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  • Audio CD (May 16 1985)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IHQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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1. Sussudio
2. Only You Know And I Know
3. Long Long Way To Go
4. I Don't Wanna Know
5. One More Night
6. Don't Lose My Number
7. Who Said I Would
8. Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore
9. Inside Out
10. Take Me Home
11. We Said Hello Goodbye

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No Jacket Required was 1985's Grammy winner for Album of the Year. Certified Multi-Platinum (12 times) by the RIAA. (2/01)


By the time he released his third solo album, Phil Collins had become a near-ubiquitous presence on the radio, thanks to his increasingly mainstream work with Genesis, his own chart hits, and his indelible production stamp on other artists' albums. No Jacket Required did nothing to stem the tide of all-Phil-all-the-time playlists--which is fine, considering that overall, it's likely his best solo effort, ranging from the engaging rockers "I Don't Wanna Know," "Don't Lose My Number," and the silly Prince rewrite "Sussudio" to heartfelt ballads such as "One More Night" and "Long Long Way to Go," which features a vocal cameo by the (at the time) equally omnipresent Sting. --Daniel Durchholz

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On January 25, 1985, Phil Collins released "No Jacket Required", perhaps the best of his solo work. As has been talked about many times, the title of the album refers to an incident where Phil was denied admittance to an establishment (The Pump Room in Chicago) because of his attire. This has some of Phil's best known work, and in many ways some of the most contrasting work he has ever done. There are songs on here which people don't like mixed in with people's favorites. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1985.

The album opens with "Sussudio", a rather unlikely single and hit, and yet it managed to reach number one in the U.S. What I remember most about the song is the way David Letterman used to make fun of it. The song isn't one I care for much, but it obviously had great appeal to a large number of listeners. "Only You Know and I Know" is next, a more likeable track for me, and one of three for which Daryl Stuermer wrote the music. "Long Long Way to Go" is a song which has Sting providing backing vocals and his voice works well with Phil's. I don't really care for the somewhat gimmicky end, but all in all it is a pretty good piece. "I Don't Wanna Know" is a more lively piece at just the right time. This is the second of the pieces where the Stuermer wrote the music and Phil provided the lyrics. "One More Night" is one of those songs which the critics panned but Phil's fans like. It made it to number one in the U.S., and while clearly not the deepest lyric or most complex piece, it does provide a nice ending to the first half of the album.

"Don't Lose My Number" is a high energy piece to open the second half of the album.
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Phil Colins is, without a doubt, one of the finest singer/songwriters of recent years (not bad for a drummer, huh?) His talent was born while still in Genesis after Peter Gabriel ditched the band. Since then, he's lead the group into commercial success and then began a career as a best selling solo artist. No Jacket Required was released in 1985 in the midst of the pop frenzy of that era and the music video television madness. Phil was no stranger to pop/rock radio stations and MTV; he offered them a popsicle named Sussudio and that was that for the star. The rest of the hits came rushing behind; the groovy One More Night, the rock epic Take Me Home and the fantastic Don't Lose My Number, which spawned an unforgettable music video. However some other tracks that did not get commercial appeal are as equally good; the smooth low key Long Long Way To Go, which features obvious backing vocals by Sting, remains one of my personal favorites from No Jacket Required, Inside Out and We Said Hello Goodbye (Don't Look Back) which was originally featured as a B-side to the Don't Lose My Number single.
Phil went on to release better and more mature work with the Grammy winning But Seriously four years later. His career in the 90's fell short but still maintained good songs here and there; the early millennium saw Phil Collins return to form with groundbreaking productions, and Academy awards. However, No Jacket Required remains to be the album that sold the most copies and is most adored by his fans.
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Phil Collins strikes back here after a bit cheesy first two albums with amazing pop album "No jacket required".yes,"Sussudio","One more night" or "Take me home" are classics.if you think that Phil is a funny hair-loose guy making shallow dance hits then you are wrong.the true is that many of his hits sound naive but is there anybody who won't apreciate the amazing duet with sting ("Long long way to go") or dark social commentry in "doesn't anybody stay together anymore?".in my opinion the album is amazing.
propably the most funny track here is "Don't you loose my numnber" - propably one of my Phil's favourite tracks.in here we have all that we used to call cheesy in eighties.pathetic guiar solo,raw beat,some amusing synths and mysterious lyrics (who is billy and why he's running?)...great song.
well,"No jacket required" remains one of Phil's biggest succes and still it sounds joyfull and interesting.the pop songs with some more depth beneath.a great gift for any eighties fan or for you,who want to feel the taste of eighties without embarrasment.
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I still find this record (15 yrs later) very difficult to listen to, yes it's simply overflowing with smash radio hits and a few Grammy's just to make sure we know we're supposed to buy it, wow that must mean it's a great record (right) because the industry force fed it to us and threw millions of dollars at it's marketing and distribution. This album is like McDonalds or Coca-Cola, there is nothing wrong with it, in fact like both of the items I've mentioned (McDonalds & Coke) it's perfectly acceptable mass appeal product, and should be regarded as such. There is no reason to write a food review of a Big Mac and explain how brilliant it is, we all know what it is and what to expect and the same goes with the majority of Phil Collins albums, stand in line place your order and know what to expect.
Question: Why does he always have his face on the cover, I think he's got 5 or 6 albums with tight head shots (weird) it's funny how all his albums kinda look the same (and sound just like they look) very much the same.
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