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Archive Collection Volume I & II (News date: 1-11-21, updated 17-3-22)

Archive Collection Volumes I & II 

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 years.

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.

Archive Collection Volume I & II is out now and is available to order from Cherry Red and Amazon.

Update: Reviews of the set have now been published on Velvet Thunder, The Spirit of Progressive Rock, At The Barrier, Goldmine, Sea of Tranquility and The Second Disc as well as appearing in the print issues of Prog and Classic Rock.



The Ant Band: A Light On The Hill  (News date: 30-12-21, updated 4-1-22)

A Light On The Hill 

Out now is A Light on the Hill, a new album which is a tribute to Ant's music and also a gift from the German Genesis Fan Club for his 70th birthday on 23rd December 2021.  The proceeds from the sale of the album are being donated to the Corona Kuensterhilfe, a German charity that supports artists during the COVID crisis.

A Light on the Hill features fourteen Anthony Phillips classics re-worked by fourteen musicians from all over Germany in a virtual alliance called The Ant Band, plus a special guest appearance from Steve Hackett, who contributed a guitar solo on the version of F Sharp, which formed the basis of The Musical Box. 

More details about the project can be found on the German Genesis Fan Club site including a track-by-track overview, an interview with Tom Morgenstern who masterminded the project and a review of the CD.

A Light on the Hill can be ordered now from Bandcamp (which ships from Germany) and Burning Shed (which ships from the UK).   



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




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