Between 1980 and 1986, the British trio Genesis released a series of four consecutive hit albums, each more successful than its predecessor by as many as five times! Two of those Genesis albums, 1981’s Abacab and 1986’s Invisible Touch , recently had significant anniversaries. Because drummer/singer/songwriter Phil Collins had a parallel solo career take […]
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“There was something gleaming and optimistic about the Four Tops, the Temptations, the Supremes“, says Phil Collins recalling the impact that those American Motown records had on him and a whole generation growing up in Britain in the mid-’60s. Collins first paid tribute to the Motown Sound on his second solo album in 1982, Hello […]
The club of rock singing drummers is particularly exclusive, no doubt because it is reportedly one of the the hardest things to do musically. There is Rare Earth’s Peter Hoorelbeke, and fellow Detroit singing drummer Jimmy Marinos of the Romantics who sang “What I Like About You“; Night Ranger’s Kelly Keagy; and the late timekeeper […]
Phil Collins performed his song “Easy Lover” in Birmingham England in 1994 on the European leg of his massive two-year 100+ show tour with bass player Nathan East providing the falsetto harmonies, all recorded by In the Studio alumnus sound engineer Doug Hall.
We were not even ninety days into the new Eighties decade when Genesis, now a trio with Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks, released their Duke album. Though the veteran progressive rockers’ tenth (!) studio album, it contained their first Top 15 US hits, “Misunderstanding” and “Turn It On Again” which took them to […]
Phil Collins was the only performer who played at both Live Aid concerts that same day in London & Philadelphia, thanks to the supersonic Concorde!
There are several revelations in this Genesis interview with band members Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford specifically about the initial five Genesis studio albums including 1972’s Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound the following year, and the conceptual The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway , all at a time when the charismatic Peter […]
Between 1980 and 1986, the British trio Genesis released a series of four consecutive hit albums, each more successful than its predecessor by as many as five times. Because drummer/singer/songwriter Phil Collins had a parallel solo career take off during that time, reading the critical reviews from many respected music writers in this period imply […]
Recording an album that a million people purchase is no mean feat , but doing so is not always a benchmark of musical quality . Celebrity ( and notoriety ) , timing, even technology such as the viral internet video , can propel the likes of Milli Vanilli , Billy Ray Cyrus , Vanilla Ice , and Ashlee Simpson past the million sales mark , only to be relegated to trivia contests at best , punch-lines to jokes at the worst . However , to get ten million or more people to buy your album is in no way trivial or a joke …(more)
This exclusive interview with Eric Clapton covers a lot of ground simply because no matter what era or decade you pick since 1965, EC was there in a remarkably consistent, influential way: Yardbirds; John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers; Cream; Blind Faith with Steve Winwood; Derek and the Dominos with Duane Allman. And yet he has made a […]