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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. :-)
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on January 13, 2016
I love that I was able to get some new Phil Collins music again. It is a little different sound than I am used to from Phil but it is still good. The only con I have is that it starts out strong and upbeat, but by the end if it wasn't for being Phil - if it were on the radio I may have changed the channel.
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on December 30, 2012
I bought this album for my wife. She really likes it. High quality reproduction of the old songs. These songs, chosen by Phil Collins, are his favorites he listened to when he was growing up. They obviously left a huge impression on him - as we are the recipients of his excellent songs over the years that are very R&B driven. Some songs are well known by most people although a lot of the others may be only appreciated and/or remembered by the true Motown music lovers. Today's generation may only have heard a few of these, although they would greatly benefit from hearing all the rest. A few of the musicians that recorded these songs on this album actually were there for the original recordings of most of the songs. So, that was pretty cool. I highly recommend this album to all true Motown music lovers.
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on March 24, 2014
Phil Collins is Phil Collins and that's always good.Mr C has done a great job on this album.I am enjoying listening to him belt out and croon songs that I danced to in the 60's.Of course it's not The Temps,Tops,Marva or Marvin but he sure does put you in that mood.Lamont Dozier and the Funk Brothers.....Motown Sound baby!!
Thanks PC
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on November 30, 2017
It's Phil Collins. Of course it's good! Phil's arrangements of these old songs is a delight to listen to.
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It has been a long while since Phil Collins released a record. Eight years ago, he released Testify, and happily in tune with his wife, Orianne, and they had 2 beautiful children together. But the past few years had a set of heartbreaks for Phil, including a heartbreaking divorce with his wife and he had a injury that nearly cost Phil his ability to play the drums for the rest of his life. Thankfully, he was able to beat his odds, and he still showed his ability to deliver as a driven, with a reunion tour with Genesis back in 2006 and through 2007 and the groups' long-awaited induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, after nearly 40 years of highs & lows. But for Phil's solo work, he had been away from making anything new for his die hard fans. Phil said he wanted to make a covers' record, and he managed to make a good one.

Going Back (Deluxe Edition), Phil Collins' first solo album in eight years, bring in a more authentic classic era of Motown R&B, classic 60's style Soul, and a intimate sound that feels like it is authentic, and not watered down, unlike other recent cover albums from Barry Manilow (The Greatest Love Songs Of All Time) and Rod Stewart (Soulbook.) It feels like a really bright treat, unlike some other artists who've tried to do the same thing, where it feels like you've wasted your time, and wasted money from your pocket. The collection of songs deliver from the title track Going Back, to (Love Is Like A) Heatwave, all the way to You've Been Cheatin', to the intimate Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer. Every track feels like you're actually feeling that classic era well. Some of those songs also click through Phil well, which inspired him to make some of his classic hits during his solo greats era in the 80's like Two Hearts (Buster Soundtrack, 1988) and If Leavin' You Is Easy (Face Value, 1981.) I was absolutely amazed at the sound, it feels like a great trip down memory lane classic days of Malt Shops & 50's sock hop dances.

All in all, while there are other covers' albums out from Barry Manilow and Santana that've been wastes of time, Phil Collins' Going Back is a great buy for your money. While it might not appeal to those who're new to Phil Collins' classic voice and his music, or those who're just sick and tired of weak covers' records, as it might appeal better to his die hard fans of Phil Collins fans. I was absolutely amazed when I heard the albums songs earlier this year and I thought it was going to be a better album, and I really was right. I absolutely recommend this album as a nice buy for die hard Phil Collins fans', or for anyone who desires the classic authentic days of what soul music sounded like back in the 60's and 50's. Phil proved he was going back, and did it well.

Album Cover: B

Songs: B+

Price: B

Mastering: A-

Overall: B+
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There is no question that when it has came down recent artists doing all cover albums, they just have felt like they've trashed the authentic feeling of what the original songs have scored. From the lackluster albums of Rod Stewart's last year's Soulbook and Boyz II Men's 2009 poorly-recognized, Love, and Barry Manilow's The Greatest Love Songs Of All Time (released earlier this year), there just hasn't shown to be much in great artists really capturing the feeling of the classics. But for Phil Collins, he went through a whole lot the past several years that really made him consider leaving music altogether. From the end of his marriage, all the way to a sever injury which nearly cost Phil his ability to play drums, it looked like Phil was on his way out of the music business. But, he had a lot of high noted with his days with Genesis which included a reunion tour, and this past year's indusction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame for the group. But would all the highlights bring him back, yes and Phil has tried it again with his newest work turning back the clock.

Going Back, Phil Collins' first solo album since 2002's Testify, brings in a more original feeling of the classic 50's and 60's era of great R&B / Soul Music that actually feels like a treat, and not a waste of money on the pocket. The songs and the feeling sound great, as Phil delivers really well on classics from the title track, Going Back, to Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue,) to (Your Love Is Like A) Heatwave. Each song really is worth its effort, and delivers well from start to finish. Phil also doesn't make the album feel like it is cheap or not worth the effort. I was absolutely amazed that Phil still delivers really strong, with the past year so far delivered really poorly made albums from jokes like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. The record is a great trip that brings out those classic days of 1950's malt shop days and sock hop dances.

All in all, while Going Back might not appeal to those whom are new to hearing Phil Collins music for the first time, as would be his classics like Sussusio and In The Air Tonight, or hits from his Genesis days like Invisible Touch showed to stand the testiments of time. Still it is a treat for die hard Phil Collins fans who've awaited his long return, and anyone whom is just tired of those cover albums from Rod Stewart and Barry Manilow that've just gotten very tiring. I absolutely recommend Phil Collins new album Going Back. It is honestly one of the very few good buys of 2010.

Album Cover: B

Songs: B+

Price: B+

Mastering: B+

Overall: B+
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My dad is a fan, so I bought this for him. He loves it, and listens to the CD all the time.
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on March 9, 2014
Quite a few singers have made tribute albums to Motown, however, only Phil made one with that same raw, pure, soulfulness that the original artist had when they sang. It is obvious that Phil Collins loves the Motown sound and it shows on every track on "Going Back". This album should be a favorite of his diehard fans as well as casual listeners.
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on May 15, 2016
"Making An Album Filled With Motown Hits Is Something Very Hard To Do, But Phil Collins Pulled It Off With This One & It Remains His Best Album In Recent Years!"
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