Collins, Phil - A Life Less Ordinary

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Sanctuary Records Group
Catalog Number: 88347
Format: DVD
Total Time: 155:00:00

Phil Collins has lead a A Life Less Ordinary, there can be no denying that. This career spanning DVD from BBC 1 covers Collins' career from his first movie when he was a young boy, to his time with Genesis, Brand X, and his transformation into a full-fledged solo act that turned him into one of the phenomenas of the music industry.

You do not get full tracks of music to listen to, which is a disappointment, but there are highlights of songs playing in the background to go along with the excellent commentary from the BBC documentary. Collins offers his story from the beginning to present day through a series of in depth interviews to give his fans the truth behind the life of a rock star. He covers everything from his personal life to the bands he played with.

Alternative coverThere is footage of early Genesis and the reaction of the press to the developments and evolution of the group, such as the outlandish outfits that Peter Gabriel wore onstage, up to when Phil took over for Peter as lead singer of the band. Collins commented on how frustrating it was for him when Gabriel was presenting all of his outfits at concerts and how the audience was not paying attention to the music, just the visuals provided by the group. I found it interesting how he compared and contrasted what it was like then and how music fans interpret music and visuals today.

Now I know what is behind all the great music I have been listening to for the last 25 years ?a man that is sensitive, kind and dedicated to his art. I was very much absorbed in this presentation and I was glad I had the opportunity to view it. All music fans will certainly find something to relate to with this DVD because of the time span it covers and all the different types of music Collins has been involved with over the years. Although an audio experience was not the focus, this was a very interesting and rather engrossing story. My world is now richer and more complete because I learned about the people that created the music that touched my life.

Chapters: A Life Less Ordinary / Childhood / Joining Genesis / Music & Costumes / Replacing Peter / Relationships & Work / International Superstar / 1990s / New Music Projects / Family / Credits

Extras: PHIL: First Drums / Impressions of Genesis / Replacing Peter / 'Face Value' / New Songs / "You'll Be In My Heart" - The Oscars / Boating


Face Value (1981)
Hello, I Must Be Going (1982)
No Jacket Required (1985)
12"ers (1987)
? But Seriously (1989)
Seriously Live In Berlin (1990)
Serious Hits... Live! (1990)
Both Sides (1993/1995*)
Dance Into The Light (1996)
Live From The Board (1998)
Hits (1998)
A Hot Night In Paris (1999)
Testify (2002)
Platinum Collection (2004)
Love Songs: A Compilation Of Old And New (2004)
Going Back (2010)

Video Compilation (VHS) (1983)
No Ticket Required (VHS) (1986/1992)
Singles Collection (VHS) (1989)
But Seriously ? The Videos (VHS) (1990/1992)
Live At Perkins Palace (VHS) (1992)
In Paris: Live & Loose (1998)
Face Value (VHS/DVD) (2000/2006)
A A Life Less Ordinary (DVD) (2003)
Serious Hits ? Live! (DVD) (2003)
Finally ? The First Farewell Tour (DVD) (2004)

* w/ bonus live disk

Genre: Other

Origin UK

Added: June 23rd 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Language: english


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