Anthony Phillips has released remastered versions of his four original "Missing Links" albums in a 5-CD box set.
Buy it here in digital version and 5 CD box:
The collection gathers the library of Ant and music for television from 1976 onwards. It also includes a 27-track disc of rare and unreleased material.
The very first "Missing Links" was released in a limited edition in 1989 and, although the four original volumes of the series were subsequently released on CD, they have been no longer available for some years, but exchanged between collectors:
Its popularity led to three other editions of "Missing Links", which collected not only soundtrack compositions, but also other rare archival recordings made by Anthony Phillips over the years.
Anthony worked with his archivist Jon Dann to prepare this new edition with, in fact, a new additional CD of 27 tracks of unreleased and rare archival material, "Extra Links" exclusive to this set.
"MISSING LINKS I - IV" will surely appeal to fans of Anthony's work. This new boxed edition features liner notes by Jon Dann.
Disc One - Missing Links Volume One: Finger Painting
1 Force Majeure (1987) 2 Mountain Voices (1987) 3 Lord Of The Smoking Mirror (1987) 4 Sea Horses (1987) 5 Dungeons (1987) 6 Between The Rings (1983) 7 Evening Ascent (1983) 8 Streamer (1983) 9 After The Rain (1987) 10 Rottweiler (1983) 11 Sad Fish (1983) 12 A Song (1979) 13 God's Chosen Car Park Suite (1986) Processional - Meditation - Cave Painting 14 Tropical Moon Over Dorking Suite (1985) Estrangement - Myra's Dream - Reconciliation 15 Fountain Pool (1986) 16 Q. (1984) 17 Three Piece Suite (1984) To The Shrine - Through The Forest - Towards The Light 18 Boulevard Of Fallen Leaves (1981) 19 Land Of Dragons Suite (1989) Land Of Dragons (Part 1) - Kites - Harbor At Sunset - Dance Of The Crabs - Sand Octopus And The King Crabs - Do The Shrimps Know They're Chinese - Land Of Dragons (Part 2) 20 And A Prayer (1979) 21 Tierra Del Fuego (1979) 22 Paradise Found (1979)
Disc Two - Missing Links Volume Two: The Sky Road A Collection Of Archive, Commission And Unreleased Album Material
1 Exile 2 Lifeboat Suite Opening Theme - Sunday Morning - Another Shout - Across The Sandbar - Storm Warning - Kim Waits - The Rescue Of The Janet C - Let Not The Deep Swallow Me Up - Closing Theme 3 The Bitter Suite part 1 - Part 2 4 Across The River Styx 5 A Flock Of Souls 6 Along The Towpath 7 The Sky Road 8 Tears On A Rainy Day 9 Tiwai: Island Of The Apes bats - In The Firmament 10 Wild Voices, Quiet Waters Suite Twilight On The Lake - Winterloons - Waterstar Serenity 11 Timepiece 12 Field Of Eternity (Excerpts From The Original Version) 13 The Beggar And The Thief
Disc Three - Missing Links Volume Three: Time And Tide A Collection Of Television And Library Music 1992 - 1997
1 Amazonas 2 Peruvian Plains 3 Manatee Garden 4 Turtle Race 5 Indio Wedding 6 Underwater Forest 7 Fiesta Del Charangos 8 Slow Hand Sloth 9 River Chase 10 Sacred Kingdom 11 African Dream 12 Bedouin Train 13 Sandstorm 14 Kalahari March 15 Songoku 16 Schuan Journey 17 Slow Boat To China 18 Back In The Land Of Dragons 19 Shadow Puppet 20 Sea Jewel 21 End Theme For Five 22 Minnow Dance 23 Sunken Galleons 24 Haunting The Dark Sea 25 Time And Tide 26 Okavanga 27 Under Desert Stars 28 Lost In A Desert Night 29 Blue Lagoons
Disc Four - Missing Links IV: Pathways & Promenades
1 The Golden Road To Samarkand 2 Promenade 3 Sceptred Isle 4 Cucaracha dance 5 Fallen Idol 6 Cascades 7 Sky Dawn 8 Misty Mountains 9 It's All Greek To Me 10 Haven From The Sea 11 Heavenly Gene 12 Ironclad 13 Water Gardens 14 Night Train 15 Sleeping Giant 16 Sombrero 17 Irish Lament 18 Aurora 19 Without You 20 Sad Exodus 21 Summer Of Love 22 Light Rain 23 Halcyon Days
Disc Five: Extra Missing Links
1 Opening Theme For Five 2 Empire Of The Elephant 3 Great Rift Valley 4 Dwellers Of The Deep 5 Exile Link 6 Freeway Dude 7 Sumatra 8 Tears On A Rainy Day Link 9 Is There Anyone Out There? 10 Antibes Cocktail 11 Tropical Moon Romance 12 Sitar Pastoral 13 Wings Over The World 14 Stakeout 15 Bush Babies Suite 16 Sky Road Link 17 Citizens Of The Coral 18 Estrangement (Piano Mix) 19 Night Search 20 Granada 21 A Noble Spirit 22 In The Heart Of Africa 23 Malvern Hills 24 Flight Of The Snow Geese 25 Never Meant To Be 26 New Alchemists Suite 27 The Beggar & The Thief (Instrumental V)
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
Ralph Bernascone - director of the quartet
Listen to the album:
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.
1) Genesis “Home by the Sea” (1983). The lyrics of the song are actually not very summery and related to the sea: it is about a thief, who breaks into a house only to discover that it is haunted. The thief is captured by the ghosts, which force him to listen to their stories for the rest of his life.
2) Peter Gabriel "Red Rain" (1986). Also in this case the sea is rather disturbing. The text was in fact inspired by a recurring dream in which Gabriel was swimming in a sea of red water. Gabriel explained to “Mojo” magazine in September 2013: “Red Rain” was written after a dream I had had in which the sea was divided by two walls. There were these glass figures, which screwed into each wall, filled with red blood and then lowered to the sand, where they dumped the blood. I had these extremely vivid dreams, which scared the hell out of me ”.
3) Mike + The Mechanics "Beggar on a Beach of Gold" (1995). The beach is a metaphor, also highlighted by the cover, in which Mike is sitting barefoot on an expanse of gold coins. As if to say that it is about appreciating what we have here and now and not looking for what we cannot achieve anyway. Appreciate what we have, even the little things.
4) Phil Collins “Too Many Fish in the Sea” (2010). It is a hit song from 1964 recorded by the Motown singing group The Marvelettes. It was the group's first hit, in the top 40 for nearly a year, reaching number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was one of the first hit singles written by Norman Whitfield and Eddie Holland. It was also the first single produced by Whitfield. In 2010 Phil Collins included her in "Going Back", his eighth solo studio album, with covers of 60s Motown and soul standards. “Too Many Fish in the Sea”, was given as a free preview to new users registered on Phil's renewed website. Then he was part of the bonus tracks of the DVD and of “The Essential Going Back”, a reissue released on 10 June 2016. Here too the fish in the title are a metaphor.
5) Ray Wilson "Song for a Friend" (2016). In the song Ray lets himself go to memories: "If you look over there, that's where I was born". The song is based on simple flashes of memories about his mother: "She was just the best mom in the world", which is compared to the fresh and clear sea air.
6) Steve Hackett "Loving Sea" (2015). Steve explained it in this video, released on July 26, 2020:
7) Anthony Phillips "The Sea and the Armadillo" (1984). It is part of the album “Private Parts and Pieces IV: A Catch at the Tables”, Ant's ninth studio work and the fourth installment of his “Private Parts & Pieces” series. The piece is instrumental. In the album, between sea and lake ("Down Over The Lake"), water is very present, even on the cover:
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Originally released in May 1995, the album featured the highlights of a live solo performance by Anthony, recorded on March 21, 1993 as part of the Living Room Concert Series for the US radio program Echoes, a contemporary instrumental music newspaper.
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The show was broadcast on 120 public radio stations in America on June 25, 1993.
For the execution Anthony has selected a series of pieces for acoustic guitar and piano, drawing mainly on tracks originally released on the albums The Geese and The Ghost, Private Parts and Pieces and A Catch at The Tables, along with two New England pieces, the eighth volume of the Private Parts & Pieces series and a 12-point solo version strings of the first movement of a Guitar Quintet he composed in 1976, which was subsequently recorded with parts for strings and wind instruments, Conversation Piece.
Not available on CD for many years, The Living Room Concert has been re-mastered and expanded to include three unpublished tracks recorded for the original broadcast, Jaunty Roads, Let Us Now Make Love and Lucy: An Illusion.
This edition of Esoteric Recordings restores the original artwork and includes new cover notes by Anthony Phillips archivist Jon Dann.
Around three in the afternoon Phil and Sting take the stage at Wembley, greeted by a roar of the audience.
But not everything goes smoothly: Sting forgets the words of Every Breath You Take.
"A moment before entering the scene, with the utmost ease, Sting warns me:" By the way, sometimes I mess with words ... ". A moment later, standing in front of the piano, I struggle to read the verses while he left for the bribe on the other side of the stage: «Every breath ... every move ... every bond ...» ", Phil recalls in his autobiography "No, I'm not dead yet", trad. Anna Mioni, Mondadori.
Not only. The day is very hot, even in London. Phil again:
"The stage is white, the sun is shining and one dies of heat. I am so sweaty that while I play Against All Odds a finger slips on the piano keys. A real cue, I almost shiver the eighty thousand fans who fill Wembley. And not only them , that wrong note has gone all over the world. If we add the Every Breath mess, I'm already making the beginner figure. "
Phil also performs at Wembley In The Air Tonight, poi, together with Sting, here Long Long Way to Go:
London's Phil Collins performance ends like this. But not his long day. A waits for him Concord for the United States. Remember Phil:
"I didn't want to go for the only braggar who played at both concerts, and they had assured me that Duran Duran would also fly to Philadelphia. Except that, for some reason, Duran Duran perform only in America. In short, at any moment the atmosphere changes completely. "
Indeed, halfway through the flight of Concord, a television link from the plane is scheduled. There he is:
And here's how Phil remembers it:
"In television studios in London, the presenters of the with the BBC fuel the excitement of the audience. «Here we are live with Phil Collins from the Concorde booth! How's it going, Phil? "
«All right, we are halfway ...»
Billy Connolly, Andrew Ridgeley of Wham! and Pamela Stephenson, the guests in the studio, are perplexed. They hear nothing but indistinct chicks and interference. "
Arrived by helicopter from JFK Airport of New York at JFK Stadium Phil Philadelphia accompanies Eric Clapton on drums White Room:
Phil remenbers: "The set with Eric is fun and carefree. With his drummer Jamie we avoid cutting our way, and the result is splendid."
Then he performs alone. Again Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) e In the Air Tonight:
So it is the most delicate moment of the reunion of Led Zeppelin. Phil will play with them. His friend Robert Plant had invited him, even before the other former members were involved and Live Aid turned into their sensational return together. But even before going on stage, the atmosphere is not the best.
Phil: "Robert alone: an adorable guy. Robert and everything that has to do with the Zeppelins: it's like a strange and malevolent chemical reaction is produced. It's all dark, even diabolical. Jimmy is obviously - let's say - nervous and irritable . (...) now they are introducing me to John Paul Jones, who is silent as a fish. Then it's Tony Thompson's turn. I realize that he treats me with extreme coldness. (...) I talk to him about the risks of the two drummers on stage: I have been doing it with Genesis and my band for years, I know perfectly well how easy it is to go downhill. The secret, as I learned at my expense, is to be simple. Tony's gaze, however, tells me that he does not know what to do with the "tips" of an opportunist who has just landed from overseas with the Concorde. "
Phil introduces Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin (here is the whole exhibition):
perform Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love andStairway to Heaven.
But Phil doesn't have a good memory of the performance: "From the beginning I realize that things are not going in the right direction. From my position I feel little Robert, but enough to realize that it is not at its best. The same goes for Jimmy.
I don't even remember playing Rock and Roll, but I know I did. But I remember long and atrocious minutes of what Robert disdainfully calls "knitting", or the effect drumming (...) beating the air to avoid contributing to the disaster. If I had known about the other drummer, I would have called out well before I got to Philadelphia.
On stage, I keep my eyes on Tony Thompson. I have to go after him, because he hits like hell and has decided to ignore my advice. (...) The point is that I felt terrifyingly uncomfortable, if I could I would have left the stage in the middle of Stairway, if not sooner. But can you imagine the reactions? "
And with some relief that Phil completes the performance with Led Zeppelin. Now he "only" has to face an interview with them. Here she is:
Phil again from his autobiography: "Hunter starts asking simple questions, but nobody takes him seriously. Robert and Jimmy give vague and impertinent answers, John Paul Jones is always silent as a fish.
I'm sorry about Hunter. He is live worldwide and the audience is watching him with bated breath, but the boys are making him look like an idiot. And so, despite not having any title, I try to save the salvable by answering me. "
Backstage Collins also has breath to summarize this long day in a single interview, still with Hunter:
But in his autobiography the summary is far more cutting and effective: "Wembley, Heathrow, Concorde, the JFK (airport and stadium), the four performances, one of them infernal ".
A final curiosity: on the Concord Collins had met actress and singer Cher, who was unaware of the concerts. After reaching the United States, she witnessed the one in Philadelphia and you can see her performing in the final collective song We Are the World.
Phil had also been invited to participate, but he had declined due to exhaustion (and not only, given how it went with Plant & Co.).
"In the hotel I turn on the TV and see the last spasms of the Philadelphia concert. Wait, who's the one on stage? Cher - says Phil-.
It is a worthy end to a day of madness. Not only has she managed to get in, but she has a microphone in her hand and is singing We Are the World. Maybe my verse. "
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