The title for this album comes from the original world release, which contained three sides of live material from the band’s 1981–82 tour, and a fourth side of studio tracks, three of which formed the British 3X3 EP (“Paperlate”, “You Might Recall” and “Me and Virgil”) and two B-sides from the Duke sessions (“Open Door” and “Evidence of Autumn”). The studio side is no longer issued as part of the album. Only the UK release featured a fourth live side instead, consisting of performances recorded during previous tours.
Upon its mid-1982 release, Three Sides Live reached No.2 in the UK and No.10 in the U.S.
In this conversation with drummer Phil Collins he talks about the reasons for releasing the album where the recordings were recorded. In addition, Collins talks about filling Peter Gabriel’s shoes when he left the band and how he manages to write, record and perform with Genesis, record his own solo albums along with recording, producing and playing on other peoples albums including Led Zeppelins’ Robert Plant, Procul Harem’s Garry Brooker and Frida from Abba.