Phil Collins - …But Seriously

2016 Remaster 2LP 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP

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...But Seriously is the fourth solo studio album by British drummer, musician and singer-songwriter Phil Collins, originally released in November 1989 via Atlantic Records.

While much of the album follows the same formula as Collins' previous album, No Jacket Required (1985), there was also a move towards more organic production as Collins chose to utilise live drums instead of the drum machines used heavily on No Jacket Required. He also prominently used keyboards and electric piano but fewer synthesizers. The album also features a sole instrumental track, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, which recalls the jazz-influenced instrumentals featured on his first two albums, Face Value and Hello, I Must Be Going.

The tone of the album is serious, as the title suggests. Instead of focusing entirely on personal relationships, dark psychedelics and fun, Collins expands his focus to the exploration of socio-economic and political themes. There is emotional turmoil underneath the polished studio production and many of the songs are unambiguous and unveiled in their melancholy.

Another Day in Paradise, which was released as the lead single and became the album's biggest international hit, is a sympathetic look at the plight of the homeless.

Another politically themed song on the album is Colours, which voices Collins' condemnation of the segregation and oppression of black and coloured people in South Africa under apartheid. Arguably the song with the most progressive rock influence in this album (à la Genesis), Colours did not see much commercial success as it is almost nine minutes long and radio stations had no interest in playing it. The political theme is also evident in the second song on the album That's Just the Way It Is, which deals with The Troubles of Northern Ireland. 

The album also features a dramatic, gospel-influenced track, I Wish It Would Rain Down, which features Eric Clapton prominently on guitar and became one of the album's biggest hit singles.

Father to Son is a song in which Collins explores his connection with his own son. The song has a positive, inspirational tone as he seeks to guide his son through some of the trials of life and love, and to reassure him that, "if you look behind you, I will be there".

The album was recorded at The Farm, Surrey, England, and at A&M Studios, Los Angeles, United States and again produced by Phil Collins and Hugh Padgham.

Musicians who contributed to the recording sessions were members of his touring band, Daryl Stuermer (guitar), Leland Sklar (bass) and The Phenix Horns (horns).  Additional musicians included Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, David Crosby, Pino Palladino, Stephen Bishop and Nathan East.

The album was hugely successul and topped the albums charts in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and many other countries.  It remains one of Phil Collin's most successful albums to date.

This Double Album 2LP Record set is part of the 2015 Phil Collins Remaster Series on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, housed in a Gatefold Sleeve with Printed Inner Sleeves, pressed in Europe.

 

 

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Tracklisting:

 

A1

Hang In Long Enough

 

A2

That's Just The Way It Is

 

A3

Do You Remember?

 

B1        

Something Happened On The Way To Heaven               

          

B2

Colours

 

B3

I Wish It Would Rain Down

 

C1

Another Day In Paradise

 

C2

Heat On The Street

 

C3

All Of My Life

 

D1

Saturday Night And Sunday Morning

 

D2

Father To Son

 

D3

Find A Way To My Heart

SKU 0081227947156
Record Label Atlantic Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number PCLP 89
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 10 June 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 20 November 1989
Barcode # 0081227947156
Shipping Weight 0.5050kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition 2016 Remaster on 2LP 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl,Printed Inner Sleeves
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop
Format VINYL LP

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