Anthony Phillips – A personal introduction (Pt. 4)

A closer look to the Private Parts & Pieces series


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After discussing the overall Anthony Phillips’ discography in the previous articles, I’ll finally spend some more words on the Private Parts and Pieces series, that holds a special place in its overall production and, after The Geese and The Ghost, is his most distinctive and trademark work.
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Anthony Phillips – A personal introduction (Pt. 3)

Exploring collections and series


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One anomaly of Anthony Phillips’ discography is the overabundance of anthological albums over the major releases, as a consequence of his “day job” as Library music composer.
Their content is either a selection of (sometimes unused) library work or of pieces recorded or improvised in the spare time. The two main, long lasting series of this collections are called Private Parts & Pieces and Missing Links.

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Anthony Phillips – A personal introduction (Pt. 2)

Exploring albums exclusively dedicated to acoustic music


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Sometimes in interviews you see Anthony Phillips describing himself as a guy who inputs notes into a computer via a keyboard and mouse. Despite his “day job” as soundtrack composer, though, it’s his acoustic “private” music the one to shine distinctively. This is particularly true for guitar music and especially 12-string. Continue reading “Anthony Phillips – A personal introduction (Pt. 2)”

Anthony Phillips – A personal introduction (Pt. 1)

Exploring rock albums and large scale works


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A little bio

Anthony Phillips With GenesisAnthony Phillips is mostly known for being “the guy who co-founded Genesis in 1969 and left them for good in 1971” even though he released quite a huge corpus of works afterwards.
When he left the band, Phillips was reportedly the main creative force and contributed to its trademark sound by introducing the layered tapestries of 12 string guitars created with Mike Rutherford.
After some years spent studying and teaching music while writing and recording demos in his home studio in the countryside (Sand Barns), he came back on the saddle releasing The Geese And The Ghost in 1977 (ultimately moving to his new Englewood Studios).
After some failed attempt with “rock” albums, he committed to instrumental music and never looked back.
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Anthony Phillips – A personal introduction (intro)

An exploration of the overwhelming catalogue of an overlooked artist, Genesis founder and composer


Anthony Phillips Discography GuideLast year UK Esoteric label put out an anthology box-set called Harvest Of The Heart dedicated to Anthony Phillips’ solo music. One year later, a plan for more extensive reissues of the back catalog was set in action.
I’ve been exploring Phillips’ music extensively in the past five years and more, never finding out a full article or reference that put his overwhelming discography under a lens properly unwinding his many musical threads. So here it is. A four-parter, no less.

Because of the extremely diverse quality and typology of releases, and the high number of volumes, Phillips’ overall body of work can appear confusing and inconsistent, making it harder for the non-initiated to sort it out. A typical album-by-album, song-by-song review (apart from being impractical) would not be as helpful.
What I will attempt here is to focus on separate aspects of his music, providing a little background and exploring albums by critically sorting them in consistent groups.
This is intended to be as objective as possible, but obviously a personal (re)view can’t be avoided here and there.
Moreover, this is my personal homage to an artist pretty difficult to classify (too classical to be rock/folk, too easy to be classical; too pop to be progressive, too prog to be pop, etc…); not everybody’s cup of tea (and everybody would possibly have different picks), sure, but unswervingly overlooked nevertheless.
If you haven’t yet, you should give him try.
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That elf you like is gonna come back in style. Standard Action, Season Three, starts in November

My favorite fantasy comedy is back with a “surprise”.
A longer Third Season to properly make use of an explosive crowd-funding campaign. Save the date: November 18h.


sa2Maybe some of you will remember my old article about cross-genre comedy web series. It was one of the most appreciated of this blog.
Anyway, I’m not bringing it up to lazily get some extra views but for a more substantial reason.
One of the article’s highlights, and my favorite web fantasy comedy “for geeks of all kinds”, is coming back with its Third Season. Continue reading “That elf you like is gonna come back in style. Standard Action, Season Three, starts in November”

Music for a walk in the snow: a synesthetic mixtape

Winter came back, and with it that old idea of mine to put together a personal anthology (or, as they call it, a “conceptual mixtape”) working as a soundtrack for a walk in the snow. My kind of walk; meaning lonely, meditative, possibly relaxing if the mind allows it. And in natural spaces, parks, gardens, even streets if they’re empty and deserted enough.
Having this blog and the opportunity of sharing the tape with you, my four readers, finally pushed me into completing the endeavour.
This is not a winter themed collection but a selection of tracks evoking the feel of a snowy scene, or some way matching it. In a sort of a synesthetic way. We may expand the concept a little, and considering the snowy fields (or feels?) belonging both to the outer and to the inner ones.
Nerdy, completely subjective, and possibly totally useless. Exactly the kind of stuff I like to spend some time on. Continue reading “Music for a walk in the snow: a synesthetic mixtape”