‘Those, for me, were the good times': Genesis’ Anthony Phillips plans reissue of his debut album, solo box set

Anthony Phillips, the co-founding Genesis guitarist, plans a gala reissue of his debut solo effort The Geese and the Ghost as part of a forthcoming new record deal. Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins of Genesis are also featured on the 1977 album.

Phillips, who appeared on Genesis’ debut and the follow up Trespass, confirmed that both a vinyl edition and a 5.1 surround sound remix of Geese and the Ghost are in the works during a fan event at Fulda, Germany. Future plans could also include a multi-disc set focusing on his career away from Genesis, as well.

Geese and the Ghost grew out of writing sessions between Phillips and Rutherford prior to the guitarist’s departure from the group in 1970. Ultimately, two tracks — “Chinese Mushroom Cloud” and the two-part title composition — were credited to both, as sessions for Phillips’ debut took place off and on throughout the ensuing six years. Collins would contribute vocals to “Which Way The Wind Blows” and “God If I Saw Her Now,” while John Hackett (the younger brother of Phillips’ successor in Genesis, Steve Hackett) added flute to a trio of songs.

Phillips, in an exclusive SER Sitdown, brushed aside the idea of ever reuniting with Genesis, however, having left because he wasn’t interested in their aggressive touring schedule.

“My experience on the road during the last terrible six months with Genesis was so traumatic that I think it would be the last thing I would do,” Phillips told us. “Yet, I have a lingering affection for the songs from before Trespass. I recently came across one called “Everywhere Is Here.” It’s hopelessly steeped in the 1960s, but I thought: What a gas it would be to do it with [Genesis keyboardist] Tony [Banks] on piano, Mike on bass, me on guitar and [original frontman] Pete [Gabriel] singing. Those, for me, were the good times.”

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