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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I8D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Missing Person on November 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Regardless of how much criticism Phil Collins has received over the years for his solo career and for "what he did to Genesis", serious music listeners know better, and Phil's timeless, remarkably eclectic solo debut "Face Value", which came out in early 1981, is a masterpiece. It's an album that makes good on the theory that an artist does their best work in times of personal turmoil. Phil simply began 'fooling around' as a means to comfort himself in the wake of a painful divorce. Apart from a cover of the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows", a retooling of the Genesis song "Behind the Lines", and a brief uncredited acapella snippet of "Over The Rainbow" at the very end of the record, Phil wrote everything here himself, and not only is his songwriting consistently terrific, Phil is really all over the map stylistically, and yet, somehow it all holds together beautifully. That said, this ain't some run-of-the-mill soft rock or adult contemporary album.

Even with all of the brilliant songs Phil has written over the course of his career, the first track here, "In the Air Tonight", remains a signature song that's perhaps his most enduringly popular, and for good reason. Although the idea of suddenly switching from a very quiet part to an ear-blastingly loud part was not a new one, the song is staggeringly powerful and was a very innovative production, containing ominous drum machine, creepy synth, atmospheric Fender Rhodes, vocoder, violins, smoky electric guitar (played by long-time Collins and Genesis cohort Daryl Steurmer), heavily echoing vocals, and of course, those ferocious, booming gated drums.
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58 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Lorne Murphy on December 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
A Previous review boasts an absurd, supposedly "totally true" (!) story about the meaning behind In The Air Tonight, and as my title states, I cannot allow this nonsense to continue. That story has been told many a time, and, contrary to ignorant belief, it is a complete falsehood. The song is about Phil's split from his wife. One need not look farther than Phil's own explanation of the song in countless interviews. She cheated on Phil. He saw it. "Saw it with my own two you can wipe off that grin, I know where you've been - it's all been a pack of lies..." please, people... let's not be so stupid. Phil did not see a man drown. Are we so idiotic that we think the line "If you told me you were drowning, I would not lend a hand" means that he did? C'mon... the lyrics speak for themselves. Enough of the moronic lyric analysis. The song fits in with the theme of the rest of the album. The split from his wife in '79 and the subsequent feelings surrounding Phil. Apologies for the somewhat harsh tone of this post, but I can't bear to hear that "True" story one more time.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Killion ( on July 4, 1998
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It's a shame that most people only remember the signature drum beat at the end of In The Air Tonight, because Face Value is much more. The album reverberates with a powerful depth and intensity stemming from the breakup of his first marriage - you can feel the intensity oozing thorugh every song, though especially on the opener In The Air Tonight and the closer Tommorrow Never Knows (which in my opinion blows away the Beatles' original). As much positive press as it recevied (Phil did win a Best New Artist Grammy), except for In The Air Tonight and I Missed Again, Face Value is still an underrecognized album. It's a shame that most people don't know about standout tracks like I'm Not Moving, Thunder and Lightning, and Tomorrow Never Knows. Buy and listen to a great rock album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By allismile0 on March 20, 2005
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A strong blend of artsy experimentation (without being highbrow), sublime R&B pop, and smooth ballads makes Phil Collins' 1981 album Face Value a unique and cohesive musical experience.

Phil Collins got his start behind the drum kit of the progressive rock band Genesis. In 1975 lead singer Peter Gabriel left the band for a solo career and eventually Collins got the front man gig. From that time on Collins grew as a singer and gifted composer.

As a song writer Collins has a great talent for expressing his inner emotions quite clearly and without unnecessary flourishes- and Face Value more than any other project he did (either solo or with Genesis) seems to express a very personal statement with a wide spectrum of subjects and musical styles.

Mixing between ballads and rhythmic anthems Collins shows all the sides of the man- his loves, fears, frustrations and joys. With the ballads he has sometimes walked a pretty thin line between syrupy sentiment and deep tenderness; later in his career he totally surrendered to the syrupy side. But on Face Value songs like This Must Be Love and If Leaving Me Is Easy show a genuine and mature emotion that shows a gutsy honesty. (In my opinion personal ballads like these are very hard to express because it usually comes off as phony sentimentality, emotionally manipulative or sappy and shallow.)

Then you have the more gritty songs like the atmospheric In The Air Tonight (which still sounds fresh to me even though I've heard it hundreds of times) and The Roof is Leaking "trilogy" that starts with an eerie isolated sound and culminates in a joyous horn and rhythm experience. Also I Missed Again is a great pop song.
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