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Face Value

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 31 1984)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I8D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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There has been a lot of complaining about the deluxe edition that came out in 2016. Part of the complaint was that Phil decided to leave off a bunch of demos, studio tracks and others in favor of throwing in some live tracks on the second CD. In addition, the second CD isn't even a full CD - clocking in over 60 minutes but way less than 80 minutes.
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.
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When comparing side-by-side with the originals you can definitely notice that the drums are more present and they have more depth.

For the most part I'm not a huge fan of live versions so the second cd did not appeal to me as much, however there are a few demo tracks included which provide you with some insight as to Phil's creative process in reaching the end product.
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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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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. His popularity would skyrocket when vocalist Peter Gabriel left the band, and he would take over the band's vacant lead vocalist position. For several years, he released excellent songs with Genesis, but in 1981, he did something unexpected - he released a solo album (he was still a part of Genesis, though.) How does Phil's first solo effort, Face Value, measure up? Read on, and find out.
Phil starts his first solo album off with what would go on to become one of the most popular songs he ever did lead vocals on - In The Air Tonight. This is an excellent track that is worthy of its high reputation (in my area, this song gets more radio play than most other songs do.) Although Phil starts strong, he starts slipping as early as track two. If you were expecting twelve songs, all in the vain of In The Air Tonight, you're going to be disappointed. Most of these songs feature Phil attempting a jazz/rhythm and blues style, and for the most part, these songs just fall flat when compared to his Genesis material. Many of them are comparable to a post-eighties Michael Bolton, and that isn't a good thing. Still, these songs aren't terrible - you'll find many of them to be quite pleasing if you have an open mind. Mr. Collins redeems himself with the album's final track, a cover of the Beatles classic Tomorrow Never Knows. The "echoed voice" technique that worked so well for John Lennon fifteen years before works wonders for Phil. It's interesting that Phil would do an album with many jazz-styled songs, and then cover a song written by John Lennon - the man who once referred to jazz as sh*t music!
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"Face Value" remains the freshest, if not quite the best, music Phil Collins has made solo. Bringing his prog-rock and jazz drumming technique along, adding a newly-found gift for balladry and R&B, Collins blueprints the style that made him a music/film/TV star for the next 20 years.
The Earth, Wind, & Fire horns, poured like catsup over future Collins sets, are peppered over tracks like "Thunder and Lightning," the Count Basie-ish remake of "Behind The Lines" and the instrumental "Hand In Hand." Two elegant, bitter ballads, "You Know What I Mean" and "If Leaving Me Is Easy" (later covered by the Isley Brothers), establish an approach to the style that Collins would later charge on like a platinum MasterCard.
Now a concert highlight, urban legend, and commercial jingle, "In The Air Tonight" is to Collins what "My Way" was to Sinatra or "Thanks For The Memories" to Bob Hope: a summary of public image rather than a musical statement. Heard again atop the stark, spare songs here, it regains context and power even as you air drum along. The more appropriate song that provides a signpost for Collins' career is the last, a tumbling, trippy remake of the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows," closed at the fade with a verse of "Over The Rainbow." A prog-rock standard crossed with schmaltzy movie music -- now THAT's Phil Collins at face value. Recommended.
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