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Face Value

Phil Collins Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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1. In The Air Tonight
2. This Must Be Love
3. Behind The Lines
4. The Roof Is Leaking
5. Droned
6. Hand In Hand
7. I Missed Again
8. You Know What I Mean
9. Thunder And Lightning
10. I'm Not Moving
11. If Leaving Me Is Easy
12. Tomorrow Never Knows

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Phil Collins' first proper solo album Face Value was released in February of 1981. Phil was the last member of the band to do a proper solo album(the Brand X albums were a collaboration of sorts). When Face Value hit the streets, people were in awe over the excellent production(Phil co-produced with Hugh Padgham) and engineering of Hugh and were immediately aware that this album was a collection of letters to his wife whom left him. Also, the album had a collage of musical styles(Genesis to Motown to jazz to funk to soft rock to regular rock to art rock). The opening Top 20 hit In the Air Tonight was a classic that used the metaphor of a drowning man as the demise of his divorce. The track, like all the others features Phil's superb vocals and drumming but also showed he could play keyboards and write great songs. He wrote ten of the album's twelve tracks himself. I Missed Again was the album's other Top 20 hit and is another highlight featuring the Earth Wind and Fire horn section giving this track a Motown feel. This Must Be Love is an optimistic song about Phil rebounding from the demise of his first marriage to find peace with a new love in his life. The Roof is Leaking is a great country blues number with some killer slide guitar from Joe Partridge(although Clapton did play on an earlier take with the dobro) and banjo from Genesis touring guitarist/bassist Daryl Steurmer. The two instrumentals Droned and Hand in Hand are superb as well. My favorite track on the album is the ballad If Leaving Me is Easy which is a very sad song and will bring a tear to your eye after listening to the lyrics and the melody and orchestrations on the track. If this doesn't do the trick then you either are insensitive or a robot. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best of his solo work June 4 2004
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Phil Collins' reputation has suffered substantially over the past twenty years. He may not have been mentioned by either David Brent or Alan Partridge, but it feels like it. Many Genesis fans haven't quite forgiven him for admitting that, before the 'We Can't Dance' album, the band deliberately decided to "sell out", in his words. Maybe it was the rapid drift towards MOR in his solo albums, the chain of failed marriages, or simple jealousy of his money-making, but the critics have not been kind to our Phil in recent years.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full Face Value. April 7 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Although it's not his first album outside of Genesis(that honor belongs to Brand X), Phil Collinss became the underdog with this album. It starts out with the dark, moody, smash single In The Air Tonight. This is one of my favorite songs that gets better on each live tour. To me, the main themes of this song are:Divorce, A Witnessed Murder, and the end of the world. This Must Be Love is an enjoyable and surprisingly-percussioned themed song that features Stephen Bishop on backing vocals. The next track is Behind the Lines, a remake of the opening track on the Genesis album Duke. It's a decent song, but the Phoenix Horns(who, btw, I just love!) kind of give a cheesy feel. Oh well. The Roof Is Leaking is a very sad song about a poor single father, though the banjo in the course. gives it somewhat of an optimistic nature. Droned is an interesting insturmental. My only problem with it is that just as soon as it begins to really take off, it ends. Hand in Hand is just beautiful. If you enjoyed just wait until you listen to it live. It's an excellent stage opener! I Missed Again is a great jazzy piece with a very funny video! This is certainly one of his most underrated songs. After that, the quality falls a little bit. But this is well worth money, and if you are new to Phil's music, I'd suggest you start here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Serious, But Not Easily Open Jan. 29 2004
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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. For Phil Collins, he seemed to do it for all the way to the beginning of what seemed like the end of his life. His first marriage ended and he just didn't know how to become as a solo act. That truly was the case for his debut, and a symbol as a star away from Genesis. He ultimately knew he had to start his way to the top, but also reflect on love and life. He ultimately though at one point that he really wasn't actually good with knowing how to use words and he would just falter in the process. Anyway, that actually happened with Phil, and that childish feel, became a remarkable, but a fair debut for his own, and thensome.
His 1981 solo debut, Face Value, consists of some of his surprising but a little dark feel with his solo effort. The songs truly arranged very nicely, but it just wasn't as serious as Phil seemed to start. His later albums did better than this one did. Still, there are just some great songs like the spooky and dark, In The Air Tonight, which was the primary focused song on Phil Collins's first divorce, as well as other songs like This Must Be Love, and the incredibly upbeat and lively song, I Missed Again. This song includes some great songs including Tomorrow Never Knows, and the deep song, Droned. Although the songs are great, they just could use some more to them.
Although this was Phil's first actual debut as a solo act, it just isn't his best. I suggest you get his later records first, including the Grammy-Winning album, No Jacket Required, or the soulful, Both Sides. This one is not the first, but a very strong debut for a sensation from the serious side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Ogilby has not heard this album ...
...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 more
Published on July 16 2010 by B. Toker
4.0 out of 5 stars Phil's First Solo Effort
Phil Collins has had an interesting career. Coming in for Genesis' third album to be the drummer, he then went on to become the lead vocalist after Peter Gabriel left. Read more
Published on May 22 2009 by Dave_42
1.0 out of 5 stars Very bad
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 more
Published on June 21 2004 by Brian Ogilby
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
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 more
Published on May 21 2004 by Distant Voyageur
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic Singer Should Have Stayed Behind The Drums!
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
Published on May 6 2004 by John Cleary
4.0 out of 5 stars Phil shows what he's worth
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 more
Published on April 7 2004 by Big Kahuna
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a first try, but not great either
Face Value (1981.) Phil Collins' first solo album
In the seventies, Phil Collins began to make a name for himself as the drummer of the classic rock group Genesis. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by Rocker_Man
5.0 out of 5 stars In the air of the night.
This cd has one of the best songs ever on it. If you are thinking of buying this album you obviously now about in the air of the night. But have you heard the remix with tupac. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2003 by "steelcase2"
5.0 out of 5 stars Phil's First & Still The Best
1981's "Face Value" was Phil Collins' very first solo album, and it still remains his best. Read more
Published on June 29 2003 by Alan Caylow
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