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Most of the hits
on December 26, 2012
I resisted this for a long time because of what's missing but finally gave in and got it.* Missing, of course, are "I Missed Again", "Don't Lose My Number", and "Do You Remember?", among several lower-charting hits. But, at 74 minutes, there was probably only room for one more song. I feel that "I Missed Again" should have been that song: it was Collins' first solo hit and one of his best.
Over time, "True Colors" pales even more in comparison to the other songs here. However, it was hardly unusual to include a new song on a hits disc and it did become a sizable Adult Contemporary (and minor pop airplay) hit.
What's here are the bulk of Collins' biggest chart hits through 1998 ("You'll Be In My Heart" came after this was released), and they are great. This collects soundtrack hits from "Buster" ("A Groovy Kind of Love" and "Two Hearts") and "White Nights" ("Separate Lives", a duet with Marilyn Martin). It also includes "Easy Lover", the #2 duet with Philip Bailey, from Bailey's album "Chinese Wall".
When these were hits, I was actually a bit resentful of Phil Collins' saturation airplay. I couldn't understand why other pop/AC icons I enjoyed, such as Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, and James Taylor, could barely dent the chart while Collins and Lionel Richie were played constantly. Of course, this was a radio programming choice and had nothing to do with the artists. I have grown to appreciate these songs more over time. Phil Collins didn't look like your typical Top 40 pretty boy, and pulled off this string of hits with humor, class, and taste. As of 2012, sadly, pop radio is as deaf to Phil as it was to the above stars back in the day. This should have been a 2-disc set, with all Phil's 28 chart hits plus some LP cuts like "Like China" from "Hello, I Must Be Going".
*Now I see that there is an import 2-disc set that has most of the hits this is missing. With the exception, oddly, of "Take Me Home".