PVC 7913 Private Parts and Pieces II "Back to the Pavilion"
Produced by Rupert Hine
except track 1 by Anthony Phillips and Anton Matthews
Released on April 1980
no chart information
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PVC 7913 cover
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K ronomyth 5.0: TUDOR x 2 + 1. Finally, a fitting follow-up to Geese inches out of the forest! Forget everything I said about II the first time: lies, balderdash, myopia, mea culpa. Back to the Pavilion is a return to the old haunts of Geese hooray. Electric chargers and acoustic sunlight, filigreed in finery, bartered out of the old bard in bits and pieces, it’s a splendid collection that feels like lost Genesis found. PP&P elpees past & present have sounded stale, but not Pavilion. Phillips arms himself with a small assortment of stringed instruments, keyboards, modest effects and creates a tapestry (that’s right, I wrote “tapestry”) of instrumental pieces that suggests Eno’s Music For Films mixed with Nursery Cryme. Some of the bits are very small and not worth nutting (wrote the skwirl) but the henregal “Scottish Suite” and ambientotally cool “K2” belong with his best and most substantive contribution to the musical canon of why is this sentence so long. Phillips dedicates the album to the ideals of beauty, lyricism and grandeur in art, and while the grandeur is actually kept to a minimum (“Salmon Leap” and the ending of “Amorphous, Cadaverous and Nebulous”) there are bucketfulls of lyricism and beauty on Back to the Pavilion. Like the first Private Parts & Pieces, Pavilion pickpockets from the past. Scottish Suite was recorded in June 1976 before Geese was even released, a handful of tracks on side two stem from sessions in nineteen seventy-seven. Despite my peevish reaction to PP&P 2 the first dozen times around (for which I squarely blame “I Saw You Today”), this is about as good as Ant gets and recommended to any old Genesis fan for whom the whole “ideal and beauty” thing didn’t sound like hokum.

PVC 7913 back cover
PVC 7913 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. SCOTTISH SUITE
    (i) Salmon Leap    2:46
    (ii) Parting Thistle    2:26
    (iii) Electric Reaper    3:03
    (iv) Amorphous, Cadaverous and Nebulous    4:53
    (v) Salmons' Last Sleepwalk    2:07
  2. LINDSAY    3:50
  3. K.2.    8:53
  4. POSTLUDE: END OF THE SEASON    0:32
  5. HEAVENS    4:22
  6. SPRING MEETING    3:52
  7. ROMANY'S ARIA    0:50
  8. CHINAMAN    0:41
  9. NOCTURNE    4:05
  10. MAGIC GARDEN    1:56
  11. VON RUNKEL'S YORKER MUSIC    0:41
  12. WILL O' THE WISP    3:30
  13. TREMULOUS    1:06
  14. I SAW YOU TODAY    4:34
  15. BACK TO THE PAVILION    2:51
  16. (*cd bonus track) LUCY: AN ILLUSION

    All titles composed by Anthony Phillips

CREDITS

ANTHONY PHILLIPS -- guitars, keyboards, vocals
Mel Collins -- flute (13)
Rob Phillips -- oboe (11)
Mike Rutherford -- bass (1)
Peter Cross -- cover illustration

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US April 1980 PVC Records LP/CS PVC/PVCC 7913  
CAN 1980 Passport Records LP PB-2012  
UK 1991 Virgin CDX CDOVD-318 w. bonus track
UK   Blueprint CDX BP-203CD w. bonus track
JPN August 2007 Arcangelo CDX ARC-7239 digital remaster w. bonus track


 

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