“The Way We Walk: Volume One” is basically a greatest hits live album. The opening track is “Land of Confusion”, one of their most popular hits. This is one of their strongest rock songs, with a biting guitar riff repeated throughout. The album closes with three of the other four single releases from “Invisible Touch”, including the soft ballad “In Too Deep”, “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” and the title track from that album. On the last several tours with the Collins/Banks/Rutherford lineup, the last two always went together, with “Tonight” fading into “Invisible Touch”. “Tonight” is an interesting case, the album version contains a long instrumental section that was mostly edited out for release as a single; the performance here is of the shorter version, still a good song, but fans of the progressive side of the band will be disappointed by the edit. “Invisible Touch” is an excellent choice for the end of the album, as it usually closed the main performance. It’s a high-energy song that builds to a crashing crescendo, ending the show on very high note.
“In Too Deep” and two other songs on this album were not taken from the “Way We Walk” tour, but rather from the “Invisible Touch” tour, six years earlier. Most fans likely won’t notice much difference, but Collins' voice is a bit deeper in the newer tracks. The others from the “Invisible Touch” tour are “That’s All” and “Mama”, the two big hits from their self-titled album. “Mama” is a darkly intense tune, strongly punctuated by Collins’ vocals. A song of similar musical structure, but completely opposite tone is “I Can’t Dance”. This song plays more to Collins personality, a much more upbeat and lighthearted feel over a simple but strong guitar riff.
Collins has always been a consummate performer, and always manages to capture his audience. The band are all masters of their craft, and play with incredible precision and energy. The main complaint about this album would be that the songs are kept so short, they don’t really get a chance to show what they can do. But the point of the album is to bring their live performances to as many as possible. The band delivers on all their songs here; perhaps the tone is a bit uneven, as most songs come from different shows, even from different tours, but as a live greatest hits album this certainly gives the audience what they want.