Live At Montreux 2004 (Blu-Ray)
2012, Eagle Vision
Phil Collins’ music is more Pop than Rock and with that said his musical ability is highly regarded as both a drummer and singer. This new release was shot six years ago just prior to his retirement from performing.
While I am not a fan of his music I do however appreciate his talent. Some of his songs I do find somewhat enjoyable such as the smash hit “In The Air Tonight” which is mainly do to the memorable drumming. This concert is exceptional in sound and picture. You can see every bead of sweat on the guys head, it is that clear.
All of the well known ‘Hits’ are performed as you would expect. They even sound heavier live than what I recall hearing on the radio and video shows way back when. The aforementioned “In The Air Tonight” falls into this category. This live performance adds to it making it one of the show’s highlights. Starting off with some keyboards and what sound like piped in music from the original album it really begins to sound amazing once the electric guitar starts. The bass sounds a bit loud in the mix so you may want to turn down your sub if using one. I know I had to. It naturally kicks in once Phil gets behind the kit. The other big standout is the opening of the show which is titled as “Drums, drums and More Drums”. As you’d expect it is a drum instrumental that starts off with just Phil then he is joined by a 2nd drummer and followed by a 3rd. A unique way to begin a concert, but it works.
This is a ‘Must Own’ for any fan of Phil Collins. Even a casual fan who just knows the hit songs would find this an excellent release with it’s superb picture and sound. The songs are well performed and Phil sounds great, Another fine Eagle release.