Phil Collins

The week you are invited to enjoy the music of one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the ’80s, 90s and beyond the balding and diminutive, former (super-group) Genesis drummer-turned-vocalist the incomparable Phil Collins who was almost 30 years old when his first solo single, “In the Air Tonight,” became a number two hit in his native U.K. as well as a Top 20 hit in the U.S.  Between 1984 and 1990, Collins had a string of 13 straight U.S. Top Ten hits.  Long before any of that happened, however, Collins was a child actor/singer who appeared as the Artful Dodger in the London production of Oliver! in 1964.  He also has a cameo in A Hard Day’s Night, among other films.  He got his first break in music in his late teens, when he was chosen to be a replacement drummer in the British art rock band Genesis in 1970. Collins maintained a separate jazz career with the band Brand Xas well.

When Collins join the Genesis the group was fronted by singer Peter Gabriel. They had achieved a moderate level of success in the U.K. and the U.S. with elaborate concept albums, before Gabriel abruptly left in 1974. Genesis auditioned 400 singers without success, then decided to let Collins have a go.  The result was a gradual simplifying of Genesis’ sound and an increasing focus on Collins’ expressive, throaty voice.  And Then There Were Three… went gold in 1978, and Duke was even more successful.  Collins made his debut solo album, Face Value, in 1981, which turned out to be a bigger hit than any Genesis album.  It concentrated on Collins’ voice, often in stark, haunting contexts such as the piano-and-drum dirge “In the Air Tonight,” which sounded like something from John Lennon’s debut solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

During the ’80s, Collins was enormously successful in balancing his continuing solo work with his membership in Genesis.  In 1992, Genesis released We Can’t Dance and began an extensive tour. Upon its completion, Collins released Both Sides in 1993, and the record became his first album not to produce a major hit single or go multi-platinum.  In 1995, he announced that he was leaving Genesis permanently.  The following year, he released Dance into the Light.  Although the album didn’t chart highly, its subsequent supporting tour was a success.  The Hits’ collection followed in 1998, and a year later Collins made his first big-band record, Hot Night in Paris.  The song cycle Testify arrived in 2002, and his next studio-recorded solo release was 2010’s Going Back, which saw him revisiting the Motown hits that so influenced him and featured three of the surviving Funk Brothers — guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette, and bassist Bob Babbitt.

After some time out of the spotlight, much of it spent recovering from physical ailments, Collins returned in 2014 to play a couple of songs at his sons’ school and to write songs with Adele.  Soon after, he began work on reissuing his solo albums, sorting through the archives for demos and live recordings to flesh them out.  In early 2016, Warner Music began releasing the discs in pairs, with new portraits of Collins on the covers in place of the original images.  Collins returned to the stage in March of 2016, performing at the Little Dreams Foundation Benefit Gala in Miami.  He published his autobiography, Not Dead Yet: The Memoir, in October of that year, and the double-disc compilation The Singles appeared during the same month.

When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totaled, Collins had more US Top 40 singles than any other artist during the 1980s.  His most successful singles from the period include “In the Air Tonight”, “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”, “One More Night”, “Sussudio” and “Another Day in Paradise”.  Collins’ discography includes eight studio albums that have sold 33.5 million certified units in the US and an estimated 150 million worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists.  He is one of only two recording artists, along with Paul McCartney, who have sold over 100 million records worldwide both as solo artists and separately as principal members of a band.

Collins has won seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, an Academy Award, and a Disney Legend Award.  In 1999, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010, the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2012, and the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013.  Despite his commercial success and his status as a respected and influential drummer, music critics are divided in their opinion of his work and he has publicly received both criticism and praise from other prominent music artists.  Although known to be difficult to work with Phil Collins has been a major influence in Rock/Pop Music around the world and with this you are again invited to enjoy the music of one of the most multi-talented musicians and sometimes actor….. Mr. Phil Collins….

Phil Collins  –  In The Air Tonight  —

Phil Collins   Drums & Take Me Home  —

Phil Collins  –  Both Sides Of The Story  —

Phil Collins  –  Another Day In Paradise  —

Phil Collins  –  Can’t Stop Loving You  —

Phil Collins  –  Against All Odds  —

Phil Collins  –  Easy Lover  —

Phil Collins  –  Do You Remember  —

Phil Collins  –  Doesn’t Anybody Stay Together Anymore  —

Phil Collins  –  Colours  —

Phil Collins  –  I Don’t Care Anymore  —

Phil Collins  –  You’ll Be In My Heart  —

Phil Collins  –  Something Happened On The Way To Heaven Live  —

Genesis  –  Mama  —

Genesis  –  Dance on a Volcano  —

Genesis  –  Domino I & II: In The Glow Of The Night —

Genesis  –  Turn It On Again  —

Genesis  –  Home By The Sea  —

Genesis  –  I Can’t Dance  —

Genesis  –  Entangled  —

Genesis  –  I Know What I Like  —

Genesis  –  Tonight, Tonight, Tonight  —


Eric Clapton & Phil Collins   Layla  (Live Aid 1985)

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