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Slow Dance CD

4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin / Blueprint
  • ASIN: B0000243AP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Slow Dance (Part1), - Anthony Phillips
  2. Slow Dance (Part 2). - Anthony Phillips

Product Description

CD Description

'Slow Dance' was originally released in September 1990 and was the last of his albums to be released on vinyl. It came out on VIRGIN RECORDS and was described at the time as 'a masterpiece of progressive rock music'. 'Slow Dance' is right on the edge of Classical music. It nevertheless remains an album of inspired themes, grandiose playing and is considered to be an extremely underrated album. The sound of the alum is timeless, capturing many style elements which were used to create a romantic mood. NOTE: This Audio CD is only re-issued in 2012 but it's originally released in 2002 .

About the Artist

Anthony Phillips was one of the founding members of GENESIS. He began his solo career in 1977 with the release of 'The Geese and the Ghost '.

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The new listener wishing to get into Anthony Phillips' music can find it difficult, mainly beacuse, with such a vast output, he surelly wouldn't know what to buy next. Ok, ' Slow Dance' is one of Phillips' top recordings. A two parts, nearly 50 minutes long composition wich can be described as 'very delicate orchestral music'. I guess the main comparison could be Mike Oldfield, but far more classical sounding. A good piece of music, very cleverly written. Although the main instruments are keyboards pretending to sound like and orchestra, the effect is correct, and there are even some 'real' instruments to complete the overall sound. The only drawback: As in Phillips' '1984' (by the way, ignore this one), the drum machine is very annoying, and slightly repetitive, specially in Part One.
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This is an Anthony Phillips album like no other. Done at a time when he was wanting to attract the attention of TV and film companies, it contains some absolutely gorgeous themes - a couple of which are just so beautiful they stop me dead in my tracks every time I hear them. The majestic sweep of the piece is far more coherant than 'Tarka' and it manages to trigger a wonderful feeling of melancholy. I just wish he could reach a point in his life where he would be able to record a follow-up. I think that if you could get this, along with 'The Geese and the Ghost', 'New England' and 'Field Day', then you pretty much have the cream of Ant.
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Having discovered Ant Phillips relatively late on, I started off with Seventh Heaven, which I like very much indeed. The frustration of that latter album is that many of the pieces are too brief to permit development - this is not the case with 'Slow Dance' which consists of two movements, both of which provide plenty of opportunity to explore and recapitulate the main themes.

This is simply a delightful composition. I attempted to make the contrast with, say, some of Tangerine Dream's earlier larger-scale pieces such as Tangram and Ricochet. There really is no comparison. Quite apart from Ant's sublime melodies, there is a delicacy to the treatment, a level of detail to the scoring which gives the music space to breath. Sometimes, when 'Rock' meets 'Classical' genre, there is a crassness to the orchestration, where everything bar the kitchen sink gets thrown in - Ant appears to have steadily resisted such temptations, and the attention to detail becomes apparent in the subtle harmonics, and the gentle and steady development of his themes.

I how have five of Ant's albums, and I love them all - but there is something really quite special about this one, which makes it stand out. It is almost impossible to explain why, but somehow this music manages to be reflective, including a pathos at times which manages to avoid being tawdry, whilst in other parts suggesting the kind of unfettered joy of dancing on sunbeams. And that's an odd concept for a bloke who can barely manage to watch 'Strictly' without sniggering.

Thanks, Ant. This music has meant a lot.
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By Andy on 10 Sept. 2010
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A great piece of music full of feeling and depth, admittedly some of the instruments sound a little basic. Perhaps it could do with a remastered version such as the the great way Mike OLdfield has been doing to some of his classic albums. Slow Dance is just full of moving, enchanting tunes which make you feel great. It's a shame it's taken me 21 years to finally buy it.
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