Phil Collins announces mini-tour in 2017

Image result for Phil Collins the singlesPhil Collins has been slowly returning to the limelight over the last year. Firstly there was the staggered re-issuing of his back catalogue with recreations of the original covers and an additional CD with rarities, B-sides and live tracks for each album. Then there was the release this week on The Singles – a collection of all the songs Collins released as 45s or CD singles. Also this week we see the publication of his autobiography, Not Dead Yet – a frank chronicle of the singer/drummer’s life told from his perspective. Finally, today it was announced that Collins would perform a mini-tour in June 2017 covering nine dates in three European cities – London, Koln and Paris.

Image result for phil collins not dead yetCollins has been doing the rounds from his formal announcement this morning, hosted by Jools Holland, to an appearance on BBC’s The One Show this evening. Further press, TV and radio interviews are also planned. Whilst he is obviously still struggling with the effects of the back surgery he had last year and its impact on his neural network, I am hoping he will have gained sufficient strength and fitness to deliver a performance at these shows. He will have a strong band and his army of fans to support him and he may even have built enough strength back in his fingers to deliver the famous drum fill to “In the Air Tonight.”

For now, it’s great to see him back and interested in performing and writing again.

Phil Collins Live

Phil Collins new compilation due out in October

Phil Collins is following his album re-issues campaign with a new compilation of his singles due for release on 14 October. Here is what his press release says:

Coming out this October 14th, all of the highlights from Phil’s career together on one incredible album.

‘The Singles’ will be released as 2CD or 4LP versions, plus on all download and streaming services and a Deluxe 3CD edition which compiles all 45 of his hit singles on one album for the first time.

The artwork was designed by Phil himself using his personal ‘stick’ man – so we hope you like it!

Here is the track list for the 3-CD Deluxe edition:

Disc One
1. “In The Air Tonight”
2. “I Missed Again”
3. “If Leaving Me Is Easy”
4. “Thru These Walls”
5. “You Can’t Hurry Love”
6. “I Don’t Care Anymore”
7. “Don’t Let Him Steal Your Heart Away”
8. “Why Can’t It Wait ‘Til Morning”
9. “I Cannot Believe It’s True”
10. “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)”
11. “Easy Lover”
12. “Sussudio”
13. “One More Night”
14. “Don’t Lose My Number”
15. “Take Me Home”

Disc Two
1. “Separate Lives”
2. “A Groovy Kind Of Love”
3. “Two Hearts”
4. “Another Day in Paradise”
5. “I Wish It Would Rain Down”
6. “Something Happened on the Way To Heaven”
7. “That’s Just the Way It Is”
8. “Hang in Long Enough”
9. “Do You Remember?”
10. “Who Said I Would”
11. “Both Sides of the Story”
12. “Everyday”
13. “We Wait and We Wonder”
14. “Dance Into The Light”
15. “It’s In Your Eyes”

Disc Three
1. “No Matter Who”
2. “Wear My Hat”
3. “The Same Moon”
4. “True Colors”
5. “You’ll Be In My Heart”
6. “Strangers Like Me”
7. “Son of Man”
8. “Two Worlds”
9. “Can’t Stop Loving You”
10. “The Least You Can Do”
11. “Wake Up Call”
12. “Look Through My Eyes”
13. “No Way Out”
14. “(Love is Like A) “Heatwave”
15. “Going Back”

Title and jacket covers released for Phil Collins’ upcoming biography

The jacket covers for both the UK (below left) and US (below right) versions of Phil Collins’ upcoming biography, due to be published on 20 October, have been posted on Phil’s official site. The title has been revealed to be “Not Yet Dead” another example of Collins’ love of all thing Monty Python (presumably a reference to the “Bring out your Dead” scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail).

Phil Collins - Not Dead Yet - AutobiographyPhil Collins - Not Dead Yet - Autobiography

The blurb reads: Phil Collins gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for Genesis and continues to enjoy worldwide success today.

He’s one of only three recording artists who have sold over 100 million albums both as solo artists and separately as principal members of a band – the other two being Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. Revered as a drummer, he’s the only performer of distinction to have appeared at both the UK and US original Live Aid concerts, the creator of numerous worldwide hits, and is an Oscar winner for the song ‘You’ll Be in My Heart’, from the Disney film Tarzan.

Phil Collins’ life has also been rich with experience outside of music, starting with his career as a child actor, appearing aged 13 as the Artful Dodger in the stage production of Oliver! through Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Miami Vice and The Band Played On.

In his memoir Phil talks honestly about his three failed marriages, his alcoholism and his ill health but also describes the highs and lows of his career, and what it is like to work with other rock legends from Eric Clapton to Robert Plant.

Published to coincide with the release of a singles collection, Not Dead Yet will thrill fans and change minds.

Second tranche of Phil Collins re-masters announced

Phil Collins has announced the next two releases in his re-master series with 1982’s Hello, I Must Be Going! joined by 1996’s Dance into the Light. Both again come with re-created covers. The release date is 26 February.

     

Track lists:

Hello I Must Be Going!

“I Don’t Care Anymore”
“I Cannot Believe It’s True”
“Like China”
“Do You Know, Do You Care?”
“You Can’t Hurry Love”
“It Don’t Matter to Me”
“Thru These Walls”
“Don’t Let Him Steal Your Heart Away”
“The West Side”
“Why Can’t It Wait ‘Til Morning?”

“I Don’t Care Anymore” – Live
“I Cannot Believe It’s True – Live
“Like China” – Live
“You Can’t Hurry Love” – Live
“It Don’t Matter to Me” – Live
“The West Side” – Live Rehearsal
“People Get Ready” – Live
“Thru These Walls” – Live
“It’s Alright” – Live
“Oddball” – Demo of “Do You Know, Do You Care?”
“Don’t Let Him Steal Your Heart Away” – Demo

Dance into the Light

“Dance Into the Light”
“That’s What You Said”
“Lorenzo”
“Just Another Story”
“Love Police”
“Wear My Hat”
“It’s In Your Eyes”
“Oughta Know By Now”
“Take Me Down”
“The Same Moon”
“River So Wide”
“No Matter Who”
“The Times They Are A-Changin’”

“Dance Into the Light” – Live
“Just Another Story” – Live
“Wear My Hat” – Live
“River So Wide” – Live
“Take Me Down” – Live
“Lorenzo” – Demo
“That’s What You Said” – Demo
“Another Time” – B-side
“It’s Over” – B-side
“I Don’t Wanna Go” – B-side

Tony Banks remix and remaster series release news

The Fugitive: 180g Vinyl LP EditionHaving released A 4-CD retrospective with A Chord Too Far through Esoteric, Tony Banks follows up with the planned phased release of his back catalogue. A Curious Feeling (1979) had already been released in 2009 and will be re-released on 26 February 2016 alongside 1983’s The Fugitive. Both albums will be released as a CD (stereo remixes) + DVD (including 5.1 remixes) deluxe edition, complete with hardback book and notes from Banks, alongside standard CD edition and 180 gram vinyl LP.

The remix/remasters have been prepared by long-time collaborating producer/engineer Nick Davis, who worked on the Genesis back catalogue. The cuts for the vinyl LPs were prepared at Abbey Road studios.

Phil Collins autobiography due October 2016

Phil Collins has intimated many times over the years that he would eventually write his autobiography. Well now it seems the time is right. With health problems curtailing his musical career Collins has made a publishing deal with Penguin Random House for an October 2016 release date.

Collins says, “Having found the right publisher in Penguin Random House I am ready to go on record about my life in music with all the highs and all the lows and to tell the story from my point of view – warts and all!”

With a mega-star career spanning nearly 50 years as drummer and singer with Genesis, solo artist, session player and producer as well as, for a time, actor, It promises to be a great read.

Phil Collins – Remastered back catalogue releases commence on 6 November

Phil Collins’ back catalogue has been remastered and readied for re-release with added material including live versions not previously released, demos and non-album tracks. The first two albums to be released are Phil’s highly influential debut FACE VALUE (1981) and potentially his most personal album BOTH SIDES (1993). The releases, scheduled for 6 November, will include 2-CDs for each album as well as downloads and vinyl versions. New artwork has been produced, which basically updates the previous covers with new photos of Phil.

Phil Collins - Face Value 2015              Phil Collins Both Sides 2015

               Bonus tracks for both releases:

Face Value Bonus Tracks:
1. “Misunderstanding” – Live
2. “If Leaving Me Is Easy” – Live*
3. “In The Air Tonight” – Live*
4. “Behind The Lines” – Live*
5. “The Roof Is Leaking” – Demo*
6. “Hand In Hand” – Live*
7. “I Missed Again” – Live*
8. “….And So To F” – Live*
9. “This Must Be Love” – Demo*
10. “Please Don’t Ask” – Demo*
11. “Misunderstanding” – Demo*
12. “Against All Odds” – Demo

Both Sides Bonus Tracks:
1. “Take Me With You”
2. “Both Sides Of The Story” – Live*
3. “Can’t Turn Back The Years” – Live*
4. “Survivors” – Live*
5. “Everyday” – Live*
6. “We Wait And We Wonder” – Live*
7. “Can’t Find My Way” – Demo*
8. “I’ve Been Trying”
9. “Both Sides Of The Story”
10. “Hero” – Demo
* Previously unreleased on CD

Jeff Lynne’s ELO Hyde Park Concert to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray

Jeff Lynne’s ELO concert at Hyde Park last September will be released on both DVD and Blu-Ray on 11 September 2015. The concert, in which the band were backed by  demonstrated the true strengths of this underrated band and in particular the humble Jeff Lynne. The audience lapped up every song in the set and it was a truly memorable night.

The songs performed were:-
“All Over the World”
“Evil Woman”
“Ma-Ma-Ma Belle”
“Showdown”
“Livin’ Thing”
“Strange Magic”
“10538 Overture”
“Can’t Get It Out of My Head”
“Sweet Talkin’ Woman”
“Turn to Stone”
“Steppin’ Out”
“Handle With Care”
“Don’t Bring Me Down”
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King”
“Telephone Line”
“Mr. Blue Sky”
“Roll Over Beethoven”

A feature-length documentary will also be included on the discs.

Tony Banks Interview in Prog Magazine

In the latest issue of Prog Magazine Genesis keyboard player Tony Banks talks about his solo career and the forthcoming 4-CD retrospective A Chord Too Far. The magazine also includes a review of the box set, which is due out on 31 July and of the final vinyl box set of Genesis albums Genesis 1983-1998, which includes the albums Genesis (1983), Invisible Touch (1986), We Can’t Dance (1991) and Calling All Stations (1997).
Prog July

 

Phil Collins back catalogue to be remastered by Warner

PhilCollins-neuIt has been announced that Warner Music Group has bought Phil Collins’ back catalogue and will release long-awaited remasters of all eight of the Genesis singer/drummer’s solo albums starting at the end of the is year.

The package is also set to include material from Collins’ archive – although full details of what will be released are not yet available. Collins’ debut solo album, Face Value (1981), and his fifth, Both Sides (1993), will be the first albums re-released in remastered format.

This is great news for fans of Genesis who also recently learned of a similar venture for Tony Banks.