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Phil Collins: Face Value (Classic Albums)

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After achieving stardom by taking over the lead vocals of Genesis from Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins released his first solo album, Face Value, in 1980. This installment of the Classic Albums series explores the making of this album in a one-hour documentary film, with Collins himself providing the bulk of the insightful commentary. From his home studio, he discusses how the lyrics to "In the Air Tonight" wrote themselves after his painful divorce and why a drummer would ever use a drum machine. Also interviewed are engineer Hugh Padgham, producer Ahmet Ertegun, Genesis colleagues Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford, and many of the studio musicians. Songs such as "Behind the Lines," "I Missed Again," "The Roof Is Leaking," "This Must Be Love," and of course "In the Air Tonight" are excerpted in both home and concert footage (some of it previously unreleased), and Collins accompanies himself at the piano in a wrenching "Please Don't Ask," which was cut from the album. In the two decades between the original album's appearance and this 1999 video production, Phil Collins has gone on to become an international solo star, but many still consider Face Value his finest album. This excellent documentary shows you why. A rare and welcome insight into Phil Collins' prodigious musical talent and the fascinating story of his first solo record. Collins first enjoyed international success as the drummer of Genesis and then as lead singer after Peter Gabriel left the band. In 1981, however, Face Value launched him as a solo artist and remains, in many ways, his most exciting and unusual music offering. Face Value was immediately a worldwide hit, entering the British charts at Number 1, spending almost six years in the Top 75, and selling in excess of 12 million copies. The album went on to make the U.S. Top 10, earning a gold record. This documentary includes several previously unseen performances, as well as rare home movies, unique photographs and documents from Phil's own privat

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Product Details

  • Actors: Phil Collins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Eagle Vision
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5XCZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,781 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Phil Collins: Face Value (Classic Albums)" on IMDb

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By A. Herzman on February 16, 2000
Format: DVD
This is a must for all true fans! I have watched it 7 times in a row and can't get enough of it. It's almost like being part of making the album. If you ever wondered what the origional title of "I Missed Again" was, you will get a chance to hear a bit of the origional demo tapes. If you want to hear "Hand in Hand" being played backwards on a track of "Tommorow Never Knows" this is it! There is so much detail! Hugh Padgham, the Engineer, sits with Phil and plays back individual tracks from the original tapes...and they explain how it was done. Includes guitar by Eric Clapton and strings by Ravi Shankar! It even has a previously unrelaesed full length music video of "If Leaving Me is Easy" as well as a clip of Phil at the piano doing "Plaese Don't Ask"...so emotional he almost cries! If you want the standard music videos watch VH1. If you want to really know how one of the greatest albums of the 20th Century was put together, GET THIS DVD!
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By A Customer on April 6, 2000
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An excellent production that has Phil (in very high quality recent footage) walking us through how the famous "Face Value" album was put together. Comments from most of the session musicians featured. Very high quality production, much better than I expected, well worth it for any Phil Collins fan who thinks the first album was in many ways the best. Recommended.
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Face Value is a classic album and this shows why. I loved the way the whole documentary was put together. The insight into tunes like 'The Roof Is Leaking' and others was a thrill for this long time fan. Unfortunately, one also understands why this album will never be topped. Most major artists have their own 'White Album' - timeless and risky. Face Value was Phil's.
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This documentary is a very insightful look at Phil Collins' first solo album. It is a rare look into the events surrounding the writing and recording of this "classic album." It includes candid interviews from the musicians who played on the album and Phil's own comments and memories of the session. No, it is not a collection of music videos, but if you are interested in the real story behind Phil's greatest work, it is a must!
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This is a documentary (documentary being the key word here) that provides insight into the making of Phil's first solo release, Face Value. That means you'll be hearing from Phil, Hugh Padgham, Ahmet Ertegun and quite a few of the musicians involved in the creation of this outstanding album. For true fans of the music, and especially for musicians, this "behind the mixing board" type documentary is awesome! It's full of absolutely fascinating and entertaining commentary about how the songs were written, arranged, recorded, produced...basically how the entire album came together, from Phil's ideas and demos all the way through to Hugh's wonderful engineering techniques. It's a real treat to hear from the people directly involved (especially a lot of the musicians, like Tom Tom Washington and L. Shankar and Alphonso Johnson) talk about how such a great album is made. There's some un-released concert footage and short clips, but the real meat of the DVD (like all of the Classic Albums series) is the story you'll hear about the music. Being a musician, this type of documentary is very entertaining and informative for me...I own a few of the other DVD's in the Classic Albums series (Steely Dan - Aja, Fleetwood Mac - Rumours, and Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon) and those are also very good, but Face Value is one of my favorite recordings. It's really great that producer Nick de Grunwald and director Jeremy Marre went through the trouble of tracking all the people down involved in the making of Face Value and getting their stories for us to enjoy.
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Phil Collins talks about the reasons why he wrote "Into The Night" which does not cease to be an international hit and favorite of all time. It was interesting to learn what inspire him to do this song and others. The downside is that one expects to find the musical videos of the songs listed in this video and only segments are presented. I gave it three stars because of this disappointment. I wish they would sell DVDs with the actual videos we have come to love and enjoy.
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This was only $3.99 including shipping. I have always enjoyed Phil Collins. Genesis, Brand-X,
solo, you name it. Not-so-much with all the Disney stuff, but if given the chance to make a ton
of cash by singing/writing for cheesy cartoons, I would probably do the same thing.

The man's a writer, vocalist, bandleader, drummer, producer/engineer and performer. He is competent
at all and is a likable, intelligent and humble fella' to boot. Watching this was great and seeing
how it all came together was cool. If you like Phil Collins, pick this up. The sound and picture
are good; it did come in a goofy-case but other than that... A+
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I always like watching this series, especially when they bring out the master tapes, or more likely safeties. Sometimes even the demos. I've always been curious about how songs are put together, and it's very much like a painting. Layers, subtlety, big in-your-face sounds, If any of that was missing, it would not sound the same. The guy even works in a Spinal Tap reference. Good stuff.
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