Brand X was one of the most commercially successful of the UK jazz rock groups of the late 70s and early 80s. Moroccan Roll reached number 37 in the UK album chart in May 1977 while Is There Anything About crept in at number 93 in September 1982. The original line-up of the band comprised John Goodsall (guitar), Robin Lumley (keyboards), Percy Jones (bass, ex-Liverpool Scene) and Phil Collins (Philip David Charles Collins, 30 January 1951, Chiswick, London, England; drums), with Presto Heyman (percussion) helping out on their very first recordings made prior to the release of 1976s Unorthodox Behaviour. This was the band that Collins considered second only to Weather Report. There were similarities, especially in that each group of musicians had great technical ability and a desire to play popular music, but Brand Xs individuality shone through in their compositions. They produced sharp arrangements of appealing melodies, often with a gangling...
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