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On Music: The Evolution of Phil Collins

David K. Israel
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It's been about 5 years since we've had a new album from Phil Collins. In case you've been wondering where he's been and what he's been up to, his Web site has this recent quote from him on the subject: "In 2004 I came to a major decision in my life. I decided to stop my seemingly endless days of touring. I had been on the road for the last 30 years, and now with 2 young children I decided that enough was enough. It was time to say goodnight."

True, 30 years is a long time in the music business. Here's a few soundbites that track Phil's evolution from Genesis drummer, to Genesis vocalist/drummer/songwriter, on up to some of his big hit singles as a soloist. What's most interesting about this stroll down Collins' lane is this: with each clip you're about to hear, Collins became more famous, more popular, and his albums were consumed by more and more people. (Obviously he made more money, as well.)

The question is, and I open this post to debate now in the comments below, did the music get better or worse? More interesting as time went on, or less? More engaging or less? You be the judge:

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