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Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII (News date: 25-7-16, updated 28-7-16)

Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a 5 CD Definitive Edition clamshell boxed set of the second four seminal Private Parts & Pieces albums.  Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII gathers together Twelve, Ivory Moon, Slow Waves Soft Stars and New England along with Private Parts & Extra Pieces II, an additional 19-track CD of previously unreleased material.

The set includes a lavish booklet with an essay by Jonathan Dann and fully restores the artwork of the original releases.

Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII is the latest in Esoteric Recordings on-going series of official Anthony Phillips reissues.  The set is due for release on 23rd September 2016 and is available to pre-order now from Cherry Red and Amazon.

 

Online shop re-stocked (News date: 25-7-16)

We've now re-stocked our online shop and are pleased to be able to offer a further selection of the titles from Ant's back catalogue that are currently out-of-print.  All CDs are new and sealed and in most cases we only have a limited number of copies available.

 

Esoteric reissues nominated in Progressive Music Awards (News date: 15-6-16, updated 25-7-16)

2016 Prog Awards  We're pleased to announce that the Esoteric re-issues of Ant's back catalogue have been nominated in this years Progressive Music Awards for the Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award, which honours the best in lavish box sets.  Other nominees in the same category include King Crimson, Rick Wakeman, Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Steve Hackett. 

The winner of the Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award is determined by a public vote.  Voting requires registration which can be done here.

Update: Voting for the awards has now closed.

 

 

1984 3 disc deluxe edition (News date: 21-4-16, updated 27-6-16)

1984 deluxe edition 

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a newly re-mixed and expanded edition of 1984, the classic instrumental album by Anthony Phillips.  Released in 1981, the album was born at the same time as Anthony was composing and recording the soundtrack to the British TV documentary series Rule Britannia.

1984 was a radical departure from the more pastoral feel of Anthony's previous solo work, and saw him experiment with synthesisers to an extent he'd previously never done before, resulting in a keyboard dominated album.

At the time of release, the album divided opinions among some fans but the passage of time has seen the album re-evaluated and it is now held in high esteem by fans, critics and musicians (including Steven Wilson), all of whom concur that 1984 now stands as a ground-breaking and influential work.

This new 3 disc digipack deluxe edition of the album features a new stereo mix and a 5.1 Surround sound mix (on an NSTC / Region Free DVD) along with a CD of alternate mixes and out-takes. It includes a lavishly illustrated booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and features a new essay by Jon Dann (with a brief foreword text by Steven Wilson) and also includes a poster.

The deluxe edition of the album was released on 24th June 2016.  The track listing and a view of the contents of the deluxe edition can be seen here and it is available to order now from Cherry Red and Amazon.

 

Lettie Maclean: Halycon Days (Days To Remember) official video clip (News date: 27-5-16)

The digital single release of Halycon Days (Days To Remember) is out now and is available to order from iTunes and Amazon.  To tie in with the release of the single, here's the official video for the song which has been made by Norwegian film-maker Rune Ness.

 

 

Lettie Maclean: Halycon Days (Days To Remember) (News date: 19-5-16, updated 27-5-16)

Lettie Maclean: Halycon Days (Days To Remember)  Over the last few years, Ant has collaborated with singer-songwriter Lettie Maclean on a number of co-written songs for library music projects commissioned by UPPM.  The resulting tracks have been used in their library format on television programmes around the world, but to date have yet to be commercially released.

Now one of the songs that Ant and Lettie co-wrote and recorded for the UPPM projects has been re-imagined by Ant and co-producer James Collins for release as a single.  Halcyon Days (Days to Remember) is released as a digital single on 27th May and is available to order now from iTunes and Amazon.  Samples of the track are available on both sites.

Anna Madsen: Effloresence (News date: 19-5-16, updated 23-5-16)

Anna Madsen Effloresence 

US singer/song-writer Anna Madsen currently calls New Hampshire home. Taking inspiration from classic romanticism, fairy tales, and her personal experiences, Anna uses story telling through music as a way to create worlds that listeners can enter and completely absorb. 

Musically, Anna has been described as "Lana Del Rey meets Kate Bush meets Enya," but ultimately her music is completely her own and expands beyond one genre. Her influences include contemporary classical composers, church hymns from her childhood, world music, and modern Alternative Rock and Folk / Americana. 

Anna has recently completed work on her debut album Efflorescence, which is out now.  Ant has recorded the guitar parts for three tracks on the album (Irena's Lullabye, Black Dress and Pioneer Hymn), which also features contributions from GTR member Jonathan Mover.

Efflorescence is available now on iTunes (US) and on Amazon in the UK, with samples of the album available to hear on both sites.  The tracks on the album that Ant appears on are also available to purchase individually.

Thanks to Brian Coombes (who produced the album) for additional information.


 

Harmony for Elephants Kickstarter Project sucessfully funded (News date: 20-4-16)

The Harmony for Elephants Kickstarter book and music project, which was jointly created by photographer Lesley Wood and biologist Dr Kate Evans to publish a fine art book about elephants with an accompanying CD has now ended.  The good news is that the project has been succesfully funded with a total of £23,816 being pledged by 164 backers so production of the book and the CD will now go ahead.

The CD which will accompany the book will include music composed and recorded specially for the project.  As well as Ant, other musicians contributing to the project include Steve Hackett, Nick Magnus, John Hackett and Nad Sylvan.  In addition, Ant will be collaborating with Steve on a joint track for the CD.

Newstalk radio interview (News date: 13-4-16)

Ant was interviewed for a Prog Rock Special edition of the Tom Dunne Show on Ireland's NewsTalk Radio, which was broadcast on 12th April.  His interview is now available to listen to as a podcast on the NewsTalk site - the podcast can be found on the programme page here.

 

 

Sides deluxe 4 disc set (News date: 3-2-16, updated 11-4-16)

Sides 4 disc deluxe edition

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) with a new 5.1 Surround Sound Mix and a 96 khz / 24-bit stereo mix of the album.  It also comes with a poster 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 track listing for the set can be seen here and it is available to order now from Cherry Red and Amazon

 

Wise After The Event deluxe edition reviews & press (News date: 9-3-16, updated 11-4-16)

 

Wise After The Event

Reviews of the recently released Deluxe Edition of Wise After The Event have recently been published online and can be read on the following sites: Figure8Magazine, Goldmine (the album is the second item reviewed on the page), Sea of Tranquility, 69 Faces of Rock and Let it Rock.

Prog magazine have also published a review of the Deluxe Edition online which can be seen here.  Registration is required to read the full review and will give you access to other articles on their site.  The review is also published in the current edition of the magazine.

The set has also received a four star review in the current issue (April 2016) of Mojo magazine, which is out now. 

A short interview with Ant in Italian about the re-issue of the album plus plans for future releases with 5.1 surround sound mixes can be read here.  A further recent Italian interview with Ant can also be read here and an interview in English on the Blackmoon site from Norway can be read here.

 

 

Online shop now open (News date: 28-3-16, updated 1-4-16)

We've recently located a limited number of brand new copies of a couple of the hard-to-find titles from Ant's back catalogue, and are pleased to be able to offer these for sale in our online shop.

Update: We have now sold out of the CDs but if we are able to locate further copies then we hope to be able to offer them for sale again. 

 

Harmony for Elephants Kickstarter Project (News date: 4-3-16, updated 8-3-16)

Ant is one of a number of musicians who are contributing a specially written and recorded track to Harmony for Elephants, a book and music project which aims to publish a fine art book about elephants and elephant conservation with an accompanying CD.

Harmony for Elephants is a joint project between photographer Lesley Wood and Dr Kate Evans, biologist, elephant researcher and founder and director of the charity Elephants for Africa.  The book will be available both as an A4 sized standard edition and also as a A3 sized boxed limited edition (250 copies only) which will come with a specially produced signed and numbered limited edition fine art companion print. The limited edition books will be signed by Lesley and Kate and some of them will be signed by the musicians involved (including Ant), making them extremely sought after by collectors.

Both editions of the book will have an accompanying CD album of music composed specially for the project.  As well as Ant, other musicians contributing to the project include Steve Hackett, Nick Magnus, John Hackett and Nad Sylvan.

More details about the project including the various rewards for pledgers can be found on the Harmony for Elephants Kickstarter pageIn addition, a Sound Byte summary video clip for the project has now been released, which can be viewed below.

 

 

 

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) with a new 5.1 Surround Sound Mix and a 96 khz / 24-bit stereo mix of the album as well as 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

 

 

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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