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Anthony was a founder member of the British Rock band Genesis. Ant was born in December 1951 in London. In 1965 Ant found himself at Charterhouse Public School. It was here that he met up with Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks. It was also at Charterhouse that the pre Genesis band Anon got together and performed at a concert playing three Rolling Stones songs. At this time there were two bands at Charterhouse The Anon and The Garden Wall. In 1967 various factions of both bands joined forces and became one band. This band was to go on to become Genesis.
Anthony recorded the albums From Genesis To Revelation and Trespass and also performed a great many gigs with the band before deciding to leave the band following a particularly bad bout of stage fright and also suffering a debilitating bout of bronchial pneumonia.
It was between the years 1970 and the release of his debut album The Geese And The Ghost in 1977 that many fans lost sight of Anthony Phillips. In actual fact much of the material that would make up the Geese And The Ghost and also the later Tarka album would be written during this time. Anthony also felt he needed to improve his arranging skills and musical education and learnt to sight-read music. It was also during this time that Ant continued writing with Mike Rutherford and recordings were made of songs like Silver Song, which included Mike Rutherford and also Phil Collins. Some of these early recordings and demos from this period can be found on the album The Archive Collection Volume One. Much of the first two albums and even material that would go on to be released on The Private Parts And Pieces series were originally written during this period which took on a stop start feel as the profile of Genesis became higher.
The Private parts and Pieces series of recordings began in 1979 with the release of the first volume. Since that time there have been regular follow ups making the series a collectible one for fans of Anthony Phillips more subdued side.
Volume Five in the series entitled Twelve due to the fact that it contained twelve themed tracks all named after the twelve months of the year and pieces solely played on twelve string guitar. The album was originally recorded in 1984 and released until 1985. It has also been unavailable for some time making this a welcome reissue.
Volume Six in the series is entitled Ivory Moon and was originally released in 1986. The album was also sub titled Piano Pieces 1971-1985 and as the title suggests features Anthony Phillips piano playing and piano themed pieces. Once again this album has been unavailable for some time making this reissue a welcome one.