Phil Collins has announced details of a huge, 59-track box set that will feature material from Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker, George Harrison and more.
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‘Plays Well With Others’ is described as a ‘career-spanning’ project and will arrive on September 28, via Rhino Records.
The title was inspired by a T-shirt featuring the phrase which was gifted to Collins by Genesis’ touring drummer Chester Thompson. The slogan was meant to reflect Collins’ willingness to play drums at seemingly any recording session.
As well as McCartney, Cocker and Harrison, the box set will also feature material from David Crosby, the Bee Gees John Cale, Argent, John Martyn, Gary Brooker, Al Di Meola, Adam Ant, Philip Bailey, Chaka Khan, Howard Jones, the Isley Brothers, Four Tops, Tears for Fears, George Martin, Lil’ Kim, Annie Lennox, Bryan Adams, the Phil Collins Big Band and the songwriter’s formative psych-pop group, Flaming Youth.
“I’ve done what I wanted for most of it, and got paid well for doing something I’d have done for nothing: playing the drums,” he said in a statement about the boxset. “During that time I’ve played with most of my heroes, most have become close friends. Over these four CDs you’ll find a mere smattering of those moments.”
Earlier this year, Genesis founding member Tony Banks said he “wouldn’t rule out” the band reuniting for more live shows.
Both Collins and Rutherford have expressed interest in reforming the band in the past couple of years, and now keyboardist Banks has added to the speculation by refusing to rule out the prospect of a Genesis reunion in the years to come.