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COLLINS PHIL - At The TowerExcellent FM broadcast from the 'King Biscuit' network of Phil Collins show from his first solo tour
Format: CD / Cat No: XRYCD002 / Released: 11/02/2022

Track Listing: 1. I Don’t Care Anymore (6:23) / 2. Thunder And Lightning (4:11) / 3. I Cannot Believe It’s True (5:18) / 4. This Must Be Love (4:18) / 5. Thru These Walls (5:23) / 6. I Missed Again (3:35) / 7. Behind The Lines (4:06) / 8. You Know What I Mean (2:53) / 9. The Roof Is Leaking (3:28) / 10. Don’t Let Him Steal Your Heart Away (5:29) / 11. The West Side (5:14) / 12. If Leaving Me Is Easy (7:02) / 13. In The Air Tonight (6:18) / 14. Like China (5:36) / 15. It Don’t Matter To Me (4:19) / 16. …And So To F… (8:27)

More information: In December 1978, Genesis went on hiatus while Phil Collins went to Vancouver, to focus on his family; his marriage had become strained after his extensive touring. Having failed to save the relationship, Collins returned to the UK in April 1979, by which time Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford were recording their solo albums. With time to spare before recording a new Genesis album, Collins played on the Brand X album Product and its accompanying tour, played on John Martyn's album Grace And Danger, and started writing his first solo album, Face Value, at his home in Shalford, Surrey. After Banks and Rutherford re-joined Collins, work began on the Genesis album Duke, released in 1980.

Face Value was released in February 1981. It features a rework of "Behind The Lines" from Duke in a more funk and dance-oriented style. Collins sang and performed keyboards and drums. He cited his divorce as the main influence on the album's lyrics and themes, and said: "I had a wife, two children, two dogs, and the next day I didn't have anything. So, a lot of these songs were written because I was going through these emotional changes." Collins produced the album in collaboration with Hugh Padgham, with whom he had worked on Peter Gabriel's album. Face Value reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, and was an international success.

In September 1981, Genesis released Abacab. This was followed by its 1981 supporting tour and a two-month tour in 1982 promoting the Genesis live album Three Sides Live. In early 1982, Collins produced and played on Something's Going On, the third solo album by Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA,] and performed most of the drum parts on Pictures At Eleven, the first solo album by Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant. In October 1982, Collins took part in the one-off Genesis reunion concert Six Of The Best held at the Milton Keynes Bowl in Buckinghamshire, which marked a one-off return of Gabriel on lead vocals and Hackett on guitar.

Collins's second solo album, Hello, I Must Be Going!, was released in November 1982. His marital problems continued to provide inspiration for his songs, including "I Don't Care Anymore" and "Do You Know, Do You Care". The album reached number 2 in the UK and number 8 in the US, where it sold 3 million copies. Collins supported the album with the Hello, I Must Be Going! tour of Europe and North America from November 1982 to February 1983. On December 8th ’82, Phil performed at Philadelphia’s Tower Theater, where he put on one of the tour’s very finest shows. And while no tracks from the Genesis back catalogue were performed, he did end the set with a superb version of Brand X’s “…And So to F”, a cut from the aforementioned Product album.

Recorded for live FM broadcast across the US by the King Biscuit network, the Tower Theater show is now available for the first time on this new CD.

Note: Recording quality can vary on FM broadcast releases.