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Sides [Limited Edition]

Anthony Phillips Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (22 April 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Zeit
  • ASIN: B0000072W1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Um and Aargh
2. I Want Your Love
3. Lucy Will
4. Side Door
5. Holy Deadlock
6. Souvenir
7. Sisters of Remindum
8. Bleak House
9. Magdalene
10. Nightmare
Disc: 2
1. Um and Aargh (Instrumental Mix)
2. I Want Your Love (Instrumental Mix)
3. Sisters of Remindum (Alternative Mix)
4. Lucy Will
5. Magdalene (Instrumental Mix)
6. Side Door
7. Um and Aargh (7 Inch Single Version)
8. Souvenir (Instrumental Mix)
9. Bleak House (Alternative Mix)
10. Nightmare (Alternative Mix)
See all 12 tracks on this disc

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ecclectic Excellence. 21 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is a gentleman's foray into pop music : light hearted in tone, but earnest when required, a team effort rewarded by some excellent songs. Anthony Phillips pulls off a melacholic trio in 'I want your love' (slow but sweet), 'Holy Deadlock' (rueful humour) and 'Bleak House' (epic to be filed with Alan Parsons' 'If I could change your mind') along with the more pacy 'Side Door' and 'Umm and Aargh'. As is often the case with Phillips' work, there are some ugly moments - a beautiful first two verses of 'Magdalen' are ruined by a hideous chorus - but leaving these aside, this is a lovely, interesting album that is most certainly worth buying.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock and Dickens 16 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
'Sides' proved to be a surprise when it was released in the late 1970s. Phillips's first two albums had been lush, predominantly acoustic guitar-dominated recordings that suggested where the pastoral influence on Genesis' 'Trespass' had come from. 'Sides', by contrast, saw Phillips trying his hand at electric rock. This is no big deal for most artists, but in his case it highlighted how eccentric his musical situation is. He seems uncomfortable with popular music and, in particular, love songs, yet there is something charming about the whole exercise. 'Um and Aargh' is his big attempt to rock, but the humorous lyric takes the song into a different realm. 'Side Door' is more convincing and it's noticeable that he uses other vocalists beside himself on this album. He isn't a great singer, even if he did get by on the 'Wise After The Event' album. 'Holy Deadlock' is another witty song, this time in a vaguely Carribbean rhythm. The slower songs are mellow and melodic, but tend to be awkward. 'Bleak House' in particular, though benefiting from a strong melody, suffers from a self-conscious lyric that sounds, perhaps appropriately, as if it comes from a Victorian melodrama. 'Magdalen' meanwhile suffers simply from Phillips's voice. 'Nightmare', the original closing track, is the strongest, a hypnotic electric guitar riff backed by a swirling, dizzying keyboard soundscape. 'Sides' was originaly released with the bonus album 'Private Parts and Pieces' which is not included with this reissue, but it does quite well on its own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NIGHTMARE..No Way. 18 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I decided to replace my vinyl with this remastered CD. Wow,what a good decision that was. I cant stop playing it, especially the track NIGHTMARE. Cant get this haunting song out of my mind. It is worth buying just for this track. This is Anthony Phillips best album along with his 1st album The Geese and the Ghost. In remastered sound it all sounds superb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not "Wise After the Event"....but pretty close 20 Sep 2000
By L. Cornell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Anthony has many talents, and I suppose it would be a little unfair to compare to his other releases, but if you don't it's harder to get a sense of the relative quality of the material.
"Sides" has some truly fascinating material on it, although the consistency of quality does not always rival "Wise" or "Geese." Still, if you yearn for more vocal-based AP tunes, this is the next best thing after "Wise." While "Invisible Men" stretched towards mainstream pop, and "Wise" went for the genesis-prog crowd, "Sides" takes the middle road and succeeds very well with that balance.
AP uses other (and much more skilled) vocalists (sorry, Phil Collins does not appear here) quite effectively on pieces such as "Bleak House," a piano-based ballad with fine, balanced accompaniments, and "I Want Your Love" a mellow pop tune, both that are among his finest works. The melodies are superb and memorable, while the lyrics take on more mainstream themes such as love and yearning and away from the fantasy themes of old.
Another in this category is "Lucy Will" which AP sings in a humorous manner that fits the lyric well. His ballads throughout the CD are very strong.
Those longing to hear AP's electric guitar and genesis-type stylings, will be pleasantly surprised on "Magdalen" and the more-electric "Nightmare." (The Magdalen bonus track is a bit redundant).
The bonus track "Souvenier" is a very pleasant surprise.
I found the weakest moments were on "Um and Argh," on which AP's vocals were a bit too grating and the tune a bit out of context with the other great tunes on the CD, and on "Side Door" and "Holy Deadlock" where he tends to stray too far into pop-land. Even so he does make them fit more comfortably than on "Invisible Men," and even the weak tracks are not unlistenable.
All in all, a very satisfying CD.
(P.S. - IMHO, first purchase Geese, then Wise, then PPP I and II, then Tarka, then this one)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of pop-prog 30 April 2009
By E. Minkovitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There is something very magical about this album, at least for this reviewer, who has been a lifetime Genesis fan. Anthony Phillips attempted to "go pop" at this point in his career, just as Genesis did around the same time, yet has been unable to shake off his progressive rock tendencies (Genesis also tried, with the same result, circa 1979) and the result is a charmingly refreshing pop-prog sound that is entirely Ant Phillip's own. His sense of beauty always prevails, no matter what style he works in, but on this album, perhaps more than any other, his affiliation with Genesis shines clear and bright. Steve Hackett has acknowledged that whatever he did with Genesis, was guided by Phillips' ghost, as it were. I wonder if the reverse is true as well. On Sides, I hear subtle (and not-so-subtle) echoes of "And Then There Were Three". "Sides" is a sort of "And Then There Was One", complete with gorgeous ballads, off-tempo prog-rockers and a couple of killer instrumentals which show that Anthony Phillips is a master musician and an ace composer. Perhaps it's just as well that he left Genesis so early on. We have so much more of his music to enjoy, that perhaps would not have seen the light of day had he remained in the band, perhaps only a few of his songs would have made it to the Genesis albums, usually under tight control by the elite trio of Banks/Rutherford/Collins. If you like early and mid-period Genesis, you need to own this beauty, as well as "The Geese and the Ghost" and "Wise After The Event", which contain a wealth of top-notch material some of which I am sure would have ended up on a Genesis album under different circumstances.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As usual, Ant is self-analytical, NOT pretentious 12 Nov 2007
By R. L. MILLER - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There's a reason why Anthony Phillips' work is mostly instrumental. It's because his voice is limited in range and pitch control, a la Lou Reed. In his first two "song albums", he copped out and used other people at the mike. But this time he took it himself, using the prudent measure of not writing or singing the lead lines outside his capablities. You can hear that in the folksy ballad "Lucy Will", where he counterbalances the seemingly simplistic melody with a tricky time signature in the verses. It also shows up in "Holy Deadlock", a wry sort of ditty about marriage breakup and community property dilemmas that he backs up with the same sort of plunk-a-plunk guitar accmpaniment later used by former Genesis bandmate Mike Rutherford in the song "Follow You Follow Me". Socrates had an old aphorism that went like this; "The first step to wisdom is to know when you know not." Phillips is the musical embodiment of that. If you're a great writer and player but don't have that great a voice, don't strain the pipes. Go more for expression than the high notes. And as this album proves, you're better off tailoring the melody to your own vocal abilities than witing stuff session people have to sing for you. That's how an album by a mediocre singer gets 5 stars.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some great material, some awful material 9 April 2003
By woburnmusicfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a 1979 album by former Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips. I got this album shortly after it came out, and it took me 24 years to get why it's called "Sides". Side 1 of the LP was Phillips' attempt to write more accessible, radio-friendly music. The opening cut "Um and Aargh" IS the most accessible cut I've heard in the 11 Phillips albums I've owned, with a lyric about trying to break into pop stardom. (Hint: For pop stardom, avoid repeating a lyric like "Hospital Carolina, so who needs Rudolf Steiner?") The other four tracks are poor, comparable to the weakest material that has shown up on Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks' solo albums. The only cut I find listenable is "Holy Deadlock", about a bad marriage. The worst is the awful funk attempt on "Side Door". Side 2 returns to Phillips' customary progressive rock. The first two cuts, "Sisters of Remindum" and "Bleak House", are pretty forgettable, but "Magdalen" and "Nightmare" are as good as anything Phillips has ever recorded. "Magdalen" is similar to the style of Phillips' previous album, "Wise After the Event", with pastoral acoustic verses and a rock chorus. "Nightmare" is an instrumental based on a 7/8 riff that rocks harder than anything else Phillips has done; it's reminiscent of some of Steve Hackett's solo work. So there's three great songs and a lot of drek--half an album that's 4 stars, and half that's 1-1/2 stars. On average, we're at the lower end of the "pretty good" range. The CD includes a bonus track that wasn't on the LP (I'm just as happy not to hear a song that wasn't good enough to make this album) and an instrumental version of "Magdalen".
Phillips is assisted by bassist John G. Perry and ex-King Crimson drummer Michael Giles, who both played on "Wise After the Event." Phillips shares lead vocals with Dale Newman and Dan Owen, but why bother? Neither of them sound much different than Phillips.
(1=poor 2=mediocre 3=pretty good 4=very good 5=phenomenal)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another beautiful tile in the Anthony Phillips mosaic 15 Nov 2009
By slipperman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i have always loved Anthony Phillips' classically British sense of humor. the tongue-in-cheek bits that he slips into this album are wonderful. not to mention crisp, clean production and a wonderful cast of musicians, including original King Crimson drummer Michael Giles, who is a great inspiration to a drummer like me, and this is one of the albums that i reference as being one of my influences. i have never regarded this as a "pop" album, much less even an attempt. it seems more like a parody making fun of pop. and fun it is! from the brilliantly conceived cover drawn by Peter Cross to the ides of Sides (album sides, different sides of the football team, etc.), to the awesome beauty of such tracks as "Magdalene", "Lucy Will" and "Souvenir", this is a well-conceived package that is worth every penny. this album of music is definitely a flagbearer of all the good things that Anthony Phillips has brought to the table over the years. being a "completist" of his work, i feel very strongly that this stands out as a marvelous effort. add it to your collection, don't take it, or yourself too seriously, and enjoy it! i sure have after 9 years.
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