Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
Limited Edition Record Store Day 2015 Reissue 7" Single
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In the Air Tonight is the debut solo single by British drummer, singer and songwriter Phil Collins, originally released in January 1981 via Atlantic Records.
It was released as the lead single from Collins' first solo album, Face Value, also originally released in January 1981.
Collins co-produced the single with Hugh Padgham, who became a frequent collaborator in the following years.
Collins wrote the song about the anger he felt after divorcing his first wife, Andrea, in 1979. In a 2016 interview, Phil Collins said of the song's lyrics: "I wrote the lyrics spontaneously. I'm not quite sure what the song is about, but there's a lot of anger, a lot of despair and a lot of frustration."
The recording is notable for its atmospheric production and macabre theme. It has been described as being "at the vanguard of experimental pop" in 1981 and "a rock oddity classic", having been influenced by "the unconventional studio predilections of Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel".
Musically, the song consists of a series of ominous chords played by a Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 over a simple drum machine pattern (the Roland CR-78 Disco-2 pattern, plus some programming); processed electric guitar sounds and vocoded vocals, an effect which is increased on key words to add additional atmosphere. The mood is one of restrained anger until the final chorus when an explosive burst of drums releases the musical tension, and the instrumentation builds to a thundering final chorus.
Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne has called the drum fill "the best ever – it still sounds awesome".
In The Air Tonight was an instant hit, quickly climbing to No. 2 on the UK Singles chart.
It was also an international hit, peaking at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and No. 1 in the Netherlands. It was later certified Gold by the RIAA, representing 500,000 copies sold. The song's music video, directed by Stuart Orme, received heavy play on MTV when the new cable music video channel launched in August 1981.
It remains one of Collins' best-known hits and is especially famous for his drum break towards the end, which has been described as "the sleekest, most melodramatic drum break in history.
This is a Limited Edition Record Store Day Black Friday 2015 Exclusive Release as part of the 2015 Phil Collins Remaster Series, a 7" Single at 45 RPM with a Picture Sleeve Replicating 1981 Original Artwork and a 12 Page Comic Book, Limited to 2,500 Copies, pressed in Europe.
In The Air Tonight
The Roof Is Leaking
|Record Label||Atlantic Records|
|Label / Model #||Rocket|
|Catalogue Number||PC7 81|
|Country||EU - Europe|
|Release Date (Year)||27 November 2015|
|Original Release Date (Year)||09 January 1981|
|Format||Limited Edition Record Store Day Black Friday 2015 Exclusive Release, 7" Vinyl Single, 45 RPM, Reissue Replicating Original Artwork, Includes 12 Page Comic Book, Limited to 2,500 Copies|
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