Face Value [Deluxe Edition]

Face Value [Deluxe Edition]

by Phil Collins

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Overview

Phil Collins' first solo album, 1981's Face Value, was a long time coming, but it proved worth the wait, both for the Genesis drummer/vocalist himself and fans of thoughtful, emotionally charged pop. He'd been wrestling with the idea of doing a solo record for years, finding great inspiration in the pain caused by an impending divorce and craving artistic independence after years of collaboration. Many of the songs ended up on Genesis' 1980 album Duke -- and "Against All Odds" was pocketed for later use -- but he kept enough to make an album that stands as a classic moment of '80s pop
ock. Collins produced the album himself and played keyboards and drums, calling in friends and the Earth, Wind & Fire horns to fill out the songs. Kicking off with the bitter anthem "In the Air Tonight," rightly considered one of the great heartbreak songs of all time, the album alternates between moody ballads and bouncily soulful tracks that try to put a smile on the pain. On the quieter songs like "If Leaving Me Is Easy," Collins' wracked vocals leave no doubt that he's not sugarcoating his emotional devastation as he sorts through the wreckage of his life. The poppier tracks, like the snappy "Behind the Lines" and the impossibly hooky "I Missed Again," show off his skills as a hitmaker and vocalist. The pulsing "I'm Not Moving" marries one of Collins' catchiest melodies and airiest productions with the most forceful lyrics on the record. His everyman style of singing translates to both types of songs; he's just as good at wringing every drop of emotion out of the ballads as he is at sailing through the deceptive breezy tunes. His production is very much of the era; fretless bass pops and lush synth pads are very '80s-sounding, as are the huge gated drums. It's also surprisingly subtle at times, though considering that Collins worked with Brian Eno, maybe it's not so shocking. The new agey "Droned" and the swinging "Hand in Hand" give the album some instrumental texture and allow a break from all the desperate emotion on display. The gently sung, sweet-as-punch "This Must Be Love," which was written post-divorce about a new love, also gives an early respite after the lurching, bruising "In the Air Tonight." This range of sound and emotion is part of what helps the album succeed as much as it does; so does the feeling that Collins felt driven to make this album to help him heal. It's not a career move or a cash grab; it's a transmission from a wounded soul delivered with a soft touch and sensitivity. As such, it's Collins' most honest, most compelling work. He went on to become a huge star, with loads more hits, but Face Value stands as his masterpiece and one of the finest moments of the '80s musical landscape. [The deluxe reissue of the album adds seven live cuts of tracks from the album, plus "Misunderstanding," which turned up on Duke. It also digs into Collins' treasure trove of demos for a look at early versions of five songs, including an instrumental take on "Against All Odds." These are fascinating glimpses of how close the final versions are to his original vision, and in some cases the demos are almost better. While the live songs are fun, it might have made for a more interesting collection if Collins had included more demos. Still, it's a fine reissue and the bonus disc is worth owning.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/2016
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227953942
catalogNumber: 550171
Rank: 5486

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phil Collins   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Violin,Conga,Drums,Marimbas,Vocals,Voices,Tamboura,Hand Clapping,Vocoder,fender rhodes,Prophet 5
Stephen Bishop   Background Vocals
Daryl Stuermer   Banjo,Guitar,Violin,12-string Guitar
Clive Anstee   Cello
Irvine Arditti   Violin
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Rahmlee Michael Davis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Liz Edwards   Violin
John Giblin   Bass
Brian Hawkins   Viola
Alphonso Johnson   Bass
Don Myrick   Tenor Saxophone
Peter Robinson   Prophet 5
Louis Satterfield   Trombone
Richard Studt   Violin
Nigel Warren-Green   Cello
Bill Benham   Violin
Tony Pleeth   Cello
Simon Whistler   Viola
Roger Best   Viola
David Woodcock   Violin
Chris Lawrence   Double Bass
Bruce Dukor   Violin
Joe Partridge   Slide Guitar
Garyn Wright   Violin,Leader
Peter Oxen   Violin
Michael Harris   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ronnie Scott   Violin,Soloist
Ken Silitoe   Violin

Technical Credits

Phil Collins   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum machine
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Tony Banks   Composer
Arif Mardin   Arranger,String Arrangements
Hugh Padgham   Engineer
Mike Rutherford   Composer
Chris Payton   Art Direction

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