Anthony Phillips ‎– Private Parts & Pieces II: Back To The Pavilion

Virgin ‎– CDOVD 318, Virgin ‎– 216 065
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Original release: PVC Records/PVC 7913/April, 1980

Scottish Suite is subtitled: "A collection of Scottish Salmon farmer's songs and 12th century Paraguayan tin-miner's threnodies"

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  • Barcode: 5012981031824
  • Matrix / Runout: SONOPRESS D-7907/CDOV 318 A
  • Label Code: LC 3098



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October 11, 2009
The second installment in Anthony Phillips' "Private Parts & Pieces" series, which now spans 10 albums, may be the best of the bunch. "Back To The Pavillion" manages to showcase the full range of Phillips' musical styles and yet hangs together as a cohesive whole.

The 15+ minute long "Scottish Suite" is perhaps the one piece where Phillips reaches back to his roots in the early days of Genesis most strongly. An instrumental, performed with former Genesis bandmate Mike Rutherford on bass and ex-King Crimson drummer Andy McCulloch has it's quieter moments but it also has a very strong '70s progressive rock feeling. King Crimson and Camel flautist Mel Collins also puts in a brief appearance later on "Tremulous".

Most of the rest of the album is considerably mellower. On "Heavens" and some parts of "K2" this album provided the first taste of Phillips' Eno-esque synth work which would later appear in full on the "Slow Waves, Soft Stars" album. There are also classical music influences scattered about as well as some of Phillips' signature acoustic guitar work, mainly on gentle pieces like "Spring Meeting" and "Nocturne". "Magic Garden" shows off Phillips' skills as a pianist. There are also some brief eclectic moments, like "Romany's Aria", a short piece which sounds like it was recorded and then played backwards.

If you enjoyed the first "Private Parts & Pieces" album or "The Geese and the Ghost" then you'll undoubtedly like "Back To The Pavillion" as well. If you're looking for more of the early Genesis sound then the first 15 minutes of the album are a treat. I'll admit that I'm a big fan of Anthony Phillips' work and, to me, this is one of the absolutely essential albums.