The second era is the focus of this collection. After Gabriel left the band in 1976 following the release of "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway", Phil Collins took over as lead singer. Gradually, the songs became shorter, the arrangements more suited to popular music and radio airplay, hence more and more, singles were released. The first big hit was "Follow You, Follow Me", a simple and pretty love song off of the album "...And Then There Were Three..". This was the first album after the departure of guitarist Hackett; aside from "I Know What I Like", all guitar work on this collection is done by Mike Rutherford. He and keyboardist Tony Banks were in every incarnation of the group, and appear on all tracks.
The popularity of the band continued to grow, with his such as "Misunderstanding", "Abacab" and another concert staple, "Turn It On Again". The band's reputation was solidified by their self-titled album, which included the country-inspired "That's All" and "Mama", an epic prog-pop crossover that featured Collins' evil cackle, and a slow build to a thunderous crash of drums, reminiscent of Collins' own but "In The Air Tonight". Not here is the racially insensitive "Illegal Alien", a minor hit from the same album.
But the band truly became a supergroup with the release of "Invisible Touch", whose single of the same name was their only number one hit. Four other songs were top 10 hits, all included here, including "Land of Confusion". Five years later, they followed up with Collins' last studio album with the band. It spawned four top 20 hits, ranging from the domestic abuse basis of "No Soon of Mine" to the tongue in cheek "I Can't Dance", a send-up of supermodels.
The band attempted to carry on with Ray Wilson as lead singer, but the album didn't fare well. "Congo" is Wilson's sole entry in the collection. The final track, recorded after that final studio album, is a recording of a track from "Lamb", "Carpet Crawlers". It's notable because Gabriel did some of the lead vocals, sharing duties with Collins for an anniversary collection. Wilson recorded vocals as well, but his parts were not included in the release of the track.
This collection is basically a look at the Phil Collins era, with a couple minor exceptions. If you are a fan of the later period of the band, this will be a nice, if unsurprising collection of hits. There are more complete collections, sets which span the entire history of the band, but this is an accessible jumping-on point for casual fans of the band.