What does it sound like?:
The forthcoming shows by the band almost inevitably bring another compilation, this time a two cd set comprising 27 songs, the majority of which will apparently feature in the set list. Tellingly, the discography in the press releases begins with 1978’s And Then There Were Three, so I guess that gives an immediate indication as to the musical direction the shows will focus on. To be fair, there are half a dozen songs from the Gabriel days, although whether these will be performed as stand-alone pieces or just as part of a box ticking medley remains to be seen. The remainder of the choices concentrate on the commercially mega successful Collins era – I’ve no problem with the longer pieces such as Home By The Sea, Domino and Tonight Tonight Tonight, but I’ll happily swerve the poppier material – although I suspect that’s what the majority of those attending the gigs will have come to hear rather than the prog epics of yesteryear. Hat’s off though for including Fading Lights, a neglected gem if ever there was one, and the perhaps rather lesser known Duke’s End and Duchess.
What does it all *mean*?
I’m not too sure who this set is aimed at – fans will presumably have the original albums and even casual attendees of the shows will probably have one of the existing compilations – for me, 2004’s three cd Platinum Collection is a better summary of the band’s overall career. Still, I daresay this set will find its way into plenty of households regardless.
Goes well with…
Sitting a hundred yards away from the stage, watching the big screens and wondering if you should leave early to beat the traffic.
Might suit people who like…