Phil Collins - Face Value

2015 Remaster 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP

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Face Value is the debut solo studio album by British drummer, musician and singer-songwriter Phil Collins, originally released in February 1981 via Atlantic Records.

One of only three recording artists, along with Paul McCartney, and Michael Jackson, who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and separately as members of a band, Phil Collins began his music career as drummer for Flaming Youth alongside guitarist Ronnie CarylGordon Smith, and keyboardist Brian Chatton, recording only one album with the group before disbanding when Collins joined Genesis in 1970 as the group's new drummer. 

Face Value was recorded between June 1980 and January 1981 at London's Townhouse Studios, and was produced by Grammy Award winner Hugh Padgham. Face Value was for the most part based on Phil Collins' first divorce which followed his 1979 leave of absence from Genesis

Writing the majority of the album in the weeks after his wife left him, Collins reportedly stayed in his house alone for weeks working on songs that reflected his personal life. Initially, Collins didn't intend to record an album, however Atlantic Records (Genesis' record label), offered him a solo contract.

What resulted was a multi-platinum album (in the US, UK, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands, and Germany), peaking at number 1 in the UK, Canada, and Sweden, and launching a solo career that lead Phil Collins to become one of the most successful pop artists of all time.

Since its release, Face Value has continued to recieve critical acclaim. Recieving a 10/10 rating on Allmusic.com, Tim Sendra writes: "The gently sung, sweet-as-punch "This Must Be Love", which was written post-divorce about a new love, also gives an early respite after the lurching, bruising "In the Air Tonight". This range of sound and emotion is part of what helps the album succeed as much as it does; so does the feeling that Collins felt driven to make this album to help him heal. It's not a career move or a cash grab; it's a transmission from a wounded soul delivered with a soft touch and sensitivity. As such, it's Collins' most honest, most compelling work".

Check out the album's singles "In the Air Tonight", and "I Missed Again".

Captain Stomp has tried out this new remastered version of the album on vinyl and it sounds fantastic.  It brought back many memories of listening to this album in the early 1980s and the emotions conveyed in some of the quieter songs, such as You Know What I Mean and If Leaving Me Is Easy.

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

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

In The Air Tonight

5:34

A2

This Must be Love

3:55

A3

Behind The Lines

3:53

A4

The Roof Is Leaking

3:16

A5

Droned

2:55

A6

Hand In Hand

5:12

B1

I Missed Again

3:41

B2

You Know What I Mean

2:33

B3

Thunder And Lightning

4:12

B4

I’m Not Moving

2:33

B5

If Leaving Me Is Easy

4:54

B6

Tomorrow Never Knows

4:46

SKU 0081227953935
Record Label Atlantic Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number PCLP 81
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 29 January 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 09 February 1981
Barcode # 0081227953935
Shipping Weight 0.3700kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition 2015 Remaster 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl with Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop
Format VINYL LP

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