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Anthony Phillips – The Geese & The Ghost (1977/2015) [2.0 & 5.1] {DVD ISO + FLAC}

Artist: Anthony Phillips
Title: The Geese & The Ghost
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock
Label: © Esoteric Recordings
Release Date: 1977/2015
Recorded: August 1973 – October 1976 at Argonaut Galleries, Island Studios and Send Barns Studios
Quality: DVD V/A
Duration: ~
DVD-Video section has the following audio tracks:
  – DTS 5.1 Surround
  – Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  – LPCM Stereo 48 KHz / 24 Bits
DVD-Audio section has the following audio tracks:
  – MLP 5.1 Surround 48 KHz / 24 Bits
  – MLP Stereo 48 KHz / 24 Bits

Genesis founding member Anthony Phillips has his 1977 debut album The Geese and the Ghost reissued as a deluxe 2CD+DVD set in March. The album has been newly re-mastered (from the original tapes) by Simon Heyworth and comes with a bonus CD of demos and early versions of the tracks from the album, as well as two previously unreleased songs from 1973 (Silver Song and Only Your Love) that feature Phil Collins as a vocalist. Even better, the DVD includes a new 5.1 surround sound mix of the album (by Andy Myles and Simon Heyworth) and everything is packaged in a smart clamshell box, which also finds room for an illustrated booklet with new essay by Jonathan Dann. This three-disc ‘definitive edition’ of The Geese & the Ghost will be released on 9 March 2015 via Esoteric Recordings.

Anthony Phillips’ first post-Genesis solo album was an extension of the pseudo-medieval folk elements found on Trespass, the last of his Genesis albums. Much of this recording sounds like a lost Genesis album, understandable since Phil Collins does a lot of the singing, and Michael Rutherford is present on guitar, bass, and keyboards, and also shares composer credits with him on major parts of this album. Portions of the material here, in fact, seem to have been derived from pieces they composed together in Genesis’ early days that proved unsuitable for performance on-stage. Thus, The Geese & the Ghost comes off as a sort of throwback, picking up stylistically where Trespass or Nursery Cryme (check out the second part of the title track) left off nearly six years earlier. “Henry: Portraits from Tudor Times” can still hold the patient listener’s attention, as it moves from bold synthesizer-generated fanfares to intimate classical guitar passages into soaring movements for electric guitar, flute, and oboe no less (there are three flutists here, plus one violinist, two cellists, and a pair of oboists, Bob Phillips and Laza Momulovich, who often get placed very prominently in the mix, probably a first on a rock album) — but these movements would work better if they weren’t quite so repetitive. The 15-minute two-part title track is hopeless — gorgeous, luscious, languid, and utterly pointless in terms of presenting ideas of any worth or resolving them in any serious way; this is the sort of material that first-year composition students turn in as exercises, but only in the fading glow of the prog rock boom would it see the light of day on a commercial release. It’s very arty in an early-’70s manner, midway between early Genesis and Amazing Blondel (note that neither of those groups still existed in their progressive rock incarnations in 1977), without the vibrancy that the former could generate or the impressive musical language or vocalizing of the latter. What Phillips failed to recognize, or couldn’t emulate, was the fact that Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, and other bigger-than-footnote prog rock outfits always made sure their music was exciting, as well as pretty and complex. Still, it is pretty, and the CD reissue (which is devoid of instrumental credits) has a demo, “Master of Time,” as a bonus. That song, a fey mix of sci-fi and faux-medieval sensibilities, never made the final cut of the album, and the demo runs two minutes too long for its own good, but it is sung by Phillips solo (he doesn’t have much of a voice, hardly an octave range to judge from this) in a passionate manner, and is played — on acoustic and electric guitars, with piano and no classical musicians added — with some effort at excitement and vibrancy. –Bruce Eder

1 Wind – Tales 1:03
2 Which Way The Wind Blows 5:51
Henry: Portraits From Tudor Times
3 Fanfare 1:05
4 Lute’s Chorus 1:37
5 Misty Battlements 2:22
6 Lute’s Chorus (Reprise) 0:52
7 Henry Goes To War 4:01
8 Death Of A Knight 2:10
9 Triumphant Return 1:54
10 God If I Saw Her Now 4:15
11 Chinese Mushroom Cloud 0:46
The Geese And The Ghost
12 Part One 8:04
13 Part Two 7:47
14 Collections 3:09
15 Sleepfall: The Geese Fly West 4:36

Anthony Phillips – guitars, bass guitar, dulcimer, bouzouki, synthesizer, mellotron, keyboards, piano, celesta, drums, percussion, vocals (track 7)
Mike Rutherford – guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, drums, percussion
Phil Collins – vocals (tracks 2 and 4)
Rob Phillips – oboes (tracks 11, 12, and 14)
Lazo Momulovich – oboes, cor anglais (tracks 3 and 11), organ
John Hackett – flutes (tracks 9, 13, and 14)
Wil Sleath – flute, baroque flute, recorder, piccolo (track 3)
Jack Lancaster – flutes, lyricon (track 14)
Charlie Martin – cello (tracks 10–12)
Kirk Trevor – cello (tracks 10–12)
Nick Hayley – violins (tracks 11 and 12)
Martin Westlake – timpani (tracks 3 and 10–12)
Tom Newman – hecklephone, bulk eraser
Vivienne McAuliffe – vocals (track 4)
Send Barns Orchestra and Barge Rabble conducted by Jeremy Gilbert
Ralph Bernascone – soloist
David Thomas – classical guitar (track 15)
Ronnie Gunn – harmonium (track 15)



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