Personnel includes: Phil Collins, Daryl Steurmer, Brad Cole, Chester Thompson, Lee Sklar, The Phoenix Horns, Bridgette Bryant
Recorded at various locations during Phil Collins' Serious Tour 1990.'
Recorded during the US tour for his fourth solo album, 1989's BUT SERIOUSLY, 1990's SERIOUS HITS...LIVE! is Phil Collins' first solo live album. True to its title, the album functions neatly as a live greatest hits summation; indeed, Collins' band, featuring longtime guitar sideman Darryl Steurmer, is so impeccably rehearsed that at times it's difficult to tell the difference between these recordings and the original studio versions.
Highlights include a solo piano rendition of "In the Air Tonight" that's nearly as thick with dread and atmosphere as the original, and a hypnotic, extended version of the Peter Gabriel-like "Take Me Home." If you're a Phil Collins fan, SERIOUS HITS...LIVE! is a pleasant diversion.
Q (1/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent "...an excellent live album for Phil Collins fans everywhere to come out of the closet and...look proud!"