Phil Collins, Black Peaks, Soulfly, Led Zep­pelin and You Me At Six

PLAYS WELL WITH OTH­ERS A re­minder of Collins’ drum­ming cre­den­tials

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So is it still cool to like Phil Collins? Of course it is. Even if you weren’t ex­actly thrilled by his tub-thumpery prog in Gen­e­sis, there was al­ways the ex­cel­lent pioneer­ing swish of Brand X to fall back upon. And if you’re still not con­vinced, this new op­u­lently pack­aged four-CD set cat­a­logues young Phil’s guest ap­pear­ances with a whole range of artists – so you’re bound to find some­thing you like in there and de­clare aloud, ‘Oh, that was him, was it?’ We even like the ti­tle, Plays Well With Oth­ers; very droll, Mr C. Ow­ing to on­go­ing back prob­lems, he’s not the fire­fly he once was, but this com­pi­la­tion stands as a tes­ta­ment to the re­spect the man has en­joyed from his fel­low artists over the decades.

Per­son­ally, we love our­selves a bit of Phil – and with tracks from such a di­verse range of bands, it’s a real eye-opener to how ver­sa­tile a ses­sion player Mr Collins was. The only prob­lem you might en­counter is find­ing a com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor (apart from Phil, of course) in this col­lec­tion. It’s a lit­tle doubt­ful that any­one’s mu­si­cal tastes can stand the vari­a­tion that ex­ists be­tween bands like Ar­gent, Robert Fripp, Flam­ing Youth, Adam Ant (Adam Ant – re­ally?) and Chaka Khan, but many of us would be ex­cused for be­ing a lit­tle en­vi­ous of a CV like that.

Let’s get spe­cific: Brian Eno’s ‘Over Fire Is­land’ is a riot, as well as an ex­er­cise in re­straint, while Robert Plant’s ‘Pledge Pin’ is pro­gres­sive rock, served per­fectly by Phil’s top kit at­tack. Crikey, there’s even the peren­nial ‘Do They Know It’s Christ­mas?’ thrown in for good mea­sure.

If this isn’t a tes­ta­ment to a re­mark­able ca­reer, we re­ally don’t know what is. Is it cool to like Phil Collins? You’re damn right it is! (DM)

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