guitar soloing gently over the top. (4.5/5)

6. "Elegy" (3:28) plaintive 12-string strums forming a "classic" tear-jerker, joined by Enrique's beautifully toned and touched Spanish nylon string guitar. (9.25/10) 7. "Otto's Face" (4:23) more "classic"-feeling motifs performed with arpeggi on nylon and steel string companions. What a show by Enrique on his Spanish nylon string. Definitely an Ant classic. (9/10)

8. "Sand Dunes" (8:24) is this what the angels play in heaven? Only Ant can think/imagine these chord progressions. And such a heart-wrencher! And then 12-string takes over the foundation in the third minute. This is not what we were expecting! Such amazing dynamics from two guitars--singing such a mood-shifting song. One of Ant's all-time best. Reminds me of my favorite Christmas album of all-time: Jean-Pierre Rampal, Michel Legrand, and Alexandre Lagoya's Pastorlaes de Noël. (20/20)

9. "Old Wives Tales" (4:46) How can so much beauty come from one album! Nylon and steel companions both singing their beautiful love songs in perfect harmony. (9.5/10)

A/five stars; A masterpiece of progressive rock music in the folk/symphonic vein.

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Posted Sunday, June 12, 2011 | Review Permalink
Symphonic Team
2 stars Just another collection of antiques and curios

After having left Genesis in 1970 after the release of Trespass (and being replaced by Steve Hackett), nothing at all was heard from Anthony "Ant" Phillips for the next seven years. But when his first solo album The Geese And The Ghost finally appeared in 1977, Ant suddenly became very prolific and began releasing at least one new album each year. In conjunction with the release of his third proper album Sides, he launched the long running Private Parts & Pieces-series. A second instalment in the series, subtitled Back To The Pavilion, appeared in 1980, and in 1982 came this third album, subtitled Antiques. Actually, this one is not really a private project but rather a team effort. Ant made this album together with someone named Enrique Berro Garcia.

Like the first Private Parts & Pieces album, the present one is very strongly focused on acoustic guitars with little else being heard at all. Indeed, both Ant and Garcia are guitar players and many of these pieces are guitar duets. Toward the end of the three part Suite In D Minor some electric guitar can be heard which comes as a relief to bored ears, but there are no drums, keyboards, or vocals on this album. While I think this album is more pleasant than, and thus an improvement over, the first Private Parts & Pieces album, it is not up to par with the more diverse Private Parts & Pieces II. This is mellow and unchallenging background music and as such it is pleasant, but it is not suited for listening. It is worth hearing once or maybe even twice, but it is simply too monotonous and one-dimensional to be of any lasting interest. And, of course, it has nothing to do with progressive Rock, as it is neither progressive nor Rock.

Recommended only to Ant's fans and the devoted followers of the Private Parts & Pieces-series in particular

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Posted Friday, February 21, 2014 | Review Permalink
RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
3 stars The first of the three albums recorded by Phillips with the Argentinian classical guitarist Quique Berro-Garcia has still the mood of the acoustic parts of The Geese and the Ghost but being almost made of just two classical guitars, with few exceptions, appears to be more classical oriented. It's clear since the first track that, if I'm not wrong, has some J.S. Bach inside. The second track, an instrumental suite of about 12 minutes, contains classical inspired parts but also some fast passages which remind to Astor Piazzolla, clearly influenced by Quique.

Fully Genesis inspired, instead, is the 3rd track: "Suite in D Minor" on which Quique plays a nice clean electric guitar with some bluesy vibes. Unfortunately, Anthony can't avoid inserting tapes played reverted which I honestly find annoying. There's not even a Satanic message inside... Back to the pastoral version of Genesis and we are already in the B side (excuse me, but I have the vynil). Esperansa first, and Elegy have the pastoral mood that Genesis have quite lost after Trespass. In particular, Elegy features Ant at the 12-strings and again Quique at the electric. I think Ennio Morricone would have liked it.

The album proceeds with the happier "Otto's Face" and "Sand Dunes", another mini-suite very typical of Ant's sound of these times but a bit boring. The closer "Old Wives Tales" arrives too late. It's a good track, but after Sand Dunes I'm usually too tired to fully appreciate it.

So, not a bad album and very interesting for who likes classical and acoustic guitars. You have to, as it's almost everything you can find here. Good inside its genre.

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Posted Monday, August 22, 2022 | Review Permalink

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