Serious Hits...Live!

Serious Hits...Live!

by Phil Collins

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Overview

Along with being a multi-talented musician and an excellent songwriter, Phil Collins is one of the best live performers in rock. His songs usually stay true to their original form, he puts plenty of fire into his vocals, and best of all, every one of his in-concert qualities transfers well into album form. Serious Hits...Live! is a wonderful example of this, with not only 15 tracks, but 15 of Phil's best tracks, performed with an overcharged amount of enthusiasm and energy. There's an equal number of ballads and fast songs on the album, but even on the slow stuff, Collins puts a lot of passion and feeling into the lyrics. Efforts such as "One More Night," "Do You Remember?," and especially his best ballad, "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" are heartfelt and unhindered. His moods shift easily without any false emotional dramatics, which in turn enhances the ambience of the songs. The tracks are taken from a number of shows during his Serious Tour in 1990, but his performance level remains enthusiastic the whole album through and the change of venues goes unnoticed, which is again another plus. Collins is just as sharp on the quicker tunes, with some wonderful percussion filling in behind him. The drumming is stellar on "Easy Lover" and again on "Sussudio," but the album's only downfall is its lack of credits, leaving the identities of the musicians a mystery. The album makes up for this with a spine-chilling version of "In the Air Tonight" as Collins does a good job of capturing the song's haunting air, and from here the album switches gears with "You Can't Hurry Love" but doing so with undefiled perfection. Almost all of the songs here broke Billboard's Top Ten, and five of these tracks hit number one, which makes Serious Hits...Live! truly live up to it's name.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2019
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0603497854257
catalogNumber: 82157
Rank: 24505

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phil Collins   Primary Artist,Piano,Drums,Vocals
Daryl Stuermer   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Chester Thompson   Drums,Guest Appearance
Bridgette Bryant   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Brad Cole   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Harry Kim   Trumpet
Lui Lui   Trombone
Don Myrick   Alto Saxophone
Fred White   Vocals
Arnold McCuller   Vocals
Phoenix Horns   Guest Appearance
Leland Sklar   Bass,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Stephen Bishop   Composer
Phil Collins   Composer,Producer
Daryl Stuermer   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Robert Colby   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Nathan East   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Toni Wine   Composer
Paul Gomersall   Engineer
Chris Peyton   Artwork
Phil Bailey   Composer

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