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Archive Collection Volume I & II review (News date: 6-12-21)

An early review of the forthcoming release of the re-mastered five CD clamshell box set of Archive Collection Volume One and Two has now been published on the Velvet Thunder site and can be read here

Thanks to Lorne Murphy for letting us know about the review.


Archive Collection Volume I & II (News date: 1-11-21, updated 6-12-21)

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, including a 1966 demo by the pre-Genesis band Anon and also 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 due for release on 28th January 2022 and is available to pre-order now from Cherry Red and Amazon.



David Longdon (News date: 27-11-21)

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the untimely death on November 20th of David Longdon, the prodigiously talented front man and wordsmith of Big Big Train.

Ant says: "It was my privilege to meet David at the Prog Awards in 2016 and thereafter share occasional and insightful email correspondence with him. What shone through was his innate sense of decency and humanity. Kind, compassionate, funny yet modest, he also very nearly became the Genesis singer after Phil's departure in 1996.

Big Big Train's increasingly brilliant music has deservedly brought them an ever-growing audience over recent years and I was very flattered that they chose to do a cover of 'Master of Time'- a masterful, mighty version that rather left my original in the starting blocks!"

David, 56, leaves a wife and two daughters and our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.



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






The Living Room Concert - Remastered and Expanded Digipak Edition (News date: 27-4-20, updated 24-7-20)

The Living Room Concert

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered and expanded edition of The Living Room Concert.

Originally released in May 1995, the album featured highlights of a live solo performance by Anthony which was recorded on March 21st 1993 as part of the Living Room Concert Series for the US Radio programme Echoes, a daily programme of contemporary instrumental music. The show was broadcast on 120 public radio stations in America on 25th June 1993.

For the performance Anthony selected a number of acoustic guitar and piano pieces, drawing mainly on tracks originally released on the albums The Geese and The Ghost, Private Parts and Pieces and A Catch at The Tables, along with two pieces from New England, the eighth volume in the Private Parts & Pieces series and a solo 12-string version of Conversation Piece, the first movement of a Guitar Quintet that he had composed in 1976, which had subsequently been scored with parts for strings and wind instruments.

Unavailable on CD for many years, The Living Room Concert has been re-mastered and expanded to include three previously unreleased tracks recorded for the original broadcast: Jaunty Roads, Let Us Now Make Love and Lucy: An Illusion.

This Esoteric Recordings edition restores the original artwork and includes new liner notes by Anthony Phillips archivist Jon Dann.

The Living Room Concert is out now and is available to order from Cherry Red and Amazon.





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