Anthony Phillips was a founder member of the British Rock
band Genesis. The band recorded two singles and the album
From Genesis To Revelation before leaving Decca and
signing with Charisma to record the Trespass album.
Anthony recorded the albums From Genesis To Revelation
and Trespass and also performed a great many gigs before
deciding to leave the band following a particularly bad bout
of stage fright and also suffering a debilitating bout of
bronchial pneumonia. It was between the years 1970 and
the release of his debut album The Geese And The Ghost
in 1977 that many fans lost sight of Anthony Phillips.
In actual fact much of the material that would make up the
Geese And The Ghost would be written during this time.
The Geese and the Ghost was originally released in 1977
and features performances from Mike Rutherford and Phil
Collins alongside Anthony.1984 was originally released in
1981 and was critically well received. Based on the George
Orwell novel 1984 Anthony Phillips is responsible for most
of the playing on the album save for some percussion from
Morris Pert and also percussion, Vocals and keyboards
from co producer Richard Scott. This reissue has been
re mastered for this release and also contains a second disc
which includes outtakes and demos of the material that went
on to from the original album. Also included on this disc is
The Rule Britannia Suite.
Anthony Edwin "Ant" Phillips (b. 23 December 1951, Chiswick, west London) is an English multi instrumentalist, best known as a founding member of the band Genesis. He played guitar and sang backing vocals until leaving in 1970, following the recording of their second album, Trespass. He left due to suffering from stage fright, after being told by his doctor that the best thing would be to leave the band. He is known for his twelve string guitar work, and his influence can be heard throughout Genesis's early output.
Genesis's first album after Phillips's departure, Nursery Cryme, featured two songs which were holdovers from the days when Phillips was in the band: "The Musical Box" (originally called F#) and "The Fountain Of Salmacis." "The Musical Box" especially remains a favourite of fans.
After leaving Genesis, Phillips studied classical music (especially classical guitar) and made recordings in collaboration with Harry Williamson, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins, among others.He played the keyboards on the demos for Peter Gabriel in 1976. His first solo album, The Geese and the Ghost, was issued in 1977.
Phillips released his second album in 1978, entitled Wise After the Event. This was followed the next year by Sides. Both of these albums were produced by Rupert Hine and were intended to reach a mainstream audience, though neither album was successful in that regard.
In its initial release in the UK, Sides was accompanied by a more experimental album entitled Private Parts and Pieces; in the U.S. and Canada the two albums were issued separately. Private Parts and Pieces II: Back to the Pavilion followed the next year, and several further sequels were issued in the 1980s and 1990s.
Phillips began writing material with Andrew Latimer of Camel in 1981, and was a featured performer on that band's album, The Single Factor (released in 1982).
Phillips released a mainstream pop album entitled Invisible Men in 1983. He later claimed that this project went "horribly wrong" as a result of commercial pressures, and would subsequently eschew mainstream success in favour of more specialised material.
Phillips remains involved in a variety of musical projects, including extensive soundtrack work in England often for the label Atmosphere part the Universal Music Group. In the mid-1990s, he released an album entitled The Living Room Concert, which featured solo acoustic versions of his earlier material. He also provided archival material for the first Genesis box set, Genesis Archive 1967-75, released in 1998.
Several of his albums feature artwork by Peter Cross.
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