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New album release Strings of Light (News date: 16-8-19)

Strings of Light 

Esoteric Antenna is pleased to announce the release of Strings Of Light, the beautiful new album by Anthony Phillips.

For his first new album in seven years Anthony has composed and recorded the twenty-four pieces of music on this album, which span two CDs, utilising the many beautiful and rare guitars in his collection, all of which have made Strings Of Light one of the finest instrumental guitar albums of Anthony’s long and acclaimed career as a musician and composer.

This set is made even more special by the inclusion of a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of album on a DVD (NTSC / Region Free). After a seven year absence of new recorded work, Strings Of Light is a welcome return and a fine album by a legendary musician.

Strings of Light is due for release on 25th October 2019 and is available to pre-order now from Cherry Red (where signed postcards are available while stocks last) and Amazon. 

 

 

Algebra: Deconstructing Classics (News date: 31-7-19)

 

Algebra CD 

Journalist and writer Mario Giammetti is known as both the editor of the Italian Genesis magazine Dusk as well as the author of a number of books about the band and the individual members including The Exile, an Italian language biography of Ant which was  published in 2008.  Mario also plays guitar and sings in the band Algebra, which has previously released two albums (1994's Storia Di Un Iceberg and JL which was released in 2009).

 Algebra will be releasing their third album Deconstructing Classics in September, which is a double CD.  The first CD brings together cover versions by the band that have been previously released on Various Artists compilations along with a brand new track La Cura, which features guest appearances by Ant and Steve Hackett.  The second CD features previously unreleased tracks including Il Crepuscolo, a 12-string piece based on variations of the Genesis song Dusk which Ant recorded for the 25th anniversary of the magazine in 2016.

Deconstructing Classics is released on September 9th and can be ordered here.

 

The Rupert Hine Story (News date: 16-7-19)

A brand new interview from cherryred.tv, which features producer and musician Rupert Hine talking to Mark Powell from Esoteric Recordings about his career, has just been released and can be viewed below.  Rupert has worked with many artists over the years as well as recording as both a solo artist and with Quantum Jump and his production work includes Ant's albums Wise After The Event and Sides.  Rupert talks about working with Ant at 24 minutes in to the video.

Esoteric Recordings are releasing Fighting Apathy With Shock, a brand new compilation drawn from the three albums Rupert recorded under the name Thinkman, which is due out in August.

 

 

 

 

 

An Evening of Anthony Phillips and Mike Rutherford solo albums (News date: 30-4-19, updated 8-5-19)

Two shows by the US group Rocking Horse Music Club which will include the first ever live performances of music predominantly from Ant's albums The Geese & The Ghost, Wise After The Event and Sides are set to take place in November.  The selection of Ant's music will be complimented by performances of additional songs from Mike Rutherford's first solo album Smallcreep's Day, which will feature the original vocalist on the album Noel McCalla.  The shows are being staged with Ant and Mike's approval.

Tickets for the shows, which will take place on 15th and 16th November 2019 at Trading Boundaries in Fletching, East Sussex, UK are available now.

Update: An interview with producer Brian Coombes about the concerts is now available to read on the German Genesis Fan Club site.  In addition, a video giving the background to them has now been released and can be viewed below.

 

 

 

From Genesis To Revelation - 50 Years On (News date: 6-3-19)

It's now fifty years since From Genesis To Revelation was originally released and to mark this anniversary author Andy Thomas has written an in-depth feature in which he examines the history of the album and considers whether it is now possible to find a whole new appreciation for it.

 

Seventh Heaven: Re-mastered & Expanded Edition (News date: 23-11-18, updated 25-1-19)

 

Seventh Heaven

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a 4 Disc Clamshell re-mastered boxed set of the album Seventh Heaven by Anthony Phillips and Andrew Skeet. Originally issued as a double CD set in 2012, Seventh Heaven was a primarily orchestral work featuring the City of Prague Orchestra and was recorded in various locations in London and Prague. A gorgeous and evocative collection of compositions, the album was hailed by Classic FM radio and is one of Anthony's enduring works.

This new edition of Seventh Heaven features the original album newly re-mastered, along with a bonus CD featuring nine previously unreleased recordings together with the rare 1973 recording of the hymn 'Take This Heart' (written by Anthony Phillips and Mike Rutherford for the Charisma album "Beyond An Empty Dream"), recorded at Charterhouse School and featuring the Charterhouse Choral Society. Also included is a DVD featuring a new 5.1 Surround Sound mix of Seventh Heaven. This clamshell boxed set features an illustrated booklet with a new essay by Anthony Phillips archivist Jon Dann.

The re-mastered and expanded edition of Seventh Heaven is available to order now from Cherry Red and Amazon.

 

 

 

Field Day : Digipak Edition (News date: 22-8-18, updated 21-11-18)

Field Day 

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a 3 disc edition (2 CDs, 1 DVD) of Field Day, the beautiful instrumental double album originally released in 2005. The album saw Anthony utilise 6-string guitar, 10-string guitar, 12-string guitar, cittern, bouzouki, charango and mandolin to great effect with Field Day receiving a warm response from Anthony Phillips aficionados upon its release.

With this new edition, Ant has revisited the recordings, re-mastering the original stereo mixes and has created a 5.1 Surround sound mix with engineer James Collins. The results bring a new life to the compositions and a much loved album. This 3 disc digipack edition includes a booklet with new essay by Jonathan Dann and comments from Anthony Phillips.

Update: The new edition of Field Day is out now and is available to order from Cherry Red and Amazon.

 
 

 

 

 


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