Saw this in the MOG Gazette and after a “semi-climatic, 30 year career” it shouldn’t really be all that surprising. What is surprising is that I found myself noticing, and following the link. Phil Collins has essentially been off my radar for years. The whole post-Gabriel/pop Genesis band did nothing for me and PC’s solo stuff just wasn’t all that interesting.
But it’s his contributions as the drummer on the early Genesis albums that I remember. You know, the classics like Nursery Cryme (1971), Foxtrot (1972), Selling England By The Pound (1973) and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974). His tasty hi-hat and sweet little technical licks provided a fantastic orchestral layer in those brilliant pieces of musical theatre. Such an incredible dynamic range both live and in the studio.
Once Phil stepped out from behind the kit the percussive sheen lost its lustre (although Trick of the Tail (1976) certainly has its moments). The closest I came to seeing Genesis in these early days was vicariously through The Musical Box, a Genesis tribute band that have got the classics absolutely nailed, complete with vintage equipment and theatrics. So enjoy your retirement Phil and go back and spin those early discs and maybe some Brand X for good measure!