The Living Room Concert - Remastered and Expanded Digipak
Edition (News date: 27-4-20, updated 24-7-20)
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce
the release of a new re-mastered and expanded edition of
Living Room Concert.
Originally released in May 1995, the album
featured highlights of a live solo performance by Anthony which was
recorded on March 21st 1993 as part of the Living Room Concert
Series for the US Radio programme Echoes, a daily programme of
contemporary instrumental music. The show was broadcast on 120
public radio stations in America on 25th June 1993.
For the performance Anthony selected a
number of acoustic guitar and piano pieces,
drawing mainly on tracks originally released on the albums The
Geese and The Ghost, Private Parts and Pieces and
A Catch at The Tables, along with two pieces from New
England, the eighth volume in the Private Parts & Pieces series
and a solo 12-string version of Conversation Piece, the first
movement of a Guitar Quintet that he had composed in 1976, which had
subsequently been scored with parts for strings and wind
Unavailable on CD for many years, The
Living Room Concert has been re-mastered and expanded to
include three previously unreleased tracks recorded for the original
broadcast: Jaunty Roads, Let Us Now Make Love and Lucy: An Illusion.
This Esoteric Recordings edition restores
the original artwork and includes new liner notes by Anthony
Phillips archivist Jon Dann.
The Living Room Concert is out now and is available to order from
Cherry Red and
It is with great sadness that we learned of the untimely death on November
20th of David Longdon, the prodigiously talented front man and wordsmith of
Big Big Train.
Ant says: "It was my privilege to meet David at the Prog Awards in 2016 and
thereafter share occasional and insightful email correspondence with him.
What shone through was his innate sense of decency and humanity. Kind,
compassionate, funny yet modest, he also very nearly became the Genesis
singer after Phil's departure in 1996.
Big Big Train's increasingly brilliant music has deservedly brought them an
ever-growing audience over recent years and I was very flattered that they
chose to do a cover of 'Master of Time'- a masterful, mighty version that
rather left my original in the starting blocks!"
David, 56, leaves a wife and two daughters and our thoughts are with his
family at this very difficult time.
The Living Room Concert
(News date: 29-6-20, updated 24-7-20)
A review of the forthcoming remastered and expanded edition of The
Living Room Concert has been published on Velvet Thunder and can be
here. Our thanks to Lorne Murphy for sending us the details of the
A further review of the re-issue has now been published by the German
Genesis Fan Club and can be read
here (in English) and
here (in German).
Rupert Hine 1947 - 2020 (News date: 11-6-20)
The multi-talented Rupert Hine who produced Ant's albums Wise After The
Event and Sides sadly passed away last week. A noted songwriter and
musician in his own right, in a career that stretched for over 50 years
Rupert produced over 160 albums working with a wide variety of artists
including Rush, Camel, Howard Jones, Tina Turner and Stevie Nicks. He
also wrote and recorded a number of solo albums as well as being a member of
Ant's personal tribute to Rupert can be read
here. Our thoughts are with Rupert's family and friends at this
Tabletop Genesis podcast on
Wise After The Event
(News date: 9-4-20)
The latest podcast in the
series features an interesting track-by-track discussion of Ant's album
Wise After The Event . The podcast can heard by clicking on the play button
Record Collector Genesis feature
(News date: 1-3-21, updated 30-3-21)
||The March 2021 issue of the UK magzine Record
Collector (Number 516) includes a 14 page feature
about the early years of Genesis. Ant together with Tony
Banks, Steve Hackett and Richard Macphail have given new interviews
for the article by writer Nick Hasted, which also includes some
interesting early photos and a discography of the band's releases
from 1968 - 72.
The magazine can be ordered from the
Record Collector site.
Recent reviews and interviews (News date:
Some more reviews of Strings of Light have recently been published
online and can now be read at
Goldmine magazine conducted an interview with Ant back in November which has
now been published online and can be read
here. We also have a couple of new interviews here courtesy of the
long-running Genesis web-fanzine
The Waiting Room
which were published in Issue #105: a
chat with Ant from August 2018 and an exclusive interview with
Ant's collaborator Andrew Skeet.
New Genesis biography published
(News date: 26-2-20)
Genesis 1967 - 1975: The Peter Gabriel
Years by Mario Giammetti is due for publication in May as the
first title to be published by Kingmaker Publishing.
The book contains numerous exclusive
interviews with the band members and all the important personalities
who were part of the story of Genesis between 1967 and 1975.
It also includes a number of previously unpublished photos together
with interviews carried out with the individual members of Genesis
during listen throughs of each of the band's first five albums.
Mario Giammetti is an Italian music
journalist known as both the editor of the Italian Genesis magazine Dusk
as well as the author of a number of books about the band and the
individual members including The Exile, an Italian language
biography of Ant which was published in 2008. Genesis 1967
- 1975: The Peter Gabriel Years is his first book to be
published in English.
Genesis 1967 - 1975: The Peter Gabriel
Years was published on 8th May 2020 and can be
ordered now from
An Evening of Anthony Phillips & Mike Rutherford solo albums
review (News date: 27-1-20)
Ant with the members of the
Rocking Horse Music Club
Back in November 2019 the US group
Rocking Horse Music Club performed two shows at Trading Boundaries
in East Sussex, which included the first ever live performances of
music from Ant's albums. The selection of Ant's music was
complimented by performances of selected songs from Mike
Rutherford's first solo album Smallcreep's Day, which
featured the original vocalist on the album Noel McCalla.
The German Genesis Fan Club have now
published a review of the two concerts, which is available to read
German. The review also includes a nice selection of
photos from the concerts.