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Certified triple platinum by the RIAA (10/97).
If you are considering divorcing a rock star, let Hello, I Must Be Going! serve as fair warning of what you're likely to face once the papers have been signed and the settlements made. Collins got the last word on sundering his relationship with first wife Jill (he actually addresses her by name on the album!), and managed to deliver it to millions of homes via this album, which contains one blistering diatribe after another: "I Don't Care Anymore," "I Cannot Believe It's True," "Do You Know, Do You Care?," and "It Don't Matter to Me." The mood is tempered a bit by a lively remake of the Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love" and "Like China," a sprightly rocker celebrating new love. Yet as listenable and engaging as it is, Hello, I Must Be Going! has to be regarded as one of the angriest albums in mainstream rock history. Great stuff, when you're in the mood for that sort of thing. --Daniel Durchholz
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 4.88 x 5.55 x 0.47 inches; 3.03 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Atlantic
- Date First Available : July 27, 2006
- Label : Atlantic
- ASIN : B000002IG4
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #84,447 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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This is Phil's second album which originally was released in 1982. Songs like I Don't Care Anymore, I Cannot Believe It's True and others reflect his anger about his divorce. The album comes with the booklet with the lyrics, a message from Phil and a scrapbook of pictures of his family, friends and recording in the studio. The second disc has live versions of songs from the first tour and 2 demos. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Phil Collins.
Phil Collins made Hello, I Must Be Going! during a busy 1982 which saw him play on ex-Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant's first solo album Pictures at Eleven, tour with Genesis that summer, oversaw the production of Genesis' Three Sides Live album (US and European issues respectively), produce an album for ex-ABBA singer Frida and drum at the very first Prince's Trust Concert for Jethro Tull, Pete Townshend, Kate Bush and Robert Plant that busy year.
Like his previous solo album, 1981's Face Value, Phil plays drums and percussion, does all vocals and keyboards (save "You Can't Hurry Love" where Peter Robinson plays them) and is joined by co-producer/engineer Hugh Padgham, Genesis touring guitarist Daryl Stuermer, bass player John Giblin (and Mo Foster on tracks 6 and 7) and the Earth Wind and Fire horn section a/k/a The Phoenix Horns for another superb solo album.
We start with the great rocker about the disgust and apathy of being ridiculed and having one's name dragged in the dirt called "I Don't Care Anymore" which was a huge rock radio hit and still gets airplay on classic rock stations aside "In the Air Tonight". Next is the upbeat "I Cannot Believe It's True" which is a great number despite the fact it flopped as a US single. Next is the great rocker "Like China" which has Phil superbly singing in a Cockney English accent and superb solos from Stuermer (this was another US rock radio favorite at the time of its release). Next is the atmospheric rocker "Do You Know Do You Care" which has droning keyboards, exploding drums and guitars and Collins' vocals overlaid on that airy soundscape. He also made his trumpet playing debut on this track. The first side ended with his faithful note-for-note (but a step and half lower than original) cover of The Supremes' 1966 hit "You Can't Hurry Love" which was Phil's first US Top 10 single reaching #10 in early 1983.
The second side of the album starts with another US FM rock radio favorite at the time of the album's release called "It Don't Matter To Me" which has a nice horn riff from The Phoenix Horns and great guitars and drums. Next was the album's first single in the UK (which flopped in the UK), the haunting "Thru These Walls" which tells of a weird man's need to either listen with a glass to the wall or stare out at the window at goings on, where he wants to touch someone and cannot in the cold world. Next is the piano ballad "Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away" which was released as a single in the UK but flopped and was overlooked in the US for years, great number. Next is the instrumental "The West Side" which is one of Phil's best instrumentals and has great sax work from the late Don Myrick. We close with the sad but tender and beautiful ballad "Why Can't It Wait 'til Morning" which is Phil on piano and vocal and the strings, and nothing else.
Hello, I Must Be Going! reached #9 on the US album charts and would go Platinum upon its release and Multi-Platinum a short time later and rightfully so as Phil proved he was not a one hit solo album wonder and would go on to bigger things with both Genesis and on his own as the decade wore on.
Now in 2011, a limited edition remastered CD version is released superbly done by Steve Hoffman. Plus, the booklet contains all of the original vinyl artwork (including the gatefold picture collage and images of the custom labels that were on the original LP issue of this great album).
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As with the other albums in this series and the work he did on Genesis's back catalogue, Nick has been faithful to the original mix but the songs now have that "new light through old windows" feel to them, making them sound better than ever. Anyone already familiar with the album would do well to give this new version a listen. A bonus disc of demos and 'live' versions is a great compliment to the existing material. And the packaging isn't too shabby, either. The album is housed in an attractive digi-book with the original inner sleeve replicated inside along with new liner notes from the man himself.
For me, this is Phil collins best work. There is no lame track on this album. It may not have the hits that 'No Jacket Required' does that succeeds this album, but it just has some truly awesome songs.
Over the years I have bought so many 'Deluxe' editions and 'Remasters' and at last this one is a worthy update to the original, the album has been sensitively remastered and really sounds wonderful as a result. If you are a Phil Collins fan wondering if it is worth buying this updated version.... think no longer, just go for it!!
This is a fantastic album and will have you listening on loop!