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Anthony Phillips


Symphonic Prog

3.81 | 191 ratings

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3 stars Under clubbing

Compared to much of his output this, Phillips second album, plays heavily on the vocals. He assumes those duties himself, which is a brave but ultimately misguided move, as singing is not his longest suit. This probably explains why the singing tends to be well back in the mix, especially on tracks such as "Regrets".

There is something of a Tony Banks feel to the music, I was particularly reminded of his "A curious feeling" album at times, and both he and Mike Rutherford are "thanked" in the sleeve notes.

The music is melodic and pleasant, but generally simple in structure, and unchallenging. The many "players" credited for their contribution do little to assert their individual talents, understandably leaving Phillips to dominate his own album. (The strings on "Regrets" are nice though.)

The sleeve adopts a golf related theme (the following album would be soccer), with a tasteful Peter Cross sleeve. To continue the golf analogy, Phillips at best is just about playing to par here, with a couple of bogeys.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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