Phil Collins' frontman talents lay dormant for many years when he was the drummer for prog-rockers Genesis, taking a back seat to Peter Gabriel. When Gabriel quit in 1975, Collins stepped out from behind the drums and made Genesis a hit-making machine. In 1981, he recorded his debut solo album Face Value, which turned out to be a bigger hit than any Genesis album. It concentrated on Collins' voice, often in stark, haunting contexts such as the piano-and-drum dirge "In the Air Tonight." Collins balanced his continuing solo work with Genesis with enormous success, until he became a full-time solo artist.
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