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Anthony Phillips completists will lap this up, but I am not sure there's much to attract a new audience.

The cascade of Anthony Phillips' back catalogue continues apace with this album from 1979. As usual, Esoteric have done a fine job and put together a very nice package, although one has to question the inclusion of a poster, particularly one that is folded and therefore won't look any good for hanging or framing.

For your money you get four discs; the original mix re-mastered, the 2016 re-mix, bonus material (essentially instrumental, single and alternative mix versions) plus the obligatory 5.1 Surround Sound mix plus a reasonably extensive booklet.

Phillips may have been the original guitarist in Genesis, but there's not a great deal of similarity in his work here; Genesis aficionados may well dissect certain guitar parts and tell you they're the same or similar to this or that bit of an earlier song, but for me the material has more in common with 10CC or City Boy.

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I like the fact the opening song 'Um & Aargh' is based on conversations with Record Company A&R (Artist & Repertoire) Executives. It conveys a similar comedic feel as much of the aforementioned 10CC's work.

'I Want Your Love' is a singer/song-writer style Pop song, while 'Side Door' has a Funky vibe redolent of eighties Pop. 'Sisters Of Remindum' comes over as an amalgam of a Steve Hackett and a Tony Banks solo track, while 'Bleak House' has a fine piano delivery.

Anthony Phillips completists will lap this up, but I am not sure there's much to attract a new audience.

Gary Marshall

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