Phil Collins – Face Value

Published on 4 March 2019 by

      Phil Collins – Face Value is the debut solo album by Genesis front man Phil Collins, released in February 1981 on the Virgin label internationally and Atlantic Records in North America. It was released in the UK 11 days after his 30th birthday. The album includes the hit single, “In the Air Tonight”, whose dark mood was inspired by the fallout of Collins’ first marriage with his wife Andrea.

      Daniel Durchholz: ‘The beginning of Phil Collins’s massively successful solo career coincided with the discord in his first marriage, turning Phil Collins – Face Value into a compelling churn of emotions, from the utter disgust of “In the Air Tonight” (where Collins dryly comments, “If you told me you were drowning / I would not lend a hand”) to the delight he feels in exploring a new relationship (“This Must Be Love”). Collins’s thundering drums and punchy horn arrangements–a close approximation of Earth, Wind & Fire’s sound, actually–clicked with the public, turning “I Missed Again” and “In the Air Tonight” into Top 20 singles and launching Collins’s career as one of the biggest and most unlikely stars of the ’80s.’

      William Ruhlmann: Collins proves himself a passionate singer (and distinctive drummer) with a gift for both deeply felt ballads and snarling rockers. His debut album transformed him from the frontman of Genesis to a solo star who happened to be in Genesis, too. Contains “In the Air Tonight” and “I Missed Again.” 


Phil Collins – Face Value

  1. In the Air Tonight 4:03
  2. This Must Be Love 3:53
  3. Behind the Lines 3:55
  4. The Roof Is Leaking 3:17
  5. Droned 2:50
  6. Hand in Hand 5:22
  7. I Missed Again 3:46
  8. You Know What I Mean 2:33
  9. Thunder and Lightning 4:14
  10. I’m Not Moving 2:36
  11. If Leaving Me Is Easy 4:45
  12. Tomorrow Never Knows 4:47

Phil Collins - Face Value

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