Anthony Phillips, an amazing guitarist, was one of the founding members of Genesis but………you might not have ever heard of him. He left Genesis in 1970 due to stage fright, before their most productive period.
In the seven years between his departure from Genesis and the release of his first solo album, Anthony studied classical music and worked with a number of other musicians on their projects (including many of his former bandmates).
While it took him a long time to produce his first solo album, The Geese and the Ghost, it was worth the long wait. The album was initially intended to be a collaboration between Anthony and Mike Rutherford, his old Genesis bandmate, but Mike’s other schedule commitments ended up causing the album to be released as a solo effort. Mike and Phil Collins both played a major supporting roles on the album. Let’s listen to a couple of tracks from the album. First up is Which Way The Wind Blows which features a great vocal by Phil…….
Next up is the album title track, The Geese and The Ghost (Pt 1 and Pt 2)……
In my opinion this album matches up to some of the best music produced by Genesis but, unfortunately, it did not achieve any significant commercial success. I have a nice surprise for those of you that were intrigued by the two songs above…….an opportunity to listen to an expanded version of the full album. Enjoy!