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Face Value

Phil Collins, Binary FinaryAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I8D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Certified 5 times platinum by the RIAA 4/99

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I can't allow this nonsense to continue December 18, 1999
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning debut of the Phil Collins solo machine July 4, 1998
Format:Audio CD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Blend Of Phil Collins 1981 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music
Phil Collins shows how true talent can make some things appear effortless. I think he is a very gifted singer.
Published 13 hours ago by rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie, but goody
Older music by Phil Collins, but many of his classic songs. Especially like to hear "In The Air" as it isn't often played on the radio.
Published 3 days ago by Charlene
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST!
Published 1 month ago by Michael F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Phil Collins' Musical And Personal Transition Results In A Creatively...
Five years into his tenure with Genesis the multi talented singer/songwriter/drummer Phil Collins found himself recording the Duke album with the band before finding his first (and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best Work
This album shows how great Phil Collins was before the Sussudio silliness of the 80's got to him. My favorite cut is The Roof is Leaking but this is a CD you can pop in and play... Read more
Published 3 months ago by KMurf4
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mastering!
Phil's best work and now mastered by one of the best, Steve Hoffman of Audio Fidelity. How can you go wrong?
Published 3 months ago by audiom3
5.0 out of 5 stars Phil's Best
Picked this album up for a dollar about 5 years ago. Has remained one of my favorite albums ever since. Flows together like the B-side of Abbey Road all the way. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jconsolmagno
3.0 out of 5 stars A fine solo album
"Face Value" is definitely a good album from Phil Collins.

Although Collins' albums are more or less 'pop music' albums, his first two solo albums, including... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tnahpellee
4.0 out of 5 stars Phil Collins fan
I'm a Phil Collins fan so really enjoy pretty much anything Phil Collins...and this is no exception...some of my favorites on here, but enjoy them all.
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Face Time
This early Phil Collins release has an interesting energy flow to it... intense instrumentation songs, then slow introspective ones, and vice versa. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brian Shell
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