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Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI (News date: 22-2-18)

Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI 

Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a 4 CD clamshell boxed set which gathers together Volumes IX to XI of the Private Parts & Pieces albums (Dragonfly Dreams, Soirée and City of Dreams) along with Private Parts and Extra Pieces III, an additional 18-track CD of previously unreleased material, featuring recordings made between 1990 and 2012. Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI is the definitive statement on these classic albums. The set includes a lavish booklet with an essay by Jonathan Dann and fully restores the artwork of the original releases.

Originally released in 1996, Dragonfly Dreams drew upon a mixture of newly written and previously recorded material.  It features a number of tracks co-written and recorded by Ant with Quique Berro Garcia as well as Chinese Walls, a 17-minute piece for 12-string guitar.  Soirée was the second album in the Private Parts & Pieces series to feature a collection of pieces for solo piano.  The newly-composed material featured on the album is complimented by a freshly arranged version of Creation, which was written in 1968.  City of Dreams is the eleventh and to date the most recent release in the Private Parts and Pieces series.  It draws upon keyboard-based material to 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.

Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI is due for release on 27th April 2018 and is available to pre-order now from Cherry Red and Amazon

 

Invisible Men reviews (News date: 8-1-18, updated 21-2-18)

Some press reviews of the remastered and expanded edition of Invisible Men have been posted online and can be read on the following sites: All About The Rock, Sea of Tranquility, Music Street Journal, The Recoup, Get Ready To Rock!, Prog and Record Collector.  Reviews have also now been published on The Second Disc, JP's Music Blog, Exposé Online and DMME.

 

 

Das Slow Dance-Projekt (News date: 14-2-18)

Further to the video we posted a few months ago of a live performance of Part One of Slow Dance from the German Genesis Fan Club "Anthony Phillips Event" in 2014, a new video clip has just been released.  This documents a session by the musicians involved to record a studio version of the same section of Slow Dance a few weeks after the event.  The studio version was recorded but remained unmixed for almost four years when the anniversary of the untimely passing of Thomas Waltner who took part in the original performance and the subsequent recording provided the impetus to complete it.

An interesting article about how the live performance and studio recording came about has been published on the German Genesis Fan Club site and can be read hereOur thanks to Tom Morgenstern for letting us know about the recording and this video of the session. 

 

 

 

Gemini World Premiere (News date: 13-1-18, updated 16-1-18)

Ant recently composed a new piano piece called Gemini, which was subsequently developed into a duet for two pianos with the help of pianist Gabriele Baldocci.  Thursday 11th January saw the World Premiere performance of the piece by the internationally renowned pianist Martha Argerich and Gabriele at a concert held in the Spanish city of Valencia.  Gemini was played as the encore following a programme which included piano works by Liszt, Shostakovich, Schumann, Rachmaninov and Ravel.

Two further concerts were played in Spain as part of this tour - at the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid on Sunday 14th January (where the piece was not performed) and at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona on Monday 15th January where Gemini was played as one of the encores.

Online shop open (News date: 9-1-18, updated 23-1-18)

Our online shop is open again and we are pleased to be able to offer a selection of the titles from Ant's back catalogue that are currently out-of-print.  All CDs are new and unplayed and in most cases we only have a limited number of copies available. 

Nakedly Examined Music Podcast (News date: 8-1-18)

Ant has given an interview for an edition of the Nakedly Examined Music Podcast, which provides an in-depth conversation with musicians about their music and the composition process.  In the podcast Ant talks about three tracks from his back catalogue and reveals a number of interesting facets about them.

 

Brook Guitars interview (News date: 15-11-17)

Ant is the proud owner of some instruments made by the Devon-based Brook Guitars, which he has played on various tracks including some of the pieces on Field Day.  He has given an interview for a feature in the most recent issue of their occasional newsletter Babbling Brook.  The newsletter can be read in pdf format here - the feature on Ant begins on page 14.

Invisible Men remastered & expanded edition (News date: 25-8-17, updated 13-10-17)

Invisible Men 

 

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of Invisible Men.

 

Invisible Men was a song based album which saw Anthony collaborate with Richard Scott Released in 1983 in the USA and the following year in the UK, Invisible Men features the lighter side of Anthony Phillips' musical character and some fine, well-crafted songs. Material such as 'The Women Were Watching' and 'Exocet' reflected the times in which they were created.

 

This new 2CD digipak deluxe edition of the album features a newly re-mastered original stereo mix of the album and an additional CD of 16 previously unreleased demos and material recorded during the Invisible Men period. It includes an illustrated booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and features a new essay by Jon Dann.  The complete track listing can seen here.

 

The expanded edition of Invisible Men is out now and is available to order from Cherry Red and Amazon.

 

New interview online (News date:18-9-17)

A new interview with Ant about the deluxe edition of Slow Dance has been published on the For Guitar Players Only site and can be read here

 

Slow Dance deluxe edition reviews & press (News date: 13-7-17, updated 25-8-17)

Some press reviews of the deluxe edition of Slow Dance have been posted online and can now be read on the following sites: Sea of Tranquility, Vintage Rock, All About The Rock, Goldmine (the review of the album is towards the bottom of the page), Music from the Other Side of the Room, DPRP and DMME.  A review which focuses on the 5.1 Surround mix of the album can be read on the Mediaversal site.

The current edition of Record Collector which is out now includes a four star review of the deluxe edition.

In addition, Ant has given an interview which has been published on the US site of the Huffington Post which can be read here - his interview is towards the bottom of the page.  A further interview with Ant can also be read on the Sea of Tranquility site.

Lastly, the new edition of Prog magazine is out now and includes a feature with Ant in which he reveals how to make a dessert with the curious name of Fried Llamas.

Live performance of Slow Dance (News date: 25-8-17)

To tie in with the release of the deluxe edition of Slow Dance, here's a live performance of the introduction of Part One from the German Genesis Fan Club "Anthony Phillips Event", which took place at Welkers in 2014.  Ant was present when the performance took place and can be seen giving his appreciation to the musicians at the end of the video.  Tom Morgenstern, who was one of the musicians taking part in the performance, tells us that regardless of Ant's kind words "we were aware that our live performance was far from perfect - we were under-rehearsed, suffered from stage-fright and struggled with the musical complexity of the piece" but we think it's still a good performance which to date remains the only time any part of Slow Dance has been played live.

Our thanks to Tom for letting us know about this video.

 

 

 

 

Tabletop Genesis podcast (News date: 17-8-17)

The latest podcast in the Tabletop Genesis series features a recently recorded exclusive interview with Ant in which he talks about his solo career, 5.1 reissues, Spinal Tap, his current projects and more.  The interview can heard by clicking on the play button below.

 

 

 

Slow Dance 3 disc deluxe edition (News date: 22-4-17, updated 16-6-17)

Slow Dance 

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic 1990 instrumental album Slow Dance.  Regarded by aficionados of Anthony's music as one of his finest releases, Slow Dance is a two part orchestral rock suite which showcases Anthony's music at its most expansive and imaginative.

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 full track listing for the set can be seen here.

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

 Harmony for Elephants book & CD (News date: 19-12-16)

Harmony for Elephants  Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Harmony for Elephants fine art book about elephants and elephant conservation with its accompanying CD album of music specially written for this project, recorded and donated by several world-renowned musicians including Anthony Phillips and Steve Hackett has now been published and is available to buy here.

A breathtaking combination of eye-catching photography, knowledgeable insight and evocative music, brought together as a unique book with an accompanying album of specially written music, all about elephants and how they can live in harmony with humans.

This is a joint project between professional wildlife photographer and biologist Lesley Wood and Kate Evans, biologist, elephant researcher and founder and director of the charity 'Elephants for Africa'. 50% of proceeds from the sale of these books go directly to help 'Elephants for Africa' to continue their valuable work in Botswana with local communities to help to achieve harmony between the elephants and humans which live alongside each other.

The accompanying CD features Anthony Phillips, Steve Hackett, Nick Magnus, Nad Sylvan, Tony Patterson, Rob Townsend, Amanda Lehmann, Andy Neve, Andy Tillson, Brendan Eyre, Dale Newman, Brian Coombes & Anna Madsen.

Ant has contributed two new solo pieces to the CD and in addition has teamed up with Steve Hackett and Roger King to produce a new collaborative track.
 

Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII (News date: 25-7-16, updated 26-9-16)

Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a 5 CD Definitive Edition clamshell boxed set of the second four seminal Private Parts & Pieces albums.  Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII gathers together Twelve, Ivory Moon, Slow Waves Soft Stars and New England along with Private Parts & Extra Pieces II, an additional 19-track CD of previously unreleased material.

The set includes a lavish booklet with an essay by Jonathan Dann and fully restores the artwork of the original releases.

Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII is the latest in Esoteric Recordings award-winning series of official Anthony Phillips reissues.  The complete track listing for the set can be seen here

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

The Gift: Why The Sea Is Salt (News date: 26-9-16)

London-based prog band The Gift released their third album Why The Sea Is Salt on 28th October.  Ant has recorded some 12-string parts for the track The Tallest Tree, which also features Steve Hackett on lead guitar.

The album, which features artwork by Mark Buckingham, is available to order now.

Online shop re-stocked (News date: 25-7-16, updated 12-11-16)

We've now re-stocked our online shop and are pleased to be able to offer a further selection of the titles from Ant's back catalogue that are currently out-of-print.  All CDs are new and unplayed and in most cases we only have a limited number of copies available.

 

Esoteric Recordings reissue series wins Grand Design Award (News date: 2-9-16, updated 18-9-16)

Prog Awards 2016  We're delighted to announce that the Esoteric Recordings re-issue series of Ant's back catalogue won the Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award at this years Progressive Music Awards.  Ant attended the ceremony which was held in London on 1st September to collect the Award in person.

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to vote - your support is very much appreciated.

Updates: Ant's acceptance speech for the Design Award can now be read here.

An interview with Ant conducted at the Awards ceremony by Eamon O'Neill has been published and can be read here.  Our thanks to Eamon for passing on the details of the interview.

In addition, a couple of articles about Ant winning the award have been published online in Italy which can be seen here and here.  Both articles are in Italian.

 

 


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