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Phil Collins Starts Work On Catalogue Remasters

Phil Collins to create solo catalogue, with new material, in Warner Music deal Phil Collins to create solo catalogue, with new material, in Warner Music deal

Phil Collins, one of the top-selling artists of the 1980s, will reissue all his solo albums and potentially bring out unreleased material.

Warner Music Group announced a deal with Collins for his full catalogue, which will mark the first time his full solo output will be on the same label worldwide.

The label will remaster all eight of Collins' solo albums, starting in the later half of this year with reissues of 1981's Face Value – his first without band Genesis – and 1993's Both Sides.

Warner Music said in a statement it would also release "other uniquely curated titles from the vaults."

Warner Music executive Tim Fraser-Harding said to expect "some sensational new releases that will excite his longtime fans while also helping to introduce his songs to new generations of music lovers."

With a string of hits including One More Night, Against All Odds and A Groovy Kind of Love, Collins has sold more than 100 million solo albums and another 150 million with Genesis.

Collins nonetheless has endured years of battering criticism from reviewers and fellow musicians, some of whom have charged that his work is bland and formulaic.

Collins, 64, announced his retirement in 2011 but has since hinted at a comeback.

But in December he cancelled his first public performance scheduled in more than four years, at a charity concert in Miami Beach, due to voice problems.

Collins, originally the drummer of Genesis, has also said that nerve problems have stopped him from playing on the percussion set.

Collins' last album of original material was Testify in 2002, although he has since worked on other projects including writing songs for the Broadway musical Tarzan.

© The Sydney Morning Hearld

Last modified onSunday, 17 May 2015 15:55

2 comments

  • Shirley-Ann
    Shirley-Ann Monday, 18 May 2015 20:31 Comment Link Report

    Could Phil Collins confirm whether he has set up a website with the email address philsband2015@gmail.com or similar - inviting musicians to potentially join his band? I ask because there is a registration fee. I am not sure whether it is legitimate or not - especially as Phil has made no announcements on the Genesis site or elsewhere about reforming a band. Many Thanks Shirley

  • Shirley Ann Williams
    Shirley Ann Williams Friday, 15 May 2015 16:20 Comment Link Report

    That is really great news!

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