Phil Collins - Testify

2016 Remaster 2LP 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP

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Testify is the seventh solo studio album by British drummer, musician and singer-songwriter Phil Collins, originally released in November 2002 via Atlantic Records.

Testify was crafted over a two-year period at Collins' home in Switzerland, and was recorded in France and Los Angeles. Most of the album's twelve tracks are derived from demos Collins made in his bedroom studio and finished off with the help of producers Rob Cavallo and James Sanger, engineer Allen Sides, guitarist Tim Pierce, and bassist Paul Bushnell. Collins worked extensively with computers during production, work that can be seen throughout the album. 

The album begins with an up-tempo Wake Up Call, based on a 16-bar doodle Collins wrote, and only began to formalise when he brought it into studio. The title track Testify, the longest and most complex sounding song on the album, is according to Collins "one of the most direct and most personal love songs I have ever written". Another up-tempo song, Don't Get Me Started follows a tradition of critical statements about politics and society Collins began with That's Just the Way It Is, Another Day in Paradise, and Both Sides of the Story in his previous albums.

The soulful It's Not Too Late refers to lost faith in dreams – "It's never too late to make your dreams come true. We all should try it". Driving Me Crazy is another upbeat track. Collins said the song is about the narrow path between love and dangerous obsession.

Songs such as Testify and This Love This Heart were inspired by Collins' then-wife, Orianne, while their first child, Nicholas, was the main inspiration for tracks Come with Me and Swing Low. Come with Me was originally a lullaby Phil sang to his daughter Lily when she was a baby when on tour in 1990, Seriously Live! and the lyrics were developed when Nicholas was born.

Collins collaborated with longtime associate, Daryl Stuermer, for The Least You Can Do, providing the lyrics, arrangement and lead guitar on the track. It is followed by Can't Stop Loving You, a cover of Leo Sayer's 1978 country hit. It was the first single off the album, hitting No. 1 in the Adult Contemporary Charts. The album ends with Thru My Eyes and You Touch My Heart, another song inspired by his son. (Thru My Eyes is not to be confused with Look Through My Eyes, a song recorded by Collins for the Brother Bear soundtrack in 2003).

The album debuted at No. 30 on the American Billboard 200 albums chart, which was also the album's peak position. It was also the second Collins studio album where no track peaked within the American top 40 singles chart. It was also his lowest charting album in the UK, becoming his only solo effort not to reach the Top 5. However, the album achieved success in some countries of Continental Europe.

Now available on vinyl for the very first time!

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.






Wake Up Call



Come With Me






Don't Get Me Started



Swing Low



It's Not Too Late



This Love This Heart



Driving Me Crazy



The Least You Can Do                               



Can't Stop Loving You



Thru My Eyes



You Touch My Heart


SKU 0081227951870
Record Label Atlantic Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number PCLP 2002
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 15 April 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 11 November 2002
Barcode # 0081227951870
Shipping Weight 0.5800kg
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, Gatefold Sleeve, Inner Sleeve, For the First Time On Vinyl!
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop

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