Press Review: "My years with Genesis", Anthony Phillips talks about Prog Italia

Anthony Phillips on Prog Italy talk about the recent album Strings Of Light and reveals some anecdotes dating back to the years with Genesis.

By Lucio Curti

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"You couldn't have chosen a better time!", Anthony Phillips exclaims answering the phone. "I just took the tea bag out of the teapot and wet my nails with it olive oil: it's all for you ".

These are the words with which it begins the telephone meeting between Mike Burnes of Prog Italy ed Anthony Phillips.

The interview will end up revealing why Ant gets his nails wet with olive oil, but he also tells details on the recent Strings Of Light album where you can listen to the twenty-four tracks in 5.1 Surround version. "Maybe it's a slightly bizarre choice, given that in most pieces there is only one guitar that plays, but in a couple of places where there are various twelve-string guitars we had fun inserting effects and cross-fades, in order to give the whole a different spatiality ", explains Phillips.

And it reveals new anecdotes aboutthe years with Genesis.

For example some compositional moments with Mike Rutherford: "When we played different chords simultaneously, as a D major e
a minor E, a set of came out creepy notes. Could have been agreements, but also arpeggios, rhythmic parts, revolts ... it's not that we wanted to be extravagant a all costs, we were just trying to hopelie and understand what we could bring out without copying anyone. We went to the cieca, without precluding us any possibility ".

Ant also tells his passion for guitars; he managed to accumulate almost 100 pieces. There is the Francisco Simplicio classical guitar made in Barcelona in 1931. "I consider myself lucky to have such a memorabilia. His age reveals himself with the sound so warm and round. Undoubtedly the possibility of using this type of instruments adds a fa-
particular part of the compositions ", he reveals in the interview.

And it owns an old man is an Italian mandolin, built by Antonio Vinaccia even in 1789, of which he says: "I'd like to know his story. It was the period of the French revolution in which some heads began to roll, who knows what bad shows he witnessed. Too bad he can't tell us about them".

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Listen to String Of Lights:

Anthony Phillips: Strings Of Light, 2CD / 1DVD Digipak Edition.

For his first new album in seven years Anthony Phillips composed and recorded the twenty-four songs of this album, which span two CDs, using the many rare guitars from its collection, which made "Strings Of Light" one of the best instrumental guitar albums of Ant's long and acclaimed career as a musician and composer.

This set is made even more special by the inclusion of a mix of 5.1 Surround Sound on DVD (NTSC / Region Free).

After seven years of absence of new registered works, "Strings Of Light" is a welcome return and a beautiful album by a legendary musician.

Buy it now on Amazon.

TRACK LIST

DISC 1: CD

1. JOUR DE FÊTE
2. DIAMOND MEADOWS
3. CAPRICE IN THREE
4. CASTLE RUINS
5. MERMAIDS AND WINE MAIDENS
6. WINTER LIGHTS
7. SONG FOR ANDY
8. PILGRIMAGE OF GRACE
9. SKIES CRYING
10. TRIP MOUSE
11. RESTLESS HEART
12. STILL RAIN

DISC 2: CD

1. INTO THE VOID
2. ANDEAN EXPLORER
3. MYSTERY TALE
4. SUNSET RIVERBANK
5. THIS ENDER
6. SHORELINE
7. DAYS GONE BY
8. CRYSTALLINE
9. FLEUR-DE-LYS
10. GRAND TOUR
11. HOME ROAD
12. LIFE STORY

DISC 3: DVD

1. JOUR DE FÊTE (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
2. DIAMOND MEADOWS
(5.1 SURROUND MIX)
3. CAPRICE IN THREE
(5.1 SURROUND MIX)
4. CASTLE RUINS (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
5. MERMAIDS AND WINE MAIDENS
(5.1 SURROUND MIX)
6. WINTER LIGHTS (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
7. SONG FOR ANDY (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
8. PILGRIMAGE OF GRACE
(5.1 SURROUND MIX)
9. SKIES CRYING (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
10. MOUSE TRIP (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
11. RESTLESS HEART
(5.1 SURROUND MIX)
12. STILL RAIN (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
13. INTO THE VOID (5.1 SURROUND MIX))
14. ANDEAN EXPLORER
(5.1 SURROUND MIX)
15. MYSTERY THAT (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
16. SUNSET RIVERBANK
(5.1 SURROUND MIX)
17. TALE ENDER (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
18. SHORELINE (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
19. DAYS GONE BY (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
20. CRYSTALLINE (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
21. FLEUR-DE-LYS (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
22. GRAND TOUR (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
23. HOME ROAD (5.1 SURROUND MIX)
24. LIFE STORY (5.1 SURROUND MIX)

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