PVC 7905 Private Parts & Pieces
Produced by Anthony Phillips
(track 3 by Harry "pivanhaphone" Williamson)
Released on September 1978
no chart information
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PVC 7905 cover  

O n Private Parts & Pieces, Anthony Phillips stakes his claim as a regressive (versus progressive) artist, returning to the days when the sweet, wan trails of madrigals stirred in the countryside air. His first two albums were, in retrospect, ambitious attempts to live up to his legacy as the original guitarist from Genesis. Here, Phillips retreats from the workaday world and emerges with music that better reflects his peculiar tastes and talents. At the time, the idea of recording uncluttered instrumentals for acoustic guitar and piano hardly seemed sustainable across an album, let alone a long series of them. And yet Private Parts & Pieces proved to be oddly appealing, in a sense paving the way for new age artists like George Winston and Michael Hedges. The Geese & The Ghost did use the same antiquated guitar passages, but PP&P is far more transparent in sound, a simpler tapestry than the exotic, action-packed adventures portrayed in his first release. Where the first album followed a specific story, these ten songs are a series of unrelated scenes that, from a distance, form a single picture of pastoral beauty. Genesis fans will find echoes of Trespass in this collection, from “Field of Eternity” (which claims to recycle parts of an unrecorded Genesis song) to “Flamingo.” Of course, selling this album on the merits of Genesis is antithetical to its intent; Phillips was sharing his own private muse with the world, winning more than a few converts in the process. He’ll never be ready for prime time, as the closing “Seven Long Years” makes painfully clear, but those who have peeked into his musical world wanting no more than a glimpse have sometimes stood enrapt for hours.

PVC 7905 back cover
PVC 7905 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST    4:07
  2. FIELD OF ETERNITY    (Anthony Phillips/Mike Rutterford)    5:13
  3. TIBETAN YAK-MUSIC    6:17
  4. LULLABY-OLD FATHER TIME    1:10
  5. HARMONIUM IN THE DUST    2:32
  6. TREGENNA AFTERNOONS    8:00
  7. REAPER    7:38
  8. AUTUMNAL    6:02
  9. FLAMINGO    11:08
  10. SEVEN LONG YEARS    3:00

    Expanded reissue bonus tracks
  11. STRANGER
  12. SILVER SONG

    All songs composed by Anthony Phillips unless noted

CREDITS

ANTHONY PHILLIPS -- piano, "pin" piano, classical guitar, 12 string guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonium
Ray Staff -- remixing
Peter Cross -- artwork

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US September 1978 PVC LP/CS PVC/PVCC 7905  
EUR 1993 Virgin CDX 787455 w. bonus tracks
  1997 Resurgent CD 1076 w. extra tracks
  October 22, 1997 Blueprint CD BP 202 w. bonus tracks

 

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