CD Field Day (CD 878770), Audio Other
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Field Day

  • 1. Voyage Out
    2. High Fives
    3. Credo
    4. Cerise
    5. Runaway Horses
    6. Home Sweet Home
    7. Steps Retraced
    8. Field Day
    9. Nocturne
    10. Tryst
    11. Girl In the Gallery
    12. Bel Ami
    13. Concerto De Alvarez
    14. Lifer
    15. Chasing the Light
    16. Parlour Suite
    17. Swoon
    18. River of Life
    19. Momento
    20. Open Road
    21. White Spider
    22. Half Way Out
    23. Weeping Willow
    24. Love Not Shared
    25. Sojourn
    26. Dawn Over the Field of Eternity
    27. Fallen City
    28. Rain On Sag Harbour
    29. Days of Grace
    30. Timeline
    31. Oubliette
    32. Tania
    33. Babbling Brook
    34. Shimmering Sharon
    35. Tea Room In Terra Del Fuego
    36. Mudlark
    37. Tearaway
    38. Midnight Blue
    39. Evening Shroud
    40. Rapscallion
    41. Beyond the Castle Walls
    42. Forgotten Pathway
    43. Fairy Ring
    44. Largo D'amour
    45. Whippersnapper
    46. Kissing Gate
    47. To the Lighthouse
    48. Driftwood
    49. Festoons & Billows
    50. Flotsam & Jetsam
    51. Sunfish Shallows
    52. Smart Alec
    53. Prayer For Natalie
    54. Out & Beyond
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BP362CD

  • Credits

    If a gift is something unexpected that makes you happy even before you start unwrapping it, then Field Day is truly a gift. Anthony Phillips' first solo guitar album since Twelve (could it really have been that long?), this two-plus-hour, two-CD set features the man getting back to what he does best: weaving delicate melodies and intricate arrangements out of wood and strings. After the years Phillips spent in rather anonymous library music, this return to the warmth and expressiveness of the guitar will be saluted by fans. Field Day delivers 61 pieces, most of them under two minutes, a few in the four-minute range, and a couple of escaped runners clocking in over eight. Phillips plays a variety of acoustic guitars, from classical to 12-string and the traditional-sounding bouzouki, cittern, and charanga. There is even a single mandolin piece. Composition-wise, the man's music has grown slightly simpler with the years. Short pieces develop a single melody elegantly, applying virtuosity to keep things at an immediate level. Longer tracks come closer to the exuberance of the material found on earlier albums like Twelve and the first two Private Parts & Pieces, with special mentions going to "Concerto de Alvarez" and "To the Lighthouse," both highlights. Then again, Phillips' instrumental music has never been completely about complexity or virtuosity. His art resides in his deceptively simple, unmistakably catchy, repeatedly beautiful melodies. And Field Day has scores of them to offer, making this album a highly successful return to essentials. ~ Franois Couture

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