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Anthony Edwin Phillips - Born 23 December 1951 (Chiswick, West London, UK)

Anthony PHILLIPS was one of the original founding members of GENESIS featuring Peter GABRIEL, Tony BANKS, and Michael RUTHERFORD. Following "Trespass", GENESIS' second album, PHILLIPS left (purportedly due to stage fright) and was replaced by Steve HACKETT. Nothing was heard again from Anthony until 1977, when he favored us with his first solo, "The Geese and the Ghost", although PHILLIPS wasn't the first member of the band to release a solo album (that honor goes to Steve HACKETT, by releasing "Voyage of the Acolyte", in 1975). A more commercial audience was courted on "Wise After The Event" and "Sides", to no avail, and PHILLIPS spent much of his time releasing instrumental pieces (both old and new) under the "Private Parts & Pieces" series. Steeped in classical, pre-Baroque, and folk influences, he was able to record entire albums featuring only his acoustic instrument. He is one of the world's masters on the twelve string guitar and piano compositions that hark back to GENESIS' original lost innocence. His studio recordings reveal a distinctive character to his compositions on those instruments as well.

Some of his albums are more "progessive" than others, especially "Sides" (INTERESTING CD), "Private Parts and Pieces II" (A MUST! for fans of early GENESIS), "PP&P IX", and "Wise After the Event" (A MASTERPIECE); others are more "classical" in style like "PP&P III", "PP&P V", "PP&P VI" or "poppy" like "Invisible Men" and a few tracks on "Sides". Anthony PHILLIPS' 1977 debut album is one of the best works, but all of them are excellent. This album (1977) by Ant is my second favorite PHILLIPS album after "Wise After the Event". Even more its a jewel for every Rock collection, but in its own particular genre (a mix of those quiet moments of "Trespass" of GENESIS+the medieval folkprog style by GRYPHON). As you well have gathered, "Anthology" (1995) is an album that has a compilation of tracks from his solo career. This album is the perfect introduction to the world of Anthony PHILLIPS.

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ANTHONY PHILLIPS discography


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ANTHONY PHILLIPS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.03 | 365 ratings
The Geese And The Ghost
1977
3.80 | 174 ratings
Wise After The Event
1978
3.28 | 101 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces
1978
3.04 | 96 ratings
Sides
1979
3.77 | 104 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces II - Back To The Pavillion
1980
3.76 | 97 ratings
1984
1981
3.57 | 70 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Enrique Berro Garcia: Private Parts & Pieces III - Antiques
1982
2.34 | 46 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Richard Scott: Invisible Men
1983
3.11 | 47 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces IV - A Catch At The Tables
1984
3.25 | 52 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces V - Twelve
1984
3.39 | 47 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces VI - Ivory Moon
1986
2.95 | 48 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces VII - Slow Waves, Soft Stars
1987
3.49 | 50 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Harry Williamson: Tarka
1988
3.38 | 30 ratings
Missing Links, Volume 1 - Finger Painting
1989
4.29 | 166 ratings
Slow Dance
1990
3.87 | 58 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces VIII - New England
1992
2.53 | 23 ratings
Sail The World
1994
3.00 | 31 ratings
Missing Links, Volume 2 - The Sky Road
1994
3.43 | 33 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Harry Williamson: Gypsy Suite
1995
3.58 | 41 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces IX - Dragonfly Dreams
1996
3.95 | 37 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Guillermo Cazenave: The Meadows Of Englewood
1996
3.68 | 28 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Joji Hirota: Missing Links, Volume 3 - Time & Tide
1997
3.88 | 39 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces X - Soirée
1999
3.45 | 20 ratings
Battle Of The Birds - A Celtic Tale
2004
4.20 | 85 ratings
Field Day
2005
3.19 | 16 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Joji Hirota: Wildlife
2007
2.63 | 21 ratings
Missing Links, Volume 4 - Pathways & Promenades
2009
2.92 | 13 ratings
Ahead Of The Field
2010
3.79 | 25 ratings
Anthony Phillips & Andrew Skeet: Seventh Heaven
2012
2.98 | 18 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces XI - City Of Dreams
2012

ANTHONY PHILLIPS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 16 ratings
The "Living Room" Concert
1995
3.89 | 9 ratings
The Live Radio Sessions
1998
3.68 | 13 ratings
Radio Clyde 1978
2003

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ANTHONY PHILLIPS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.52 | 12 ratings
Harvest of the Heart
1985
3.12 | 15 ratings
Anthony Phillips - Anthology
1995
4.25 | 8 ratings
Legend (1997)
1997
2.84 | 10 ratings
The Archive Collection Volume One
1998
4.60 | 5 ratings
Legend
1999
4.25 | 4 ratings
Soft Vivace
2002
3.40 | 5 ratings
All Our Lives
2002
3.89 | 9 ratings
Soundscapes - An Anthology
2003
3.61 | 10 ratings
Archive Collection Vol II
2004
4.50 | 6 ratings
Harvest of the Heart: An Anthology
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI
2018

ANTHONY PHILLIPS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
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1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
We're All as We Lie
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
Um & Aargh
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prelude '84
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sally
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Anthem from Tarka (Five Track CD-Single)
1988
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The Anthem From Tarka
1988

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 Field Day by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.20 | 85 ratings

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Field Day
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars Anthony Philips comes to a full power on this long acoustic release with 61 pieces to satisfy the hunger that lasted several years. This is AP in his most conventional territory that is characterized by acoustic guitar and influence of medieval, classical or simply guitar instrumental music.

Tracks are well composed and interpreted, the sound is very clear.

My favourites on CD1: "High Fives" with its staccato runs, "Steps retraced" with a classical guitar sound, "Field Day" with its playful but subdued tone and nice melody, "Concerto de Alvarez" for its Mediterranean feel and "White Spider" for its virtuosity and expressiveness.

The second CD has a similar taste. The recommende tracks by me are: "Rain on Sag harbour" due to its melancholic feeling, "Oubliette" with its reflectiveness,"Mudlark" for a contrast guitar and banjo-like tone, "To the lighthouse" because it has an epic development.

I am sure that everybody would have chosen different favourites, there are so many choices :).

The album belongs to the better AP albums and deservers 3,5 stars although there not many progressive rock elements to be found here.

 Private Parts & Pieces X - Soirée by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.88 | 39 ratings

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Private Parts & Pieces X - Soirée
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Another piano-based album by AP after several years. There are no other instruments for distraction,just one player and one instrument. AP is a decent piano player as he proved it on "Ivory Moon", he play with two hands simultaneously without issues.

Pieces are not complex, usually have a good melody and will be accessible to any listener.

THe first more complex piece is "Creation", because of its length. I like to highlight "Scythia" because it is a romantic and airy track that changes the octaves frequently (right hand). "Oregon Trail" is a dramatic piece with a strong motive. "Rain Suite" has twp tone alternating to remind of falling rain.

"Summer's Journey" is a pleasant closing piece.

This is a lovely piece, not progressive and not at the level of "Ivory Moon" but will please fans of calm piano music.

 Anthony Phillips & Joji Hirota: Missing Links, Volume 3 - Time & Tide by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.68 | 28 ratings

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Anthony Phillips & Joji Hirota: Missing Links, Volume 3 - Time & Tide
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Third release with missing pieces has multiple layers to offer from meditative/ambient music in the first tracks to guitar- based more conventional pieces.

"Turtle Race" has unusual to its name, fast percussions and quiet synth textures. Some of the tracks have a world-music ,vibe to it: South American "Underway Forest" and "Indio Wedding" and "River Chase", Latin "Fiesta del Charangos", African "African dream", "Bedouin Train",, "Okavanga" and "Sandstorm", Asian "Kalahari", "Songoku", "Schuan Journey", "Slow Boat to China". During the 29 songs on the album, none of this features guitar! It sounds like a soundtrack to documentary film about cultures or exotic animals.

However, the tracks are not too world music oriented so they are easily digestible and at the same time, forgettable.

3 stars but only because of bringing something original into AP's collection, otherwise 2.5 stars.

 Anthony Phillips & Guillermo Cazenave: The Meadows Of Englewood by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.95 | 37 ratings

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Anthony Phillips & Guillermo Cazenave: The Meadows Of Englewood
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Not sure why this album has such high ratings at Progarchives because it does not stand out over other albums of this era.

The first track is a conventional AP guitar track. Then comes the focus of the whole album - a 36 minute suite that goes into every direction without any rhythm music.

I find this suite incoherent and overly long.

The vocal track is quite forgettable, too. The following dramatic keyboard based instrumental track does not offer much under the substance.

"Sortilege" is an improvement with a combination of guitar and synth leads. "She'll be waiting" has a vocal that reminds me of Spandau Ballet vocal.

"The Circle" is a forgettable ambient track before the peak track of the album - "Picaresca". Here, Phillips shows the virtuosity and focus on the acoustic guitar. Even though it is one instrument only, the composition has a rich sound.

3 stars are fair.

 Private Parts & Pieces IX - Dragonfly Dreams by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.58 | 41 ratings

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Private Parts & Pieces IX - Dragonfly Dreams
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Another classic and classically-oriented album by the master of the 12-string guitar. The tracks are rather soft and laid back and so quite suitable for quiet evenings at home

"Something Blue" has a particularly soothing feeling.

The ambiance changes first on the fifth track, "Lostwithiel", which is an electronic ambient track with certain development unlike "Under the ice" that sounds like meaningless 6 minutes.

Back to guitar - twingy guitar is introduced in the seventh track "Sarah Blakely's evening" and vocals in "She'll be waiting".

Classical guitar is represented on "Hills of Languedoc". Then comes a hanfdul of tracks with two acoustic guitars to enrich the listening experience and they are averagely good.

"Night Song" brings a female operatic vocal which does not match the music well. The only long track is "Chinese walls" with its 17 minutes of pure acoustic guitar.

 Anthony Phillips & Harry Williamson: Gypsy Suite by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.43 | 33 ratings

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Anthony Phillips & Harry Williamson: Gypsy Suite
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars After two weak efforts, we reach at least the average level again. Gypsy Suite is a more elaborate, inspired and crafted record. Instrumental playing is very professional, albeit focusing on acoustic instruments such as guitars and piano. While "Gypsy Suite" is very much acoustic guitar suite, the second long piece that is mentioned to be a demo from the 70's is quite a different music with more variety, starting off with lively piano, changing into acoustic guitar duo and then relying on piano again. Other instruments that enter into play are harp and organ. "Stream River and Salmon Hunting" is a particularly memorable and bright piece of music.

Both suites act as quite different works and it is good for the sake of change that they were put on the same record.

 Sail The World by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1994
2.53 | 23 ratings

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Sail The World
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

2 stars One of the weakest albums by AP, also the one if you ask me about the most uninspiring record by AP.

The music is contemporary but emotionless, mundane and does not spark my interest until the last song where we can hear trademark sound of AP's electric guitar. All pieces are instrumental and could be described as pleasant 90's background music that does not discourage you but will not stay in your ears or memory for long. I would call this instrumental-new-age-pop style.

This could be a friendly soundtrack music but not to be released as a normal studio album to focus on.

2 stars at most and to be avoided.

 Missing Links, Volume 2 - The Sky Road by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.00 | 31 ratings

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Missing Links, Volume 2 - The Sky Road
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

2 stars The title of the album suggessts that this would be a non-essential music potentially spanning several years or decades and it is so. Various periods, styles and instruments keep the record from being repetitive or monotonous. However, it does not necessarily mean that the record is memorable or well composed.

I like the the first two suites most. Also, I like the melancholic style of AP, so can't not admire the last melancholic track, "The beggar and the tief" :-)

This album is recommended mainly for curious fans of Anthony Phillips and completionists; it is not suitable for listeners getting to know the music by AP.

 Private Parts & Pieces VIII - New England by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.87 | 58 ratings

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Private Parts & Pieces VIII - New England
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars The album is a return to the familiar territory of acoustic/classical guitar world complemented with a few synthesizer tracks.

"Sanctuary" harkens back to the days of vocal tracks from the late 70's, tender piano notes and AP's voice augmented by guitar are still a clever combination.

"La Dolorosa" is a fantastic classical piee of music where two guitars communicate. Acoustic guitars dominate the "New England" piece and show mastership in the third piece.

"Last Goodbyes" is one of the catchiest AP's numbers supported by simple melody and simple piano lines.

"Sunrise and sea monsters" has a jazz-latin feeling to it with saxophone and exotic percussions. "If I could tell you" is a short piece unusually led by a saxophone.

"Now they've all gone" is a name of a heart-broken piano ballad.

This is one of the better "Private parts and pieces" albums by AP and won't bore the listener mainly due to its variety of musical styles and instruments.

 Slow Dance by PHILLIPS, ANTHONY album cover Studio Album, 1990
4.29 | 166 ratings

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Slow Dance
Anthony Phillips Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars AP's peak in the 90's was reached by this album, which is close to a masterpiece. This album sounds unlike anything else AP has created until now. It feels like a mixture of soundtrack, Mike Oldfield music and JM Jarre with a difference of using real instruments on top of synthesizers.

Two greatest points are deserved for the ability to compose an original music and provide mature contemporary arrangements. It is incredible, how rich can music from once a pure acoustic player get.

Looking at the timings of the two movements, this looks promising and there are no dull moments despite > 24 minutes of time for each composition.

Both compositions are symphonic and electronic in their nature and there are no upbeat moments that would interfere with the reflective mood.

This album is highly recommended due to its high level of cleverness and creativity.

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