What does it sound like?:
Perversely, Anthony Phillips released this Orwell inspired album in 1981. Now available in the familiar 2 cd plus DVD format, this set follows the usual pattern of the first disc being a remastered version of the original album, the second has the outtakes and other bonus tracks and the DVD has the 5.1 mix.
This is a keyboard/synthesiser dominated mainly instrumental album, and was a radical departure from the pastoral feel of Phillips’ previous work.
At the time, Phillips was also working on the soundtrack for the documentary series Rule Britannia, and that material appears on the second cd, along with the keyboard based piece Ascension, demos for all the tracks on the finished album and a further sixteen minute demo Poly Piece, originally intended for the Sides album, but eventually not used on that album or its successor.
A comprehensive 24 page illustrated booklet restores the original album’s artwork and features comprehensive notes and an essay- there’s even a poster thrown in for good measure!
What does it all *mean*?
The experimental electronic sound of this piece divided opinion among fans at the time, but maybe is due for a re-evaluation.
Goes well with…
Fans who maybe didn’t rate the album at the time might want to give this another listen 35 years after its original release.
Might suit people who like…
Other Phillips albums, electronic/instrumental music.