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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.
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.
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!Read more ›
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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By far, absolutely his best solo album. So many textures and moods. Never fails to cheer me.Published 3 months ago by anglophile
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 7 months 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
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 morePublished on May 22 2009 by Dave_42
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
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. Read morePublished on June 4 2004 by Gavin Wilson
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