What does it sound like?:
When in 1993 Anthony Phillips was approached to give a live solo performance as part of the Living Room Concert series for US radio programme Echoes, a daily show featuring contemporary instrumental music, selecting an hour’s worth of material was no mean feat – his current catalogue stretches to 31 solo albums, plus a host of compilations and box sets, together with a substantial amount of library music. Originally issued in 1995, this cd has long been unavailable, but has now been remastered and reissued with three bonus tracks. The songs, here shorn of studio embellishments, come mainly from his best album The Geese and The Ghost, plus the Private Parts and Pieces collections, and the fourteen tracks offer an intimate reinterpretation of some of the best material of his career. The emphasis is firmly on acoustic guitar and piano, although Phillips does take on the vocals, originally performed by Phil Collins, on Which Way The Wind Blows, retaining the beauty of the original despite the difference in their styles. However, the centrepiece of this set is Henry: Portraits From Tudor Times, an intricate piece co-written with Mike Rutherford, which is quite superbly played. Jaunty Roads, which was included in the original broadcast but didn’t initially make it on to the cd, is now restored, alongside two further unbroadcast pieces, the best of which, the rather cringingly titled Let Us Now Make Love, is a solo piano reworking of a Trespass era Genesis track, the full band version of which can be heard on the Archives 1967-75 box set.
What does it all *mean*?
Certainly one for fans only, but this music is well composed and performed, easy on the ear and on the mind – and it seems like concerts in our own living rooms are all we’re going to get for the rest of the year!
Goes well with…
Long summer evenings.
Might suit people who like…
Instrumental music for the present day.