Love Songs: A Compilation...Old and New

Phil Collins

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Love Songs: A Compilation...Old and New Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Released on Rhino/Atlantic/Face Value Records in the fall of 2004, Love Songs is a good idea executed poorly. Since Phil Collins is known for his romantic hit ballads, the idea to have all of these hits on one disc is appealing. That's not what Love Songs is -- as the subtitle A Compilation...Old and New suggests, it has grander ambitions than that. It spans two discs, adding several new songs, rarities, and live recordings into the mix, sometimes substituting alternate versions for the hit version (as on a live version of "Separate Lives" and a rehearsal take, of all things, for "True Colors"). While the low-key, romantic atmosphere is more or less kept throughout the 25 songs, the preponderance of unfamiliar material and sheer length makes this a less than ideal make-out record. This is one case when less would have been more.

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