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Certified 5 times platinum by the RIAA 4/99
The beginning of Phil Collins's massively successful solo career coincided with the discord in his first marriage, turning Face Value into a compelling churn of emotions, from the utter disgust of "In the Air Tonight" (where Collins dryly comments, "If you told me you were drowning / I would not lend a hand") to the delight he feels in exploring a new relationship ("This Must Be Love"). Collins's thundering drums and punchy horn arrangements--a close approximation of Earth, Wind & Fire's sound, actually--clicked with the public, turning "I Missed Again" and "In the Air Tonight" into Top 20 singles and launching Collins's career as one of the biggest and most unlikely stars of the '80s. --Daniel Durchholz
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Add to the issue is that the liner notes on this and Both Sides are duplicated for half of the liner notes [the remainder is specific to that album].
There is no mention of where the live tracks were recorded.
Finally why throw in a demo track in between live tracks instead of with the other demos.
The album opens with "In the Air Tonight", a piece which has staying power as we near 30 years later, and with no end in sight, nor would one expect there to be. It is a simple piece, and yet masterful in the way it is executed. I suppose it didn't hurt that it spawned an urban legend about its origins either, but it would still be with us even if that had not happened. Next up is "This Must be Love", a nice pleasant piece but one which is easily forgotten after the opener. Next comes an odd choice as Phil chooses to cover "Behind the Lines", a Genesis song which had originally been released less than a year before on the "Duke" album. It is a different version, but it seems like a strange thing to do. "The Roof Is Leaking" is the next track, a nice track which has a different feel than the first pieces, with Phil on piano, and it blends well into two instrumentals (though with voices as instruments) called "Droned" and "Hand in Hand", which closes out the first half of the album.
"I Missed Again" opens the second half of the album, once again a decent piece but not a classic, which made the top 20 as a single.Read more ›
I bought this as an LP when it first came out, and have now bought it as part of the new 3CD pack released in 2004 that is excellent value. I must admit I hadn't played the album for 20 years, and it really takes me back. In 2001, his stock was really high: he had been a fantastic vocal replacement for Peter Gabriel in Genesis, and he had won critical acclaim for his spare-time band, the jazz-rock specialists Brand X. So what if he did the odd cover of a Motown hit, or did the occasional pop video? It just added to the fun, and potentially seemed capable of bringing a mainstream audience to jazz-rock.
People coming to 'Face Value' for the first time may wonder what the dominant style is, 'In the Air Tonight' apart. And the answer is jazz-rock. Well, one band in particular: Weather Report. Listeners are strongly advised to buy that band's 'Heavy Weather' and 'Black Market'. (It is no coincidence that Genesis's concert drummer was Chester Thompson, who had also played drums on 'Black Market', nor that the bassist on that album was Al Johnson, who also plays on 'Face Value'.) Basically, 'Face Value' was a popularised version of Weather Report, updated with vocals and drum machines.Read more ›
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This was the first record Phil Collins made after his wife left him and was a big hit at the time and still it with me...recommend for old and new fans cd does not disappointPublished 1 month ago by M. Anderson
...and clearly has not listened to any of the Collins albums he has commented on. The fact that he credits The Temptations with penning Wish it Would Rain Down is proof enough that... Read morePublished on July 16 2010 by B. Toker
Phils reliance on the drum mashine after the Genesis album And Then There Were Three weakened his ability as a drummer thereafter. Here he plays very simplistically. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Brian Ogilby
This solo Debut album from one of the world's best singers is what brought him to the front seat of the American charts and for many reasons: This album is magnificent. Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by Distant Voyageur
Phil should have Never gotten out from behind his drum kit!
This CD is a horrible collection of maudlin sappy pop babble.
Phil's only talent is as a competent drummer. Read more
Although it's not his first album outside of Genesis(that honor belongs to Brand X), Phil Collinss became the underdog with this album. Read morePublished on April 7 2004
How bad it should have been to sit hidden behind the drums while front man Peter Gabriel clowned around in his daisy-flowerish costumes, only Collins knows. Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by Big Kahuna
It is just so hard to really imagine it, when a artist debuts on the Billboard scene and the music scene, they really do it for a specific reason. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by Michael Kerner