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ALBUM REVIEW: Phil Collins - Plays Well With Others

Hands up who hasn’t played ‘air drums’ to the famous solo played by Phil Collins on ‘In the Air Tonight.’

It has to be one of the most famous drum solos of all time.

And this stunning 4-CD boxset has both that track and 58 other songs celebrating collaborations between Collins and famous names such as Robert Plant, Chaka Khan, Paul McCartney - and even Lil’ Kim.

Phil Collins: Plays Well With Others. (5035326)
Phil Collins: Plays Well With Others. (5035326)

Collins either sings, plays or produces on the tracks, or is credited as a writer - and whether you’re a Phil Collins fan or not, it’s a great album.

There is so much variety here with songs including Eric Clapton’s ‘Layla’, Annie Lennox’s ‘Why’, Collins as co-writer on the Four Tops’ ‘Loco in Acapulco’ and playing with his former band Genesis.

The name for the album apparently came from a joke gift by Chester Thompson, who became Genesis’ drummer once Collins had become the frontman.

Thompson arranged for a special birthday present - a t-shirt, to be made for Collins with the slogan ‘Plays Well With Others’.

It was to reflect his bandmate’s willingness to take his drums along to pretty much any session and his work with other musicians.

The album is out now.

Reviewed by Zoe Myall


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