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Field Day
Anthony Phillips
Field Day
Genres: Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (29) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (31) - Disc #2

Field Day is Anthony's latest studio album and is a double album featuring Anthony's beautiful acoustic playing. The album is sure to be popular with his large and dedicated fan base and as to be expected will also appeal ...  more »


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All Artists: Anthony Phillips
Title: Field Day
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blueprint UK
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 10/10/2005
Album Type: Import
Genres: Pop, Rock
Styles: Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 604388121021


Album Description
Field Day is Anthony's latest studio album and is a double album featuring Anthony's beautiful acoustic playing. The album is sure to be popular with his large and dedicated fan base and as to be expected will also appeal to fans of the early Genesis sound as heard on Trespass. Blueprint. 2005.

CD Reviews

Elegant, Exquisite, and Classy as Ever
Allen Ray | Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, South Korea | 11/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The new double CD of acoustic pieces is an aural treat for not only Anthony Phillips fans but also lovers of romantic/impressionistic music in general. Once again, Mr. Phillips has shown his willingness to maintain his integrity and perform the sort of heartfelt music that he does best and without concern for trends. Here, the reclusive guitarist performs a total of 61 pieces for 12 string Alvarez, Guild, and J.M. (John Marlow) guitars, 6-string Brook and L'arrivee guitars, Fylde Cittern, Ramirez, Yari, and Mirecourt classical guitars, Bell Cittern P.H. (Paul Hathaway), Parlour guitar P.H., 10-string J.M., Fylde English bazouki, Greek bazouki, mandolin, and charanga, ...and all in his inimitable style.
The primary danger of doing a double CD containing well over 2 hours of all-acoustic instrumental music is that it could potentially become too much of one picture in very short order. Despite the risks, the current batch of Phillips pieces is varied enough in tempo and length - only 7 of the 61 tracks are longer than two and a half minutes - so things never once get boring or tedious. And talk about variety: there are jangly pieces, whistful tunes, lilting melodies, and a number of the vibrant, leaping-about-and-dancing-all-over-the-place type as well. Along with the wisely varied pacing, the artist has sequenced the pieces quite effectively so that each of the sundry aforementioned instruments is allowed just enough time to reveal its individual ring and color in his dexterous hands before being turned over to the sonorities of the next.
With two exceptions, all of the pieces on Field Day were written between 2001 and 2004. The compositions sound both familiar and at the same time warmly refreshing, and while there are too many to detail here, the 12-string pieces are to this writer a pure delight, "Concerto de Alvarez" being of special merit. The two visits to former days include Track 7 on CD 1, titled "Steps Retraced," which is in fact a beautiful solo 12-string guitar rendering of the song "Traces," appearing first as a full-band arrangement on the Invisible Men LP way back in 1983. The second is Track 9 on the same CD, in which its writer revisits 1975's "Nocturn" from the second Private Parts and Pieces album 'Back to the Pavilion' in 1980. Here, it is affectionately played on Ramirez classical guitar.
It is appropriate that this has come out in the autumn - in this writer's mind, at least - as the music herein does indeed evoke vivid, colorful images of this melancholy season. That said, 'Field Day' would be welcome in any season, as its rich, vibrant, and sensual qualities are easily imagined as playing equally well against a quiet snowy backdrop or a lush pastoral landscape such as the beautiful sepia-toned one that graces the inner jacket. Buy and enjoy this fine release for a long time to come.
Private Parts & Pieces ###
E. Minkovitch | Montreal, Quebec | 08/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Echoes of Genesis are still clearly heard on this collection. But why should one be surprised - Anthony Phillips was the founder of the guitar sound of Genesis, solos, arpeggios chords and all. Steve Hackett merely stepped into his shoes when he joined the group in 1971. To this day "Trespass" continues to haunt him musically, and as soon as he picks up a stringed instrument (apparently, it's been a while, although you cannot really tell) be it bazouki or charango or a 12-string, the old magic comes pouring out of it. There is nothing particularly new on this collection, except perhaps the unusual instruments, but the music is wonderful, and the fans will be rewarded with a trip down memory lane. It's as if it were another installment of Parts & Pieces, perhaps wedged between Parts II and III? Definitely ranks among the best ones.

Particularly wonderful are "Tearaway", "Tania", "To The Lighthouse" - possibly the best and the longest piece, "Out And Beyond", the unabashedly romantic "Beyond the Castle Walls" - Ant at his most Genesis-like. Most other pieces are short and focused, each one complete in itself, with the exception of a multi-part suite on Disk 1. Many other pieces are miniatures, but very complete, like the impressionistic "Flotsam & Jetsam"

A reviewer was asking with reverence, "Where did this come from?" - I suppose the answer to that is: it came from that same magical and timeless well as Trespass and Geese & the Ghost did, and that well is far from dry. It may be known to some as "Romanticism", and it looks like Anthony has drank deep from it this time."
Man oh man!!!
freeq27870 | North Carolina | 03/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this release is absolutely perfect!!

ant returns to the instruments he's most famous for - that being 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars.

simply exquisite music on this! and 61 tracks to boot!!!