I've waited a while for PP&P III (Antiques) to be remastered so I was happy to see it released as a double with PP&P IV (A catch at the tables). Antiques is a personal favourite of mine and this latest CD release includes an extra seven tracks of which six are alternative takes and one, El Cid is a previously unreleased track. A catch at the tables includes two extra tracks.
If you like well played acoustic guitar music, Antiques is the one for you. The album is a series of duets with Enrique (Quique) Berro Garcia although some tracks have overdubs to flesh out the sound. Here, the extra alternative takes showcase the tunes as they were originally conceived as duets.
A catch at the tables is a solo effort by Ant and he plays polymoog and mellotron on some of the tracks. My favourite piece is Eduardo, played on an 8 string Rudloff, this piece is intense and shows off Ant's incredible playing. If you listen carefully to this piece you can hear the tension in Ant's breathing which makes the recording sound more intimate.
A lot of Ant's music is of a gentle and romantic nature, music that will move you on an emotional level but sadly overlooked by too many people. For me, this is a five star recording.