Recordings are pleased to announce the release of an expanded and
re-mastered edition of Gypsy Suite by Anthony Phillips and
Ant and Harry first met in 1968 but it was not until the summer of
1971 that they had the opportunity to spend time together to write
new material based on their joint exploration of unusual guitar
tunings. The first three Movements of Gypsy Suite
were the result of these sessions, with a fourth Movement being
composed in late 1975 before the Suite was recorded in March 1978.
Gypsy Suite also includes the demo recordings of Movements
I and II of Ant and Harry's other major collaborative
work Tarka from 1975 and 1976 respectively. On this
new edition they are complemented by a previously
unreleased solo piano demo of Tarka Movement III: The Hunt
recorded during the 1976 sessions, which has been newly mixed from
the original multi-track masters.
Originally released in 1995 and unavailable for a number of
years, this new edition of Gypsy Suite has been re-mastered
for the first time since the original release and
features new liner notes by Jon Dann.
Update: A review of the re-mastered and
Expanded Edition of Gypsy Suite is included in the current
issue (147) of Prog.
Strings of Light 2 CD
Jewel Case Edition(News date: 2-2-24)
saw the release of Strings of Light, Ant's first solo album
release in seven years which featured twenty four pieces of music
across two CDs. The tracks on the album saw Ant utilisting the
many beautiful and rare guitars in his collection to make
Strings of Light one of the finest instrumental guitar albums
in his long and acclaimed career as a musician and composer.
release of the album was as a 2 CD & 1 DVD
digipak which has sold out and now a 2 CD
Jewel Case Edition of the album is being released to make Strings
of Light available once more. The audio content of this
new Edition is the same as the 2 CDs from the original release.
The 2 CD Jewel
Case Edition of Strings of Light is due for release on 5th
April 2024 and is available to pre-order now from
Slow Dance 2 CD
Jewel Case Edition(News date: 28-10-23, updated 19-1-24)
in September 1990, Ant's two-part instrumental suite Slow Dance
has gone on to become one of his most highly regarded album
In June 2017
Esoteric Recordings released an Expanded and Re-mastered edition of the
album, which went out of print some time ago. Now a new 2 CD
Jewel Case Edition of the album is being released to make Slow
Dance available once more. The audio content of the Jewel
Case Edition is the same as the 2 CDs first released in the Expanded
Edition, with the first CD featuring the original stereo mix of the
album re-mastered for the first time since the original release by
co-producer Simon Heyworth. The second disc contains a
selection of 'Slow Dance Vignettes', which includes alternate mixes
and variations of themes from the album.
The 2 CD Jewel
Case Edition of Slow Dance is available to pre-order from
Cherry Red and
Amazon. The release date (which was originally set for
26th January) has now been revised to 29th March 2024.
A review of the 2 CD Edition has now been published on
The Ant Band: The Image Blown Out
clip(News date: 23-12-23)
The Ant Band,
a virtual alliance of musicians from all over Germany (who previously
released the Ant tribute album A Light on the Hill in 2021) have
just released a new video clip of a track from their forthcoming new album
project, which is due for release in 2024.
The video features their new interpretation of the Genesis song The Image Blown
Out, which was written in 1967 and first recorded in demo form as one
of the four songs (the others being She Is Beautiful, Try A
Little Sadness and Where The Sour Turns To Sweet) that led
to the band members being offered a publishing and recording contract with
Jonathan King's company Jonjo Music. When Genesis came to record
their debut album From Genesis To Revelation the following
summer, a revised version of The Image Blown Out was amongst the
tracks recorded for potential inclusion but it was ultimately left off the
It was not until the 1998 release of the retrospective Genesis collection
Archive 1967-75 that the version of the song recorded for From
Genesis To Revelation was finally released, with the track being
sourced from the tape of the original mix of the album without the strings
that was discovered in Ant's attic in 1995.
Thanks to Tom Morgenstern for passing on the details of the video.
Dale Newman: Wild
Flowers EP (News date: 24-11-23)
Dale Newman -
vocalist on Ant's album Sides and latterly his "Guitar Tsar"
(maintaining Ant's collection of stringed instruments) - has just
released Wild Flowers, an EP of six new songs
which is now available exclusively on Bandcamp.
His second EP
release for 2023, the songs on Wild Flowers are drawn from
the large amount of material Dale has written over the last few
years and see him
continue todevelop his artistic vision.
Recordings are pleased to announce the release of an expanded and
remastered edition of Wildlife by Anthony Phillips and
released in Japan in December 2007 with a worldwide
release following in April 2008, Wildlife featured music
written and recorded for programmes in the long-running television series
Survival and The Natural World and was a wonderful collection of beautifully evocative
music.From the forests of the Amazon to the huge expanses of the
Serengeti; from the cold wastes of Kamchatka in Russia to the peaceful tranquillity
of the Norfolk countryside - the music of Wildlife reflects these
habitats and the amazingly diverse range of creatures that populate them.
Released in part as a tribute to wildlife filmmaker the late
Nick Gordon, the album has now been newly
remastered and expanded to a two CD set featuring an additional disc
of soundtrack and library music pieces recorded by Ant both in
collaboration with Joji and on his own. The selection on the
second CD includes the previously unreleased soundtrack for the
documentary Hoi Ha Wan - Bay Beneath The Sea and
The Victors, a collaboration between Ant and Mike Rutherford
recorded for the TVS series Horse Trials in 1991.
and re-mastered Esoteric Recordings edition features an illustrated
booklet with liner notes from Anthony Phillips and Jonathan Dann
together with some of Nick Gordon's original photography from the
is a welcome re-issue of a wonderful collection of music by two
imaginative and respected musicians.
Update: Reviews of the Expanded Edition of
Wildlife has now been published on
Velvet Thunder and
Music Street Journal. A review also appeared in the print
edition of issue 136 of Prog.
Archive Collection Volume I & II (News date: 1-11-21, updated 17-3-22)
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce
the release of a newly re-mastered five CD clamshell boxed set of
Archive Collection Volume One and Two.
In March 1998 Ant issued the first volume of
The Archive Collection, which featured previously unreleased
recordings including demos recorded with Mike Rutherford in
September 1969.Due to
the popularity of the first release, the double CD release Archive
Collection Volume Two followed in May 2004, which gathered together
further previously unheard tracks and variations made over the
Ant has now worked with his archivist Jon Dann to prepare
this new boxed set edition of this wonderful music, compiling a new
expanded version which features an additional 27 tracks of
previously unreleased and rare archive material.
Archive Collection Volume One was originally released with an
EP length CD of additional recordings, which has now been expanded
to a full length CD (including a 1966
demo by the pre-Genesis band Anon) and the set also includes an additional CD of 'The
Masquerade Tapes', featuring music inspired by the illustrated book
by Kit Williams.
This new boxed set edition of Archive
Collection Volumes One and Two features liner notes by Jon Dann and
is a fine collection of music by one of Britain's most imaginative
and respected musicians. It is sure to appeal to aficionados of
Anthony Phillips' highly respected work.
Volume I & II is out now and is
available to order from