New Phil Collins box set, “Plays Well with Others,” offers a star-packed collection of collaborations

RhinoBesides his work with Genesis and as a hugely successful solo artist, Phil Collins collaborated with an impressive list of other musicians during his long career…as a drummer, singer, producer and more. Now, a compilation titled Plays Well with Others, featuring highlights of his many collaborative endeavors, will be released on September 28 as a four-CD box set and digital download.

The collection’s first three discs feature studio recordings to which Collins contributed covering the respective periods of 1969 to 1982, 1982 to 1991, and 1991 to 2011. The fourth disc collects various live performances spanning from 1981 to 2002.

Among the many stars whose studio collaborations with Collins appear on the compilation are Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel, David Crosby, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Gary Brooker, ABBA singer Frida, Adam Ant, Philip Bailey, Chaka Khan, The Isley Brothers, The Four Tops, Tears for Fears, George Martin, and Lil’ Kim. The box set also features tracks by the jazz-fusion group Brand X and the all-star 1985 charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas (Feed the World),” to which Phil contributed vocals and drums.

The live disc features performances by George Harrison, The Bee Gees, and The Phil Collins Big Band, as well as separate onstage collaborations between Phil and Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, and The Buddy Rich Big Band. Closing things out are four performances from the 2002 Party at the Palace concert celebrating Queen Elizabeth II‘s Golden Jubilee, featuring Collins backing Clapton, Annie Lennox, Joe Cocker, and Bryan Adams.

“During [my life] I’ve played with most of my heroes, most have become close friends,” says Collins in a statement. “Over these 4 CDs you’ll find a mere smattering of those moments.”

Here’s the full track list of Plays Well with Others:

Disc One: 1969-1982

“Guide Me Orion” — Flaming Youth
“Knights (Reprise)” — Peter Banks
“Don’t You Feel It” — Eugene Wallace
“I Can’t Remember, but Yes” — Argent
“Over Fire Island” — Brian Eno
“Savannah Woman” — Tommy Bolin
“Pablo Picasso” — John Cale
“Nuclear Burn” — Brand X
“No-One Receiving” — Brian Eno
“Home” — Rod Argent
“M386” — Brian Eno
“And So to F” — Brand X
“North Star” — Robert Fripp
“Sweet Little Mystery” — John Martyn
“Intruder” — Peter Gabriel
“I Know There’s Something Going On” — Frida
“Pledge Pin” — Robert Plant
“Lead Me to the Water” — Gary Brooker

Disc Two: 1982-1991

“In The Mood”‘ — Robert Plant
“Island Dreamer” — Al Di Meola
“Puss ‘n’ Boots” — Adam Ant
“Walking on the Chinese Wall” — Philip Bailey
“Do They Know It’s Christmas (Feed the World)” — Band Aid
“Just Like a Prisoner” — Eric Clapton
“Because of You” — Philip Bailey
“Watching the World” — Chaka Khan
“No One Is to Blame” (Phil Collins version) — Howard Jones
“If Leaving Me Is Easy” — The Isley Brothers
“Angry” — Paul McCartney
“Loco in Acapulco” — Four Tops
“Walking on Air” — Stephen Bishop
“Hall Light” — Stephen Bishop
“Woman in Chains” — Tears for Fears
“Burn Down the Mission” — Phil Collins

Disc Three: 1991-2011

“No Son of Mine” — Genesis
“Could’ve Been Me” — John Martyn
“Hero” — David Crosby
“Ways to Cry” — John Martyn
“I’ve Been Trying” — Phil Collins
“Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me” — Quincy Jones
“Why Can’t It Wait ‘Til Morning” — Fourplay
“Suzanne” — John Martyn
“Looking for an Angel” — Laura Pausini
“Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End” — George Martin
“In the Air Tonite” — Lil’ Kim featuring Phil Collins
“Welcome” — Phil Collins
“Can’t Turn Back the Years” — John Martyn

Disc Four: Live 1981-2002

“In the Air Tonight” (Live at The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball) — Phil Collins
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” — George Harrison
“You Win Again” — The Bee Gees
“There’ll Be Some Changes Made” — Phil Collins and Tony Bennett
“Stormy Weather” — Phil Collins and Quincy Jones
“Chips and Salsa” — The Phil Collins Big Band
“Birdland” — Phil Collins with The Buddy Rich Big Band
“Pick Up the Pieces” (Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival 1998) — The Phil Collins Big Band
“Layla” (Live at Party at the Palace, 6/3/2002) — Eric Clapton
“Why” (Live at Party at the Palace, 6/3/2002) — Annie Lennox
“Everything I Do (I Do It for You)” (Live at Party at the Palace, 6/3/2002) — Bryan Adams
“With a Little Help from My Friends” (Live at Party at the Palace, 6/3/2002) — Joe Cocker

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