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 Take the 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):
The Delmale Flowers - Phil Collins' Battery Eugenio Delmale
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:
The all-new 12 "limited edition picture disc, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Phil Collins' first solo album 'Face Value'.
Buy it here (click on the image below):
"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.
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 Fillhas 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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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.