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Audio CD, CD, 27 Feb 2012
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'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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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.