Anthony was a founder member of the British Rock band Genesis. Ant was born in December 1951
in London. In 1965 Ant found himself at Charterhouse Public School. It was here that he met up with
Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks. It was also at Charterhouse that the pre Genesis
band Anon got together and performed at a concert playing three Rolling Stones songs. At this
time there were two bands at Charterhouse The Anon and The Garden Wall. In 1967 various
factions of both bands joined forces and became one band. This band was to go on to become
Anthony recorded the albums From Genesis To Revelation and Trespass and also performed
a great many gigs with the band 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 and also the later Tarka album would be written
during this time. Anthony also felt he needed to improve his arranging skills and musical education
and learnt to sight-read music. It was also during this time that Ant continued writing with Mike
Rutherford and recordings were made of songs like Silver Song, which included Mike Rutherford
and also Phil Collins. Some of these early recordings and demos from this period can be found on
the album The Archive Collection Volume One. Much of the first two albums and even material
that would go on to be released on The Private Parts And Pieces series were originally written
during this period which took on a stop start feel as the profile of Genesis became higher.
The Private parts and Pieces series of recordings began in 1979 with the release of the
first volume. Since that time there have been regular follow ups making the series a collectible
one for fans of Anthony Phillips more subdued side.
Volume Five in the series entitled Twelve due to the fact that it contained twelve themed
tracks all named after the twelve months of the year and pieces solely played on twelve
string guitar. The album was originally recorded in 1984 and released until 1985. It has also
been unavailable for some time making this a welcome reissue.
Volume Six in the series is entitled Ivory Moon and was originally released in 1986.
The album was also sub titled Piano Pieces 1971-1985 and as the title suggests features
Anthony Phillips piano playing and piano themed pieces. Once again this album has been
unavailable for some time making this reissue a welcome one.
DISC 1: 1. January 2. February 3. March 4. April 5. May 6. June 7. July 8. August 9. September 10. October 11. November 12. December
DISC 2: 1. Sea-Dogs Motoring [Suite]: Sunrise Over Sienna 2. Sea-Dogs Motoring [Suite]: Basking Shark 3. Sea-Dogs Motoring [Suite]: Sea-Dog's Air 4. Sea-Dogs Motoring [Suite]: Safe Havens 5. Tara's Theme [From Masquerade] 6. Winter's Thaw 7. Old House 8. Moonfall [From Masquerade] 9. Rapids 10. Let Us Now Make Love
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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