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Phil Goes Back To His Motown-Listening Youth
on October 3, 2010
Phil Collins' brand-new album, "Going Back", is what it is---a Motown covers album. Heading towards his 60th birthday, Phil felt that now was the right time to pay tribute to many of the Motown classics that he grew up listening to, so, voila!---"Going Back". Having waited eight years for a new solo album from Phil, I'm not going to lie when I tell you that I would much rather have a new album of all-new material from the man, rather than wall-to-wall cover tunes (and how strange that Phil's former Genesis bandmate Peter Gabriel *also* released a covers album recently....). But hey, Phil can make whatever album he wants to make. He's already left his mark in music (and he was FINALLY inducted into the Rock'N'Roll Hall Of Fame with Genesis this past March, thank you God), so Phil doesn't owe anybody anything. He wants to do an album of Motown stuff? Fine.
The good news, I'm happy to say, is that "Going Back" is a lot of fun. Phil worked closely with some dudes who helped shape the Motown sound all those years ago---songwriter Lamont Dozier, and the Motown studio musician wizards known as the Funk Brothers. The songs sound pretty damm close to the Motown originals, and Phil sings his heart out. His drumming here sounds a *little bit* watered down, like he's not really firing on all cylinders behind that drumkit. But to be fair, Phil is still in recovery from recent back surgery, and he had to tape the drumsticks to his hands in order to play on this album. Nevertheless, he still adapts his drumming style to the old Motown sound well enough.
This Amazon-exclusive version of "Going Back" gives you seven more songs, for a grand total of 25 tunes! But the songs fly by very quickly. Phil says that "Going Back" could be his last solo album ever. I'd like to think that Phil still has one more album of original material left in him at least, but if "Going Back" really is it for this wonderfully talented singer/songwriter/musician, it wouldn't be a bad exit. "Going Back" was obviously a labor of love for Phil Collins, and it's a fun album to listen to. And hey, it's nice to have *anything* new from Phil at all! So I'll take it. :-)