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4.0 out of 5 stars Phil Collins Makes Decent Album Shock Horror, 17 Aug 2004
This review is from: Unorthodox Behaviour (Audio CD)
Phil Collins was obviously a bit bored with Genesis by the mid 1970's (lots of other people were also arriving at the same conclusion) and he had a sideline as a session drummer for rather more experimental people such as Brian Eno (e.g. the lovely Another Green World)
Having met Percy Jones on said album as well as John Goodsall & Robin Lumley on works for Eddie Howell & Jack Lancaster they became Brand X and released this album to a not tremendously excited world.
On relection, Brand X never really had a chance, it was 1976 and the floodgates of New Wave/Punk were about to break. Playing clever jazz rock was about to become extremely unfashionable.
To a teenage Gong/Soft Machine fan however, it seemed that not all was lost as 3 chords of unmelodic and moronic punk crap was unleashed on one side and the horrors of disco pap attacked from the other flank. Probably a mistake to have played it in its entirity to prospective girlfriends though... Hmmmm
Intelligent, amusing and even profound (e.g. Touch Wood) their debut album set the tone for their short career. No vocals & none needed, I could loop this album plus Livestock together & listen for quite some time.
It is an everlasting testament to how crass & useless the music industry is that Brand X never made it but Phil Collins 'soul' records sold millions to people who presumably had never heard the original source material.
Still... he is a damn good drummer and I don't have to play my wifes collection of his solo crap!
Enough already - at the price I paid for my copy it is dirt cheap and well worth 40 minutes of your time.......
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Initial post: 19 Mar 2012 01:04:52 GMT
Paper Tiger says:
I love this album. Unfortunately, your self-important, unfunny, pompous, misinformed, pretentious blathering rather makes me wish I didn't.

Posted on 7 Feb 2013 17:22:58 GMT
D. Anderson says:
Mr Carter,
Thanks for your excellent review.Hell I think I,ll buy it!
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