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The Cinema Show: Phil Collins and the movie “Buster” - STORIES, MEMORIES & VIDEO

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Buster is a 1988 British romantic comedy based on the real-life events of the "Great Train Robbery".

He is portrayed by Phil Collins, Julie Walters, Larry Lamb and Sheila Hancock.

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Buster Edwards (Phil Collins) is a 1963 London East End petty criminal. His patient wife June (Julie Walters) considers him a lovable scoundrel.

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"Buster: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" is the soundtrack of the film. Contains two Collins singles that topped the singles chart of the Billboard Hot 100.

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The album is essentially a collection of old songs, with two songs by Phil Collins that were recorded specifically for the film.

"Two Hearts" won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Movie or Television in 1989, un Golden Globe for best original song (paired with "Let the River Run" from Carly Simon's Working Girl) as well as one nomination to the Oscar for the best original song.

"A Groovy Kind of Love" and with a nomination ai Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance is the remake of a song raised to # 2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1965 by The Mindbenders.

Both came out as singles and made it to the top of the rankings Billboard Hot 100, with "A Groovy Kind of Love" which also reached No.XNUMX in the UK.

Other songs include Collins '"Big Noise" and Four Tops' "Loco in Acapulco", co-written by Collins. At the 1989 Brit Awards he won for Soundtrack / Cast Recording, while Collins received the award British Male Artist for the soundtrack.

"Two Hearts" and "A Groovy Kind of Love" were not released on a Phil Collins solo album until "... Hits" in 1998. 

Live versions appeared on the album "Serious Hits ... Live!" of 1990.

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... that the soundtrack, like the whole film, sails in troubled waters. The producers want the full actor / singer / songwriter package, but Phil isn't willing to give up. They will only have the actor.

"Two Hearts" is inserted in the credits and then Phil agrees to sing it. 

In "A Groovy Kind of Love" Phil's voice was supposed to be only in a demo, which, however, when inserted into a scene of the film as a test, works so well that Collins has to give in.

"I just had to blow up those damn doors and instead I find myself with yet another single at number one in England and America, plus a lot of criticism for having recorded another cover of light music from the 60s, however much it was. just a cinematic project ", Phil remembers.

Track list:

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Side A

"Two Hearts" - Phil Collins
["Gardening by the Book"] † / "Just One Look" - The Hollies
["... And I Love Her"] † / "Big Noise" - Phil Collins
"The Robbery" - Anne Dudley
"I Got You Babe" - Sonny & Cher

Side B

"Keep On Running" - The Spencer Davis Group
["Alone in Acapulco"] † / "Loco in Acapulco" - Four Tops
"How Do You Do It?" - Gerry and The Pacemakers
["Thoughts of Home"] † / "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" - Dusty Springfield
["The Good Life"] † / "Sweets for My Sweet" - The Searchers
"Will You Still Be Waiting" - Anne Dudley
"A Groovy Kind of Love" - ​​Phil Collins

The album actually consists of 17 tracks. † Five pieces are preceded by incidental music performed by the London Film Orchestra and written by Anne Dudley.

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"Two Hearts" - Phil Collins
["Gardening by the Book"] † / "Just One Look" - The Hollies
["... And I Love Her"] † / "Big Noise" - Phil Collins
"The Robbery" - Anne Dudley
"I Got You Babe" - Sonny & Cher
["Alone in Acapulco"] † / "Loco in Acapulco" - Four Tops
"How Do You Do It?" - Gerry and The Pacemakers
["Thoughts of Home"] † / "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" - Dusty Springfield
["The Good Life"] † / "Sweets for My Sweet" - The Searchers
"Will You Still Be Waiting?" - Anne Dudley
"A Groovy Kind of Love" - ​​Phil Collins

"Keep on Running" does not appear in the compact disc version (excluding those in the US and Canada) for legal reasons.

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The reception of the film was not unanimous.

The protagonists' performances were appreciated but the tone of the film was criticized.

In particular, the romanticization of crime was not accepted and the film was branded as amoral, a fun but fairytale-like view of breaking the law.

For this reason, Prince Charles and Princess Diana canceled their presence at the film's premiere on September 15, 1988, on the advice of Phil Collins. Collins said he wanted to avoid causing them embarrassment.

A stage version of Buster was staged between 2000 and 2004 in various locations across the UK with (among others) Ray Quinn in the main cast.

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“The A - Z of Phil Collins Podcast”, listen to all episodes

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of "Face Value", "Introducing The A - Z of Phil Collins" was released, a podcast in 6 episodes that tells the life and music of Phil Collins.

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On February 13, 1981 it was released Face Value, debut album of Phil Collins' solo career. 

On this occasion "Introducing The A - Z of Phil Collins" started, a podcast in 6 episodes that tells the life and music of Phil Collins. Here is the launch via Facebook:

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Phil Collins: 40 years ago 'I Missed Again' was released in the UK by "Face Value", February 27, 1981 - VIDEO

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On February 27, 1981, Phil Collins' single 'I Missed Again' from his debut album "Face Value" was released in the UK.

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On February 13, 1981 it came out Face Value, debut album of Phil Collins' solo career. 

On this occasion "Introducing The A - Z of Phil Collins" was released, a podcast in 6 episodes that tells the life and music of Phil Collins. Here is the launch via Facebook:

Face Value it is preceded, on January 5th, by the single In the air tonight.

Let's listen to the album again in the multimedia version of Horizons Radio.

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Phil Collins at the Grammy Awards 35 years ago, February 25, 1986 - VIDEO

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Phil Collins at the Grammy Awards, February 25, 1986.

Best Pop Vocal Performance, "Sussudio" performance and Album of Year.

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Phil Collins: 40 years of "Face Value", released on February 13, 1981 - PODCAST, VIDEO & MEMORIES

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On February 13, 1981 he left Face Value, debut album of Phil Collins' solo career. 

On this occasion "Introducing The A - Z of Phil Collins" was released, a podcast in 6 episodes that tells the life and music of Phil Collins. Here is the launch via Facebook:

Here are some live versions of the tracks on the disc:

Face Value it is preceded, on January 5th, by the single In the air tonight.

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Beyond Genesis, Phil Collins' debut album - Part XNUMX

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Philip David Charles “Phil” Collins turns 70, January 30, 1951 - AUDIO, VIDEO & MEMORIES

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Phil Collins turns 70. Here are some audio / video stages of his career.

The first song composed, with the group The Freehold: Lying Crying Dying, recorded in 1968 at London's Regent Sounds:

Le first pictures of Phil on drums (but also on the voice and on the Hammond organ):

May 14, 1970, the Dutch TROS TV airs a mini concert by a young English band called Flaming Youth:

First concert with Genesis: on August 6, 1970 at Gaumont Cinema, Doncaster in England. Phil's first audio on drums with Genesis live: at Ferme IV, Wolowé St. Lambert, Brussels, Belgium on 7 March 1971 during the Trespass Tour:

The first song sung by Phil in Genesis: For Absents Friends da Nursery cryme:

Phil Collins's drums, Horizons Radio Special "I Fiori Delmale" (in Italian):


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First collaboration with a Genesis member in Voyage of the Acolyte by Steve Hackett: Star Of Sirius:

Phil Collins' first recording with i Brand XDead Pretty, from the Tour of the first album Unorthodox Behavior - Live at the Nashville Rooms, February 20 1976:

First recording of a Genesis Live with Phil Collins solo voice at the Kitchener Auditorium, Ontario Canada, during theA Trick Of The Tail Tour on March 27, 1976:

First solo record: Face Value, February 9, 1981. Horizons Radio special.

1984, first place in the ranking in the United States, first Grammy Award and first nomination for best song for the Oscars: Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)song that gives the title to the film's soundtrack Two lives at stake (Against All Odds).

First film as a leading actor in Buster, 1988. His new version of A Groovy Kind of Love, which becomes his single single capable of reaching the first place both in the United Kingdom and in the United States.

This Is Your Life, BBC biographical documentary aired on October 26, 1988:

First and only Oscar winner, with You'll Be in My Heart, from the movie Tarzan 1999, piece recorded by Phil himself in English, Italian, French, German and Spanish:

First autobiography, No, I'm not dead yet - BUY IT ON AMAZON, released in 2016.

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Phil Collins: for the 40th anniversary of “Face Value” a special Picture Disc - DETAILS & BUY

A special Picture Disc to celebrate Phil Collins' 40 years of "Face Value".

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The all-new 12 "limited edition picture disc, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Phil Collins' first solo album 'Face Value'.

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"Face Value" became an international multi-platinum hit with the help of the hit single 'In The Air Tonight'. Other notable tracks from the album are the follow-up singles 'I Missed Again' and 'If Leaving Me Is Easy', as well as 'Behind The Lines', co-written with fellow Genesis, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford.

This limited edition 12 "Picture disc features the 2016 remastered album and a die-cut book cover, while the original inner sleeve will feature a double-sided insert.

On February 13, 1981 he left Face Value, debut album of Phil Collins's solo career. Here are some live versions of the tracks on the disc.

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Collector's Corner: Phil Collins's “In The Air Tonight” turns 40, was released on January 5, 1981

The single from "In the Air Tonight"came out on 5 January 1981. Videos and memories of a huge success.

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Phil Collins says that the song In the air tonight it was composed 99,9 percent spontaneously, the words flowed out of nowhere.

Again from the autobiography, Phil admits that instinctive truth emerges from raw emotion. Afterwards, in fact, he realized that the texts and the message of In the air tonight they are considerably higher than their sum
set off. There is a subliminal, subconscious aspect. These words adapt to music. The verses have a little bit of storyline, but there is not necessarily a connection between them and the anger he felt then, after the break with Andrea Bertorelli.

Collins admits that the words have been studied and dissected by many people over and over again. A guy gave him a thesis he had made for his degree; he had analyzed how many times he had used the article "the". Other people suggest conspiracy theories about a real drowning that Phil once witnessed. "What does it mean In the air tonight? ", says Phil." Does that mean I'm going on with my life, or trying to do it, "he replies.

Why didn't the song go into a Genesis album? In his precious memoirs Phil remembers that Tony Banks he often said that his songs only have three chords and, as such, were unworthy of being "Genesisised". For Banks In the air tonight it's just one drum machine and three chords. 

The way Phil makes the album that will become his first soloist,  Face Value,

establishes a method for future compositions. Collins records all the rumors in his home. Sing in an improvised way. Plays and writes what he sings. Write down what you have just sung. Sometimes the material is almost completely formed, other times it is useless and disposable. A song develops, slowly or quickly. 

Where does that drum sound come from that will characterize Phil Collins' future albums, but will influence much of the 80's sound?

The drummer and singer explicitly thanks Hugh Padgham. Hugh is a bass player but loves drums and has developed that innovative sound on the song of Peter Gabriel Intruder. In hindsight, Phil admits that the day or two they spent working on Peter's third album in 1979 changed his life.

So when it was time to find a sound for the drums of In the air tonightPhil wants to experience the sound they had made with Gabriel.

But, Phil admits, what the finished product is actually with is as extreme as it is in Intruder. Even if you place the mics in the same place and try to recreate the effects for the same sound, it will always be something different. What's more, the result changes every day. Different day, different result.

In any case, that Drum Fill has entered the history of rock: people always ask about it, says Phil. A point of reference for subsequent productions. 

In The Air Tonight initially reached number 1 in the Netherlands, becoming later a worldwide success. Even sales of Face Value they are excellent.

Tony Banks revealed in 2014 in the BBC documentary Sum of the parts

"We wanted Phil to do well. But not so well."

A song that has had many cover version, as can be heard in these selected tracks.

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Phil Collins: the third single "Change" by Better Strangers, Nic's son's band - BUY

"Change" is the third single from Better Strangers, the band of Phil Collins Nic's son.

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Based in Miami, Florida, USA, Better Strangers is a group that includes vocalist deCasa, guitarist Joey Rodriguez, bassist Yang Waingarten and drummer Nic Collins.

The band blends a heavy rock style with contemporary nuances and melodies, giving the group an original sound.

Yang Waingarten (bass) and Nic Collins (drums) are the founders, with two other friends.

Joey Rodriguez (guitar) joined the group in late 2015, which took the names of "What You Know" and "Fifty Eight Eight Hundred", with performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, the Sion Festivals and others.

In April 2019, Waingarten, Collins and Rodriguez decided to part ways with their longtime singer, starting the search for a new member. 

In May 2020, the group received an email from deCasa (singer) regarding the vacant position.

Waingarten, Collins and Rodriguez had found the missing piece of the puzzle. 

Better Strangers' debut single, "Lies", was released on November 27, 2020. Followed by their second single, "Slow Fade (Warm It Up)", on December 18.

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Phil Collins in 1970 with Flaming Youth in a rare video - WATCH

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Here is a rare video filmed in Cologne on December 24, 1970 by Flaming Youth, Phil Collins' band before Genesis.

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