Phil Collins, Serious Hits…Live! (1990)
Released at the peak of Phil Collins’ solo career – and right when I was a huge Collins fan, this live album was a car-trip favourite; travelling up to Gisborne for summer holidays my friend’s father was never happy with us playing Pink Floyd (“cold sweat music”, apparently) but could accept The Very Best of Elton John and this. I had the tape. And I had recorded the video off TV. I’d watch it after school – often. Loved the horn section, the drums, the drum duet with Chester Thompson. So much to take in. I bought the double live album many years later – in a rush of nostalgia. It was $5. It is scratched to shit and doesn’t really play. Probably something of a relief really. It might be pretty ghastly to revisit this. All the same I can’t part with it. Just a look at the cover brings back floods of (good) memories. Car-trips, learning to play along to the intro to You Can’t Hurry Love and from there some of the other songs…good times; given where Collins was at – the But Seriously/Serious Hits tour – this was a great live album, kick-ass band, perfect set-list.
Sample Track: [The entire album]
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