Phil Collins, Black Peaks, Soulfly, Led Zeppelin and You Me At Six
PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS A reminder of Collins’ drumming credentials
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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