|Phil Collins' ascent to the status of one of the most successful pop singers of the '80s and beyond was probably as much of a surprise to him as it was to many others. He got his first break in music at the end of his teens, when he was chosen to be a replacement drummer in Genesis in 1970. When Peter Gabriel left in 1974 the band auditioned 400 singers without success, before deciding to let Collins have a go. The result was a gradual simplifying of Genesis' sound and an increasing focus on Collins' expressive, throaty voice. His debut solo album Face Value turned out to be a bigger hit than any Genesis album. During the '80s, Collins balanced his continuing solo work with Genesis with enormous success. In 1995, he announced that he was leaving Genesis permanently and has since been concentrating more and more on writing soundtracks for movies and his love of big band music. With such a divers array of music to choose from there is no shortage of back catalogue rarities, amazing memorabilia and quality collectibles all available right here in our specialist Phil Collins collectors store.