Brand X, Moroccan Roll (1977)
I bought a Brand X compilation CD – just so I could hear the Phil Collins drum parts; I’ve collected up a lot of his “outside” playing; that is to say the stuff outside of his solo career and work with Genesis. (I have plenty of that stuff too). I’ve always been interested in Phil Collins: The Jobbing Drummer – even since seeing him appear on the great B.B King & Friends concert which was one of my favourite VHS tapes growing up. I watched it over and over – and loved the couple of tracks where you got to see Collins playing. He’s a leftie. He’s a very distinctive drummer – a very good drummer and it’s always interesting (to me, anyway) hearing him play. He offers a lot of space in his playing; he’s a lot looser on the hi-hats than so many of the prog players. And when you start collecting up his sessions you see he not only played with a lot of the greats he had a diverse career behind the pots and pans. A broad range. Apparently he was in so much pain on his last studio recording (*cues up too- obvious joke about the listeners also being in pain*) he had to tape the sticks to his hands; he struggles to make a fist of it these days. That must be very sad for him. I don’t listen to Brand X all that often, but I quite like this record – now and then.
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