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Harvest of the Heart nominated in Progressive Music Awards (News date: 25-6-15)

We're pleased to announce that Harvest of the Heart has been nominated in the 2015 Progressive Music Awards in the category for the Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award, which honours the best in lavish box sets.  Other nominees in the same category include Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Hawkwind, King Crimson and Yes - the complete list of nominees can be seen here.

The winner of the category is decided by a public vote - you can register and vote here.  

Private Parts & Pieces I - IV five disc deluxe set (News date: 23-6-15, updated 13-7-15)

The re-release of Ant's back catalogue by Esoteric Recordings continues with Private Parts & Pieces I - IV, a five CD deluxe clamshell box set containing the first four albums in the Private Parts & Pieces series (Private Parts & Pieces, Back To The Pavilion, Antiques and A Catch At The Tables) together with Private Parts & Extra Pieces, an additional 18-track CD of previously unreleased material recorded between 1975 and 1983.

Beginning in 1978, the first four volumes featured an extensive range of music recorded by Ant for various projects (going back as far as 1972) and have come to be regarded by fans as essential collections of his wide and diverse compositional work.  The set includes a lavish booklet with an essay and fully restores the artwork of the original vinyl releases.  The complete track listing for the set can be seen here.

Private Parts & Pieces I - IV is due for release on 28th August and is available to pre-order now from Cherry Red and Amazon.


Bargain Hunt repeat (News date: 20-5-15, updated 23-6-15)

The long-running BBC Television daytime show Bargain Hunt gives two teams of amateur collectors the challenge of finding the best bargains at an antiques fair with just an hour to buy three items with a budget of 300 pounds.  Their purchases are sold at auction with the team that generate the largest profit (or smallest loss) winning the challenge.

As well as the competitive part of the show, the programmes regularly include an insert item which is often based around a place of historical interest or a landmark in the local area where the particular episode has been recorded.  In the summer of 2013, Ant was approached to take part in one of these items on the subject of music at Charterhouse and he was interviewed in the Hall at the school by the show's regular host Tim Wonnacott.  

The edition of Bargain Hunt with Ant's interview was first broadcast on BBC1 on December 2013 and was repeated on 20th May.

Limited edition vinyl pressing of The Geese & The Ghost (News date: 11-5-15)

Copies of the limited edition vinyl pressing of The Geese & The Ghost which was released for Record Store Day are now available directly from Cherry Red.

The LP is a 180 gram pressing in an edition of 500 copies and comes with an insert signed by Ant.

New interview with Ant on TeamRock (News date: 16-4-15, updated 26-4-15)

Ant has recently recorded a new interview to tie-in with the recent release of the Definitive Edition of The Geese & The Ghost with Philip Wilding for TeamRock's Prog Magazine Show.  The interview was broadcast in the edition of the show aired on Sunday 19th April between 20:00 and 22:00 BST.

The edition of the show with Ant's interview is now available to listen to on demand via the TeamRock site.

Harvest of the Heart review (News date: 9-4-15)

The German Genesis fan club have recently published an interesting detailed review of the Harvest of the Heart release, which can be seen on their site in  either English or German.

Facebook Q & A session (News date: 30-3-15, updated 9-4-15)

Ant took part in a live Q&A session in real time on our official Facebook page on Wednesday 1st April and has also subsequently answered some further questions submitted during the original session, which due to time restraints he could not answer on the day.  The complete thread of questions and answers can be seen here.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to ask a question.

New interview online (News date: 23-3-15)

Another recent interview with Ant conducted by journalist Dimitry M. Epstein is available to read here.

Our thanks to Dimitry for passing on the details of the interview.

Limited edition vinyl release of The Geese & The Ghost (News date: 11-3-15)

Esoteric Recordings have announced that a strictly limited edition vinyl pressing of The Geese & The Ghost is being released for Record Store Day UK, which this year takes place on Saturday 18th April.

The LP is being released as a 180 gram pressing in an edition of 500 copies and will come with an insert signed by Ant.

More information about Record Store Day UK, including details of participating stores, can be found on the official site.

Definitive Edition of The Geese & The Ghost (News date: 21-12-14, updated 10-3-15)

The Definitive Edition re-release of Ant's debut solo album The Geese & The Ghost is out now.

The album itself has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes by recording engineer and co-producer of the original album Simon Heyworth and the release also includes a stunning new 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album by Simon in collaboration with Andy Miles.  In addition, a second CD features demos and early versions of the tracks on the album alongside the planned single version of Silver Song from 1973 and the previously unreleased Only Your Love.  Both tracks feature Phil Collins as vocalist.

Released as a three disc (2 CD & 1 DVD) clamshell set, the Definitive Edition also includes a poster and an illustrated booklet with a essay chronicling the recording of the album.

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



Get Ready For Rock Interview (News date: 10-3-15)

Ant has recently given an exclusive new interview which will be included in an hour-long special programme to be broadcast online on Get Ready For Rock Radio on Sunday 29 March at 16:00 GMT.  The programme will be available to hear via the GRTR site.

Ahead of the broadcast, Get Ready For Rock have published a review of the newly released Definitive Edition of The Geese & The Ghost, which can be read here.  There is also an exclusive audio clip of Ant talking about the re-issue of his albums on the same page.

Harvest of the Heart in Prog readers poll (News date: 15-2-15)

The current issue of Prog magazine which is out now reveals that Harvest of the Heart has been voted into the top ten in the category of Re-issue of the Year in their annual readers poll. Other releases in the category include re-issues by the likes of Yes, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, Pink Floyd and Genesis.

The same issue also includes a review of the box set.

Record Collector review and interview (News date: 1-2-15)

A short interview with Ant to accompany a review of Harvest of the Heart was included in the February 2015 edition of Record Collector.

Goldmine Interview (News date: 14-1-15)

A new interview with Ant about Harvest of the Heart for the music collector's magazine magazine Goldmine has just been published online and can be read here.  The article begins with a review of the DVD of the Genesis documentary Sum of the Parts; the interview with Ant starts further down the page.

Review of Harvest of the Heart (News date: 9-12-14)

A new review of the Harvest of the Heart box set by author and editor of The Waiting Room Alan Hewitt is now available to read here.

Interview with Ant on TeamRock (News date: 5-12-14, updated 9-12-14)

Ant recently recorded an interview with Philip Wilding for TeamRock's Prog Magazine Show, which was broadcast in the edition of the show aired on Sunday 7th December between 20:00 and 22:00 GMT.

The edition of the show with Ant's interview is now available to listen to on demand on the TeamRock site.  The interview starts at approximately 66 minutes into the programme.

Harvest of the Heart out now (News date: 24-8-14, updated 17-11-14)

The deluxe 5 CD anthology box set Harvest of the Heart which is released by Esoteric Records is out now.  

Harvest of the Heart celebrates Ant's rich and diverse musical heritage by featuring a comprehensive selection of recordings made between 1969 and the present day, drawn from his many albums.  In addition the set will include ten previously unreleased tracks, the 1973 recording of Silver Song (featuring Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford) and the rare track Compression by Mike Rutherford, which features Ant on keyboards.  It also features a lavishly illustrated book with a new essay that chronicles Ant's solo career. 

With a total playing time of over six hours, Harvest of the Heart provides a definitive overview of Ant's career to date as a recording artist.  The track listing for the set can be seen here

Harvest of the Heart is available to order from Cherry Red (copies of the set that are ordered from them will include an excusive postcard insert signed by Ant, whilst supplies last) and from Amazon.  


New interviews published (News date: 16-10-14)


New interviews with Ant to tie-in with the forthcoming release of Harvest of the Heart are included in the current editions of the UK magazines Prog and Record Collector, both of which are out now.

The interview with Record Collector reveals amongst other things that Ant's unfulfilled ambition is to play be-bop jazz whilst the feature in Prog includes some new photos of Ant, shot especially for the magazine.

The edition of Record Collector also includes a feature on sought-after first albums, with the rare mono edition of From Genesis To Revelation making an appearance in the listing of desirable debut releases.


New interview with Ant (News date: 29-9-14)

A new interview with Ant for the Hit Channel site in Greece has now been published and can be seen (in English) here.  The interview covers a number of topics including the new Anthology release Harvest of the Heart and the 5.1 remix of The Geese & The Ghost.

Genesis: Together and Apart documentary (News date: 29-9-14, updated 7-10-14)

The feature length documentary Genesis: Together and Apart was broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday 4th October at 21:15.  Ant was interviewed for the documentary, which has been made with the full co-operation of the band.  Amongst the archive material included in the programme were clips from the footage shot at the Atomic Sunrise gig Genesis played at the Roundhouse in London in March 1970, which is the only footage of the band with Ant that is known to exist.  

Further information about the programme and a clip from it can be found on the BBC site.  In addition, the documentary is due to be released on DVD and BluRay under the title Sum of the Parts on 17th November with 30 minutes of additional footage not included in the broadcast version of the programme.

Cherry Red TV interview with Ant (News date: 30-7-14)

An extended face-to-face interview with Ant by Mark Powell of Esoteric Records for Cherry Red TV is now available to watch on online.

The interview is in two parts: part one covers Ant's time with Genesis, whilst part two covers Ant's solo career.

Ant signs with Esoteric Records (News date: 1-7-14)

Esoteric Records (a label of the Cherry Red Records Group) have today announced that they have signed Ant to the label and have also announced the first planned releases from his back catalogue.

The first release will be 5 CD deluxe boxed set in October 2014 entitled Harvest of the Heart, which celebrates Ant's rich musical heritage and extensive back catalogue by featuring recordings made between 1969 and the present day, drawn from his many albums. In addition the set will include ten previously unreleased tracks and the rare track Compression by Mike Rutherford (previously unreleased on CD) which features Ant on keyboards and was the B-side to Mike's 1980 single Working in Line.

Ant says: ''I'm delighted to be working with Mark Powell at Esoteric Recordings and being reunited with the esteemed Cherry Red Records after my one-off compilation with them in the mid 80s.  Their enthusiasm has been both warm and infectious, encouraging me to take the plunge with a new song-based album soon, and I consider myself fortunate to have found such a happy home for my sizeable catalogue!''

Ant's catalogue releases will continue in January 2015 with the release of a deluxe edition of his legendary debut album The Geese and the Ghost (featuring Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins and John Hackett) and which will include a new 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album by Simon Heyworth. Further announcements on this will be made closer to release.


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