Phil Collins’ Disappointment About George Harrison
Genesis icon Phil Collins knew from an early age that his love for the stage and music would accompany him for the rest of his life. He developed a great interest in drums and played every chance he could to improve his drumming skills. Yet, his first encounters with the stage came when he acted in a few roles. Later, Collins returned to his true passion, music, and played in several bands like the Cliff Charles’ Blues Band and Flaming Youth, giving him his first recording deal.
He toured all around the world during his tenure in these bands and gained some stage experience that would help him a lot in the coming successful years. In Flaming Youth, the drummer also had a chance to record a studio album titled ‘Ark 2.’ Later, the band broke up in early 1970. Still, Phil Collins got a significant opportunity right after George Harrison wanted him to participate in his third studio album, ‘All Things Must Pass.’ However, things didn’t go as Collins expected.
What Did Phil Collins Say About George Harrison?
After the breakup of the Beatles, George Harrison was looking for his options like the other band members. He was determined to pursue his professional music career and preferred to go on a solo journey rather than forming another band. Thus, he started to work on his first post-Beatles album, ‘All Things Must Pass,’ released in November 1970.
For the recording sessions of the album, some prominent musicians such as Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Gary Wright, Ginger Baker, and many others helped Harrison. Phil Collins was also one of the names George Harrison had in his mind. So, he requested his managers to contact the drummer and ask whether he would want to take part in his solo album.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Collins said he accepted the offer and immediately took a taxi to the studio. They wanted him to play congas for the song, ‘Art of Dying,’ and he was finished then. However, when the album was released, the drummer realized they preferred to use a different version than his. He didn’t get any credit on the album, which disappointed the rocker about George Harrison. Yet, he was later given credit on the 30th-anniversary reissue of the album, although his playing still didn’t appear on the track.
Here is how Phil Collins recalled the recording session:
“One night, our managers called me and said, ‘You want to go down to Abbey Road?’ I said, ‘I’m a bit busy. I’ve just had a bath.’ And they said, ‘Well, it’s for George Harrison.’ I went, ‘I’ll get a cab.’ I walked in, and there was Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Phil Spector, Klaus Voorman, Badfinger, Pete Drake, Mal Evans, and George. Spector was introduced in this brusque way.
He was like, ‘Who is this young guy thinks he can play with the Beatles?’ They wanted me to play congas. After 90 minutes, I had blood blisters. They took a break, and then Ringo’s chauffeur came and said, ‘You’re finished.’ When ‘All Things Must Pass’ came out, I looked through the credits, and there was no mention of me. They used a different version of the song.”
You can listen to the album below.