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Missing Links I - IV 5CD Remastered box set (News date: 11-9-20)

Missing Links I - IV 

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of Missing Links I - IV, a newly re-mastered 5 CD clamshell box set comprising the four original Missing Links albums.

The Missing Links series was begun as a way to fill in some of the gaps in Ant's commercially released musical output and allow fans the opportunity to hear some of his Library and Television music.  The series began in 1989 with the release of the first volume Finger Painting (initially made available as a limited edition cassette release) which featured selections from various projects that Ant had written and recorded over the previous ten years.  A second volume - The Sky Road - followed in 1994, featuring a further selection of Library and Television pieces alongside previously unreleased album pieces and archive tracks.

The third volume - Time & Tide - was released in 1997 and brought together for the first time on a commercial release the best of Ant's collaborative work with Joji Hirota, much of which has been featured on award-winning programmes in the long-running Survival series.  2009 saw the release of the fourth volume - Pathways and Promenades - which brought together many of the individual tracks by Ant that had previously only been released on various artist compilations alongside some unreleased tracks from his library output. 

Anthony has worked with his archivist Jon Dann to prepare this new boxed set edition of this wonderful music, compiling a new additional 27 track CD 'Extra Missing Links' of previously unreleased and rare archive material exclusive to this set.

Missing Links I - IV is due for release on 27th November 2020 and is available to pre-order now from Cherry Red.

 

The Living Room Concert - Remastered and Expanded Digipak Edition (News date: 27-4-20, updated 24-7-20)

The Living Room Concert

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered and expanded edition of The Living Room Concert.

Originally released in May 1995, the album featured highlights of a live solo performance by Anthony which was recorded on March 21st 1993 as part of the Living Room Concert Series for the US Radio programme Echoes, a daily programme of contemporary instrumental music. The show was broadcast on 120 public radio stations in America on 25th June 1993.

For the performance Anthony selected a number of acoustic guitar and piano pieces, drawing mainly on tracks originally released on the albums The Geese and The Ghost, Private Parts and Pieces and A Catch at The Tables, along with two pieces from New England, the eighth volume in the Private Parts & Pieces series and a solo 12-string version of Conversation Piece, the first movement of a Guitar Quintet that he had composed in 1976, which had subsequently been scored with parts for strings and wind instruments.

Unavailable on CD for many years, The Living Room Concert has been re-mastered and expanded to include three previously unreleased tracks recorded for the original broadcast: Jaunty Roads, Let Us Now Make Love and Lucy: An Illusion.

This Esoteric Recordings edition restores the original artwork and includes new liner notes by Anthony Phillips archivist Jon Dann.

The Living Room Concert is out now and is available to order from Cherry Red and Amazon.

 

 

 

 

The Living Room Concert reviews (News date: 29-6-20, updated 24-7-20)

A review of the forthcoming remastered and expanded edition of The Living Room Concert has been published on Velvet Thunder and can be seen here.  Our thanks to Lorne Murphy for sending us the details of the review.

A further review of the re-issue has now been published by the German Genesis Fan Club and can be read here (in English) and here (in German).

 

Rupert Hine 1947 - 2020 (News date: 11-6-20)

The multi-talented Rupert Hine who produced Ant's albums Wise After The Event and Sides sadly passed away last week.  A noted songwriter and musician in his own right, in a career that stretched for over 50 years Rupert produced over 160 albums working with a wide variety of artists including Rush, Camel, Howard Jones, Tina Turner and Stevie Nicks.  He also wrote and recorded a number of solo albums as well as being a member of Quantum Jump.

Ant's personal tribute to Rupert can be read here.  Our thoughts are with Rupert's family and friends at this time.

 

 

Tabletop Genesis podcast on Wise After The Event (News date: 9-4-20)

The latest podcast in the Tabletop Genesis series features an interesting track-by-track discussion of Ant's album Wise After The Event .  The podcast can heard by clicking on the play button below.

 

 

 

Recent reviews and interviews (News date: 12-3-20)

Some more reviews of Strings of Light have recently been published online and can now be read at Lmnop.com and Anne Carlini.com

Goldmine magazine conducted an interview with Ant back in November which has now been published online and can be read here.  We also have a couple of new interviews here courtesy of the long-running Genesis web-fanzine The Waiting Room which were published in Issue #105: a chat with Ant from August 2018 and an exclusive interview with Ant's collaborator Andrew Skeet. 

 

 

New Genesis biography due for publication in May (News date: 26-2-20)

The Peter Gabriel Years

 

Genesis 1967 - 1975: The Peter Gabriel Years by Mario Giammetti is due for publication in May as the first title to be published by Kingmaker Publishing.

The book contains numerous exclusive interviews with the band members and all the important personalities who were part of the story of Genesis between 1967 and 1975.  It also includes a number of previously unpublished photos together with interviews carried out with the individual members of Genesis during listen throughs of each of the band's first five albums.

Mario Giammetti is an Italian music journalist known as both the editor of the Italian Genesis magazine Dusk as well as the author of a number of books about the band and the individual members including The Exile, an Italian language biography of Ant which was published in 2008.  Genesis 1967 - 1975: The Peter Gabriel Years is his first book to be published in English.

Genesis 1967 - 1975: The Peter Gabriel Years was published on 8th May 2020 and can be ordered now from Burning Shed.

 

 

 

An Evening of Anthony Phillips & Mike Rutherford solo albums review (News date: 27-1-20)

Ant with the members of the Rocking Horse Music Club

Ant with the members of the Rocking Horse Music Club 

 

Back in November 2019 the US group Rocking Horse Music Club performed two shows at Trading Boundaries in East Sussex, which included the first ever live performances of music from Ant's albums.  The selection of Ant's music was complimented by performances of selected songs from Mike Rutherford's first solo album Smallcreep's Day, which featured the original vocalist on the album Noel McCalla.

The German Genesis Fan Club have now published a review of the two concerts, which is available to read in both English and German.  The review also includes a nice selection of photos from the concerts.

 

 

 

New album release Strings of Light out now (News date: 16-8-19, updated 25-11-19)

Strings of Light 

Esoteric Antenna is pleased to announce the release of Strings Of Light, the beautiful new album by Anthony Phillips.

For his first new album in seven years Anthony has composed and recorded the twenty-four pieces of music on this album, which span two CDs, utilising the many beautiful and rare guitars in his collection, all of which have made Strings Of Light one of the finest instrumental guitar albums of Anthony's long and acclaimed career as a musician and composer.

This set is made even more special by the inclusion of a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of album on a DVD (NTSC / Region Free). After a seven year absence of new recorded work, Strings Of Light is a welcome return and a fine album by a legendary musician.

Strings of Light is out now and is available to order from Cherry Red and Amazon. 

 

 

 

 

Strings of Light interviews & reviews (News date: 30-10-19, updated 6-2-20)

To tie in with the release of Strings of Light, Ant has recently given some interviews which are now available to read online.  These include an interview published on Velvet Thunder (thanks to Lorne Murphy for passing on the details) and another interview with the German Genesis Fan Club which is available to read in both English and German.

So far the album has been reviewed on several sites including Vintage Rock, Something Else Reviews and Sea of Tranquility.  In addition, the German Genesis Fan Club have now published an interesting in-depth review which is available to read in both English and German.

Issue #104 of Prog magazine included an interview feature with Ant about Strings of Light, whilst a review of the album in French can be read on La Musique dans la Plume.

Update: Further reviews of Strings of Light have been published in Hi-Res Edition and Goldmine.

 

 

Cherry Red Strings of Light interview part five (News date: 22-11-19)

The fifth and final part of the Cherry Red interview series where Ant talks to Mark Powell of Esoteric Recordings about the new album Strings of Light has now been released and is available to view below.

 

 

New live video clip of Still Rain released (News date: 15-11-19)

A new video clip which features a live performance by Ant of Still Rain from the new album Strings of Light has now been released and can be seen below.

 

 

 

Cherry Red Strings of Light interview part four (News date: 8-11-19)

The fourth part of the Cherry Red interview series where Ant talks to Mark Powell of Esoteric Recordings about the new album Strings of Light has now been released and is available to view below.

 

 

 

 

Strings of Light in Official Independent Album Breakers Chart (News date: 4-11-19)

We're pleased to announce that Strings of Light appears as a new entry at number 15 in the Official Independent Album Breakers Chart Top 20.  The chart, which is compiled by the Official Charts Company, lists the biggest independently released albums of the week by an artist who has not yet reached the Top 40.

Many thanks to everyone who has bought a copy of the album and has given Ant this chart placing.

 

 

Crooked Hand Strings of Light interview part two (News date: 2-11-19)

In addition to the Cherry Red interview and performance video clips to tie in with the forthcoming release of Strings of Light, Ant has also given an interview about the new album to Crooked Hand Productions.  The second part of their interview has now been released and can be viewed below.  Part one of the interview can be found on the videos page.

 

 

 

 

Cherry Red Strings of Light interview part three (News date: 1-11-19)

The third part of the Cherry Red interview about the new album Strings of Light that Ant recently filmed with Mark Powell has now been released and can be viewed below.  The first two parts of the interview can be seen on the videos page.

 

 

 

 

 

New performance video clip released (News date: 25-10-19)

To tie in with the release of his new album Strings of Light, a live performance clip of Diamond Meadows that Ant recently filmed for Cherry Red has now been released and can be seen below.

 

 

 

Tribute album interviews (News date: 25-10-19)

Ant on London Live  Ant and producer Brian Coombes have recently given a couple of interviews about the tribute album Which Way The Wind Blows and the live shows by Rocking Horse Music Club at Trading Boundaries in November.

The first of these was a TV interview on London Live broadcast on 24th October, which is now available to view on the
London Live site.  Contrary to the wording on the site, the tribute album is of course not Ant's new release nor are any of the tracks on it 'hits' that were released as singles!

The second interview was broadcast on BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex in the Amanny Mo programme, which was broadcast on 25th October.  The show is available to hear on BBC Sounds for the next 30 days.  The interview with Ant and Brian starts at approximately 1 hour and 37 minutes into the programme.

 

 

New performance video clip released (News date: 4-10-19)

To tie in with the forthcoming release of his new album Strings of Light, Ant recently filmed a special set of live performance pieces and interview clips with Mark Powell from Esoteric Recordings.  The first clip - a live performance of Jour De Fête from the album - has now been released and can be viewed below.

 

 

 

Which Way The Wind Blows tribute album (News date: 23-9-19, updated 26-9-19)

Which Way The Wind Blows 

The American band Rocking Horse Music Club, who are playing two live shows of Ant's music (together with selections from Mike Rutherford's album Smallcreep's Day) at Trading Boundaries in November, have recorded a tribute album of songs from Ant's back catalogue.

Which Way The Wind Blows (subtitled The Music of Anthony Phillips) includes guest appearances from a number of notable musicans including Steve Hackett, John Hackett, Nick Magnus, Noel McCalla, Kate St John and John Helliwell.  The cover design for the CD seen here features elements of the original artwork by Peter Cross, which has been adapted with Peter's permission by Helmut Janisch from the German Genesis Fanclub.

Which Way The Wind Blows is released on 11th October and is available to order from Rocking Horse Music Club  and Burning Shed

CD Track listing: Um & Aargh, Paperchase, Which Way The Wind Blows, Silver Song, Something Blue, Pulling Faces, Collections,  Sleepfall: The Geese Fly West, Nightmare

 


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