With Phil Collins slowly making his way back into the music world again, now is as good a time as any to look back on when his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career began, which incidentally was 45 years ago this month.
November 1971 was when Genesis’ third album, “Nursery Cryme”, came out. It was also their first with Phil behind the drums and another mega-steal in Steve Hackett as their lead guitarist. So long pastoral acoustic tunes! Hello, wild, complex and wacky mega-British progressive rock!
Shortly thereafter, the world (well, Belgium and Italy, at least) got a taste of what Phil brought to the table in these clips that aired on Belgian and Italian TV. In short, a highly accomplished Jazz-influenced rock drummer who could sing (a portentous sign of things to come just a few years later).
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