Anthony Phillips - Private Parts & Pieces V-VIII album reviews
Dusting off Genesis-founder Anthony Phillips' hidden gems.
This beautifully-presented, boxed section of founding Genesis guitarist Phillips’ Private Parts & Pieces curios collects soundtrack work, homeless compositions and other selected flights of fancy. 1985’s Twelve, for instance, began life as an orchestral suite inspired by the calendar months, before financial restraints forced its evolution into a collection of 12-string guitar compositions. It contains some masterful playing – evidence of Phillip’s post-Genesis classical study – but the overall effect might generously be described as ‘ambient’, or otherwise just ‘flat’. Things pick up on piano-led collection Ivory Moon, the 15-minute Old House benefits from its patchwork of sections and recurring theme, evoking feelings of darkness, mystery and empty space. VII: Slow Waves, Soft Stars is the highlight of the set. An album of mixed mediums, it sounds unarguably fresher in its conception.