Anthony Phillips & Andrew Skeet
Widely respected former Genesis alumnus Anthony Phillips continues to create magical moments of seductive music as this expanded re-release testifies. Teaming up with TV and film composer Andrew Skeet, the orchestral flavour of these alluring compositions reveal compelling portraits of musical rapture.
A fresh coat of evocative sonic paint has elevated the intricate orchestration and acoustic play to another level on this supreme re-mastering. Even better, there is a bonus disc of unreleased material and a rare collaboration with his fellow original Genesis founder Mike Rutherford on Take This Heart.
Musical manna from heaven.
Their first studio album in five years finds the Dutch symphonic rockers returning with gothic gusto on this storming release. The battle like opener The Reckoning sets the scene for the gothic musical architecture which builds up to an immense cathedral of sound from this hard rock foundation.
Leading from the front, Sharon den Adel’s vocal swoops and soars across both lighter and darker moments within this tenebrous release. Even incorporating newer sounds as on Firelight with its beaty rhythms. However, the heavier operatic elements on Raise Your Banner treads a familiar epic musical path to sate the desires of their devoted fans.
There surely isn’t anybody alive who knows more about survival and the blues than Walter Trout. A last gasp liver transplant and a miraculous full recuperation have found Trout wringing the neck of his guitar to full outstanding effect on this lovingly curated album of obscure blues numbers.
The seductive spell which Trout conjures up to mesmeric effect finds his searing guitar roller-coasting on the aptly named Jimmy Dawkins penned opener Me My Guitar and the Blues. Rolling up his sleeves to delve deeper into the well of blues than most, Trout avoids the obvious choices with his studious research for obscurities such as Hound Dog Taylor’s emotionally charged Sadie.
The Doors’ legend Robbie Krieger slides in to lock down Mississippi Fred McDowell’s Goin’ Down to the River as he and Trout bait each other with classy guitar licks.
Survival never sounded so good.
John J Presley
As The Night Draws In
Beautiful doom-laden gothic electric blues from a new British artist with a famous name. Like a sonic anchor hitting its target in a tempestuous ocean of sound, Presley’s deep and portentous voice exudes spooky class on the title song, Riders, Dance With Me and Rise And Fall.
The cinematic and evocative narrative of instrumentals such as Cold Water adds an earthy ballast from this wild and exciting arrival on the blues scene.