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On Track...Camel (News date: 22-9-21)

On track...Camel

Out now is On Track...Camel by Hamish Kuzminski, a book in the series which takes a look at every song on every album by a particular band or artist.  Ant has given an interview for the book where he talks about his collaboration with Andy Latimer (including the intriguing prospect of them co-writing the soundtrack for the 1984 film The Terminator, which sadly never happened) as well as his appearance on the band's 1982 album The Single Factor.

With a forward by Marillion guitarist Steve Rothery, the book takes a chronological journey through each of Camel's album releases and includes biographical information about every member of the band as well as live albums and the various DVDs and Blu-Rays the band have released over the years.

On Track...Camel is out now and is available from Amazon.



1984 at 40 (News date: 2-7-21)


1984 at 40

Ant's sixth solo album 1984 was released 40 years ago and to mark this anniversary we have a new feature article about the writing and recording of the album, Ant's work on the TV series Rule Britannia, the reception to 1984 from both the press and the fans and the more recent re-issues of the album, including the re-mixing of it in 5.1 Surround Sound.

1984 was a radical departure from the more pastoral feel of much of Ant's solo work, which saw him experiment with synthesisers to a much greater extent than he had done so previously, resulting in a keyboard dominated album.  At the time of release the album divided opinions among fans with some feeling that Ant had abandoned his acoustic roots whilst others loved it.  

The feature can be read here.




Missing Links I - IV box set reviews (News date: 27-10-20, updated 12-4-21)

Reviews of the Missing Links I - IV remastered box set have recently been published and are now available to read on Velvet Thunder (thanks to Lorne Murphy for sending us the details), Sea of Tranquility, We Are Cult and The Second Disc.  A further review has now been published on the Music Street Journal site.

Print reviews of the collection have also been published in Prog (Issue 115), Good Times (Germany) and Classic Rock (Italy).



 Missing Links I - IV 5 CD Remastered box set (News date: 11-9-20, updated 27-11-20)

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 out now and available to order from Cherry Red and Amazon.



Lettie: Let Let Go digital single released (News date: 4-12-20)

Lettie: Let Let Go

In 2016 two songs (Halcyon Days (Days To Remember) and Sunshine On Your Shoulder) which were co-written and recorded by Ant in collaboration with singer-songwriter Lettie were released as digital singles.  Originally written and recorded for a library music project and used on various television programmes around the world, the songs were commercially released for the first time in a newly-imagined form by Ant and co-producer James Collins.

Two further co-written and recorded songs by Ant and Lettie (Let Let Go and Over And Over Again) have now been released as a new digital single release and are available via the usual outlets such as Spotify and iTunes.  The single is now also available from Amazon






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.




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