Progrography

Anthony Phillips
Any discussion of Genesis members past and present eventually comes round to Anthony Phillips, the band's original guitarist. His is the ignominious footnote, alongside Peter Banks and Mick Abrahams, of the guest who left before the party got started. Following Trespass, Genesis' second album, Phillips left (purportedly due to stage fright) and was replaced by Steve Hackett. Nothing was heard again from Anthony until 1977, when The Geese & The Ghost was released. Featuring Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford, Geese was seen as a follow-up to the music made on Trespass: pastoral prog rock that, as Phillips himself would put it later, "championed the old-fashioned ideals of beauty, lyricism and grandeur." A more commercial audience was courted on Wise After The Event and Sides, to no avail, and Phillips spent much of his time releasing instrumental pieces (both old and new) under the Private Parts & Pieces series. Although Phillips has released albums of synthesizer music (1984, Slow Dance), he is best known for acoustic guitar and piano compositions that hark back to Genesis' original lost innocence.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1977 THE GEESE & THE GHOST
1978 WISE AFTER THE EVENT
1978 We're All As We Lie
1978 PRIVATE PARTS & PIECES
1979 SIDES
1979 Um & Aargh
1980 April PRIVATE PARTS & PIECES II: "BACK TO THE PAVILION"
1981 April 1984
1982 PRIVATE PARTS & PIECES III: ANTIQUES
1983 INVISIBLE MEN
1984 Sally
1984 April PRIVATE PARTS & PIECES IV: A CATCH AT THE TABLES
1985 January 17 PRIVATE PARTS & PIECES V: TWELVE
1985 September HARVEST OF THE HEART
1986 PRIVATE PARTS & PIECES VI: IVORY MOON
1987 PRIVATE PARTS & PIECES VII: SLOW WAVES, SOFT STARS
1990 September 24 SLOW DANCE
1991 MISSING LINKS VOLUME 1: FINGER PAINTING
1993 May 28 PRIVATE PARTS & PIECES VIII: NEW ENGLAND
1994 SAIL THE WORLD
1994 MISSING LINKS VOLUME 2: THE SKY ROAD
1995 January GYPSY SUITE
1995 November 7 ANTHOLOGY
1996 PRIVATE PARTS & PIECES IX: DRAGONFLY DREAMS
1996 MEADOWS OF ENGLEWOOD
1998 March 30 THE ARCHIVE COLLECTION VOLUME ONE
1998 July THE LIVE RADIO SESSIONS
1998 November THE "LIVING ROOM" CONCERT
1999 November 16 LEGEND
1999 December 14 MISSING LINKS VOLUME III: TIME AND TIDE
2000 March 21 PRIVATE PARTS & PIECES X: SOIREE
2001 TARKA
2003 April 21 SOUNDSCAPES
2003 October 27 BATTLE OF THE BIRDS
2003 November 4 RADIO CLYDE
2004 April 24 ARCHIVE COLLECTION VOL. 2
2005 October 3 FIELD DAY
2008 April 29 WILDLIFE

SEE ALSO...
GENESIS discography
Camel: The Single Factor
Mike Rutherford: Smallcreep's Day

 

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