Buyers Guide 

A summary of the current releases and re-issues from Ant's catalogue, listed here in order of release.

Update: Ant has signed a new deal with Cherry Red Records, who are re-issuing his back catalogue through the Esoteric label.  

This means that many of his albums are currently out-of-print pending their re-release.  

 

Currently available titles & forthcoming releases

Slow Dance Deluxe Edition  Slow Dance: 3 disc deluxe edition

A 3 disc (2 CDs & 1 DVD) deluxe edition of Ant's instrumental release Slow Dance.

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 deluxe edition of Slow Dance is available to order now from Cherry Red and Amazon.


 
   
Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII  Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII 

A deluxe clamshell box set release of the second four albums in the Private Parts & Pieces series (Twelve, Ivory Moon, Slow Waves Soft Stars and New England) along with Private Parts & Extra Pieces II, an extra CD of previously unreleased material.

Released as a five disc clamshell set, Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII includes an illustrated booklet with detailed notes and essay chronicling the recording of each of the albums.

Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII is available to order now from Cherry Red and Amazon.

   
1984  1984: 3 disc deluxe edition

A 3 disc (2 CDs & 1 DVD) deluxe edition of Ant's keyboard-based instrumental album 1984.

This digipack deluxe edition of the album features a new stereo mix and a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of the album by Simon Heyworth and Andy Miles (on an NSTC / Region Free DVD) along with a CD of alternate mixes and out-takes.

Released as a digipack, the deluxe edition includes a poster and a lavishly illustrated booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and features a brief foreword text by Steven Wilson.  It also includes a new essay by Jonathan Dann featuring interviews with Anthony Phillips, the writer and presenter of TV series Rule Britannia Dr James Bellini and recording engineer Chris David.

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

   
Sides: 4 disc deluxe edition

 A 4 disc (3 CDs & 1 DVD) deluxe edition re-release of Ant's third solo album Sides.

This deluxe edition features a new stereo mix of the album, a newly re-mastered version of the original album stereo mix and a CD of demos, out-takes and extras. The set also includes a DVD (NTSC - Region Free) of a new 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of the album by Simon Heyworth and Andy Miles.

Released as a clamshell set, this deluxe edition includes a poster and a lavishly illustrated booklet with a new essay by Jonathan Dann featuring interviews with Anthony Phillips, Dale Newman and the album's producer Rupert Hine.

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

   
Wise After The Event  Wise After The Event: 4 disc deluxe edition

 A 4 disc (3 CDs & 1 DVD) deluxe edition re-release of Ant's second solo album Wise After The Event.

This deluxe edition features a new stereo mix of the album, a newly re-mastered version of the original album stereo mix and a CD of demos, out-takes and extras. The set also includes a DVD (NTSC - Region Free) of a new 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of the album by Simon Heyworth and Andy Miles.

Released as a clamshell set, this deluxe edition includes a poster and a lavishly illustrated booklet with a new essay by Jonathan Dann featuring interviews with Anthony Phillips, John G Perry and the album's producer Rupert Hine.

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

   
Private Parts & Pieces I - IV  Private Parts & Pieces I - IV

A deluxe clamshell box set release of the first four albums in the Private Parts & Pieces series (Private Parts & Pieces, Back To The Pavilion, Antiques and A Catch At The Tables) along with Private Parts & Extra Pieces, an extra CD of previously unreleased material recorded between 1975 and 1983.

Released as a five disc clamshell set, Private Parts & Pieces IV includes an illustrated booklet with detailed notes and essay chronicling the recording of each of the albums.

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

   

The Geese & The Ghost

The Geese & The Ghost: Definitive Edition

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 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.

Harvest of the Heart: An Anthology

Harvest of the Heart is a deluxe five CD boxed set with an extensive illustrated booklet which 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 includes 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.  

With a total playing time of over six hours, Harvest of the Heart provides a definitive overview of Ant's career as a recording artist.

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

 

Meadows of Englewood - 15th Anniversary edition

Ant's collaborative release with Guillermo Cazenave has been re-issued as a 15th Anniversary edition which combines the original CD release with a DVD of The Meadows of Englewood video.  

The album was recorded at Ant's studio in 1995 and includes co-written pieces alongside solo pieces by both Ant and Guillermo.  The Meadows of Englewood video, which was taped in Barcelona in May 1997 and released on VHS the following year, features mimed performances of four tracks from the album.

This release is currently unavailable.

 

 

The releases of Ant's albums listed below are now officially out-of-print.  Copies of some of these titles are currently available from our online shop.

 

Archive Collection Volume One Archive Collection Volume One

Archive Collection Volume One has been out-of-print for some time but a new pressing of the CD is available now.

First released in March 1998, the CD features previously unreleased recordings including demos that Ant recorded with Mike Rutherford in September 1969, just prior to Genesis playing their first live shows. 

A limited number of the original release of the album included a bonus CD featuring five further archival tracks and this pressing includes the additional CD.

This is a re-pressing of the album to make it available again - it has not been re-mastered and no extra tracks have been added to it.

Available from our online shop. 

Private Parts & Pieces XI: City of Dreams City of Dreams

The latest album release from Ant which is the eleventh in the Private Parts & Pieces series.

City of Dreams takes the listener through a number of moods ranging from the epic to the reflective via atmospheric soundscapes to create a rich and ultimately rewarding journey for the imagination.  On several of the tracks the emphasis is on mood and atmosphere, whilst other pieces reflect a sense of the activity in a busy urban environment.  Ant's effortless ability to create a series of beguiling and inventive musical landscapes is highlighted throughout the album.

Available from our online shop. 

 

Tarka

Tarka

Ant and Harry Williamson's collaborative release Tarka has been out-of-print for a while but a new pressing of the album is now available.

This is a re-pressing of the album to make it available again - it has not been re-mastered and no extra tracks have been added to it.

Available from our online shop. 

 

Radio Clyde

The official release of Ant's 1978 'live in the studio' session for Radio Clyde has been out-of-print for a while but a new pressing of the album is now available.

This is just a re-pressing of the album to make it available again - it has not been re-mastered and no extra tracks have been added to it.

 

This release of the album is now out-of-print.

Archive Collection Volume Two

Archive Collection Volume 2

Originally released in 2004, this double CD release features previously unreleased pieces and variations recorded between 1971 and 1988.

Available from our online shop. 

 

 

Seventh Heaven 

Seventh Heaven - a double album of orchestral and acoustic portraits from Ant and composer & arranger Andrew Skeet - is out now.

Featured soloists on the album include singers Lucy Crowe and Belinda Sykes, guitarist John Parricelli, cellist Chris Worsey, percussionist Paul Clarvis and sax & woodwind player Martin Robertson, who has contributed to a number of Ant's previous album releases.

More information about Seventh Heaven, including the track listing can be seen here.

Available from our online shop. 

Private Parts & Pieces 3 & 4

Antiques & A Catch At The Tables

The re-release of the Private Parts & Pieces albums in the double CD format is completed with the  re-issue of the third and fourth albums in the series - Antiques and A Catch At The Tables.  Both albums have been re-mastered by Simon Heyworth and both include extra tracks, including previously unheard tracks newly mixed from the original multi-track tapes.  The complete track-listing for both albums can be seen here.

Originally released in 1982, Antiques is a collection of guitar ensembles and duets which was written and recorded by Ant in collaboration with Argentinean guitarist Enrique Berro Garcia.

A Catch At The Tables was originally released in 1984 and features instrumental pieces (together with a song) that Ant wrote and recorded between 1979 and 1982. 

This release of the album is now out-of-print.

Slow Dance Slow Dance

Having been out-of-print for some time, Ant's 1990 release Slow Dance is now available again.  

NB: This is a new pressing of the album to make it available again - it has not been re-mastered and no extra tracks have been added to it.

This release of the album is now out-of-print.

 

Field Day

Field Day

Ant's 2005 double CD release of acoustic pieces is now available again.

Field Day is a collection of pieces based around acoustic stringed instruments in both solo and duet form.  As well as 6-string and 12-string guitar pieces, Ant has also composed and recorded new pieces for the album on charanga, English bazouki and cittern.

This release of the album is now out-of-print.

Missing Links Volumes I - III

A triple CD re-issue of the first three albums in the Missing Links series - Finger Painting, The Sky Road and Time & Tide - at a special price.  All three albums now have new artwork.

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. 

NB: None of the albums have been re-mastered for this re-issue.

Available from our online shop. 

Private Parts & Pieces IX & X

Dragonfly Dreams & Soiree

A double CD re-issue of the ninth and tenth albums in the Private Parts & Pieces series, offering two albums for the price of a single CD.  Soiree now has new artwork.

NB: These two albums have not been re-mastered for this re-issue.

This release of the album is now out-of-print.

 

Battle of the Birds & Gypsy Suite

A double CD re-issue of two more titles from Ant's back catalogue.  Originally released in 1995, Gypsy Suite is a 1978 recording of a four-part suite for two guitars inspired by Ant and Harry's explorations of different tunings.  The Gypsy Suite CD also includes the demos of the first two movements of Tarka.

Originally released in 2004, Battle of the Birds is an expanded edition of a 1981 Mother Gong release, which makes use of the 1978 recording of Gypsy Suite as the backing music for Gilli Smyth's narration of the story of the Battle of the Birds, with Harry and friends contributing some spoken parts as characters in the story.  Ant's contribution to this title is confined to his co-writing and playing on the recording of Gypsy Suite, which is of course available in it's original form on the Gypsy Suite CD.  

NB: These two albums have not been re-mastered for this re-issue.

This release of the album is now out-of-print.

Sail The World

Originally released in 1994, Sail The World features the music that Ant wrote and recorded to accompany the television coverage of the 1993-94 Whitbread Round The World Yacht Race.  The album has been newly re-mastered by Simon Heyworth for this re-issue.

Following the original release of the album, most of the tracks were subsequently re-mixed for use as library pieces and this re-issue includes the re-mixed versions.  The re-issue also includes three extra tracks not included on the original release as well as brand new artwork and sleeve notes to make this the definitive edition of Sail The World.  More information about the re-issue can be seen here

Available from our online shop. 

Ahead of the Field

The first commercial release of Ahead of the Field which was an album of library music that Ant was commissioned to compose by music publishers De Wolfe in late 1984.  Ant composed a number of tracks for the album and scored a selection of them which were then recorded by some top session musicians (under the name X-Cess) in the spring of 1985, with the emphasis being placed on then-contemporary electronic drum and synthesiser sounds.  Ant subsequently overdubbed some extra parts on the tracks which were then issued by De Wolfe as a vinyl album for use by broadcasters and film-makers on their Rouge Music label.

Ahead of the Field is primarily a showcase of Ant as a composer rather than a performer. More information about Ahead of the Field, including the track-listing, can be seen here.

This release of the album is now out-of-print.

 

Slow Waves, Soft Stars & New England

A double CD re-issue of the seventh and eighth albums in the Private Parts & Pieces series, offering two albums for the price of a single CD.

NB: These two albums have not been re-mastered for this re-issue.

This release of the album is now out-of-print.

 

Twelve & Ivory Moon

A double CD re-issue of the fifth and sixth albums in the Private Parts & Pieces series, offering two albums for the price of a single CD.  Ivory Moon includes a piano version of the early Genesis song Let Us Now Make Love as an extra track. 

NB: These two albums have not been re-mastered for this re-issue.

This release of the album is now out-of-print.

 

Sides

A double CD re-issue of Ant's 1979 album release.  The album itself has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes by Simon Heyworth and includes the non-album track Souvenir as an extra track on the first CD.  

The second CD contains variations and alternate mixes of the songs from the album including some unique new mixes which have been made from the original multi-track masters especially for this release.  Also included is the edited single version of Um & Aargh which has not previously been available on CD.  The complete track listing can be seen on a new page here.

This release of the album is now out-of-print.

Private Parts & Pieces & Back To The Pavilion

A double CD re-issue of the first two Private Parts & Pieces albums, offering these two titles together for the price of a single album.

Both albums have been newly re-mastered and Private Parts & Pieces also includes a previously unreleased track from 1976.  New sleeve notes detailing the tracks on Back To The Pavilion are also included.

This release of the album is now out-of-print.

 

Pathways & Promenades

Missing Links Volume 4: Pathways & Promenades

This new collection brings together for the first time most of the tracks that Ant has written and recorded over the years that have only ever been released on compilation albums.  With most of the compilations now long out-of-print and increasingly hard to find, Pathways and Promenades provides an excellent opportunity for these particular Missing Links to be heard once again.  

This release of the album is now out-of-print.

 

 

Wildlife

Wildlife

Between 1994 and 2000, Ant and Joji Hirota collaborated on a number of outstanding soundtracks for wildlife television programmes in the award-winning Survival series.  In addition, Anthony also wrote and recorded the music for a programme in the BBC series The Natural World.  

Now for the first time highlights from these richly atmospheric and evocative soundtracks are available as a new collection: Wildlife.  From the flooded forests of the Amazon to the huge expanses of the Serengeti, from the cold wastes of Kamchatka in Russia to the peaceful tranquillity of the Norfolk countryside - the music of Wildlife reflects these habitats and the amazingly diverse range of creatures that populate them.

Available from our online shop. 

1984

1984

A 2 CD re-issue of Ant's sixth solo album, which includes the original album newly re-mastered from the original tapes by Simon Heyworth and an extra CD that includes new mixes from the original 8-track masters which allow parts of the album to be heard for the first time in their original basic form.  

Also released for the first time on the extra CD are some of Ant's original music for the ATV Series Rule Britannia which was recorded at the same time as the album, the previously unheard keyboard piece Ascension (which was re-discovered on the original multi-track tapes during the research for this re-issue and has been mixed for the first time) and the 16-minute demo version of Poly Piece - a track originally written for inclusion on Sides and then considered by Ant as a possible track for 1984 in the formative stages of the album.

The re-issue features new liner notes with contributions from recording engineer Chris David and the writer and presenter of Rule Britannia Dr James Bellini together with Ant's own memories of the album.

This release of the album is now out-of-print.

Wise After The Event

Wise After The Event

A 2 CD re-issue of Ant's second solo album, which includes the original album newly re-mastered from the original tapes by Simon Heyworth and an extra CD which includes no less than 64 minutes of variations, demos and alternate versions of the songs from the album.  The extra tracks feature some unique new mixes which have been made from the original multi-track masters especially for this release together with the edited single version of We're All As We Lie which has not previously been available on CD.

The re-issue includes new sleeve notes with a detailed account of the recording of the album and memories and anecdotes from Ant, Rupert Hine and John G. Perry. 

This release of the album is now out-of-print.

The Geese & The Ghost

The Geese & The Ghost

A 2 CD re-issue of Ant's debut solo album, which includes the original album newly re-mastered from the original tapes by Simon Heyworth.  The previously unreleased Lutes Chorus Reprise section of Henry has been restored to it's correct place on the original album whilst the extra CD contains variations and demos of the original tracks plus the planned single version of Silver Song recorded by Ant with Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins in 1973.  

The re-issue also includes new sleeve notes with a detailed account of the recording of the album together with memories and anecdotes from Ant, Peter Cross, John Hackett and Simon Heyworth.  Rosanna Arquette also shares her memories of one of her favourite tracks on the album.

This release of the album is now out-of-print.


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