By Michael Popke
Plagued by health issues in recent years, Phil Collins moves slower these days, avoids the drums and doesn’t do much to further his musical legacy with “Going Back: Live at Roseland Ballroom, NYC.” This lengthy musical revue of the vocalist’s favorite soul and Motown tunes – supporting his latest album, “Going Back” – was filmed in June 2010.
Collins is joined by Motown’s original backing band, The Funk Brothers, and faithfully strolls through such soul classics as “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” “Nowhere to Run” and one of his old solo singles, “You Can’t Hurry Love.” He doesn’t do much to make these songs his own, but the dominant horns in the 18-piece band recall Collins’ early solo work. Latter-day Genesis guitarist Daryl Stuermer and drummer Chester Thompson are here, too.
Collins tells his (largely white and aging) audience that he wanted to “make a record of all the songs I used to sing as a teenager,” and in the liner notes, he proclaims, “If it’s a strange career move, I don’t care.” Then why should we?
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