"Some not so hidden treasures" - Continuing TWR's examination of "Hidden" recordings Alan Hewitt takes a look at a couple of recordings from Phil Collins' solo career which have recently surfaced.
Yes, folks, continuing the somewhat controversial (!) look at some at some of the previously "hidden" recordings this time I focus on several recordings from Phil's solo career which have surfaced into the public domain recently.
National Tennis Centre Melbourne Australia 13th April 1985
Beginning with an excellent soundboard recording from Phil's highly successful No Jacket Required tour. This one captures Phil and his band on excellent for at the first night of their stint in Melbourne during the Australian leg of the tour this recording is a MUST for all fans of this album and tour. Recently cleaned up from the original source recording, the complete show is lovingly captured here.
I Don't Care Anymore/Only You And I Know/I Cannot Believe Its True/This Must Be Love/Against All Odds/Inside Out/Who Said I Would?/If Leaving Me Is Easy/Sussudio/Behind The Lines/Don't Lose My Number/The West Side
One More Night/In The Air Tonight/Band Intros/Like China/You Canít Hurry Love/It Don't Matter To Me/Hand In Hand/Take Me Home/People Get Ready/It's Alright
G-Mex Arena Manchester 29th November 1994
Moving on nine years we come to the next recording, another superb soundboard recording of Phil's second night at Manchester's G-Mex Arena, during the Both Sides World Tour An emotional night this one; Buster Edwards had died that day and Phil's rendition of A Groovy Kind Of Love took on an extra poignancy. I also have very fond memories of this gig myself as one of the lucky attendees and so to have this complete recording in such great sound quality is a rare treat!
Intro/I Don't Care Anymore/Don't Lose My Number/I canít Turn Back The Years/Survivors/Another Day In Paradise/I Wish It Would Rain Down/One More Night/A Groovy Kind Of Love/We Wait & We Wonder/Separate Lives/Both Sides/In The Air Tonight
Hang In Long Enough/Find A Way To My Heart/It Don't Matter To Me/Easy Lover/I Missed Again/Behind The Lines/Something Happened On The Way To Heaven/Knockin' On Heaven's Door/Two Hearts/Sussudio/Get Ready/My Girl/Take Me Hone
Stravinsky Auditorium Montreux 17th July 1996
A long sought after recording, this one. The only complete document of Phil's first Big Band tour in 1996. Having seen the second tour in 1998 and thoroughly enjoying it, I was delighted when this recording finally made it into the collection. Another soundboard recording which captures the entire show in stunning quality. If you didnít see this tour or the 1998 follow-up, this recording will give you an idea what you missed - excellent stuff!
Two Hearts/That's All/In The Air Tonight/Invisible Touch/The West Side/Against All Odds/Hand In Hand/Interview/Always/Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me/Sussudio
Let Someone Into Your Heart/Somewhere Over The Rainbow/People/Old Devil Moon/The Lady's In Love With You/There'll Be A Change/Unknown Song/Intros/Los Endos
Grand Casino Geneva 19th January 2002
A controversial recording this one, Phil was understandably furious when he heard that copies of this recording were being sold on E-Bay and elsewhere. The gig was a charitable event for the "Little Dreams Foundation" and Phil's annoyance was understandable.
Fortunately, the collecting community made sure that the E-Bay sale was short-lived and copies are being freely exchanged without money changing hands - certainly not in my case anyway, folks! This is an excellent audience recording of one of Phil's handful of gigs between 1998 and the start of his new tour - well worth a listen!
A Groovy Kind Of Love/In The Air Tonight/Against All Odds/Another Day In Paradise/One More Night/Something Happened On The Way To Heaven/You'll Be In My Heart/ Separate Lives/You Canít Hurry Love/Easy Lover/Lady Madonna/Always/I Canít Dance/Take Me Home
That's it for this edition, folks.