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Phil Collins - Recording Compendium (7)

Official stuff, Demos, Outtakes & more

Part 7: Both Sides | 1992 - 1995


Last Update: 01 October 2023
Overview | back to part 6 | on to part 8



1984

After the last leg of Genesis' We Can't Dance tour (which would be his last with the band for the time being), Phil Collins will again have time for solo songs - an affair with an old childhood friend gives him plenty of lyrics again - and collaborations from mid-November. Probably during this time, he will take over backing vocals and percussion on four songs by Bruce Hornsby, play drums on four numbers by his old friend and band mate in Flaming Youth, Ronnie Caryl, and write a song especially for David Crosby.








Talk Of The Town

(Bruce Hornsby) (5:11)

Talk Of The Town (Edit/Radio Version) *

(Bruce Hornsby) (3:28)

Talk Of The Town (Full Remix) **

(Bruce Hornsby) (5:10)

Talk Of The Town (Remix Radio Version) **

(Bruce Hornsby) (3:25)

Long Tall Cool One

(Bruce Hornsby) (4:59)

China Doll

(Bruce Hornsby) (5:16)

Fields Of Grey

(Bruce Hornsby) (4:52)

Fields Of Grey (Single Edit) ***

(Bruce Hornsby) (4:25)
Recording date: 1992?
Recording location: Bruce Hornsby's House/Williamsburg
Produced by: Bruce Hornsby
**Remixed by: Jeff Lorber
Performed by: Bruce Hornsby feat. Phil Collins (Backing Vocals, Bongos, Tambourine), Branford Marsalis, Pat Metheny a.o.
First official release/Best available source: 6th April 1993 - Bruce Hornsby Harbor Lights (EU CD//RCA 07863 66114 2)
*First official release/Best available source: 1993 - Bruce Hornsby Talk Of The Town (EU CDS//RCA 74321 15189 2)
**First official release/Best available source: 1993 - Bruce Hornsby Talk Of The Town (US Promo CD//RCA RDJ-62580-2)
***First official release/Best available source: 1993 - Bruce Hornsby Fields Of Grey (EU CDS//RCA 74321 16227 2)








Somewhere Within

(Ronnie Caryl/Otha Smith/Charlie Marling) (3:53)

Sweet Love

(Ronnie Caryl/David Cole) (4:09)

Where The Wind Blows

(Ronnie Caryl/Otha Smith/Charlie Marling) (5:09)

Don't Let Me Go

(Ronnie Caryl/David Cole) (4:04)
Recording date: 1992
Recording location: The Premises/London
Produced by: Ronnie Caryl
Performed by: Ronnie Caryl feat. Phil Collins (Drums)
First official release/Best available source: 8th December 1994 - Ronnie Caryl Leave A Light On (EU CD//Full Colour Records 477934 2)








Hero (Demo Version)

(Phil Collins) (4:44)
Recording date: 1992
Recording location: Lakers Lodge/Loxwood
Produced by: Phil Collins
Performed by: Phil Collins
First official release: April 1994 - Phil Collins We Wait And We Wonder (UK CDS//Virgin VSCDX 1510)
Best available source: Phil Collins Both Sides [2016 remaster] (2CD//Atlantic PCCD93)








Hero

(Phil Collins/David Crosby) (4:39)
Recording date: 1992?
Recording location: Fisher Lane Farm/Surrey, Power Station/New York City (Guitar overdubs)
Produced by: Phil Collins & Nick Davis
Performed by: David Crosby feat. Phil Collins (Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Backing Vocals), Pino Paladino & Jeff Pevar
First official release: April 1993 - David Crosby feat. Phil Collins Hero (US CDS//Atlantic a7360cd)
Best available source: Phil Collins Plays Well With Others [2018 remasters] (4CD//Atlantic 0081227942052)

1993

In the first half of the new year, Phil is exclusively busy with his upcoming solo album, for which he is working on a total of 18 songs (including a cover song). He plans to record everything himself, for which he is already preparing fully developed arrangements with all kinds of sample sounds for his home demos, which would later only be refined with real drums in the studio. Some of these original demos will also be released later.





Both Sides Of The Demo (Early Demo with Extra Lyrics by David Crosby)

(Phil Collins/David Crosby) (6:55)
First official release: 18th October 1993 - Phil Collins Both Sides Of The Story (UK CDS//Virgin VSCDG 1500)
Best available source: Phil Collins Other Sides (HiRes Download//Rhino Records)





Everyday (Early Demo)

(Phil Collins) (4:52)
First official release: 3rd January 1994 - Phil Collins Everyday (UK CDS//Virgin VSCDT 1505)
Best available source: Phil Collins Other Sides (HiRes Download//Rhino Records)





Can't Find My Way (Demo)

(Phil Collins) (4:46)
First official release: 2011 - Phil Collins Can't Find My Way (Demo) (320kps MP3 Download//philcollins.com)
Best available source: Phil Collins Both Sides [2016 remaster] (2CD//Atlantic PCCD93)





Let's Go Out Tonight [Please Come Out Tonight demo]

(Phil Collins) (5:42)
First official release: 2011 - Phil Collins Let's Go Out Tonight (128kps MP3 Download//philcollins.com)
Best available source: ---





Deep Water Town [demo]

(Phil Collins) (2:38)
First official release: 2011 - Phil Collins Deep Water Town (128kps MP3 Download//philcollins.com)
Best available source: ---





Watch The Clock [demo]

(Phil Collins) (3:04)
First official release: 2011 - Phil Collins Watch The Clock (320kps MP3 Download//philcollins.com)
Best available source: ---

Recording date: Autumn 1992 - Spring 1993
Recording location: Lakers Lodge/Loxwood
Produced by: Phil Collins
Performed by: Phil Collins

After the overdubs in the studio, the song candidates for the album are reduced to 14 pieces in July.






Both Sides Of The Story [rough mix]

(Phil Collins)

Can't Turn Back The Years [rough mix]

(Phil Collins)

Solid Hair [Take Me With You rough mix]

(Phil Collins)

Dixie Brushes [We're Sons Of Our Fathers rough mix]

(Phil Collins)

I've Forgotten Everything [rough mix]

(Phil Collins)

Everyday [rough mix]

(Phil Collins)

Can't Find My Way [rough mix]

(Phil Collins)

We Wait We Wonder [We Wait And We Wonder rough mix]

(Phil Collins)

Stevies Blues [There's A Place For Us instrumental rough mix]

(Phil Collins)

Brady [For A Friend rough mix]

(Phil Collins)

The Client [We Fly So Close rough mix]

(Phil Collins)

Survivors [rough mix]

(Phil Collins)

Let's Go Out Tonight [Please Come Out Tonight rough mix]

(Phil Collins)

Deep Water Town [rough mix]

(Phil Collins)
Recording date: Autumn 1992 - Summer 1993, "Ruff Mixes" 19th July 1993
Recording location: Lakers Lodge/Loxville, The Farm/Chiddingfold
Produced by: Phil Collins
Performed by: Phil Collins
First official release/Best available source: ---

Finally, eleven songs end up on Collins' most personal album to date, which is now to be called Both Sides in reference to the advance single Both Sides Of The Story...







Both Sides Of The Story *

(Phil Collins) (6:42)

Can't Turn Back The Years

(Phil Collins) (4:40)

Everyday

(Phil Collins) (5:43)

I've Forgotten Everything

(Phil Collins) (5:15)

We're Sons Of Our Fathers

(Phil Collins) (6:24)

Can't Find My Way

(Phil Collins) (5:09)

Survivors

(Phil Collins) (6:05)

We Fly So Close

(Phil Collins) (7:33)

There's A Place For Us

(Phil Collins) (6:52)

We Wait And We Wonder

(Phil Collins) (7:01)

Please Come Out Tonight

(Phil Collins) (5:46)
Recording date: Autumn 1992 - Summer 1993
Recording location: Lakers Lodge/Loxville, The Farm/Chiddingfold
Produced by: Phil Collins
Performed by: Phil Collins
*First official release: 18th October 1993 - Phil Collins Both Sides Of The Story (UK CDS//Virgin VSCDG 1500)
First official release: 8th November 1993 - Phil Collins Both Sides (UK CD//Virgin CDV2800)
Best available source: Phil Collins Both Sides [2016 remaster] (2CD//Atlantic PCCD93)

All but one of the other finished songs will find their way onto single releases as bonus tracks, and the cover song will end up on a tribute compilation.







Rad Dudeski

(Phil Collins) (3:35)
First official release: 18th October 1993 - Phil Collins Both Sides Of The Story (UK CDS//Virgin VSCDG 1500)
Best available source: Phil Collins Other Sides (HiRes Download//Rhino Records)






Don't Call Me Ashley

(Phil Collins) (5:11)
First official release: 3rd January 1994 - Phil Collins Everyday (UK CDS//Virgin VSCDT 1505)
Best available source: Phil Collins Other Sides (HiRes Download//Rhino Records)






I've Been Trying

(Curtis Mayfield) (5:00)
First official release: 22nd February 1994 - Various Artists A Tribute For Curtis Mayfield (US CD//Warner Bros. 9 45500-2)
Best available source: Phil Collins Both Sides [2016 remaster] (2CD//Atlantic PCCD93)






Take Me With You

(Phil Collins) (5:24)
First official release: April 1994 - Phil Collins We Wait And We Wonder (UK CDS//Virgin VSCDG 1510)
Best available source: Phil Collins Both Sides [2016 remaster] (2CD//Atlantic PCCD93)






For A Friend

(Phil Collins) (6:04)
First official release: April 1994 - Phil Collins We Wait And We Wonder (UK CDS//Virgin VSCDX 1510)
Best available source: Phil Collins Other Sides (HiRes Download//Rhino Records)






Deep Water Town

(Phil Collins) ()
First official release: ---
Best available source: ---

Also, some tracks of the album are released in different versions.







Both Sides Of The Story (Radio Edit)

(Phil Collins) (5:38)
First official release/Best available source: October 1993 - Phil Collins Both Sides Of The Story (UK promo CDS//Virgin VSCDJ 1500)






Everyday (Edit)

(Phil Collins) (4:56)
First official release/Best available source: 3rd January 1994 - Phil Collins Everyday (UK CDS//Virgin VSCDT 1505)





We Wait And We Wonder (Edit)

(Phil Collins) (5:46)
First official release/Best available source: April 1994 - Phil Collins We Wait And We Wonder (UK CDS//Virgin VSCDG 1510)






Stevies Blues (There's A Place For Us Instrumental)

(Phil Collins) (6:49)
First official release: April 1994 - Phil Collins We Wait And We Wonder (UK CDS//Virgin VSCDG 1510)
Best available source: Phil Collins Other Sides (HiRes Download//Rhino Records)






I've Forgotten Everything [sped up version]

(Phil Collins) (4:33)
First official release/Best available source: 28th September 2004 - Phil Collins Love Songs: A Compilation...Old And New (EU 2CD//Atlantic 2564 61884-2)

After the recordings, Phil distracts himself in Sydney, Australia, where he gets to star in the filming of the movie Frauds. The rest of the year he is busy with promotional activities for his new solo album. During this time Phil decides to leave his band Genesis, but only lets manager Tony Smith know.


1994

The new year is all about a very extensive world tour, but before that Phil has time to record the drums for three songs on the upcoming Martin Page album in Los Angeles.





Light In Your Heart

(Martin Page/Bernie Taupin) (5:05)

I Was Made For You

(Martin Page) (5:13)

Shape The Invisible

(Martin Page) (4:34)
Recording date: 1993/1994
Recording location: IroningBoard/Los Angeles?, A&M Recording Studios/Los Angeles (Drums)
Produced by: Martin Page
Performed by: Martin Page feat. Phil Collins (Drums) a.o.
First official release/Best available source: 26th July 1994 - Martin Page In The House Of Stone And Light (US CD//Mercury 314 522 104-2)

In the weeks leading up to the start of the tour, the Service Men's Club in Chiddingfold, England, is occupied for rehearsing, because there are some new faces in the band (which this time calls itself "The Indescribable Din"), including bassist Nathan East for the first time and drummer Ricky Lawson, who replaces Chester Thompson after 17 years together. The rehearsals are documented in the video special A Closer Look, which will be available for purchase for charity on the Both Sides Of The World tour. It includes clips of the songs I Missed Again, Hang In Long Enough, Don't Lose My Number, In The Air Tonight and We Wait And We Wonder, among others. The tour starts on 1 April in Europe, where they will be on the road until early May, followed by Mexico, USA and Canada from mid-May to early August, before heading back to Europe after a three-week break in September and the first half of October, and after a five-week break from late November to mid-December, it's the UK's turn. After live album and video was already released from Phil's last tour in 1990, there are only a few official releases from this tour..







Sussudio [live 1994]

(Phil Collins) (7:09)

Easy Lover [live 1994]

(Nathan East/Phil Collins/Philip Bailey) (5:02)

Separate Lives [live 1994]

(Stephen Bishop) (6:15)

My Girl [live 1994]*

(Smokey Robinson/Ronald White) (3:48)
First known performance date: 27th September 1994 - Festhallle/Frankfurt
Recording date: 1994
Recording location: Europe (Birmingham & Sheffield?)
Produced by: Phil Collins & Robert Colby
Performed by: Phil Collins & The Indescribable Din
First official release: 25th April 1995 - Phil Collins Live From The Board - Official Bootleg (JAP CDS//WEA WPCR-256)
Best available source: Phil Collins Live From The Board - Official Bootleg (EU CDS//WEA 4509-99789-2)
*Best available source: Phil Collins Love Songs: A Compilation...Old and New (EU 2CD//Atlantic 2564 61884-2)






Only You Know And I Know (Live) [live 1994]

(Phil Collins/Daryl Stuermer) (4:52)
Recording location: Europe
*First official release/Best available audio source: 15th April 2016 - Phil Collins No Jacket Required [2016 remaster] (2CD//Atlantic R2 551813)






Everyday (Live) [live 1994]*

(Phil Collins) (6:03)

Can't Turn Back The Years (Live) [live 1994]**

(Phil Collins) (6:54)

Survivors (Live) [live 1994]**

(Phil Collins) (6:42)

Both Sides Of The Story (Live) [live 1994]**

(Phil Collins) (8:11)
Recording date: *1994, *29th November 1994, **13th December 1994, *G-Mex Centre/Manchester, **Wembley Arena/London
Produced by:
Performed by: Phil Collins & The Indescribable Din
*/**First official release/Best available audio source: 29th January 2016 - Phil Collins Both Sides [2016 remaster] (2CD//Atlantic PCCD93)

As is already the tradition at Phil Collins concerts, cover songs will also be included in the set list on this tour, although with the exception of the Motown classic My Girl, they will not find a place on official recordings. The originals are by Fred Astaire, Paul Brady, Bob Dylan and the Temptations.







The Way You Look Tonight [live 1994]

(Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields) (2:51)
First known performance date on this tour: 1st April 1994 - Prins van Oranje Hal/Utrecht
First official release: ---
Best available source: Bootleg - Phil Collins Prins van Oranje Hal Utrecht (2CD-r//)
Recording date: 1st October 1994 (Audience)
Recording location: Prins van Oranje Hal/Utrecht
Produced by: ?
Performed by: Phil Collins & The Indescribable Din






Helpless Heart [live 1994/95]

(Paul Brady) (4:15)
First known performance date: 4th April 1994 - The Globe/Stockholm
First official release: ---
Best available source: Bootleg - Phil Collins Both Sides Of South Africa (DVD//---)
Recording date: 4th April 1995
Recording location: TV studio for Ray Martin Presents: Phil Collins, Australia
Produced by: ?
Performed by: Phil Collins & Brad Cole






Knocking On Heaven's Door [live 1994/95]

(Bob Dylan) (7:19)
First known performance date: 27th September 1994 - Festhallle/Frankfurt
First official release: ---
Best available source: Bootleg - Phil Collins Far Side Of Argentina (2CD//---)
Recording date: 24th April 1995 (Pre-FM)
Recording location: Estadio River Plate/Buenos Aires
Produced by: ?
Performed by: Phil Collins & The Indescribable Din






Get Ready [live 1994/95]

(Smokey Robinson) (3:33)
First known performance date on this tour: 3rd October 1994 - National Exhibition Centre/Birmingham
First official release: ---
Best available source: Bootleg - Phil Collins In The Centre Of The Storm (2CD//The West Side TWS04)
Recording date: 29th November 1994 (Soundboard)
Recording location: G-Mex Centre/Manchester
Produced by: ?
Performed by: Phil Collins & The Indescribable Din

After a three-week break from touring in the summer of '94, Phil and his band are guests on the legendary MTV Unplugged series at the end of August, for whose live performance in the London TV studio the songs played are rearranged to be suitable for acoustics. From the one-hour broadcast, only two songs will officially end up on Collins releases..







Both Sides Of The Story (MTV Europe Unplugged) *

(Phil Collins) (5:20)

In The Air Tonight (MTV Europe Unplugged) **

(Phil Collins) (5:04)
Recording date: 30th August 1994
Recording location: Fountain Studios Wembley/London
Produced by: Phil Collins & Paul Gomersall
Performed by: Phil Collins & The Indescribable Din
*/**First official release: 3rd Februar 1997 - Phil Collins No Matter Who... (EU CDS//Face Value Records 0630-17806-2)
*Best available source: Phil Collins Both Sides [2016 remaster] (2CD//Atlantic PCCD93)
**Best available source: Phil Collins No Matter Who... (EU CDS//Face Value Records 0630-17806-2)

Part of the concert is the cover version of a Beatles classic, played only here...







Lady Madonna [MTV Europe Unplugged]

(John Lennon/Paul McCartney) ()
First official release: ---
Best available source: Bootleg - Phil Collins MTV Unplugged (DVD//Epping Forest EFDVDPC12)


At some point during the year, Phil Collins also finds time to share vocals with the legendary vocal acrobats of The Manhattan Transfer on a cover version of a 1969 Motown classic by Marvin Gaye, produced by Atlantic boss Arif Mardin..







Too Busy Thinking About My Baby [The Manhattan Transfer version]

(Norman Whitfield/Barrett Strong/Janie Bradford) (4:44)
Recording date: 1994
Recording location: Conway Studios/Hollywood, Record One/Sherman Oaks, Right Track Recording/NYC, The Hit Factory/NYC, The Power Station/NYC, Unique Recording Studios/NYC, Crescent Moon Studios/Miami, Mountain Studios/Montreux
Produced by: Arif Mardin
Performed by: The Manhattan Transfer feat. Phil Collins (Vocals), Joe Mardin, Paul Jackson Jr., Neil Stubenhaus a.o.
First official release/Best available source: 24th January 1995 - The Manhattan Transfer Tonin' (US CD//Atlantic 82661-2)

1995

After a 3-month break, the tour activities surprisingly go into another round in the new year. Now under the tour motto Far Side Of The World, from mid-March to mid-May, the troupe will rattle through numerous countries that are often left out of tours: South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Peru, China, Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines..

Some of the concerts from this final leg of the tour were broadcast live by TV channels, excerpts of which would be streamed on the official Phil Collins fan club website for a while 15 years later. The tracks from Live In Bankok are from 27.03.1995 from the Thai Army Stadium, a concert that interestingly took place without guitarist Daryl Stuermer: Don't Lose My Number, I Wish It Would Rain Down, A Groovy Kind Of Love, Both Sides Of The Story, Hang In Long Enough, Easy Lover, Something Happened On The Way To Heaven, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Two Hearts, Against All Odds. Live In Peru contains more tracks from the concert at the Estadio Nacional in Lima on 25.04.1995: I Don't Care Anymore, Everyday, Another Day In Paradise, One More Night, We Wait And We Wonder, In The Air Tonight, Find A Way To My Heart, Only You Know And I Know, Sussudio, You Can't Hurry Love, Take Me Home.

During the tour-free period of the year, Phil also curiously sings a new rendition of one of his own songs by Fourplay, the jazz/fusion band of his current touring bassist Nathan East







Why Can't It Wait Till Morning [Fourplay version]

(Phil Collins) (5:17)
Recording date: 1995?
Recording location: Sunset Sound/Hollywood, Remidi Studios/Ardsley-on-Hudson & Darp Studios/Atlanta, Masong Studios/Los Angeles, Starlight Studios/Malibu
Produced by: Fourplay
Performed by: Fourplay* feat. Phil Collins (Vocals), *Nathan East, Lee Ritenour, Bob James & Harvey Mason
First official release: 25th August 1995 - Fourplay Elixir (US CD//Warner Bros. 9 45922-2)
Best available source: Phil Collins Plays Well With Others [2018 remasters] (4CD//Atlantic 0081227942052)






Why Can't It Wait Till Morning (Remix) [Fourplay version]

(Phil Collins) (4:00)
Remix date: 1997
Remixed by: Dan Shea & Paul Brown
First official release: 24th June 1997 - Fourplay The Best Of Fourplay (US CD//Warner Bros. 9 46661-2)
Best available source: Fourplay The Best Of Fourplay [2020 remaster] (24Bit/44.1kHz HiRes Download//Cherry Red Records)

While fans already assume that Phil Collins is back in the studio with Genesis after the end of the tour, this end of the tour is in many ways also the finale of a great chapter. During the past months, not only did his marriage to Jill Tavelman, which had been in tatters since 1992, finally break up, but Phil also fell in love with a young Swiss woman named Orianne Cevey, with whom he wants to start a new chapter immediately after the tour in Switzerland. This step also confirms his decision to leave Genesis, which he had already made in 1993, and which he now wants to announce personally to his band members...





Author / Research: Steffen Gerlach
Editors: Ulrich Klemt, Christian Gerhardts

Special thanks to Phil Morris for his input!

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