Anthony Phillips "The Geese and the Ghost" 1977
Anthony Phillips: Guitars, Bass, Dulcimer, Bouzouki, Synthesizer, Mellotron, Keyboards, Piano, Celesta, Drums, Percussion
Mike Rutherford: Guitars (Electric, Acoustic, Classical & 12-String), Bass, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Drums, Percussion
Phil Collins: vocals
Rob Phillips: Oboes
Lazo Momulovich: Oboes, Cor Anglais, Organ
ohn Hackett: Flutes
Wil Sleath: Flute, Baroque flute, recorder, piccolo
Jack Lancaster: Flutes, Lyricon
Charlie Martin: Cello
Kirk Trevor: Cello
Nick Hayley: Violins
Martin Westlake: Timpani
Viv McCauliffe: Vocals
Send Barns Orchestra: conducted by Jeremy Gilbert
David Thomas: Classical guitar
Ronnie Gunn: Harmonium
Anthony Phillips was one of the founding members of Genesis, having attended the Charterhouse School in Surrey with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, and Michael Rutherford. Phillips and Rutherford (who had played together in another band before linking up with Gabriel and Banks), were the principal composing members of Genesis during their formative years, right into their first recording venture on English Decca ("Silent Sun" etc.) under the aegis of Jonathan King. Much of Phillips' and Rutherford's music was too subtle and introspective to work for the fledgling band on stage, and eventually composition became more of a shared effort. By the time the group cut its second album, Trespass, however, Phillips had receded into the background, propelled by a crippling onset of stage-fright that forced him out of the line-up following the album's release. His influence, ironically, was felt very strongly on their subsequent breakthrough third album, Nursery Cryme, the title track of which (the band's first number to attract a wide audience in progressive rock circles), for its introduction and opening minute, used material that Phillips had written and recorded (as a demo) as early as 1969.
Anthony and Mike Rutherford played guitars
on every song along with various keyboards and percussion.
John Hackett (yes, Steve's brother) -- flute,
Viv McAuliffe -- vocals,
and Phil Collins on vocals
A solo album by an early Genesis member. A very orchestral, yet lyrical album. The theme flows throughout the songs and stands together as a complete piece. The cover art is a lovely pastoral view of the minstrel serenading the ghost in question. This is a great find for Genesis and progressive fans alike.
Little more was heard from Anthony Phillips until 1977, when he favored us with his first solo album, The Geese and the Ghost, followed by Wise After the Event a year later, and then a collection of early demo recordings, Private Parts and Pieces, also issued in 1978. Phillips has re-emerged periodically, working in a style that is much closer to the classically influenced original Genesis sound than to the work of the current version of the group.
He retains a cult of fans, similar in certain respects to Peter Banks of Yes (another guitar player who quit an art-rock band at a critical early juncture in their history), but recording more frequently. He also writes a considerable amount of music for television and movies, and remains a guitarist of supreme skill and confidence, steeped in classical, pre-Baroque, and folk influences, able to record entire albums featuring only his acoustic instrument. Phillips' skills on the keyboard, principally synthesizer and Mellotron, are more limited, and were never exploited within a group context, but his studio recordings reveal a distinctive character to his compositions on those instruments as well. ~ Bruce Eder, AMG
CD - 1
01 - Wind - Tales 00:01
02 - Which Way The Wind Blows 01:04
03 - Henry; Portraits From Tudor Times 06:56
... ... I - Fanfare
II - Lutes' Chorus
III - Misty Battlements
IV - Henry Goes to War
V - Death of a Knight
VI - Triumphant Return
04 - God if I Saw Her Now 20:59
05 - Chinese Mushroom Cloud 25:14
06 - The Geese and the Ghost26:00
07 - Collections41:51
08 - Sleepfall: The Geese Hy West 44:59
CD - 2
01 - Master of Time ( Demo ) 52:36
02 - Title Inspiration
03 - The Geese and the Ghost - Part one ( basic track )
04 - Collection Link
05 - Which Way the Wind Blows
06 - Silver Song ( basic track )
07 - Henry: Portraits From Tudor Times ( basic track )
I - Fanfare , II - Lute's Chorus , III - Lute's Chorus Reprise , IV - Misty Battlements
08 - Collections ( demo )
09 - The Geese & The Ghost - Part Two ( basic track )
10 - God If I Saw Her Now ( basic track )
11 - Sleepfall ( basic track )
12 - Silver Song ( Unreleased single version, 1973 )
Anthony Phillips: acoustic 12-string, 6-string, classical guitar, electric6 and 12-string guitars, basses, dulcimer guitar, bazouki,synthesizers, mellotron, harmonium, piano, organ, celeste, pin piano,drums, glockenspeil, timbales, bells and chimes, gong, vocal on"Collections"
Phil Collins: vocals on "Which Way The Wind Blows" and "God If I Saw HerNow"
John Hackett: flutes on "God If I Saw Her Now", "Collections" and"Sleepfall: The Geese Fly West"
Nick Hayley (+ friend)[?]: violins on "The Geese And The Ghost"
Jack Lancaster: flutes and lyricon on "Sleepfall: The Geese Fly West"
Charlie Martin: cello on "Chinese Mushroom Cloud" and "The Geese And TheGhost"
Viv McCauliffe: vocals on "God If I Saw Her Now"
Lazo Mumolovich: oboes and cor anglais on "Henry - Portraits From TudorTimes" and "The Geese And The Ghost"
Tom Newman: hecklephone and bulk eraser on track 9
Rob Phillips: oboes on "The Geese And The Ghost" and "Sleepfall: The GeeseFly West"
Michael Rutherford: acoustic 12-string, 6-string, classical guitars,electric 6 and 12-string guitars, basses, organ, drums, timbales,glockenspeil, cymbals, bells
Wil Sleath: flute, baroque flute, recorders and piccolo on "Henry -Portraits From Tudor Times"
Kirk Trevor: cello on "Chinese Mushroom Cloud" and "The Geese And TheGhost"
Martin Westlake: timpani on "Henry - Portraits From Tudor Times", "ChineseMushroom Cloud" and "The Geese And The Ghost"
Send Barns Orchestra and Barge Rabble conducted by Jeremy Gilbert. Ralph