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Face Value [Gold CD]

Phil Collins, Binary FinaryAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 14, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Gold CD
  • Label: Audio Fidelity
  • ASIN: B0049VGTGA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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35 of 36 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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56 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I can't allow this nonsense to continue 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 17 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
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great CD
Published 20 days ago by E. Geraci
5.0 out of 5 stars I have loved Phil Collins since the 80's and finaly started collecting...
I have loved Phil Collins since the 80's and finaly started collecting his music. don't know what I was waiting for.
Published 29 days ago by Countess Yvette
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love Phil
Published 2 months ago by cindy carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good value; great service
Published 2 months ago by Linda DiPaola
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Rabbit the Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband and I both love his voice and music especially "In the Air...
This guy should never keep out of the recording studio. My husband and I both love his voice and music especially "In the Air Tonight."
Published 2 months ago by Joyce Evans-campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you
Published 3 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome gift
I ordered this as a gift. It came on time and in good condition. (If you think that "good condition" is a given, think again. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Vicious Pixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Phil's Maiden Voyage
If ever an artist surprised the masses, it was Phil Collins when he released this recording. This record was filled with great tunes and revealed a side of Collin's never heard... Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. E. Pagano
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 6 months ago by rick
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