"...a timeless example of the power of pop fused with a bit of rock and jazz -
running the gamut from Genesis' atmospheric music to Motown to funk, soft rock, regular rock and art rock."
Phil Collins has won seven Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and two
Golden Globes for his solo work. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010. Collins is one of only three recording
artists who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and
as a principal member of a band.
Collins had spent ten years with Genesis before releasing his debut solo album
in 1981. Face Value shot straight to #7 in the US and transformed him to a solo
star. The international best selling album includes one of his biggest and most
enduring hits, the masterfully executed, "In the Air Tonight," as well as other US or
UK charted singles, "I Missed Again" and "If Leaving Me Is Easy." He wrote ten
of the album's twelve tracks.
He brought much experience to the studio, collaborating with excellent musicians
creating fresh, brilliant sounds. Eric Clapton, Genesis touring guitarist/bass
player Daryl Steurmer, the Earth Wind and Fire horn section and famed British
sax player Ronnie Scott giving a Motown feel.
Collins saw the potential to fuse synth-pop, soul, soft rock and world music at the
same time, and still with enough weight to maintain a sense of balance to the
musicality. Hugh Pagham engineered the album with Collins.
The production of this album, by Collins and assisted by Hugh Padgham, is
masterful and supremely tasteful
This is the only Phil Collins album to include a hidden track, a 20 second snippet
of "Over The Rainbow" can be heard, though the volume is very low, at the tail
end of the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" as a tribute to John Lennon, who
died in the same time period that the album was being completed."..a passionate singer with a gift for both deeply felt ballads and snarling rockers."