Anthony Phillips — Anthology
(Blueprint BP201CD, 1995, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-03-01The problem with any collection by an artist as diverse as one-time Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips is that, depending on the selection of material, the listener may come away with only a partial idea of what the artist is all about. Blueprint has done a fair job in this case, offering about six or seven tracks of his more commercial material, balanced with about ten instrumental cuts, from throughout his career to date. Pop tunes include "The Women Were Watching" from Invisible Men, "Lucy Will" and "Um and Aargh" from Sides, "God If I Saw Her Now" featuring the early crooning of a pre-stadium Phil Collins, and a few other vocal tunes from early albums. Like Eno, Phillips' voice is one people will either love or hate — there's no in-between, sort of an emotional cracking pseudo-falsetto that is neither convincing or compelling — it should be obvious that this writer prefers Phillips' instrumental material, yet there are many who love his singing. Still, the bulk of the material here is a fair sampling of his instrumental work — and some of his brightest gems are on board: "Tregenna Afternoons," "Lights on the Hill," the anthem from "Tarka," and his rock masterpiece "Nightmare" among them. Sadly though, three of his best albums are completely unrepresented: nothing at all from Antiques, Ivory Moon, or Slow Waves Soft Stars. Still, this is a decent enough introduction for anyone new to his material.
Related artist(s): Anthony Phillips
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more