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Wise After The Event deluxe 4 disc set (News date: 18-12-15, updated 6-2-16)

Wise After The Event

The re-release of Ant's back catalogue by Esoteric Recordings continues with a deluxe 4 disc clamshell boxed set edition of the classic 1978 album Wise After the Event.

Produced by Rupert Hine, Wise After The Event was Anthony's second solo album and is a superb blend of instrumental music and songs. The record saw Anthony supported by an able cast of musicians that included Michael Giles & Mel Collins (King Crimson) and John G. Perry (Caravan, Quantum Jump). Featuring such wonderful compositions as "We're All As We Lie", "Now What (Are They Doing to My Little Friends)", "Moonshooter", "Paperchase" and the album's title track, Wise After the Event is a genuine classic of the Progressive era.

This deluxe edition features a new stereo mix of the album, a newly re-mastered version of the original album stereo mix and a CD of demos, out-takes and extras. The set also includes a DVD (NTSC - Region Free) of a new 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of the record and a lavishly illustrated booklet with a new essay by Jon Dann featuring interviews with Anthony Phillips, John G. Perry and the album's producer Rupert Hine.

Wise After the Event is out now and is another release in the Esoteric Recordings on-going series of official Anthony Phillips reissues.  The track listing for the set can be seen here and the set is available to order now from Cherry Red and Amazon

 

Sides deluxe 4 disc set (News date: 3-2-16)

Sides deluxe 4 disc set 

Following on from the deluxe re-release of Wise After The Event, the next title in the re-release of Ant's back catalogue by Esoteric Recordings is a 4 disc clamshell boxed set edition of the classic 1979 album Sides.

Produced by Rupert Hine, Sides saw Ant supported once more by an able cast of musicians that included Michael Giles & Mel Collins (King Crimson), John G. Perry (Caravan, Quantum Jump) and featured the vocals of Dan Owen and Dale Newman. Featuring such wonderful compositions as "Um and Aargh", "I Want Your Love", "Bleak House" and "Nightmare", Sides is a genuine classic of the Progressive era.

This deluxe edition features a new stereo mix of the album, a newly re-mastered version of the original album stereo mix and a CD of demos, out-takes and extras. The set also includes a DVD (NTSC - Region Free) of a new 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of the record and a lavishly illustrated booklet with a new essay by Jon Dann featuring interviews with Anthony Phillips, Dale Newman and the album's producer Rupert Hine.

Sides is released on 15th April 2016 and is the latest in Esoteric Recordings on-going series of official Anthony Phillips reissues.  The set is available to pre-order now from Cherry Red and Amazon

 

 

Private Parts & Pieces I - IV reviews & press (News date: 9-11-15, updated 19-11-15)

 

A new review of the recently released box set Private Parts & Pieces I - IV by author and editor of The Waiting Room Alan Hewitt has now been added to the site and can be read here.

Two short interviews with Ant in Italian about the box set can be read here and here.

Reviews of the set have recently been published online and can be read on the following sites: Music News, Sea of Tranquility, Goldmine (the set is the second title reviewed on the page), The Second Disc and Let It Rock

Prog magazine have published two reviews of the set online - the first is by Rachel Mann and the second by Hugh Fielder. Registration is required to read the full reviews and will give you access to other articles on their site.  The first review was also published in the October 2015 edition of the magazine.

The set has also received a four star review in the current issue (December 2015) of Record Collector magazine, which is out now.  The review can read online here.

 

Ellesmere: Les Chateaux De La Loire (News date: 8-10-15)

 

Les Chateaux De La Loire

Out now is Les Chateaux De La Loire, an album release by Ellesmere which is the brainchild of Roberto Vitelli, bass and guitar player from the Italian prog group Taproban.  The focus is on an acoustic yet symphonic approach and the album presents a 40 minute suite, which as the title suggests has each section dedicated to one of the ancient French castles that reside along the Loire river. 

Ant makes a guest appearance on the album in a spoken word role as The Narrator on the album, which also features contributions from John Hackett.  Les Chateaux De La Loire is available on CD (which comes in a mini vinyl gatefold sleeve) and as a vinyl LP, both of which feature original artwork by Luciano Regoli.

More information about the album can be found on the Ellesmere site, where copies of the album can also be ordered.


 

 

Private Parts & Pieces I - IV five disc deluxe set (News date: 23-6-15, updated 18-9-15)

The re-release of Ant's back catalogue by Esoteric Recordings continues with Private Parts & Pieces I - IV, a five CD deluxe clamshell box set containing the first four albums in the Private Parts & Pieces series (Private Parts & Pieces, Back To The Pavilion, Antiques and A Catch At The Tables) together with Private Parts & Extra Pieces, an additional 18-track CD of previously unreleased material recorded between 1975 and 1983.

Beginning in 1978, the first four volumes featured an extensive range of music recorded by Ant for various projects (going back as far as 1972) and have come to be regarded by fans as essential collections of his wide and diverse compositional work.  The set includes a lavish booklet with an essay and fully restores the artwork of the original vinyl releases.  The complete track listing for the set can be seen here.

Private Parts & Pieces I - IV is out now and is available to order from Cherry Red and Amazon.

 

John Hackett: Another Life (News date: 3-8-15, updated 1-10-15)

25th September saw the release of John Hackett's new album Another Life, which is released on the Esoteric Antenna label.  The follow-up to John's 2005 album Checking Out of London, Another Life has been produced and mixed by Nick Magnus (who also plays on the album) and it features John's brother Steve on lead guitar and harmonica.  Ant makes a guest appearance on the track Satellite on the album where he plays guitars and harpsichord.

As well as his regular collaborations with his brother Steve, John was one of the featured players on The Geese & The Ghost and also played on the song Souvenir, which was recorded during the sessions for Sides.

Another Life is available to order now from Cherry Red.

 

 

Andrew Skeet: Finding Time (News date: 21-8-15)

Composer and arranger Andrew Skeet who has collaborated on several projects with Ant (including Seventh Heaven) has recently released his first solo album Finding Time on the Sony Classical label.

Andrew is one of London's busiest orchestrators, arrangers and conductors.  Having studied at the Royal College of Music, he has subsequently written more than 60 scores for television and worked with many pop artists including Suede, Imogen Heap and George Michael.  He joined Neil Hannon's The Divine Comedy in 2004 and has recorded and toured three albums with them.

Andrew has also orchestrated and conducted many high profile features films and dramas and is currently working on Guy Ritchie's new film The Man From Uncle.

Finding Time is out now.


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