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The Geese and the Ghost

a Studio release
by
Anthony Phillips

Release Year: 1977

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Reissued in 2008 as a 2-CD set by Voiceprint. (VP432CD). This reissue has been remastered from the original master tapes by recording engineer and co-producer of the original album, Simon Heyworth.


Locating the original masters brought to to light the previously unheard Lute’s Chorus Reprise section of Henry: Portraits From Tudor Times which was excised from track at the final stage of completing the album as it was felt at the time that the track was a little too long. It has been restored for this reissue. CD2 of the Voiceprint reissue features a "behind the scenes" view of the initial stages of the recording of the album with the basic tracks of Ant and Mike Rutherford's original acoustic guitar parts for The Geese & The Ghost (Parts One & Two), Which Way The Wind Blows and Henry: Portraits From Tudor Times being mixed for the first time in isolation from the later overdubs that were added to the album. Complimenting these unique versions of the original tracks is the only unreleased track from the original sessions (a planned new version of the co-written Silver Song that never progressed beyond this initial recording), Ant's original demo of Collections (which was recorded for Charisma Records boss Tony Stratton-Smith in the Spring of 1974) and the original basic instrumental tracks of God If I Saw Her Now and Sleepfall. Last but by no means least the final track is the unreleased single version of Silver Song, recorded in November 1973 by Ant together with Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins which receives it's first official release.

 

The Voiceprint reissue also features new liner notes with a detailed account of the making of the album.

Added To Proggnosis Database on: 3/2/2001 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 3/14/2017 10:49:00 AM by: DBSilver
  1. Wind - Tales
  2. Which Way The Wind Blows
  3. Henry: Portraits From Tudor Times:
    1. Fanfare
    2. Lutes' Chorus
    3. Misty Battlements
    4. Henry Goes To War
    5. Death Of A Knight
    6. Triumphant Return
  4. God If I Saw Her Now
  5. Chinese Mushroom Cloud
  6. The Geese & The Ghost, Part 1
  7. The Geese & The Ghost, Part 2
  8. Collections
  9. Sleepfall: The Geese Fly West
  10. Master Of Time (Demo)

Voiceprint 2008 Reissue

CD 1:

  1. Wind-Tales
  2. Which Way The Wind Blows
  3. Henry: Portraits From Tudor Times:
    1. Fanfare
    2. Lute's Chorus
    3. Misty Battlements
    4. Lute's Chorus Reprise
    5. Henry Goes To War
    6. Death of a Knight
    7. Triumphant Return
  4. God If I Saw Her Now
  5. Chinese Mushroom Cloud
  6. The Geese and The Ghost
    1. Part One
    2. Part Two
  7. Collections
  8. Sleepfall: The Geese Fly West

CD 2:

  1. Master of Time (demo)
  2. Title Inspiration
  3. The Geese & The Ghost - Part One (basic track)
  4. Collections link
  5. Which Way The Wind Blows (basic track)
  6. Silver Song (Geese sessions)
  7. Henry: Portraits From Tudor Times (basic track):
    1. Fanfare
    2. Lute's Chorus
    3. Lute's Chorus Reprise
    4. Misty Battlements
  8. Collections (demo)
  9. The Geese & The Ghost - Part Two (basic track)
  10. God If I Saw Her Now (basic track)
  11. Sleepfall (basic track)
  12. Silver Song (unreleased single version, 1973)

Anthony Phillips acoustic, classical, & electric guitars, basses, dulcimer guitar, bouzouki, piano, organ, synthesizers, Mellotron, harmonium, celeste, pin piano, drums, glockenspiel, bells & chimes, timbales, gong, vocals (7)

 

With:

 

Phil Collins vocals (2-4)

Ronnie Gunn harmonium (9)

John Hackett flutes

Nick Hayley & Friend violins

Jack Lancaster flutes, Lyricon

Charlie Martin cello

Viv McAuliffe vocals (4)

Lazo Momulovich oboes, Cor Anglais

Tom Newman hecklephone, bulk eraser

Rob Phillips oboes

Michael Rutheford acoustic, classical, & electric guitars, basses, organ, drums, timbales, bells, glockenspiel, cymbals

Wil Sleath flutes, recorders, piccolo

David Thomsa classical guitar (9)

Kirk Trevor cello

Martin Westlake tympani

Send Barns Orchestra conducted by Jeremy Gilbert with Ralph Bernascone soloist

Reviewed by Nuno on 11 Dec 2001


This album was released in 1977, and I do believe that by that time The Geese and the Ghost must have been a bless to the huge crowd of fans wandering for some more releases that would remember them the true sound of Genesis.
Being part of one of the first Genesis set, Anthony Phillips shows exactly that, for this album features some distinctive Genesis sounds, even if disguised in a melancholic and haunted suit.
This is an album that you hear in a breath and ask yourself if you like it or not… I mean, I do consider it sufficiently good, but may be considered a little too quiet or boring. Summing, this is not an all mood album, for it must be listened with a certain calm atmosphere and when you really need to set yourself apart from the world.
I suppose that for a first solo release, Anthony Phillips was trying to test his capacity to produce a solid piece of music. That he did for this is an ongoing album, one which maintains its base structure unbalanced from start to end.
The music, mainly focused in already tried approaches during Genesis golden era, also displays a more melodic, classic and orchestral feeling. And even if not using a real Orchestra to deal with this challenge, it seems like one is playing, for Phillips capacity in the keyboards, Mike Rutherford’s distinctive guitar sound, and the use of many talented guests to lighten the concept did work out just swell. Even if there are some lacks in the album, for it is not near perfect, I tend to like it a lot!
After all, one who knows don’t forget, and this album is the living proof of that.
Relax by the sofa and enjoy this beautiful calmness.