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Invisible Men remastered & expanded edition (News date: 25-8-17, updated 3-9-17)

Invisible Men 

 

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of Invisible Men.

 

Invisible Men was a song based album which saw Anthony collaborate with Richard Scott Released in 1983 in the USA and the following year in the UK, Invisible Men features the lighter side of Anthony Phillips' musical character and some fine, well-crafted songs. Material such as 'The Women Were Watching' and 'Exocet' reflected the times in which they were created.

 

This new 2CD digipak deluxe edition of the album features a newly re-mastered original stereo mix of the album and an additional CD of 16 previously unreleased demos and material recorded during the Invisible Men period. It includes an illustrated booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and features a new essay by Jon Dann.  The complete track listing can seen here.

 

The expanded edition of Invisible Men is due for release on 13th October and is available to pre-order now from Cherry Red and Amazon.

 

New interview online (News date:18-9-17)

A new interview with Ant about the deluxe edition of Slow Dance has been published on the For Guitar Players Only site and can be read here

 

Slow Dance deluxe edition reviews & press (News date: 13-7-17, updated 25-8-17)

Some press reviews of the deluxe edition of Slow Dance have been posted online and can now be read on the following sites: Sea of Tranquility, Vintage Rock, All About The Rock, Goldmine (the review of the album is towards the bottom of the page), Music from the Other Side of the Room, DPRP and DMME.  A review which focuses on the 5.1 Surround mix of the album can be read on the Mediaversal site.

The current edition of Record Collector which is out now includes a four star review of the deluxe edition.

In addition, Ant has given an interview which has been published on the US site of the Huffington Post which can be read here - his interview is towards the bottom of the page.  A further interview with Ant can also be read on the Sea of Tranquility site.

Lastly, the new edition of Prog magazine is out now and includes a feature with Ant in which he reveals how to make a dessert with the curious name of Fried Llamas.

Live performance of Slow Dance (News date: 25-8-17)

To tie in with the release of the deluxe edition of Slow Dance, here's a live performance of the introduction of Part One from the German Genesis Fan Club "Anthony Phillips Event", which took place at Welkers in 2014.  Ant was present when the performance took place and can be seen giving his appreciation to the musicians at the end of the video.  Tom Morgenstern, who was one of the musicians taking part in the performance, tells us that regardless of Ant's kind words "we were aware that our live performance was far from perfect - we were under-rehearsed, suffered from stage-fright and struggled with the musical complexity of the piece" but we think it's still a good performance which to date remains the only time any part of Slow Dance has been played live.

Our thanks to Tom for letting us know about this video.

 

 

 

 

Tabletop Genesis podcast (News date: 17-8-17)

The latest podcast in the Tabletop Genesis series features a recently recorded exclusive interview with Ant in which he talks about his solo career, 5.1 reissues, Spinal Tap, his current projects and more.  The interview can heard by clicking on the play button below.

 

 

 

Slow Dance 3 disc deluxe edition (News date: 22-4-17, updated 16-6-17)

Slow Dance 

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic 1990 instrumental album Slow Dance.  Regarded by aficionados of Anthony's music as one of his finest releases, Slow Dance is a two part orchestral rock suite which showcases Anthony's music at its most expansive and imaginative.

This new 3 disc digipak deluxe edition of the album features a newly re-mastered original stereo mix and a 5.1 Surround sound mix by Simon Heyworth (on an NSTC / Region Free DVD), along with a CD of previously unreleased Slow Dance Vignettes. It includes a lavishly illustrated booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and features a new essay by Jon Dann.

The full track listing for the set can be seen here.

The deluxe edition of the album is available to order now from Cherry Red and Amazon.

 Harmony for Elephants book & CD (News date: 19-12-16)

Harmony for Elephants  Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Harmony for Elephants fine art book about elephants and elephant conservation with its accompanying CD album of music specially written for this project, recorded and donated by several world-renowned musicians including Anthony Phillips and Steve Hackett has now been published and is available to buy here.

A breathtaking combination of eye-catching photography, knowledgeable insight and evocative music, brought together as a unique book with an accompanying album of specially written music, all about elephants and how they can live in harmony with humans.

This is a joint project between professional wildlife photographer and biologist Lesley Wood and Kate Evans, biologist, elephant researcher and founder and director of the charity 'Elephants for Africa'. 50% of proceeds from the sale of these books go directly to help 'Elephants for Africa' to continue their valuable work in Botswana with local communities to help to achieve harmony between the elephants and humans which live alongside each other.

The accompanying CD features Anthony Phillips, Steve Hackett, Nick Magnus, Nad Sylvan, Tony Patterson, Rob Townsend, Amanda Lehmann, Andy Neve, Andy Tillson, Brendan Eyre, Dale Newman, Brian Coombes & Anna Madsen.

Ant has contributed two new solo pieces to the CD and in addition has teamed up with Steve Hackett and Roger King to produce a new collaborative track.
 

Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII (News date: 25-7-16, updated 26-9-16)

Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a 5 CD Definitive Edition clamshell boxed set of the second four seminal Private Parts & Pieces albums.  Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII gathers together Twelve, Ivory Moon, Slow Waves Soft Stars and New England along with Private Parts & Extra Pieces II, an additional 19-track CD of previously unreleased material.

The set includes a lavish booklet with an essay by Jonathan Dann and fully restores the artwork of the original releases.

Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII is the latest in Esoteric Recordings award-winning series of official Anthony Phillips reissues.  The complete track listing for the set can be seen here

The set is out now and is available to order from Cherry Red and Amazon.

The Gift: Why The Sea Is Salt (News date: 26-9-16)

London-based prog band The Gift released their third album Why The Sea Is Salt on 28th October.  Ant has recorded some 12-string parts for the track The Tallest Tree, which also features Steve Hackett on lead guitar.

The album, which features artwork by Mark Buckingham, is available to order now.

Online shop re-stocked (News date: 25-7-16, updated 12-11-16)

We've now re-stocked our online shop and are pleased to be able to offer a further selection of the titles from Ant's back catalogue that are currently out-of-print.  All CDs are new and unplayed and in most cases we only have a limited number of copies available.

 

Esoteric Recordings reissue series wins Grand Design Award (News date: 2-9-16, updated 18-9-16)

Prog Awards 2016  We're delighted to announce that the Esoteric Recordings re-issue series of Ant's back catalogue won the Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award at this years Progressive Music Awards.  Ant attended the ceremony which was held in London on 1st September to collect the Award in person.

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to vote - your support is very much appreciated.

Updates: Ant's acceptance speech for the Design Award can now be read here.

An interview with Ant conducted at the Awards ceremony by Eamon O'Neill has been published and can be read here.  Our thanks to Eamon for passing on the details of the interview.

In addition, a couple of articles about Ant winning the award have been published online in Italy which can be seen here and here.  Both articles are in Italian.

 

 


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