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Original Genesis Guitarist Anthony Phillips To Release First New Album In 7 Years “Strings Of Light” 2CD/1DVD – Released October 25, 2019

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Original Genesis Guitarist Anthony Phillips To Release First New Album In 7 Years “Strings Of Light” 2CD/1DVD – Released October 25, 2019

Signed Postcards Available With This Release While Stocks Last!

A Gorgeous 2CD/1DVD Set of Anthony Phillips’ Brand New Album!

Featuring an NTSC / Region Free DVD of a New 5.1 Surround Sound Mix by Anthony Phillips & James Collins

Esoteric Antenna is pleased to announce the release of “Strings Of Light”, the beautiful new album by GENESIS founding member ANTHONY PHILLIPS.

For his first new album in seven years Anthony has composed and recorded the twenty-four pieces of music on this album, which span two CDs, utilizing the many beautiful and rare guitars in his collection, all of which have made “Strings Of Light” one of the finest instrumental guitar albums of Anthony’s long and acclaimed career as a musician and composer.

This set is made even more special by the inclusion of a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of album on a DVD (NTSC / Region Free). After a seven year absence of new recorded work, “Strings Of Light” is a welcome return and a fine album by a legendary musician.

TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE: CD

1. JOUR DE FÊTE
2. DIAMOND MEADOWS
3. CAPRICE IN THREE
4. CASTLE RUINS
5. MERMAIDS AND WINE MAIDENS
6. WINTER LIGHTS
7. SONG FOR ANDY
8. PILGRIMAGE OF GRACE
9. SKIES CRYING
10. MOUSE TRIP
11. RESTLESS HEART
12. STILL RAIN

DISC TWO CD

1. INTO THE VOID
2. ANDEAN EXPLORER
3. MYSTERY TALE
4. SUNSET RIVERBANK
5. TALE ENDER
6. SHORELINE
7. DAYS GONE BY
8. CRYSTALLINE
9. FLEUR-DE-LYS
10. GRAND TOUR
11. HOME ROAD
12. LIFE STORY

DISC THREE: DVD

1. JOUR DE FÊTE (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
2. DIAMOND MEADOWS
(5.1 SURROUND MIX)
3. CAPRICE IN THREE
(5.1 SURROUND MIX)
4. CASTLE RUINS (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
5. MERMAIDS AND WINE MAIDENS
(5.1 SURROUND MIX)
6. WINTER LIGHTS (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
7. SONG FOR ANDY (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
8. PILGRIMAGE OF GRACE
(5.1 SURROUND MIX)
9. SKIES CRYING (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
10. MOUSE TRIP (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
11. RESTLESS HEART
(5.1 SURROUND MIX)
12. STILL RAIN (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
13. INTO THE VOID (5.1 SURROUND MIX))
14. ANDEAN EXPLORER
(5.1 SURROUND MIX)
15. MYSTERY TALE (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
16. SUNSET RIVERBANK
(5.1 SURROUND MIX)
17. TALE ENDER (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
18. SHORELINE (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
19. DAYS GONE BY (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
20. CRYSTALLINE (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
21. FLEUR-DE-LYS (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
22. GRAND TOUR (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
23. HOME ROAD (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
24. LIFE STORY (5.1 SURROUND MIX)

NTSC REGION 0


Released October 25, 2019 on Esoteric Antenna.  

To purchase Anthony Phillips “Strings Of Light” 2CD/1DVD Digipak Edition:
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/anthony-phillips-strings-of-light-2cd-1dvd-digipak-edition/
https://www.amazon.com/Strings-Light-2CD-1DVD-Digipak/dp/B07WGJK5R5
https://smarturl.it/APStringsOfLight

Anthony Phillips official website: http://www.anthonyphillips.co.uk/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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Tribute Album & Shows To Original Genesis Guitarist Anthony Phillips By Rocking Horse Music Club Announced

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Tribute Album & Shows To Original Genesis Guitarist Anthony Phillips By Rocking Horse Music Club Announced

Rocking Horse Music Club presents the music of Anthony Phillips feat. guest appearances by Steve Hackett, John Hackett, Nick Magnus, Kate St. John, John Helliwell & others!

Rocking Horse Music Club presents the music of original Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips on the new album, “Which Way the Wind Blows.” The Rocking Horse Music Club is a songwriting and performing collective that emerged from Rocking Horse Studio, a world-class recording facility in central New Hampshire, USA. The group features producer/songwriter/instrumentalist Brian Coombes, singer/songwriter/guitarist Justin Cohn, and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Patrik Gochez, along with Rocking Horse Studio session musicians Eric Wagley (drums), Myron Kibbee (guitar), Mike McAdam (guitar), and Brenden Harisaides. The band has been performing as a unit live and in the studio since 2008.

In February 2019, Rocking Horse Music Club began rehearsing and recording material for a tribute album to original Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips. The album is scheduled for release on October 11, 2019, with live dates in England scheduled for November 2019.

The album features numerous special guests, including: 

Steve Hackett (guitar) – Anthony Phillips’ replacement in Genesis. A legend.

John Hackett (flute) – in addition to playing flute on the Anthony Phillips album “The Geese & the Ghost,” John has performed on numerous Steve Hackett records and live shows.

Nick Magnus (keyboards) – Nick has performed on numerous Steve Hackett records and live shows.

Kate St. John (oboe) – Kate was a founding member of Dream Academy and contributed to a Nick Drake tribute album and live show.

John Helliwell (clarinet/saxophone) – John was a primary member of Supertramp.

Noel McCalla (vocals) – Noel was the lead vocalist on Mike Rutherford’s first solo album, “Smallcreep’s Day.”

Steve Anderson (guitar) – Steve is currently the guitarist in the Room, a UK progressive/melodic rock band. Prior to the Room, he was the guitarist in Grey Lady Down, a British neo-prog band in the 1990s.

Evelyn Cormier (vocals) – Evelyn was an American Idol Finalist on ABC television in 2019. She is currently recording her new album at Rocking Horse Studio.

Caroline Carter (vocals) – Caroline is a former Miss New Hampshire. As a vocalist, she won the talent competition at the Miss America pageant in 2017. She is currently recording her debut album at Rocking Horse Studio.

Coombes describes the origins of the name Rocking Horse Music Club: “Over the years we’ve developed a community of like-minded musicians, singers, and songwriters at Rocking Horse Studio. Many of the artists that work with us here at the studio have collaborated with each other and have appeared on each other’s records. Our group project, the Rocking Horse Music Club, developed out of those collaborations.” 

The group’s debut single, “Everywhere is Home,” a gospel-inspired song that features London’s Sing Gospel Choir, was released to critical acclaim in April 2018. The track was featured on radio in New England and received prime time airplay on BBC Radio and London Live in England. In June 2019, almost exactly a year after its release, Everywhere is Home received the award for Best Song – Gospel at the Independent Music Awards in New York City.

The band’s debut album, “Every Change of Seasons,” was released in September 2018, shortly before the band departed for a tour of the UK that saw them perform throughout the country, including numerous appearances at the BBC and a special engagement for the British Prime Minister.

Rocking Horse Music Club 2019: Justin Cohn: vocals, guitar Brian Coombes: keys, vocals Patrik Gochez: guitar, keys, vocals Brenden Harisaides: bass Myron Kibbee: guitars Mike McAdam: guitars Eric Wagley: drums/percussion

Album Track List: 
“Um & Aargh”
“Paperchase”
“Which Way the Wind Blows”
“Silver Song”
“Something Blue”
“Pulling Faces”
“Collections”
“Sleepfall: The Geese Fly West”
“Nightmare”

Here is a track-by-track summary of the album with comments from producer Brian Coombes: 

“Um & Aargh” (originally from “Sides”): Our take on Ant’s new wave/prog pop song from 1979… reminds me of Squeeze meets the Cars, with a touch of Genesis thrown in. Features Patrik Gochez on lead vocals. 

“Paperchase” (originally from “Wise After the Event”): Dreamy 12 string guitars and mellotron feature heavily on this one, along with a wonderful vocal from Justin Cohn. It sounds like something Genesis would have done circa 1976. 

“Which Way the Wind Blows” (originally from “The Geese & the Ghost”): We took Ant’s beautiful acoustic song, gave it a slight R&B feel, and then added an epic prog rock climax. This one features Noel McCalla (the lead singer on Mike Rutherford’s “Smallcreep’s Day”) on lead vocals and legendary Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett on the ending guitar solo. Where else can you hear Messrs. McCalla and Hackett performing together on an Anthony Phillips song? 

“Silver Song” (originally from “Sides” remaster): ‘Silver Song’ was originally intended as a single from 1973, featuring Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins. Our version features the incomparable Nick Magnus on the ending keyboard solo. 

“Something Blue” (originally from “Invisible Men” remaster): We were looking for a song for Evelyn Cormier to sing on the project. Ant and I looked through his catalog of unfinished and/or unreleased songs and presented a few to Evelyn. She loved ‘Something Blue.’ Her sultry vocal delivery led us down a smooth-jazz path with the arrangement that also features the amazing talents of Wesley Thurber on trumpet and Jeremy Harman on cello.

“Pulling Faces” (originally from “Wise After the Event”): This is one of my favorite productions on the record. The rhythm section performed brilliantly, Mike McAdam and Myron Kibbee played some great stuff, and Justin delivered a killer vocal. The song also features Steve Anderson from the Room on lead guitar. Mike and I toured with Steve back in the 1990s when he was with Grey Lady Down and we were in Tristan Park, so this collaboration was a cool virtual reunion. 

“Collections” (originally from “The Geese & the Ghost”): Just like ‘Which Way the Wind Blows,’ we simply couldn’t leave Ant’s beautiful song alone. The chord progression led us into Beatles territory, so we embraced that vibe. This one is really singer/pianist Pat Gochez’s arrangement and features members of his band on drums and bass. Also worthy of note is Myron Kibbee’s slide guitar and the choral background vocals.

“Sleepfall: The Geese Fly West” (originally from “The Geese & the Ghost”): One of Ant’s prettiest melodies. We developed the piece into something bigger, adding and changing instrumentation each sequence through the progression until it ends with a dramatic flourish. Features John Hackett (who performed on the original version back in the day) on flute and Kate St John from Dream Academy on oboe. 

“Nightmare” (originally from “Sides”): Ant’s prog rock classic instrumental in really a showcase for drummer Eric Wagley and bassist Brenden Harisaides. We added a lo-fi optigan/toy piano groove in the middle, and with Caroline Carter’s wailing vocal and John Helliwell’s melodic saxophone in the end section, I guess I’m displaying my Pink Floyd influences vividly on my sleeve. 

About the shows:

November 15-16 at Trading Boundaries

Trading Boundaries & Rocking Horse Music Club from the USA present…
The Music of Genesis founding members:
Anthony Phillips & Mike Rutherford
Performed live by a full band for the FIRST TIME EVER!

Working directly with Anthony Phillips, Rocking Horse Music Club has lovingly curated a selection of songs primarily from Ant’s first three solo albums, “The Geese & the Ghost”, “Wise After the Event”, and “Sides”. The band will be flying from the USA to perform these shows exclusively for us here at Trading Boundaries. These performances are once-in-a-lifetime events… the shows with us at Trading Boundaries will be the only UK appearances.

As an added bonus, the show will also include a performance of material from Mike Rutherford’s beautiful debut album, “Smallcreep’s Day”. Joining the band on stage will be the album’s original vocalist, Noel McCalla!

Trading Boundaries is proud to present this unique showcase of the early work of two Genesis legends.

Trading Boundaries
Sheffield Green
Near Fletching
East Sussex, UK TN223RB

For tickets: https://www.tradingboundaries.com/live-music/whats-on/

About Producer Brian Coombes 
Brian Coombes is an award-winning producer, songwriter, and musician. With influences ranging from progressive rock to melodic pop, Brian combines his love of interesting instrumentation, quirky keyboards, melodic hooks, and lush vocal harmonies with an extensive technical knowledge of the recording process to create releases that are both artistically and sonically rewarding. He is the owner of Rocking Horse Studio; he has also produced projects at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee and Genesis’ Fisher Lane Farm in Chiddingfold, England.

Prior to Rocking Horse, Brian was a founding member of Tristan Park, a progressive rock band that was signed to the British record label, GFT. The band recorded four albums and toured extensively in Europe and North America before going into hiatus in 1998. After Tristan Park, Brian recorded a record with his wife, using the name Waking in the Blue.

In his time as a producer, Brian has worked with such notable musicians as Chris Difford (Squeeze), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Anthony Phillips (Genesis), Ian McDonald (King Crimson), Garth Hudson (the Band), Greg Hawkes (the Cars), Ingrid Chavez (Prince), Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan), Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention), Vernon Reid (Living Color), Jonathan Mover (GTR) and Kenwood Dennard (Brand X).

Brian has received various honors for his production work. In 2014, he received two Emmy award nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In 2015, he received a “Producer of the Year” award from the New England Music Awards. And in 2019, “Everywhere is Home,” a song that he co-wrote with Patrik Gochez, received the Best Song – Gospel award at the Independent Music Awards.

To purchase “Which Way the Wind Blows”:
USA: https://www.rockinghorsemusicclub.com/shop
UK: https://burningshed.com/rocking-horse-music-club_which-way-the-wind-blows_cd
Germany/Europe: https://justforkicks.de/shop/progressive/6234/which-way-the-wind-blows-the-music-of-anthony-phillips?number=29000

Available iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, etc. October 11th.

For more information:
Rocking Horse Music Club www.RockingHorseMusicClub.com
Rocking Horse Music Club Contact:info@rockinghorsestudio.com

Radio/Television Contacts UK: Jeff Chegwin National TV & Radio PR: Jeff Chegwin: jeffchegwin@hotmail.com 07957 939 072 Mike Grocott: mike.grocott@hotmail.com 07885 585 789

Artist Management: Brian Coombes Rocking Horse Music USA 01.603.512.5347 info@rockinghorsestudio.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Original Genesis Guitarist Anthony Phillips “Slow Dance” Re-mastered & Expanded 3-Disc Edition Now Available on Esoteric Recordings!

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Original Genesis Guitarist Anthony Phillips “Slow Dance” Re-mastered & Expanded 3-Disc Edition
Now Available on Esoteric Recordings!

Genesis founding member and guitarist!

London – Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a newly re-mixed and expanded deluxe 3-disc edition of the classic 1990 instrumental album by Genesis founding member and guitarist Anthony Phillips, “Slow Dance.” Regarded by aficionados of Anthony’s music as one of his finest releases, “Slow Dance” is a two part orchestral rock suite which showcases Anthony’s music at his most expansive and imaginative.

This new 3-disc(2 CD / 1 DVD) digipak Deluxe Edition of the album features a newly re-mastered original stereo mix and a 5.1 Surround sound mix by Simon Heyworth (on an NSTC / Region Free DVD), along with a CD of previously unreleased “Slow Dance Vignettes.” It includes a lavishly illustrated booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and features a new essay by Jon Dann.

Says Ant, “ ‘Slow Dance’ was an important album to me because it represented the first time that was I able to do a full-scale album after all the miniatures of the, for me, thrifty 80s! I had stockpiled a number of ideas during those years and finally, due to the promise of an advance from my then record company, Passport, I was able to realise these on the big canvas, as it were. Alongside those ideas, I wrote a lot of new material, helped by the new gear, most which feature on Side 2. I was kindly advanced the money by my management Hit & Run and then….Passport went bust….?!!!

“Album all written but not recorded…! What to do …?! Hit & Run were terrific, didn’t pressurise me and I was able to complete the album, secure a publishing deal with Virgin – which led to my catalogue being realised on CD – so the gamble paid off…Phew !!! But it was veritably a labour of love. Seven months very hard work. No road map for that album. Did it make sense …? One long continuous piece, broken up into two sides…?

“I really wasn’t sure and having finished it, found listening to it unbearable ! Yet years on it has its admirers (one who even says he has not been moved thus by an album since…). So I must have got something right – and in the re-release we have tried to really make the re-purchase worthwhile with the improved sound of the main album, the extras CD and the 5.1. I hope the public agree!”

Track listings

Disc One: Slow Dance: Original Stereo Mix Re-mastered
1. Slow Dance (Part One)
2. Slow Dance (Part Two)

Disc Two: Slow Dance Vignettes
1. Themes from Slow Dance
2. No Way Out (alternate mix)
3. A Slower Dance
4. Guitar Adagio from Slow Dance
5. Touch Me Deeply (demo)
6. Clarinet Sleigh Ride
7. Slow Dance Single Demo (alternate mix)
8. No Way Out (original mix with drums)
9. Lenta Chorum

Disc Three: DVD – 5.1 surround sound mix & 96 Khz / 24-bit Original Stereo Mix
1. Slow Dance (Part One)
2. Slow Dance (Part Two)

Release date June 16, 2017
For more information:
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/slow-dance-remastered-expanded-deluxe-edition/

Anthony Phillips is a composer and guitarist who is known as a prolific writer of music for film and television as well as a recording artist. He was a founding member of the band Genesis alongside Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks with whom he recorded the albums “From Genesis To Revelation” and “Trespass.” After leaving the group in 1970, Ant studied orchestration and harmony externally at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After passing his LGSM exams, he taught music at Reeds School and Peper Harrow whilst continuing to compose and record in his home studio.

Ant released his critically acclaimed debut solo album “The Geese & The Ghost” in 1977 and since then has created a large and diverse output as a recording artist. As well as album releases such as “Wise After The Event,” “Sides,” “Slow Dance” and “Field Day,” he has to date also released eleven albums in the “Private Parts & Pieces” series and four volumes in the “Missing Links” series. Amongst other projects, he collaborated with Harry Williamson on the large-scale instrumental work “Tarka” and he also co-wrote the stage musical “Alice” with Richard Scott.

Whilst Ant continues to release solo albums to critical acclaim, increasingly his music has also been much in-demand for film and television. Commissions have included scores for both dramas and documentaries and he has written and recorded music for over a dozen Survival programmes in collaboration with percussion virtuoso Joji Hirota, including the award-winning “Land of Dragons” and “Creatures of the Magic Water.”

Ant has also established himself as one of the most prolific and successful composers of library music, with tracks from his extensive output being regularly featured on commercials, films and television series throughout the world.

2014 saw Ant renewing his association with Cherry Red Records via the Esoteric Recordings label who are re-issuing his back catalogue. “Harvest of the Heart,” a five-CD deluxe box set anthology which celebrates Ant’s rich musical heritage by featuring recordings made between 1969 and the present day was released in November 2014 to wide-spread acclaim. Subsequent re-releases have included “Private Parts & Pieces I – IV” (a deluxe clamshell box set of the first four albums in that series) and deluxe editions of the albums “Wise After The Event,” “Sides” and “1984” all of which feature new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes.

Esoteric Recordings also recently released the definitive edition of the 1977 seminal debut solo album by Ant, “The Geese and the Ghost”. The music album could arguably be seen to have begun life as far back as 1969, but in essence it was the result of nearly four years hard work by Anthony, in collaboration with Mike Rutherford (who co-wrote three of the pieces on the record), beginning with a series of recordings made on TEAC 4 track tape recorders, progressing to sessions on the barge studio of engineer Tom Newman. Enlisting the assistance of Phil Collins, John Hackett, Viv McAuliffe, Jack Lancaster and many others, “The Geese and the Ghost” finally appeared in 1977 in America on the Passport label and in the UK on the Hit & Run imprint.

Lauded by many as a supreme achievement, this definitive of “The Geese and the Ghost” has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes by Simon Heyworth and includes a stunning new 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album by Andy Myles and Simon Heyworth, along with a CD of demos and early versions of the tracks on “Geese”. The bonus tracks are completed with the addition of both sides of an abortive single from 1973, “Silver Song” and “Only Your Love” (previously unreleased). Both tracks feature Phil Collins as vocalist. This 3-disc clamshell box edition includes a lavishly illustrated booklet with new essay by Jonathan Dann and fully restores the original UK album artwork.

For more information:
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/the-geese-and-the-ghost-definitive-edition-2cd1dvd-clamshell-set/

Other titles available:
“Private Parts & Pieces Vol. 1-5” 5-CD Deluxe Clamshell Box Set:
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/private-parts-pieces-v-viii-5cd-deluxe-clamshell-box-set/

“1984” Remastered & Expanded 3-Disc Box Set:
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/1984-2cd1dvd-remastered-expanded-edition/

“Sides” 3-Disc Clamshell Box Set:
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/sides-3cddvd-deluxe-clamshell-box-set-edition/ ;

“Wise After The Event” 4-Disc Box Set
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/wise-after-the-event-4-disc-deluxe-box-set/

“Private Parts & Pieces Vol. 6-11” 5-CD Deluxe Clamshell Box Set:
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/private-parts-pieces-i-v-5cd-deluxe-clamshell-box-set/

“The Geese and the Ghost” Vinyl LP
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/the-geese-and-the-ghost-12-lp-record-store-day-2015/

“Harvest of the Heart” Anthology Remastered 5-CD Box Set
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/harvest-of-the-heart-an-anthology-deluxe-remastered-5cd-box-set/

For more information visit Anthony Phillips official website: http://www.anthonyphillips.co.uk/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com