Running of Three
Label: Charisma Catalogue
In the mid-1970s, Phil Collins played the drums constantly. In addition to his innovative work in Genesis, he lent his skills to the likes of Brian Eno, as well as several other like-minded art-rockers. He also served time in Brand X, a skillful fusion ensemble that fell somewhere between Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra. The group's debut album, 1976's Unorthodox Behaviour, is their best by far. One of its highlights is the rhythmic interplay between Collins and bassist Percy Jones, who goes fretless. The pair's ability to steer melody and groove simultaneously is a joy to soak up.