Anthony Phillips' "Slow Dance" was released 30 years ago, September 24, 1990 - LISTEN

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30 years ago, on September 24, 1990, Anthony Phillips' masterpiece "Slow Dance" was released.

The album is a 50-minute instrumental suite divided into two parts. The music was composed by Phillips and performed by himself with other musicians:

Anthony Phillips - keyboards (E-mu Emax, Roland Jupiter-8, Casio CZ-5000, Roland TR-808 drum machine), guitars (Alvarez 12 strings, Fender Stratocaster, Yari classic, Ovation 6 strings), Gretsch fretless bass, TOM drum machine, Yamaha QX5 Sequencer on "Slow Dance (part 2)".
Martin Robertson - clarinet
Ian Hardwick - oboe
Michael Cox - flute, piccolo
Tjborn Holtmark - trumpet
Julie Allis - harp
Ian Thomas - drums
Frank Ricotti - percussion and off spin
John Owen-Edwards - director
Gavyn Wright - leader of the bows
Speachi Quartet
Ralph Bernascone - director of the quartet

Listen to the album:

Track list:

All the songs are composed by Anthony Phillips.

1. "Slow Dance (Part 1)" 23:57

2. "Slow Dance (Part 2)" 26:27

In 2017, Slow Dance was reissued as a digipack 2 CD / 1 DVD Deluxe Edition.

Contains the original and a new stereo mix, a 5.1 surround mix and previously unreleased tracks titled "Slow Dance Vignettes".

The package includes a poster and a 16-page booklet with extensive liner notes.

1. "Themes from Slow Dance" 3:30
2. "No Way Out (Alternate Mix)" 4:23
3. "A Slower Dance" 3:36
4. "Guitar Adagio from Slow Dance" 4:31
5. "Touch Me Deeply (Demo)" 5:58
6. "Clarinet Sleigh Ride" 6:54
7. "Slow Dance Single Demo (Alternate Mix)" 7:38
8. "No Way Out (Original Mix With Drums)" 8:21
9. "Lenta Chorum"

The title of the album was decided in the summer of 1990.

Phillips stated that "Slow Dance" was among many possible, including "Time & Tide" and "Field Day". The latter was used for the name of Phillips' 2005 album.

"Slow Dance" would have been suggested by someone at Virgin considering the album an excellent accompaniment to a ballet.

Collector's Corner:

Listen to Anthony Phillips:

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