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If Hits seems a little inadequate, even though it weighs in at 16 tracks, that's because Phil Collins had such a long, productive run. Also, to casual listeners (and possibly even some fans), it's hard to tell which singles are by Genesis and which ones are solo cuts. So, it's almost a certainty that listeners will find something missing from this disc -- and not just because Genesis cuts are absent, but because there's not enough space to fit all of Collins' solo hits, especially since the compilers decided to include a couple of lesser, latter-day hits at the expense of some earlier, bigger ones, while adding his non-LP cover of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" to entice hardcore fans. Thus, there are only 13 hits, which means some other big hits and good songs are absent -- "I Missed Again," "I Don't Care Anymore," "Don't Lose My Number," "Do You Remember?" are all MIA. A few of these omissions are quite regrettable, but in the end, Hits is nevertheless a representative and pretty entertaining collection. The sequencing is not chronological, so it doesn't develop a nice flow (although "Take Me Home" is admittedly the ideal closer), but the chief strength of this collection is that it puts all of the big hits - including "Easy Lover," "Against All Odds," "In the Air Tonight," "Sussudio," "One More Night" and "Separate Lives" -- in one place. No, it's not perfect -- and it's hard not to wish that it was -- but Hits still contains the majority of Collins' solo smashes, and that alone makes it a nice addition to his catalog.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/1998
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678313929
catalogNumber: 83139
Rank: 472


  1. Another Day in Paradise
  2. True Colors
  3. Easy Lover
  4. You Can't Hurry Love
  5. Two Hearts
  6. I Wish It Would Rain Down
  7. Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)
  8. Something Happened on the Way to Heaven
  9. Separate Lives
  10. Both Sides of the Story
  11. One More Night
  12. Sussudio
  13. Dance into the Light
  14. A Groovy Kind of Love
  15. In the Air Tonight
  16. Take Me Home

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phil Collins   Primary Artist,Drums,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals
Philip Bailey   Vocals
Babyface   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Peter Gabriel   Background Vocals
Sting   Background Vocals
Rob Mounsey   Keyboards
Daryl Stuermer   Guitar
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Amy Keyes   Vocals
Anne Dudley   Conductor
Lesette Wilson   Keyboards
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
Ronnie Caryl   Rhythm Guitar
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Brad Cole   Keyboards
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
David Crosby   Vocals
Rahmlee Michael Davis   Trumpet
Sheila E.   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Lynn Fiddmont   Background Vocals
David Frank   Bass,Keyboards,Mini Moog
John Giblin   Bass
Harry Kim   Trumpet
Marva King   Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Guitar
Arif Mardin   Conductor
Dominic Miller   Guitar
Cornelius Mims   Bass
Don Myrick   Saxophone
Pino Palladino   Bass
Greg Phillinganes   Piano,Wurlitzer
Peter Robinson   Piano,Glockenspiel,Vibes
Louis Satterfield   Trombone
Lakshminarayana Shankar   Violin
Helen Terry   Background Vocals
Arturo Velasco   Trombone
Andrew Woolfolk   Saxophone
Arnold McCuller   Vocals
Eric Rigler   uillean pipes
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Leland Sklar   Bass
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Bass
Vine Street Horns   Horn,Group
Amy Keys   Vocals
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer,drum programming
Phil Collins   Arranger,Producer,drum machine
Anne Dudley   Producer
David Costa   Art Direction
Lamont Dozier   Producer
David Frank   Dmx
Eddie Holland   Composer
Tom Kelly   Composer
Harry Kim   Arranger
Arif Mardin   Producer
Hugh Padgham   Producer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Tom Tom 84   Arranger
Janfranco Caro   Art Direction,Illustrations

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