Latest update: 1st July 2014
Ant signs with Esoteric
Records (News date: 1-7-14)
Esoteric Records (a
label of the Cherry Red Records Group) have today announced that
they have signed Ant to the label and have also announced the first
planned releases from his back catalogue.
The first release will be 5 CD deluxe boxed set in October 2014 entitled
Harvest of the Heart, which celebrates Ant's rich musical heritage
and extensive back catalogue by featuring recordings made between 1969 and the present day, drawn from his many albums. In addition the set will include ten previously unreleased tracks and the rare
track Compression by Mike Rutherford (previously unreleased on CD) which features
Ant on keyboards and was the B-side to Mike's 1980 single Working in
Ant says: ''I'm delighted to be working with Mark Powell at Esoteric Recordings and being reunited with the esteemed Cherry Red Records after my one-off compilation with them in the mid
80s. Their enthusiasm has been both warm and infectious, encouraging me to take the plunge with a new song-based album soon, and I consider myself fortunate to have found such a happy home for my sizeable catalogue!''
Ant's catalogue releases will continue in January 2015 with the release of a deluxe edition of his legendary
debut album The Geese and the Ghost (featuring Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins and John Hackett)
and which will include a new 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album by Simon Heyworth. Further announcements
on this will be made closer to release.
Sunday Telegraph interview (News
Further to the announcement around the
forthcoming Genesis documentary (and the suggestion from the publicity for
it that it will reunite all the 'original' members of the band), Ant has
been interviewed by the Sunday Telegraph about his time in the group and
his own career. The interview is included in the print edition of
the newspaper and can also be read
BBC Genesis documentary (News date:
The BBC has announced a new
feature-length documentary on Genesis (with the working title 'Together
and Apart') which is due to be screened later in the year on BBC 2.
Ant has been interviewed for the documentary, which has been made with the
full co-operation of the band.
As part of the initial publicity for the
documentary, it has been revealed that the five members of the 'classic'
line-up of the band (Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, Tony
Banks and Phil Collins) have reunited for a joint interview as part of the
Chris Stewart: Last Days
of the Bus Club (News date: 27-4-14, updated 5-6-14)
Original Genesis drummer, sheep
farmer and best-selling author Chris Stewart has his new book Last
Days of the Bus Club published on 4th June.
Billed as 'Part Four of the
million-selling Driving Over Lemons Trilogy', this latest
instalment chronicles Chris's further adventures including cooking a
TV lunch for visiting British chef Rick Stein, discovering the
pitfalls of Spanish public speaking and visiting famine-stricken
Niger for Oxfam.
The previous titles in the
'Lemons' Trilogy - Driving Over Lemons, A Parrot in the
Pepper Tree and The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society -
have all become best-sellers.
To promote the release of the
book, Chris recently appeared at the Hay
Festival on 31st May.
Last Days of the Bus Club
is published by Sort Of Books and
can be ordered now from Amazon.
'Ant Day' prize-winners (News
Between 1990 and 2001 an annual competition
was run (initially under the auspices of the long-running Genesis fanzine The
Waiting Room and subsequently via Ant's official publication The
Pavilion), the prize for which was the chance to meet Ant. We
are currently in the process of re-establishing contact with all the
people who were fortunate enough to win a place at one of the 'Ant Days'
as they became known - if you were one of the winners then please get
Archive Collection Volume
One (News date: 12-3-14, updated 17-3-14)
Ant's retrospective release Archive
Collection Volume One has
been out of print for some time but we are pleased to announce that a new
pressing of the album is being made available.
First released in
March 1998, the CD features previously unreleased recordings including
demos that Ant recorded with Mike Rutherford in September 1969, just prior
to Genesis playing their first live shows.
A limited number of the original release
of the album included a bonus CD featuring five further archival tracks
but we understand that this new pressing will consist of just the one main
This is a new pressing of the album to
be make it available again - it is not a re-mastered re-issue and no extra tracks have been
added to the running order.
The new pressing of Archive Collection Volume One
is available to order now from Amazon.
Something Else Reviews Genesis
feature (News date: 16-2-14)
The Something Else Reviews
site has just published an
interesting feature written by Nick DeRiso which outlines thoughts by
Ant, Steve Hackett and Ray Wilson on some key Genesis tracks.
Thanks to Nick for passing on the
details of the feature.
Mike Rutherford: The Living Years (News
date: 1-1-14, updated 6-1-14)
Published on January 23rd 2014, 'The
Living Years' are Mike's long-awaited memoirs which span the entire
history of Genesis. They paint a vivid, candid and often
amusing picture of the formation of the group at Charterhouse School
through to the band's rise to international success and stardom as well as
the founding of the Mechanics.
told through the prism of Mike's relationship with his father, former
naval officer Captain Rutherford, whose support for Mike's career changed
the course of rock history; and whose influence on Mike's life gave us The
Living Years, Mike & The Mechanics biggest hit.
has helped Mike during the writing of the book by sharing some memories from the formative period
at Charterhouse and the band's early years.
Living Years is available to order now from Amazon as a hardback
and as a Kindle
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