Sunday, April 29, 2007

Anthony Phillips

"The Geese and the Ghost" 1977

Anthony Phillips was one of the founding members of Genesis, having attended the Charterhouse School in Surrey with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, and Michael Rutherford. Phillips and Rutherford (who had played together in another band before linking up with Gabriel and Banks), were the principal composing members of Genesis during their formative years, right into their first recording venture on English Decca ("Silent Sun" etc.) under the aegis of Jonathan King. Much of Phillips' and Rutherford's music was too subtle and introspective to work for the fledgling band on stage, and eventually composition became more of a shared effort. By the time the group cut its second album, Trespass, however, Phillips had receded into the background, propelled by a crippling onset of stage-fright that forced him out of the line-up following the album's release. His influence, ironically, was felt very strongly on their subsequent breakthrough third album, Nursery Cryme, the title track of which (the band's first number to attract a wide audience in progressive rock circles), for its introduction and opening minute, used material that Phillips had written and recorded (as a demo) as early as 1969.

Little more was heard from Anthony Phillips until 1977, when he favored us with his first solo album, The Geese and the Ghost, followed by Wise After the Event a year later, and then a collection of early demo recordings, Private Parts and Pieces, also issued in 1978. Phillips has re-emerged periodically, working in a style that is much closer to the classically influenced original Genesis sound than to the work of the current version of the group. He retains a cult of fans, similar in certain respects to Peter Banks of Yes (another guitar player who quit an art-rock band at a critical early juncture in their history), but recording more frequently. He also writes a considerable amount of music for television and movies, and remains a guitarist of supreme skill and confidence, steeped in classical, pre-Baroque, and folk influences, able to record entire albums featuring only his acoustic instrument. Phillips' skills on the keyboard, principally synthesizer and Mellotron, are more limited, and were never exploited within a group context, but his studio recordings reveal a distinctive character to his compositions on those instruments as well. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you....You are the BEST lizardson!

what a beautiful album...it has always been one of my favorite albums on vinyl and now I have it on cd....Thanks again!

Rob

30 April, 2007 04:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Blown away beautiful.
The Phil Collins vox tracks are a revelation. Lovely & Thanky!!

30 April, 2007 11:13  
Anonymous arbor said...

Funny story- I was in my local record store today and I saw this album. Immediately I was intrigued by the album art, but I had never heard about this album before. Then I check this and here it is! Once I realized what I passed on I went back there and bought it on vinyl for $3.50! It's selling on amazon.com for $299!!

02 May, 2007 11:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lizardson -

You ROCK! I've had this album on vinyl forever and have been meaning to transfer it. Thanks for bringing this back to life - this is one of Phillips' best!

02 May, 2007 13:21  
Anonymous Roderick Verden said...

I have vinyl.
Excellent!
Beautiful artcover!

24 May, 2007 01:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phillips has played keyboard role in a group setting. In 1980, he lent his keyboard skills to all of Mike Rutherfords first solo album entitled Smallcreeps Day.

17 November, 2008 11:01  

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